Classical Tulsa on 88.7-1

Friday 12pm

Each week, 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. Join the host, Jason Heilman, with his musicological insight and diverse repertoire that encompasses classical masterworks and latest compositions. 

Take a look at the Classical Tulsa Podcast, which spotlights upcoming local concert performances through extended interviews with the music-makers themselves. 

Also watch for Jason's new podcast, Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less, which introduces classic pieces in a convenient, bite-sized format.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
Classical Tulsa

Following in the footsteps of his idol, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the next important composer of chamber music for the clarinet was Ludwig van Beethoven. His first major contribution was an especially tuneful trio: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven's "Gassenhauer" Trio, as part of  Chamber Music Tulsa's 2020-21 streaming season.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
Classical Tulsa

We all have to start somewhere, but when Ludwig van Beethoven chose three piano trios to be his first published opus, his erstwhile teacher Joseph Haydn didn't think they were ready. Needless to say, sparks flew: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven’s three Opus 1 piano trios, just in time for  Chamber Music Tulsa's 2020-21 streaming season.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less: Season 2

Sep 10, 2020
Classical Tulsa

Chamber Music Tulsa and Public Radio Tulsa present Season 2 of Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less, with six new podcasts from musicologist and 

Classical Tulsa

This fall, you’ll have the chance to learn even more about some of the greatest works of classical music, as our Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less podcast returns for its second season. Starting next week, you can my hear bite-sized audio introductions to six of the pieces on Chamber Music Tulsa’s streaming and live 2020-21 season, complete with a quick historical background and highlights from the musical themes. 

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For classical music lovers, fall means the beginning of a new season and the promise of an exciting mix of new discoveries and familiar favorites. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed most of Tulsa’s concerts, but the Tulsa Symphony has just announced a plan to kick off their 2020-21 season in a responsible way.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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It was his musical shot across his teacher’s bow: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18, No. 1. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Daedalus Quartet live at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center February 2nd.

Classical Tulsa Extra: What's Opera...Doc?

Jan 9, 2020
Wikipedia Commons: Madama Butterfly

What’s the first picture that comes to mind when you hear the word “opera”? Huns in horns? Weeping clowns? Bugs Bunny seated atop a massive horse? 

Those images are all rooted in the stereotype that opera is something alien from our everyday lives. But the Tulsa Opera is working to change that perception by presenting some thoroughly modern tales alongside the more familiar classics – including a gothic family intrigue and a poignant medical breakthrough.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
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It took him 20 years to compose his First String Quartet, but just a few weeks to write his last: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Johannes Brahms's String Quartet No. 3, Op. 67. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Harlem Quartet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center November 10th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
Max Oppenheimer/Classical Tulsa

In order to escape the influence of Germany, he looked east – much farther east: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Claude Debussy's String Quartet. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Harlem Quartet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center November 10th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
Max Oppenheimer/Classical Tulsa

Sometimes you just need a little more time to get a better perspective on the thing you're working on: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Johannes Brahms's Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 87. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Lysander Trio at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 13th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
Max Oppenheimer/Classical Tulsa

Charming and genteel may not be the first words to come to mind when you think of Beethoven, but they are in this case: Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman introduces Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2. You can hear this piece live when Chamber Music Tulsa presents the Lysander Trio at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center October 13th.

Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less: Season 1

Sep 11, 2019
Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less
Max Oppenheimer/Classical Tulsa

Chamber Music Tulsa and Public Radio Tulsa present Masterworks in 10 Minutes or Less Season 1, six new podcasts from musicologist and Classical Tulsa host Jason Heilman.

This summer I am dedicating the show to composers you don’t get to hear often, and I am calling is a "Festival of Overlooked Composers" on Classical Tulsa. The series began on June 7 with the Baroque era and moves forward each week, culminating on July 5 with some of my favorite overlooked American composers.

Who are the artists? Of course, there are several women among history’s most overlooked composers

Signature Symphony Conductor to Step Down in 2020

Jun 10, 2019
Conductor Andrés Franco leading the Signature Symphony at TCC
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Tulsa's Signature Symphony has announced that music director Andrés Franco will step down at the end of their upcoming 2019-20 season. The orchestra, which is affiliated with Tulsa Community College, expects to launch a search for a new music director quickly, with candidates leading concerts as early as the 2020-21 season.

