Mornings with Russell Gant

Early mornings and late at night, listeners enjoy classical music with insight and wit provided by Russell Gant. He finds the interesting stories and history that makes this music come alive. Find out how relevant classical music can be to your life by listening each weekday morning starting at 6:00, and evenings at 10:00. Russell presents his Then and Now feature each weekday morning at 8:00 – a tidbit of music history mixed in with a fun fact or current event in today’s classical world.

This week on Mornings with Russell Gant

Then and Now 3/31: Franz Joseph Haydn
On this date in musical history, the father of the symphony, Franz Joseph Haydn was born in 1732 in Austria.  It’s also the date on which, many years later, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma debuted on Broadway.  These days, the music of Haydn is celebrated in festivals in Eisenstadt, Austria, and in England, where he was sort of a favored “adopted” son.  And there’s an Oklahoma Haydn festival...
March 31, 2017 on Classical Music

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Russell Gant

Russell Gant hosts Classical Music weekdays, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM and is the station's Classical Music Director. He started as a part time production assistant while studying music at the University of South Florida, and became a full-time on-air music host in 1987.

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Aaron Copland
On this date in 1937, Aaron Copland’s play-opera for high school students called "The Second Hurricane," had its first performance at the Grand Street Playhouse in New York City, w...
Maurice Martenot
On this date in 1928, the first public demonstration of an electronic instrument invented by Maurice Martenot called the "Ondes Martenot," was given.  The instrument was included i...
Leonard Bernstein
On this date in 1944,  Leonard Bernstein’s ballet “Fancy Free” was first performed by the Ballet Theater at the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. It was a big hit. Ber...

This Week on Mornings with Russell Gant

Sergei Rachmaninoff
On this date in 1897, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 had its premiere in St. Petersburg, in a notoriously bad performance conducted by Alexander Glazunov.  The performance was so ba...
Michael Torke
Two works for guitar had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1940, Rodrigo’s popular "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra, had its first performance in Barcelona, and...
Robert Levin
On this date in 1957, American composer Gunther Schuller gave a lecture at the Tanglewood Festival, during his talk, he came up with the phrase "third stream" to describe a type of...

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