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...
Pursuing Pieces For Shakespeare's Birthday
Friday, April 22, 2016, 11:20am
William Shakespeare’s birthday is observed, oddly, on the day of his death, April 23. His actual birthdate is unknown but he was baptised on April 26, 1564. Not only is April a great month to honor Shakespeare's birth, this month also happens to be the 400th anniversary of his death. In fact the...
Celebrating The 25th Anniversary Of 'The Midday'
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:25am
"The Midday" celebrates its 25 th anniversary this week. Norman Gilliland gives us a brief history of hosting two and a half decades of this WPR classical staple.
WPR Classical Music Host Remembers: 'My First Classical Music'
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 11:15am
The first piece of classical music I remember hearing -- and probably the first for millions of kids -- literally had an impact on me . We had Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf" on a well-worn set of three discs that spun around at the frightening speed of 78 rpm. A nick in the edge of the shellac...
Anticipating Spring Through Music
Friday, March 18, 2016, 12:10pm
Although the weather might not always cooperate, the spring equinox brings hope for green to overtake the long Wisconsin winter. Music is a perfect way to welcome seasons and there are many classical and folk pieces inspired by the beauties of Spring. Here are 10 favorites that will remind people of the shift to warmer weather: Mendelssohn’s "Frühlingslied (Spring Song)" is beautifully melodic piano piece that is perfect for daydreaming.
Enjoy St. Patrick's Day With Some Irish Music
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 8:30am
St. Patrick’s Day in Wisconsin is celebrated with beer, parades and music. It's said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and here are a few Ireland-inspired pieces to mark the day. Irish flutist James Galway teamed up with The Chieftans to perform some beautiful arrangements of Celtic favorites. "The Red Admiral Butterfly" is an upbeat, fun tune that will make anyone want to dance:
Celebrating A Wisconsin Conservation Icon Through Music
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 11:25am
Wisconsin welcomes spring in March and honors a noted author and conservationist with the Aldo Leopold Weekend, set for March 4 to 6. This celebration is designed to bring communities together to commemorate the life and work of Leopold through workshops, lectures, hikes, public readings and more...
Celebrate Mozart’s 260th Birthday!
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 12:10pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on Jan. 27, 1756, and although he died at a young age in 1791, few composers have had such a lasting impact. He composed over 600 works in many genres, from piano sonatas to sacred music and comic opera. Enjoy some of Mozart's music by checking out the online...