 

Spring is already upon us, which means it’s time for Tulsa’s classical music institutions to set their programs for next season. Whether you have season tickets to the Tulsa Opera or it is on your bucket list to attend a Tulsa Ballet performance, there is something for eveyrone right here in our hometown. Here’s an overview of what you can look forward to hearing next season:

This month, I’m excited to join the classical music world in paying tribute to French romantic composer Hector Berlioz on the 150th anniversary of his death. 

A New Ballet for Philbrook: Ryan Lott's Pentaptych

Jan 31, 2019
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This past September, the Tulsa Ballet gave the world premiere of a brand-new work commissioned by the Philbrook Museum. Called Pentaptych, the music was composed by Ryan Lott, a Los Angeles-based musician and founder of the electronica ensemble Son Lux, and realized by Lott together with violinists Hajnal Pivnick and Rob Moose and cellist Eric Byers.

Holiday Specials 2018

Dec 5, 2018

Join Public Radio Tulsa as the holidays approach for the music and stories of the season. We have yearly staples, along with a few new broadcasts and festive local programs! Bookmark our 2018 Holiday Guide, as below, so you won't miss a special! 

Hanukkah Ligths 2018
Wednesday, December 5 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.        
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As the summer draws to a close, things are heating up on Classical Tulsa: We open August with a pair of vacation-themed shows, featuring classical music about travel (Aug. 3) and exotic destinations (Aug. 10). Then we launch into the 2018-19 concert season with three weeks of highlights from your favorite local music organizations, focusing on the Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Ballet(Aug. 17), Chamber Music Tulsa and Tulsa Camerata (Aug. 24) and the Tulsa Symphony and Signature Symphony (Aug.

Classical Tulsa with Jason Heilman
Classical Tulsa

In addition to the weekly show, you can also enjoy the Classical Tulsa Podcast. It spotlights upcoming local concert performances through extended interviews with the music-makers themselves. Hosted by Jason Heilman.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Episode One: An Interview with Violinist Rossitza Goza

Episode Two: An Interview with Composer Noam Faingold

Episode Three: Sitting Down with Ryan & Ryan

Live on Classical Tulsa: The Catalyst Quartet

May 11, 2018
The Catalyst Quartet: violinists Karla Donehew Perez and Jessie Montgomery, cellist Karlos Rodriguez and violist Paul Laraia
Frank Christel

This week, the Catalyst Quartet was in town to perform for all of the fourth graders in the Tulsa Public Schools as part of Chamber Music Tulsa's contribution to the Any Given Child program.

This month, Chamber Music Tulsa brings the exciting Catalyst Quartet to Tulsa to introduce chamber music to all of the fourth graders in the Tulsa Public Schools system. But you don't have to be in grade school to hear a special live performance by the quartet in our studios on the May 11 episode of KWTU’s Classical Tulsa!

Live and Local on KWTU: A Note About the Music

Apr 5, 2018

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Fund Drive on KWTU last month. For me, it was more than just a wonderful opportunity to make the case for supporting Public Radio Tulsa; it was also a chance to play some of my favorite recordings for you on Classical 88.7.

Tulsa Symphony

On the inaugural Classical Tulsa podcast, host Jason Heilman interviews Tulsa Symphony concertmaster Rossitza Goza as she prepares to perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto with the orchestra on Sunday, February 4.

February is prime concert season if you are a classical music lover in Tulsa.  And every Friday at noon on Classical 88.7 KWTU, you can delve deeper into these concerts on Classical Tulsa with host Jason Heilman.  This month, Jason features music from upcoming Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Youth Symphony, and Tulsa Camerata performances:

February 2: Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, from the Tulsa Symphony’s February 4 concert

The tradition continues with holiday specials on Public Radio Tulsa! Spend your holidays listening to breathtaking music! 
 

YOUR HOLIDAY GUIDES
2017 Specials on KWGS Public Radio 89.5
2017 Specials on KWTU Classical 88.7
2018 New Year Specials