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...
A Music Lover? Enjoy A Classical Valentine's Day
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 11:40am
Classical music is often packed with themes of love, which makes it a perfect choice for a Valentine’s Day soundtrack. This list is comprised of 10 classical pieces that are notable for their romantic overtones. Inspiration, allure and passion are sure to be experienced while listening to these...
A New Broadcast Series Features Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 10:55am
Tune in on Sundays at 2 p.m. starting Jan. 10 for a new 13-part season of concert broadcasts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Visit the schedule and information page to find music playlists for each broadcast. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been an important part of the cultural life of...
A Rocky Start To A Beloved Christmas Classic
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:45pm
With its popularity today through live performances, film and television, it's hard to believe that Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet "The Nutcracker" was once judged a disaster. "The Nutcracker" premiered in December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Critics and the audience...
Meet The New 'Metropolitan Opera' Radio Host
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 10:05am
Mary Jo Heath, who has worked as a producer and guest host for the "Metropolitan Opera" over the past nine seasons, recently became the fourth full-time radio host in the company’s history. Her responsibilities as the "voice of the Met" include hosting the Saturday matinee...
Wisconsinites Nominated For 2016 Grammys Awards
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 4:20pm
An Appleton singer-songwriter, a Madison folklorist and a bassist who grew up in Middleton all appear on the list of 2016 Grammy nominations released on Monday.
Cory Chisel, known as the force behind Appleton's Mile of Music and for his work with the Wandering Sons, is a cowriter with...
Hear Music Inspired By Door County
Monday, August 10, 2015, 11:15am
Each week, WPR’s "Wisconsin Classical" features performances by musicians from around the state. A recent show also included music inspired by Wisconsin: "A Door County Suite" by Oscar Haugland, which can be heard here . The music was performed as part of the Midsummer...
Met Opera Broadcast Host Juntwait Has Died
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 1:50pm
The Metropolitan Opera has announced that host Margaret Juintwait died on Wednesday from ovarian cancer. Here is the opera's statement released on Wednesday: The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of our radio host Margaret Juntwait, who passed away this morning after a long battle with...
WPR Broadcasts Madison Opera's 'Barber Of Seville'
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 10:50am
This Saturday at noon, Wisconsin Public Radio presents Madison Opera’s production of Rossini’s “The Barber Of Seville.” This is the second of two broadcasts from the most recent Madison Opera season. One of the greatest comic operas ever written, the story features a count...
WPR Will Broadcast Madison Opera's 'Fidelio'
Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:40pm
Wisconsin Public Radio is pleased to present two productions by Madison Opera , beginning with Beethoven’s "Fidelio" on Saturday at noon. Beethoven’s only opera is an ode to freedom. To rescue her husband, a political prisoner, the noblewoman Leonore, disguises herself as a...
Composer Laura Schwendinger Talks About 'Creature Quartet' Debut
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:05am
The JACK Quartet on Friday will perform the premiere of University of Wisconsin-Madison-based composer Laura Schwendinger’s "Creature Quartet ."
"Creature Quartet" consists of four larger movements that are framed by smaller movements, each one an ode to an extinct, endangered or...
Turkish Composer Eryilmaz Discusses Classical Music Outside Of Europe
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 4:20pm
As a native of Turkey, composer, pianist and conductor Erberk Eryilmaz has a somewhat unique perspective about classical music outside of Europe. Eryilmaz was born in Samsun, Turkey in 1989. He started his music education when he was 3 years old and has studied at the Samsun Conservatory, Hacettepe...
'Simply Folk' Celebrates 35 Years
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 1:45pm
Wisconsin Public Radio is celebrating 35 years of "Simply Folk" on the air. The program started in 1979, with the first show featuring recordings made at the Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse in 1978. Host Stephanie Elkins looks back with music heard that first year, several songs on...
How Long Will Your CDs Last?
Monday, August 18, 2014, 4:15pm
Some of you will remember when compact discs first came along. In addition to wonderful, scratch-free sound and amazing dynamics, manufacturers reported that CDs would last forever (essentially) if taken care of.
Madison Youth Choir Performs On 'The Midday'
Friday, July 18, 2014, 4:15pm
Members of the Madison Youth Choir visited WPR studios on Friday to perform on "The Midday," hosted by Norman Gilliland. Next week, the group travels to Aberdeen, Scotland, where the members will perform at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Gilliland spoke with artistic director...
'Fresh Air' Host Terry Gross Interviews Singer-Songwriter Mary Gauthier
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 2:00pm
Mary Gauthier is a favorite of Simply Folk listeners, appreciated for her powerful, evocative songs and raspy voice. She's also Terry Gross's guest on this edition of “Fresh Air” . In classic Terry Gross fashion, the conversation is wide-ranging and candid. Gauthier opens up...