Midday Classics with Norman Gilliland

Host Norman Gilliland provides listeners with a wide variety of classical music, presents a story from “Grace Notes,” and holds the popular “Midday Quiz.” Musicians traveling through Wisconsin often stop by the studio for live performances, discussions about their most recent works, and upcoming shows.


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Note: Some music is removed from recorded interviews due to copyright laws.

Latest Episodes

  • Renee Vaughan

    UW Nordic Folklife Artist-in-Residence Renee Vaughan shares the sound of the nickelharpa and tells us about the traditions of the Swedish folk instrument.

    Renee Vaughan
  • Gilles Apap

    The charming cosmopolitan violinist, in Madison to perform The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, tells about the people who inspired him to become a musician.

    Gilles Apap
  • Lilies of the Midwest

    The Lilies of the Midwest returned to the Midday to play several Irish and not-so-Irish tunes on their way to a weekend of performances for Saint Patrick’s Day.

    Lilies of the Midwest
  • Cellist Steven Isserlis

    In Wisconsin to perform with the Madison Symphony, the celebrated English cellist stopped by the Midday to share some thoughts about performing the Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 2 and speak of his admiration of…Harpo Marx

    Cellist Steven Isserlis
  • Pianist Clare Longendyke

    The Indianapolis-based pianist performs a program that pairs pieces by Debussy with compatible contemporary works by Amy Williams and Anthony R. Green.

    Pianist Clare Longendyke

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