Classical Music

  • Morton Gould
    Then & Now 7/31: Old Becomes New
    On this date in 1938, American composer Morton Gould conducted the first performance of his “American Symphonette No. 2.”  Gould said that this was “entertainment music attempting...
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  • Paul Freeman
    Then & Now 7/30: Remembering Two Great Conductors
    On this date in 1970, the longtime music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell died.  Szell went to Cleveland in 1946 to take over the orchestra, which was struggling...
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  • Leonard Rose
    Then & Now 7/27: Cellos!
    On this date in 1918 the great cellist Leonard Rose was born in Washington, D.C. His father was also a cellist, and gave him his first lessons on the instrument. When he was ten...
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This Week on Classical WSMR

Stephen Hough
Stephen Hough

Award winning pianist Stephen Hough recently performed with the Sarasota Orchestra and, between rehearsals, he sat down to chat with June. You may eavesdrop on their enlightening conversation, which covers everything from the superstar pianist’s career to poetry and, of course, the great music...more...

April 5, 2015, August 4, 2015 on Classical WSMR
Schedule:
Sunday 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Tuesday 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9
Host:
June LeBell
June lives in Sarasota and is a former New Yorker, where she had an illustrious 30-year run on a commercial classical radio station in NY City (now a public, classical radio station, thank you very much!) – WQXR. While there, she interviewed anywhere from 5 to 30 different people a week – in... Read More...

Classical News

WSMR Music Programs

Each weekday morning 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 added to your life by listening each weekday morning...

Join Bethany Cagle every weekday at 12:00 Noon for your favorite classical selections. Bethany adds a superb touch of class to the station, and brings you the interesting stories behind the music. Listen as you go about your busy day. You’ll find Bethany is the perfect...

The end of the day is a combination of wrapping up and winding down! Join Susan Giles Wantuck afternoons beginning at 4:00 PM for lively and relaxing music on your way home or as you prepare for evening. Susan brings the perfect mix of music and information for your dinner...

APM's Performance Today is America's most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on 292 public radio stations across the...

Each weeknight at 7:00 PM join Susan Giles Wantuck for some of the best music ever written. Music that’s good enough to earn the title “Masterwork.” Listen for full length performances and large scale works like Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphonies, some new recordings and music...

June LeBell's Musical Conversation, on WSMR 89.1 & 103.9, features fascinating conversations with all sorts of great artists in the world of classical music. Listeners are invited into June’s radio living room for unscripted, insightful, fun conversation about…and...

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg...

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra...

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