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Every now and then, I still encounter music lovers who aren’t familiar with the vast and diverse repertoire of classical music by Black American composers.

I can’t really blame them; it’s easy to get the impression that this is a strictly European tradition from some ... less imaginative concert programs, albums, and yes, even radio shows. It can take a lot of effort to expand your own horizons – especially when your familiar favorites are so comforting.

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.

 

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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.

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!

Spend your Fourth of July with Public Radio Tulsa! 

 

Capitol Steps 4th of July edition "Politics Takes A Holiday" 
11:00 a.m. on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | Listen Live

 

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

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
Eric Sall/courtesy

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.        
KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | LISTEN LIVE

Pretty quiet year so far, am I right?

Just kidding.  It’s been nuts.

Hearings…fires…elections…tweets.  Complex issues have come fast and furious in 2018, with possibly the biggest stories yet to come.  And no one – NO ONE – plays a greater role in Public Radio Tulsa’s ability to provide in-depth, rigorous news coverage than YOU, through your contributions. 

Saying Thanks with a Pint and a Party!

Lush pansies from Southwood.  Twenty years of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  And a pint glass that comes with its own party!

This fall, check out these great gifts and let us say “thanks!” for supporting public radio in northeast Oklahoma!  Make your gift here! 

 

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.

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.

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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! 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 some of your annual favorites and a few new ones! 

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

Whether you’re a brand-new listener to Public Radio Tulsa, or a long-time fan who’s never quite made that first donation yet, the time to act is NOW!

Public Radio Tulsa member Julia Harris has made a pledge of $5,000 to our Fall Fund Drive…if we receive donations IN ANY AMOUNT from 300 new members by midnight, October 14th. 

Cool-weather gifts for you!

Ahhh, that summer sun was great!  But with fall and winter on the way, we’ve rounded up thank-you gifts perfect for cooler days. And introducing for the first time ever:  NPR SOCKS!

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Fall 2017 Thank-You Gifts:

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July 4th with Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops on KWTU Classical 88.7, Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at noon. Listen Live

Public Radio Tulsa brings you great journalism and unforgettable music, every day.

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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. 

Classical24

Have you ever been listening to classical music on KWTU and wondered, "Who are the hosts?" "I wonder what he or she looks like?" "Who is Valerie Kahler?"

Well, meet Valerie, the Classical 24 host. Here is what WE know. She is fabulous, edgy, and she knows her classical music. 

But thanks to our friends at Classical 24, we also know: