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...
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...