Singer-Songwriter Tret Fure Has Worked Both On Stage, Behind The Music
Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00pm
A well-known musician herself, Tret Fure also has made it possible for other people to share their voices and their music. As an engineer, record producer, songwriting teacher and president of her local musicians’ union, she has been both on stage and behind the music for over 40 years.
Nashville's Barefoot Movement Offers Differing Journeys To Bluegrass Music
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 9:00am
Bluegrass, like so many genres of music, is a mix of styles: old-timey string band music, with a little bit of blues and jazz from down South, some English and Scottish influences from the Appalachian Mountains, and a pinch of gospel music as well. The members of Nashville quartet the Barefoot Movement share how they came upon their version of bluegrass music.
Remembering 'Freedom Songs' To Mark Anniversary Of Mandela's Release
Friday, February 15, 2019, 4:10pm
This past Monday, Feb. 11, marked 29 years since Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in South Africa. Apartheid had been the law of the land in South Africa for over 40 years, but change was in the air and music played an important role in that change.
WPR Music Hosts Share Songs For Valentine's Day
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:00pm
Love, gained and lost, is one of the most common themes in all music. In honor of Valentine’s Day, WPR's Music Staff shares some wide-ranging personal favorites, from the familiar to the unexpected.
Pianist Andrew Armstrong & Cellist Alex Wu
Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:00pm
Norman talks to pianist Andrew Armstrong and cellist Alex Wu about this summer's Green Lake Chamber Music Camp from June 30 to July 13, 2019.
Thursday, February 7, 2019, 12:00pm
Norman talks to Kathryn Smith, General Director of the Madison Opera , about their upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" on February 8 and 10 in the Capitol Theater in Madison. They play and discuss several excerpts from the opera.
Johnsmith In Studio With Simply Folk
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:25am
“Where would we be without music?!” That was a question that musician Johnsmith recently pondered during an interview for WPR’s Simply Folk. “Sometimes you’re driving down the road and Simply Folk comes on or some song comes on and you didn’t even think that some issue was up in your heart or like...
Enjoy The New Milwaukee Symphony Broadcast Series On WPR
Thursday, January 3, 2019, 11:45am
WPR’s Lori Skelton hosts this national series of broadcast concerts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The 13-part series will air Sundays starting Jan. 6, 2019, at 2 p.m. on the NPR News and Classical Music Network, and on the Classical HD Network.
WPR Music Hosts Share Their Holiday Favorites
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 1:30pm
The WPR music hosts love sharing holiday music with listeners each season. They also have their own favorites — including recordings with meaningful associations.
So, What Exactly Is Folk Music?
Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 10:40am
Rivka Maizlish is a doctoral student in the history department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on folklore, particularly folk music. She stopped by WPR to talk with Dan Robinson, the host of "Simply Folk," about folk music and her work as a folk historian.
Interview with Jeffrey Foucault
Sunday, August 26, 2018, 7:00pm
WPR's Sheila Shigley had the good fortune to interview Wisconsin-born artist Jeffrey Foucault this summer, and to capture some great tunes in Buck Studio -- take a listen!
Alma Mahler Brought To Life In 'Ecstasy'
Friday, August 24, 2018, 3:25pm
Author Mary Sharratt has written an engrossing account of Alma Mahler's life. "Ecstasy" has been meticulously researched, capturing rich facets and details of this compelling story over a long arc of time.
Art Stevenson and High Water at the 2018 Shindig!
Friday, August 17, 2018, 9:15am
Art Stevenson and High Water brought their brand of traditional bluegrass, sterling instrumental work, and wonderful harmony singing to the Simply Folk Shindig this past June. They’ve been at the heart of the Wisconsin string band community for years, and the crowd loved their performance this...
Joseph Huber at the 2018 Shindig!
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 2:10pm
Joseph Huber and his band brought their high-energy show to Rothschild and the 2018 Simply Folk Shindig in June. Joseph had the crowd up and dancing for most of his performance!