Classical Music

Our guest is John Jeter, the longtime Music Director and Conductor of the Fort Smith Symphony. That symphony has a new CD out, which Jeter tells us about. It's a widely acclaimed recording of the work of Florence Price (1887-1953), who was a pioneering African-American classical composer. Indeed, Price, who was originally from Little Rock and spent many years in Chicago, was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have her music played by a major U.S. orchestra.

On this edition of ST, we learn about The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, which is scheduled to open on the campus of OSU in Stillwater in October of this year. And although it's not yet open, the McKnight Center will soon offer -- from February 25th through March 3rd, with performances in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Dallas -- its second Chamber Music Festival. This festival will feature intimate soirée performances, a youth concert for area students, master classes for OSU student musicians, and a free community concert (happening in Stillwater on Saturday the 2nd).

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Gerhardt Zimmermann, who will be the guest conductor for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night, Saturday the 2nd, at the Tulsa PAC. On the program will be the famous, intense, controversial, and overtly political Symphony No. 7 by Dmitri Shostakovich -- also known as the "Leningrad Symphony." For more information, including ticket details, please go to tulsasymphony.org.

Lenny Lives! Our guest on StudioTulsa is Bob Santelli, the founding executive director of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum. That museum is currently presenting a special new (traveling) exhibit here in Tulsa at two different venues: "Leonard Bernstein at 100" is on view at both the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Woody Guthrie Center. It closes at each of these locations on April 29th.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is the Music Director for the Signature Symphony at TCC, Andrés Franco, who also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. As the Signature Symphony continues to celebrate its 40th-anniversary season, Franco joins us to promote this organization's next concert. That concert -- titled "Bach & Sons, Inc." -- will happen on Saturday the 26th at the VanTrease PACE, beginning at 7:30pm, and it will feature works by C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, and P.D.Q. Bach.

Our guest today on ST is Jeffrey Zeigler, the well-regarded cellist who is known for his work with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, John Zorn, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, and others. A supremely gifted "crossover" musician whose work draws upon classical, jazz, pop, rock, folk, and a variety of other sources, Zeigler will soon perform here in Tulsa. His concert, presented by Choregus Productions, happens at the Tulsa PAC's Doenges Theater on Friday the 25th.

On this edition of ST, we learn about this weekend's upcoming Tulsa Symphony Orchestra concert, happening tomorrow night (Saturday the 5th) at 7:30pm in the Tulsa PAC. Our guest is Daniel Hege, who will conduct an exciting evening of Mozart (Overture from "The Magic Flute"), Gandolfi (Impressions from "The Garden of Cosmic Speculation"), and Prokofiev (Selections from "Romeo and Juliet"). For more information and tickets, please go here.

Our guest is Tim Sharp, who has for several years now served as both Artistic Director and Conductor of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus. He tells us about the newest TOC concert, "Russian Choral Classics," which will happen on Friday night (the 14th) at 7:30pm in Holy Family Cathedral (in downtown Tulsa). The evening will offer a cappella choral works -- both sacred and secular -- by Chesnokov, Grechaninov, Rachmaninov, and others. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please go here.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we're discussing a special presentation of George Frideric Handel's Messiah. The beloved Baroque-era masterwork -- a timeless holiday favorite -- will be presented this coming Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, at Saint John's Church in Tulsa (at 4200 South Atlanta Place). Our guests are the special visiting conductor for this concert, Timothy Brown, and the organist and choirmaster at Saint John's, Joseph Arndt.

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.        
KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | LISTEN LIVE

(Note: This interview first aired back in June.) Our guest is Allen Gannett, the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a software analytics firm whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Home Depot, Aetna, and Honda.

Tune in for this year's Thanksgiving specials. We'll air the annual favorite Turkey Confidential, a local special produced by Public Radio Tulsa's own Steve Clem, and two classical music spectaculars. 

KWGS PUBLIC RADIO 89.5  SPECIALS | Listen Live 

Turkey Confidential
Thursday, November 22 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Photo by Erin Baiano

On the 100th anniversary of the end of "The War to End All Wars," the Tulsa Symphony will commemorate those lost in that war and all the wars that followed with a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. The work ingeniously combines the text of the Latin funeral mass with the war poetry of Wilfred Owen, a young British poet who served and died in the trenches of the First World War.

Originally formed at The Juilliard School, Tesla Quartet won 2nd Prize at the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2016. And their very first CD is just being released this month. Chamber Music Tulsa is pleased to bring this special collective back to our community; they were last in town in 2013. Tesla will offer a pair of exciting concerts this weekend: tonight (the 12th) at the Renaissance Square Event Center on 11th Street, and then Sunday afternoon (the 14th) at the Williams Theatre in the Tulsa PAC.

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will soon kick off its new season with an Opening Night Gala Concert at the Tulsa PAC. (It happens tomorrow night, Saturday the 6th, with more info posted here.) On the program, the lyrical and masterful cello concerto by Dvorák, which will feature a guest appearance by the world-renowned cellist, Lynn Harrell.

Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College is now celebrating, with the arrival of its 2018-19 season of concerts, forty years of entertaining Tulsa-area audiences. Our guest is Andres Franco, the Music Director for Signature Symphony, who also serves as Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Caminos del Inka. As Mr.

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

Classical Tulsa Podcast: Sitting Down with Ryan & Ryan

Jun 22, 2018
Pianists Barron Ryan and Donald Ryan
Courtesy

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

Photo by George Hirose

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with mezzo-soprano and vocal performance artist Alicia Hall-Moran, a versatile singer at home with opera, art, theatre, and jazz. Hall-Moran made her Broadway debut understudying as "Bess" in the revival of "The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess," but the main thrust of her work is in varied collaborations with a "who's who" of creative types -- from her husband, the celebrated jazz musician Jason Moran, to visual artists like Carrie Mae Weems and choreographers like Bill T. Jones. 

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!

Our guest is Bernard Uzan, a witty and insightful 50-year veteran of the performing arts industry, who has worked with several different opera and theatrical companies over the years in a range of positions (including a bit of directorial work with Tulsa Opera back in the 1980s). He'll be the stage director for Puccini's "Turandot," to be presented on April 27th and 29th at the Tulsa PAC. (More info on that production is posted here.)

Photo Credit: Miami Art Guide

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are pleased to chat with the world-renowned tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who has performed or recorded over the years with everyone from George Harrison and Yo-Yo Ma to Van Morrison and Mickey Hart (to name but a few). On this coming Friday night, the 30th, the nonprofit South Asian Performing Arts Foundation will present a special concert featuring Mr. Hussain alongside Rakesh Chaurasia, an up-and-coming and well-respected flute virtuoso. The concert begins at 7:30pm in the John H. Williams Theatre at the Tulsa PAC.

On this program, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Daniel Hege previews the orchestra's final classics concert of the season, which features Gustav Mahler's Symphony #4 with soloist Sarah Coburn. Also on the program is Edward Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)", a tone poem written while the British composer vacationed on the Italian Riviera, and contemporary American composer John Adam's "The Chairman Dances" from his highly influential opera "Nixon in China".

Our guest is Daniel Hege, Principal Guest Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, who will hold the baton when the TSO performs its next concert. That concert, happening on Sunday the 4th, will begin at 2:30pm in the Tulsa PAC. Concertmaster Rossitza Jekova-Goza will be the featured soloist as the TSO performs Korngold's exciting Violin Concerto. Also on the program are Medea's Dance of Vengeance (by Samuel Barber) and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 (a/k/a "the Scottish").

On this edition of StudioTulsa, our guest is Gareth Valentine, the well-regarded British composer, arranger, conductor, and musical director. He's currently in town to conduct "Strictly Gershwin," a Derek Deane-choreographed piece that Tulsa Ballet will stage from February 9th through the 11th.

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.

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.

Pages