Classical

WKCR’s Classical Department embraces the station’s “alternative” mission by broadcasting music that you can’t find anywhere else on the airwaves. Instead of playing classical’s “greatest hits” or airing excerpted movements, WKCR Classical explores the full breadth and depth of Western art music and shares works in their entirety.

The Classical Department’s programming spans both time and genre. Special shows are devoted exclusively to early music, opera, and J.S. Bach. In addition, the department broadcasts six weekly shows that are wholly curated by programmers. This open-ended approach means that you might tune into Cereal Music on Monday and hear an entire show of Benjamin Britten. Tuesday’s edition could be dedicated to tracing the evolution of the overture. Wednesday may be a showcase of 20th century wind quintet music. Hand in hand with the department’s boundless variety, WKCR Classical seeks to always bring you great music and informative programming.

 

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Programs

Afternoon Classical

  • Thursday 3-6pm
  • Friday 3-4:30pm
Department: 
Classical

An eclectic mix of music, spanning the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Tune in to hear such composers as Bach, Shostakovich, Bartok, Stravinsky, Schubert, Janacek, Carter, Schoenberg, Haydn, Hindemith, Debussy, Part, Boulez, and many others. From time to time, we present entire shows focusing on everything from 19th century lieder to 20th century string quartets, from Bach's cantatas to Scriabin's piano works, from the American art song to modern Russian masters.

Time: 
15:00

Bach Festival 2013

Department: 
Classical

On Saturday, December 21 at 9pm WKCR will kick off its annual BachFest! WKCR will fill the airwaves with the music of Bach for 24 hours a day until the festival's rousing conclusion at midnight on December 31st. BachFest is a yearly tradition at WKCR that celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This year's festival will feature guest programming from Teri Towe and Johnny Reinhard, as well as an interview with Paul Elie. Stay tuned! For more details on this year's major works, go HERE. 

Bach Hour

  • Friday 4:30-6pm
Department: 
Classical

This weekly show focuses on featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), the composer who represents focal point of development for many older styles of Western music while simultaneously setting the stage for musical development for centuries thereafter. From cantatas to keyboard works, organ toccatas to the Cello Suites, every part of Bach's musical output is represented throughout the year on this show.

Time: 
16:30

Cereal Music

  • Monday 9:30am-12pm
  • Tuesday 9:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday 9:30am-12pm
  • Thursday 9:30am-12pm
Department: 
Classical

An eclectic mix of music, spanning the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Tune in to hear such composers as Bach, Shostakovich, Bartok, Stravinsky, Schubert, Janacek, Carter, Schoenberg, Haydn, Hindemith, Debussy, Part, Boulez, and many others. From time to time, we present entire shows focusing on everything from 19th century lieder to 20th century string quartets, from Bach's cantatas to Scriabin's piano works, from the American art song to modern Russian masters.

Time: 
09:30

Saturday Night at the Opera

  • Sunday 12-1am
  • Saturday 9pm-Sunday 12am
Department: 
Classical

From Monteverdi to Mozart to Wagner to Schoenberg, Saturday Night at the Opera presents works from across the history of the art form, each in its entirety, along with scene synopses and historical background. We feature performances of classic repertoire by legendary performers, such as Bellini's Norma with Maria Callas, Verdi's Nabucco with Piero Cappuccilli, and Puccini's Turandot with Jussi Bjoerling and Birgit Nilsson; 20th century classics, such as Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Berg's Wozzeck, and Britten's Peter Grimes; and operas by living composers, such as Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face, Meredith Monk's Atlas, and Einojuhani Rautavaara's Thomas. From time to time, we also devote entire shows to great voices of the past, such as Enrico Caruso, Leontyne Price, Lauritz Melchior, and Bidu Sayao. Also tune in for live interviews: composer Jack Beeson and singers Barbara Bonney, Christa Ludwig, Sondra Radvanovsky, Lauren Flanigan, Phyllis Pancella, and Dana Hanchard are some of the artists who have graced our airwaves.

Time: 
21:00

The Early Music Show

  • Friday 9:30am-12pm
Department: 
Classical

The Friday Morning Early Music Show is dedicated to Western music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Tune in to hear such composers as Hildegard von Bingen, Machaut, Dufay, Josquin Desprez, Palestrina, Ockeghem, Obrecht, Tallis, Byrd, Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau, and the prolific "anonymous." The Early Music Show provides listeners with a link to the growing Early Music community, with information about live performances around the city and insightful interviews with leading and emerging artists and scholars. Lutanist Paul O'Dette; Frederick Renz, director of New York's Ensemble for Early Music; Marcel Peres, director of Ensemble Organum; and members of the ensembles Anonymous 4, Lionheart, Rebel, and many others have all discussed their work live on Friday mornings on WKCR. The show also has an ongoing affiliation with the concert series Music Before 1800, which provides tickets for monthly on-air giveaways.

Time: 
09:30