Sunday, January 28, 2018, 9:30pm
Joe Jencks was recently in WPR's Wausau studio with Dan Robinson to share his music and talk about where he draws inspiration for his songwriting. An 18-year veteran of the folk music circuit, Joe is well-known for his solo work as well as his time with the trio Brother Sun.
Hollywood Musicals Are Hot, Hot, Hot!
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00am
A singing and dancing Hugh Jackman was right when he said Hollywood is back to embracing musicals. Jackman, who plays P.T. Barnum in "The Greatest Showman," knows this first hand. The musical has done incredibly well at the box office in spite of being panned by critics. The circus musical isn't alone.
Music From The 2017 Shindig
Monday, December 18, 2017, 8:00pm
"Simply Folk" joined in the celebration of Wisconsin Public Radio's centennial this past June, with our first ever Simply Folk Shindig.
Simply Folk Favorites Of 2017: Eric Bibb's 'Migration Blues'
Monday, December 18, 2017, 11:00am
Eric Bibb grew up in the United States and has lived in many different countries in Europe, as well as traveled around the world. A lifetime of movement gives him empathy that comes out powerfully in his album, a collection of songs that examines the lives of migrants moving from Africa and the Middle East to Europe, from Canada and Mexico to the U.S., or from one part of America to another.
Simply Folk Favorites Of 2017: Rhiannon Giddens’ 'Freedom Highway'
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 1:45pm
Rhiannon Giddens’ CD "Freedom Highway" is a powerful, and wonderful, set of songs that not only tell stories of the African-American experience in this country, but also speaks to an important cultural moment at the end of 2017.
Thanksgiving Morning Tradition Continues
Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:50pm
WPR is proud to continue its annual Thanksgiving Day tradition of broadcasting the Wisconsin School Music Association Honors Concerts.
Avett Brothers Bring Music, Conversation To Madison
Monday, October 9, 2017, 3:45pm
On a mild Wisconsin day last June, folk-rock act the Avett Brothers spoke and sang to a modest but spellbound audience of songwriters and musicians at the inaugural Between the Waves Conference .
Milwaukee Native Michael Torke Connects Music With Color
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 4:45pm
Milwaukee native Michael Torke has "seen" the key of D as blue since he was 5 years old. Torke's music is heard on WPR's classical shows regularly, not to mention in concert halls around the world.
Friday, June 9, 2017, 12:00pm
Norman welcomes pianist Yangmingtian Zhao to the WPR performance studio in Madison. He performs transcriptions of Bach's Organ Concerto No. 5, Brahms' Hungarian Dances and Strauss' Blue Danube. He is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University and a student of Philippe Bianconi.
WPR Presents Two Madison Opera Broadcasts
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 3:30pm
Join us for two productions by Madison Opera. Lori Skelton hosts these broadcast performances, which were recorded live at Overture Hall during the 2016-17 season.
Pianist Yana Avedyan with String Ensemble
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:00pm
Pianist Yana Avedyan performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D-minor with members of a string ensemble including Peter Miliczky and Biffa Kowk, violin; Joshua Dieringer, viola; Stephanie Knapper, cello and David Scholl, Bass.
Wisconsin Children's Choir
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 12:00pm
Norman welcomes members of the Wisconsin Children's Choir "Chorale" and their director Margaret Hadley to the WPR performance studio in Madison. They will be performing at Bethany United Methodist Church in Madison on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 2PM. Their studio performance was streamed live on WPR's...
Linda May Han Oh
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:00pm
Jazz bassist Linda May Han Oh stopped by our Buck Studio and provided some insights into the life of a New York musician. Along the way, she played "Lucid Lullably," Pat Metheney's "Change of Heart," and "Slow Boat to China." She's in Madison in conjunction with the Mead Witter School of Music...
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Ensembles
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:00pm
Norman welcomes Karl Lavine and members of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra that play in their Chamber Music programs. The string quartet (pictured above) played the 2nd movement of Béla Bartók's String Quartet No. 2 . The second ensemble (pictured below left) was piano and strings playing Brahms' Scherzo in C minor . The last string quartet (pictured below right) played the String Quartet No. 8 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Monday, April 17, 2017, 12:00pm
Norman visits with Gary Wedow, conductor of the Madison Opera , about the opera company's performance of The Magic Flute on April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall in Madison. They play and discuss several excerpts from the opera.