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Each week on KWTU Classical 88.7-1 with Jason Heilman, Classical Tulsa spotlights upcoming performances from the local symphony orchestras, ballet, opera company, and numerous chamber music groups with musical highlights and comments from the performers themselves. The Classical Tulsa Podcast, which spotlights upcoming local concert performances through extended interviews with the music-makers themselves and Jason's new podcast, Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less, which introduces classic pieces in a convenient, bite-sized format.

Latest Episodes
  • As one of Ludwig van Beethoven's final works, it initially divided opinion, with some contemporaries calling it unplayable and others hailing it as the pinnacle of the genre: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Beethoven's monumental String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, opus 131, in 10 minutes or less. You can hear the Verona Quartet perform the piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on April 10th at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
  • We'll never know why Franz Schubert suddenly stopped working on an ambitious new string quartet nearly 8 years before his untimely death, but its one finished movement went on to become a concert hall staple: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Schubert's String Quartet Movement in C minor, D.703, in 10 minutes or less. You can hear the Verona Quartet perform the piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on April 9th and 10th.
  • Whenever he got into financial trouble, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart turned to the piano trio, which he could easily sell to amateurs for some quick cash, if he could make the music simple enough: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Mozart's Piano Trio in C major, K.548, in 10 minutes or less. You can hear the ATOS Trio perform this piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on March 26.
  • It started out as a celebration of France’s musical past, but it became a very personal tribute to seven close friends who perished in World War I: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin in 10 minutes or less. You can hear Imani Winds perform this piece as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's 2021-22 season on March 12.
  • It was meant to be Felix Mendelssohn's instrumental requiem for his late sister, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – but it became his own requiem, too. Classical…
  • It was his final chamber work, and his final bid for musical immortality – and Franz Schubert made it count. Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces…
  • On this Classical Tulsa Podcast, host Jason Heilman speaks via Zoom with pianist Barron Ryan. No stranger to Tulsa audiences, Barron has been performing…
  • When Antonín Dvo?ák came to America in the 1890s, he found a nation searching for its own musical language. He thought that Black spirituals and Native…
  • On this Classical Tulsa Podcast, Jason Heilman speaks (via Zoom) with pianist Lara Downes. One of America's most versatile and compelling recording…
  • Some are new, some are annual favorites, and some are timeless classic stories...all intended to bring you a little holiday comfort and joy. Tune in to…