Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00pm
Norman talks to violist Vicky Powell who will be performing Vaughn Williams' Suite for Viola and Orchestra with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on Friday, March 24th in the Capitol Theater in Madison. Powell is a Madison native and an alumna of Suzuki Strings of Madison.
What Common Theme Ties These Five Pieces Together?
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 11:15am
This may sound like a Midday quiz question — just without the 30 minute time limit. Look for hints in the titles but more importantly, listen and feel for the lush and blissful energies that each piece offers. Enjoy these five classical pieces and what they represent in the days to come.
Bach Around The Clock
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 12:00pm
" Bach Around The Clock" celebrates Bach's birthday with this free event held from noon to midnight on Saturday, March 18th at St Andrews Episcopal Church in Madison. One of the groups performing include this string quartet which includes Marika Fischer Hoyt , baroque Viola; Eleanor Bartsch ,...
Tine Thing Helseth
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:00pm
Norwegian trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth talks to Norman about her upcoming performances on March 10-12 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at the Overture Center. She'll be performing Johann Hummel's Trumpet Concerto . She also performs several pieces in the WPR studio.
A Wintry Mix Of Classical Music To Warm You Up
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 1:10pm
A perfect way to combat the chill and darkness is to cozy up by a fire with hot beverages and classical music. Here are 10 great classical pieces that will warm you from the inside out and are perfect for a cuddly winter night.
Experience The Milwaukee Symphony In A New Broadcast Series
Monday, January 2, 2017, 12:45pm
WPR’s Lori Skelton hosts this national series of broadcast concerts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The series will air Sundays Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. on the NPR News and Classical Music Network, and on the Classical HD Network.
Community Leaders Speak About State Of Hip-Hop In Madison
Friday, December 9, 2016, 2:35pm
The seventh annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards recently took place, and co-founders Karen Reece and ShaH Evans discuss the burgeoning art form, educational initiatives using rap, and racism as it relates to access to venues for the genre - especially for local artists.
The Surprising Origin of Wisconsin's Fight Song
Friday, November 4, 2016, 11:15am
"On Wisconsin" is a song Wisconsinites hold near and dear, especially during football season. Not only is it the famed fight song for the University of Wisconsin-Madison football team, it is also the official state song, just with different lyrics. The song, however, was not originally intended for Wisconsin, but rather for one of UW's biggest rivals, the University of Minnesota.
13 Musical Treats For Halloween Frights
Friday, October 21, 2016, 10:50am
It’s the time of year when leaves are falling, nights are getting longer and Halloween is just around the corner. Whether or not you are playing ghosts in the graveyard or going to a haunted house, this is certainly a spooky time of year. Costumes, decorations and candy are not a celebration...
A Conversation with Violinist Ilya Kaler
Friday, October 14, 2016, 12:00pm
Stephanie Elkins interviews violinist Ilya Kaler who will be performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in the Capital Theater in Madison tonight at 7:30pm. The performance will include Boyce's "Symphony No. 5 in D major", Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D major", and Schubert's "Symphony No...
A Bountiful Musical Harvest
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1:00pm
Preview season-opening concerts from the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Racine Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.
The Pro Arte Quartet at WPR
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12:00pm
Norman Gilliland talks to the members of the world renowned Pro Arte Quartet which includes David Perry, violin; Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello. They play several pieces in our Madison studio. The Quartet will be performing the Brahms' F minor Piano Quintet with...
Cheers To A Musical Oktoberfest
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:05pm
Although the name suggests otherwise, Oktoberfest actually begins mid-September and sometimes runs long enough to end during the beginning of October. It was first celebrated in Munich in 1810 as a party for the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. From...
Celebrate The Harvest Season With Music
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 11:35am
It's time to celebrate harvest time in Wisconsin! There is plenty of music inspired by this time of year, from joyous jigs in praise of bounty to solemn songs about the hard work. Here's a collection of 10 pieces that will remind you of this time in earth’s beautiful cycle. Whether in the city or country, harvesting or not, these pieces are worth exploring. Percy Grainger’s “Harvest Hymn” has a lovely tune that speaks for itself. It's inspired many arrangements.
Stargazing With Classical Music
Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10:15am
The excitement of the recent arrival of NASA's Juno probe at Jupiter, combined with summer’s warm, clear nights might put you in the mood for stargazing. Our understanding of space has dramatically changed over the years, yet mystery still surrounds the night sky. The English composer Gustav Holst...
20 Music Festivals To Check Out This Summer
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:45am
Summertime in Wisconsin offers many opportunities to explore new music and revisit old favorites all over the state. Although the festivals vary in size and content, they all feature great music in memorable settings. This is merely a sampling of this summer's music festivals, so be on the lookout...
WPR Will Broadcast Madison Opera's 'La Boheme'
Friday, May 13, 2016, 3:50pm
Wisconsin Public Radio will broadcast Madison Opera’s production of Puccini’s "La Boheme" on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. The performance was recorded for WPR last November at Overture Center in Madison. Join WPR next week at 1 p.m. for Madison Opera’s production of...