Classical Music

  • Green Bay orchestra performance to share classical music with the next generation

    Providing young musicians the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone is one of the goals of “Musician’s Journey: Beginner to Adult,” which the Civic Symphony will perform Friday at St. Norbert College’s Walter Theater.

    Green Bay orchestra performance to share classical music with the next generation
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘24 Negro Melodies’

    Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor arranged African-American spirituals and traditional music from Africa for classical piano.

    Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘24 Negro Melodies’
  • Amy Beach, American composer, found inspiration in nature

    Amy Cheney Beach was born in New Hampshire in 1867 and began composing by the time she was 4 years old.

    Amy Beach, American composer, found inspiration in nature
  • Metropolitan Opera on WPR

    New series of Matinee Broadcasts airs through June Join us Saturdays from through June 8 for broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The season includes favorites like Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” and Verdi’s “Nabucco.” Plus, a new production of “X: The Life and Times of Malcom X“ by American composer Anthony…

  • WPR Music Pick: 2 stunning Christmas pieces

    Some of my favorite memories involve singing with others, especially music for the holidays. One of those highlights in college was learning and performing the gorgeous 16th century Christmas motet by Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, “O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery).” Decades later, I discovered and sang another stunning setting of the same…

    WPR Music Pick: 2 stunning Christmas pieces
  • New Metropolitan Opera season airs on WPR

    Join us Saturdays from Dec. 6 through June 8 for the 2023-2024 season of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. The season includes favorites like Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” and Verdi’s “Nabucco.” Plus, a new production of “X: The Life and Times of Malcom X“ by American composer Anthony Davis and a listener’s choice show.…

    New Metropolitan Opera season airs on WPR
  • (Nearly) every classical performance in Wisconsin between now and Thanksgiving

    When Thanksgiving approaches, so too does an influx of classical music performances across the state. Wisconsin Public Radio “Afternoon Classics” host Lori Skelton says Wisconsin is seeing a unique “concert bottleneck” this autumn, due in part to effects of COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. Skelton joined WPR’s “The Morning Show” to discuss the season’s most anticipated…

    (Nearly) every classical performance in Wisconsin between now and Thanksgiving
  • Tubas in Wisconsin: Getting down to brass tacks

    It feels like everyone’s dad in Wisconsin plays the tuba. That was Elizabeth Renner’s impression after she moved to Madison from Chicago a year ago. Her other thought was that people are still very much into polka music. “Shouldn’t that have died out decades ago?” she said. Renner asked several people about tubas and polka,…

    Tubas in Wisconsin: Getting down to brass tacks
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Water Festival’ features Baroque works

    The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra started off 2023 with a three-week “Water Festival.” For the weekend of Jan. 27-29, the focus was on Baroque works, beginning with Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Suite from “Naïs,” an opera depicting the sea god Neptune’s love story with the eponymous water nymph. As soloists for Vivaldi concertos, we have two members of…

    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Water Festival’ features Baroque works
  • Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’

    On New Year’s Day, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Wisconsin Classical” aired the most recent performance of the Beethoven “Missa Solemnis” by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists, under the direction of John DeMain. [[{“fid”:”1835951″,”view_mode”:”embed_landscape”,”fields”:{“format”:”embed_landscape”,”alignment”:”right”,”field_image_caption[und][0][value]”:”%3Cp%3EBeverly%20Taylor%2C%20Madison%20Symphony%20Chorus%20director.%20%3Cem%3EPhoto%20courtesy%20of%20the%26nbsp%3BMadison%20Symphony%20Chorus%3C%2Fem%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%0A”,”field_image_caption[und][0][format]”:”full_html”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:”Beverly Taylor”,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:”Beverly Taylor,”},”type”:”media”,”field_deltas”:{“1”:{“format”:”embed_landscape”,”alignment”:”right”,”field_image_caption[und][0][value]”:”%3Cp%3EBeverly%20Taylor%2C%20Madison%20Symphony%20Chorus%20director.%20%3Cem%3EPhoto%20courtesy%20of%20the%26nbsp%3BMadison%20Symphony%20Chorus%3C%2Fem%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%0A”,”field_image_caption[und][0][format]”:”full_html”,”field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]”:”Beverly Taylor”,”field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]”:”Beverly Taylor,”}},”link_text”:false,”attributes”:{“alt”:”Beverly Taylor”,”title”:”Beverly Taylor,”,”class”:”media-element file-embed-landscape media-wysiwyg-align-right”,”data-delta”:”1″}}]]Chorus Director Beverly Taylor visited WPR’s studios to explain just how difficult it…

    Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’