Mon Dec 4

6am 1000 Years of Music in Italy classical
Hosted by Federico Ciliberto

For over a millennium Italy has shaped the course of classical music. Gregorian chant, music printing, Baroque music, opera, oratorios – all originated in Italy. Italian musical innovations continue into the present. Join Federico has he highlights the rich history of Italian classical music through the ages.

9am Classical Brass and More! classical
Hosted by John Jensen

Let the trumpet sound! And the French horn, and the trombone, and even the tuba. Get ready for some exhilarating music. John Jensen presents music for brass – in many different combinations and styles.

12pm En Pointe classical
Hosted by Andrew Morgan

It’s hard to dance without music. Whether it’s ballet, waltzes, sarabandes, or even a tarantellas, classical composers have written music for people to move to. Join Andrew Morgan as he brings you the world of dance. Enjoy thrilling classics that will get your toes tapping.

2pm 1517 classical
Hosted by Sandy Snyder

Join us from Monday thru Friday 2-4pm as we travel to the seventeenth year of classical music's many centuries. Whether it be premieres, composer birthdays, or interesting factoids, we will be airing the best of these special years for the WTJU Classical Marathon!

4pm The Christmas Oratorio classical
Hosted by Ann Shaffer and Tim Snider

Bach’s great Oratorio was written to commemorate the Christmas season of 1734. It is a huge work in six parts, each part being intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period. The total running time for the entire work is nearly three hours, so it is rarely programmed for radio, except by WTJU. We are known for presenting works of great merit no matter the length. Enjoy this stupendous work during our 2017 Classical Marathon and help us keep up the good work with a pledge of your financial support!

7pm One for the Team classical
Hosted by Uncle Dave Lewis and Bill Robertson

The Early Music Show has been a staple of WTJU programming since at least 1972 and has rolled with punches in regard to changes within the Early Music movement and with staffing the program itself. On this program, current hosts Bill Robertson and Uncle Dave Lewis will join forces to present a joint effort that will summarize where The Early Music Show is and, perhaps, where it is going.

10pm Modern Music Hour classical
Hosted by Jack Patton-Smith

There was a time when it was easy to spot modern music – it was atonal. Not anymore. Modern music can be atonal, tonal, or even post-tonal. It can be inspired by classical traditions, folk music, or even pop. It can be acoustical or electronic, or both. Jack Patton-Smith guides you through the exciting world of modern classical music.

Tue Dec 5

12am Overnight classical

Enjoy soothing classical music throughout the night and into the early morning, specially chosen for the wee hours.

6am Mostly Mendelssohn classical
Hosted by Andrew Morgan

Stylistically, Felix Mendelssohn fell between the elegant structures of classical composers such as Mozart and Haydn and the free-ranging emotional works of Schubert and Schumann. It’s no accident that he felt an affinity with Bach, whose music Mendelssohn resurrected. Join Andrew Morgan as he presents the music of this highly individual composer.

9am Curtain Up! Dim the Lights! classical
Hosted by Brad Sayler

Nothing quite matches the anticipation and excitement of the Broadway overture. Join us for two glorious hours of overtures and opening numbers, featuring some of the greatest music ever written for Broadway.

12pm Mozart's Fragments: Glimpses of Genius classical
Hosted by John Delehanty

Mozart was constantly creating music in his head and carried a notebook to jot down ideas. He constructed some ideas as single movements or sketches for later development. Perhaps since he died at the age of 35 years, most ideas remained sketches. Listen to initial expressions of genius as we explore what first came to the mind of Mozart.

2pm 1617 classical
Hosted by Uncle Dave Lewis

Join us from Monday thru Friday 2-4pm as we travel to the seventeenth year of classical music's many centuries. Whether it be premieres, composer birthdays, or interesting factoids, we will be airing the best of these special years for the WTJU Classical Marathon!

4pm Swedish Romanticism classical
Hosted by Francesca da Rimini

You know Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt. But do you know Aulin, Soderman, and Alfven? Listen to beautiful music from the Romantic era in Sweden, as well as from native composers who continued that tradition into the late 20th century.

7pm Handel's Hanukkah classical
Hosted by Xavier Taylor

What’s the connection between Handel and Hanukkah? It’s stronger than you might think. Most of Handel’s oratorios are based on Old Testament subjects. His oratorio Judas Maccabaeus directly concerns the events surrounding this Jewish holiday. Join Xavier Taylor as he presents this other side of Handel’s works.

10pm In Memory: Music from the Holocaust classical
Hosted by Uncle Dave Lewis

The Nazis could silence composers and musicians, but not their music. Join Uncle Dave Lewis as he presents music from the era of the Holocaust. Uncle Dave will set the stage by summarizing musical currents and talents marginalized by the rise of National Socialism and continue into the Holocaust itself, featuring works of composers and other musical artists that perished as victims of the "Final Solution."

Wed Dec 6

12am Overnight classical

Enjoy soothing classical music throughout the night and into the early morning, specially chosen for the wee hours.

