The Metropolitan Opera Begins Its 89th Season
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 3:20pm
The new season of Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts begins Dec. 7 on Wisconsin Public Radio, and continues through May 9. Launched in 1931, the Met’s matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. This season includes favorites like Verdi’s "La Traviata" and Puccini’s "La Boheme," plus a new production of Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess." All broadcasts start at noon on WPR, except where otherwise noted (one starts earlier).You can learn more about the operas, productions and casts on the Metropolitan Opera website .
Thanksgiving Day 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8:00am
The special Thanksgiving Edition of Morning Classics includes lots of American music plus highlights from this year's Wisconsin School Music Association Honors Concerts.
Cellist Denish Traynor
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 12:00pm
Norman talks to cellist Dinesh Traynor who was the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Betty Frost Jenkins Young Artist Concerto Competition and will performed with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra on December 7 and 8. He's a senior in High School in Stevens Point. He performs several selections...
The Bluegrass Sound Has Taken Root In Wisconsin
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 6:30am
In December 1945, Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, bringing the Scruggs-style three-finger banjo playing to the band. Many people point to that moment as the birth of what we now call bluegrass music.
WPR Music Hosts Share Songs To Drive The Cold Away
Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 12:00pm
Now that winter has settled in and made itself at home, WPR's music hosts offer this varied selection of music to add some light and warmth to your days. In the words of an old ballad:
Flutist Holly Venkitaswaran
Monday, November 25, 2019, 12:00pm
The Midday comes to you live from Mills Concert Hall on the UW-Madison campus where flutist Holly Venkitaswaran and piano accompanist Vincent Fuh are featured. Venkitaswaran attended Hamilton High School in Lisbon, Wisconsin and is currently a freshman at Vanderbilt University. She was a finalist...
Folk And Country Music Share A Common Rootstock
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 5:50am
Folk music and country music have danced together over the last century, sometimes closer, sometimes farther apart, and no one knows that better than country music historian Bill Malone.
The Enlightened Trumpet
Friday, November 8, 2019, 10:00am
Trumpeter Paul Merkelo has recorded four popular concertos with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, playing three different trumpets.
Roots Musician Wade Fernandez Honors The Past To Ensure The Future
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1:15pm
For Wade Fernandez, music is a way of honoring the past while also ensuring the future. A roots musician and member of the Menominee Nation, Fernandez’s song, "Sawaenemiyah (Blessed)" is the "Simply Folk" download of the month for November.
Friday, October 25, 2019, 10:00am
The Neave Trio's new release, "Her Voice" features three pioneering female composers: Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Louise Farrenc.
'Across The Stars'
Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:00am
Composer John Williams has adapted music from a number of films for violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
US Premiere by Irish Composer Raymond Deane
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 9:20am
Award-winning UW-Madison composer Laura Schwendinger talks with WPR's Norman Gilliland about the upcoming U.S premiere of music by Irish composer Raymond Deane.
Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein On The Band's Evolution, Defying Expectations
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00am
When Sleater-Kinney formed in the mid-1990s, they were a rock 'n' roll powerhouse from the start. Two guitarists, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, weave heavy, melodic licks and share vocal duties. A drummer rounds out the trio, a group that eventually became one of the most influential bands of that era.
Cris Plata Plays His Music At The Crossroads
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 3:20pm
Cris Plata is an embodiment of a musical crossroads, having grown up traveling with his family around the United States as migrant farmers. And those travels exposed him to music that melded with the traditional Mexican music that he grew up with.