Classical 88.7

I’ve never considered classical music to be a harmless diversion, detached from the real world. On the contrary: I’ve always loved this music precisely for its ability to speak to the human condition and give meaningful emotional expression to even our darkest hours.

This is all to say that this Friday’s Classical Tulsa could have been just another hour of nice music. But after recent events, I thought I needed to do better.

With Memorial Day this weekend, and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe earlier this month, I wanted to spotlight some American music from the war years on this week’s Classical Tulsa.

For nearly a month, the Public Radio Tulsa studios have been closed to everyone but the news team. This means that many of the local shows on 88.7 and 89.5 have been in reruns for the past few weeks. My own show, Classical Tulsa, was in that same boat – until now, that is: I’ve just finished setting up a home studio, so I can record new episodes while I shelter in place!

For nearly a month, the Public Radio Tulsa studios have been closed to everyone but the news team. This means that many of the local shows on 88.7 and 89.5 have been in reruns for the past few weeks. My own show, Classical Tulsa, was in that same boat – until now, that is: I’ve just finished setting up a home studio, so I can record new episodes while I shelter in place!

Holiday Specials 2019

Dec 5, 2019

Join Public Radio Tulsa for the 2019 holiday specials. There are the perennial favorites and a few new specials along the way. Tune in to these scheduled dates to KWGS Public Radio 89.5 or KWTU Classical 88.7 for all these can't-miss specials.

Mindy Ratner fell hopelessly in love with radio as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she volunteered at an on-campus student station.  Lucky for us, her love affair with radio continues, and we hear her most afternoons on KWTU Classical 88.7!

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.

Classical Tulsa Podcast: Sitting Down with Ryan & Ryan

Jun 22, 2018
Pianists Barron Ryan and Donald Ryan
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On this Classical Tulsa podcast, host Jason Heilman sits down with pianists Donald Ryan and Barron Ryan, who perform together as the father-and-son duo of Ryan & Ryan. With a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing classical, jazz, film music, and more, they've thrilled audiences in Tulsa and beyond with their virtuosic displays of piano pyrotechnics.  In this interview, the Ryans describe

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!

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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

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we present a conversation with the award-winning composer, conductor, and choral director Eric Whitacre, who will soon appear with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus at the Tulsa PAC (on Saturday the 13th, beginning at 7:30pm).

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we offer some can't-miss suggestions for that music lover on your holiday shopping list.

The tradition continues with holiday specials on Public Radio Tulsa! Kick your new year off listening to these specials. 

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

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

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The world premiere broadcast of "This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, and Protest Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie” will air over Classical 88.7 KWTU, Tulsa, on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 pm.

Unforgettable, great, profound, vibrant, enduring

All adjectives that can be used to describe the classical music that you hear on Public Radio Tulsa's Classical 88.7 KWTU EVERY DAY. 

Great music has the power to stir emotions, gives you an escape, even if temporary, and is always there whenever you need it.