6am O Canada: Celebrating 150 Years of Classical Music classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Glenn Gould, Angela Hewitt and Ben Heppner are but three of the world-renowned classical artists from Canada. Not as well-known are the many talented composers living in our neighbor to the north. We'll feature top-flight works from Canada's rich history and exciting present.

9am The Music of Edgar Meyer classical
Hosted by Larry Minnick

Join Larry as he explores the wide musical world of Edgar Meyer, whose sound is classical, jazz, folk, and more.

12pm Korea Meets Classical classical
Hosted by Lewis Reining

Korea had their own rich musical traditions long before they encountered Western traders. While Korean composers have embraced classical Western music, they haven’t forgotten their heritage. Join Lewis Reining as he shares Korea’s contribution to the world of classical music.

2pm 1717 classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Join us from Monday thru Friday 2-4pm as we travel to the seventeenth year of classical music's many centuries. Whether it be premieres, composer birthdays, or interesting factoids, we will be airing the best of these special years for the WTJU Classical Marathon!

4pm Looking Forward and Looking Back: Britten and Vaughan Williams classical
Hosted by John Delehanty

Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams, two titans of English music, had very different approaches to their craft. Britten was the modernist and Vaughan Williams the nostalgic romantic. Listen to hear how they enhanced the music of the first half of the 20th century.

7pm Classical Music for the 21st Century classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

Join Kyle for a special edition of A New Sound as he presents the best classical music composed in the past 17 years!

9:30pm SLEEP: The 8.5 Hour Work classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

Back by popular demand, WTJU will air Max Richter's transcendent SLEEP in its 8.5 hour entirety. We hope you will tune in and listen to its calming chords, and keep the radio on when you slumber off to bed. Indeed, the piece is meant to aid you in your sleep and its many stages, building toward a radiant conclusion as the sun rises.

Thu Dec 7

6am Ex Libris classical
Hosted by Francesca da Rimini

Can you read music? Don Quixote, Moby Dick, The Canterbury Tales – great books frequently inspire great music. Join Francesca as she listens to sonatas, symphonies, and suites that tell us a tale.

9am Tis the Season! classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Some exceptional classical Christmas music has been released this year. We'll feature some selections side-by-side with some long-forgotten classics. Anyone remember Firestone?

12pm Classical/Pop Duets classical
Hosted by Louise Largiader

Call it synergy, crossover, or just a guilty pleasure. Classical and pop artists can’t help getting together to make music. So what happens when they do? Join Louise Largiader and hear some of these chart-topping team ups. And perhaps some of the other kind as well.

2pm 1817 classical
Hosted by Francesca da Rimini

Beethoven launched his late period, Rossini was king, and Chopin was seven. And in Charlottesville, ground was broken for the University of Virginia. Francesca will introduce works from both sides of The Pond to illuminate this musical point in time.

4pm Homage: A Program of Musical Tributes classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

In this program we explore classical music's many forms of tribute. Whether it be the myriad "Variations on a Theme of…," the "In Memoriams," or various musical crytograms, imitations, and quotations, we will listen to the best music inspired by other composers.

7pm Nocturnes for the Evening Hours classical
Hosted by John Delehanty and Andrew Pratt

For an evening show dedicated to the piano, what could be more apropos than a nocturne? Serene, melodic, yet rarely simple, the nocturne is a style that attracts most great composers for piano. Come feel the attraction and serenity when we explore the beauty of piano nocturnes.

10pm The Eastman Wind Ensemble classical
Hosted by David Moltz

Founded in 1952 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., the Eastman Wind Ensemble is the nation's leading wind ensemble. Founding conductor Frederick Fennell first formulated the general concept of the wind ensemble and, under his leadership, the group became known as the pioneering force in the symphonic wind band movement in the United States and abroad. The group, whose recordings mainly featured original wind band music rather than orchestral transcriptions, has been featured on various labels through its history including Mercury Recording, Deutsche Grammophon, Phillips, CBS Masterworks (now Sony Classical), Toshiba EMI, Tioch (now KEF), Vox, Centaur, and Desto.

Fri Dec 8

12am Overnight classical

Enjoy soothing classical music throughout the night and into the early morning, specially chosen for the wee hours.

6am Dances for the Weekend classical
Hosted by Tim Snider and John Delehanty

Get your weekend off to a rollicking start with dances from the classical repertoire.  John and Tim present some of their favorite dance selections to get your toes tapping and your fingers reaching for that phone to call in a pledge.

9am Porgy and Bess classical
Hosted by Rus Perry and Brian Keena

The great American opera, Porgy and Bess, has been famously reinterpreted by jazz greats over the years. Rus (Jazz at 100) Perry and Brian (The Jazz Messenger) Keena will recreate the opera from the best of these versions, capturing high points in the past 60 years of jazz - Miles, Ella, Louis, Coltrane and friends.

12pm EAST and WEST classical
Hosted by Federico Ciliberto

Think classical music is solely the property of Europe? European composers were often inspired by music from the East. And Eastern composers were equally inspired by the music of the West. Join Federico as he explores the crossroads of culture and the music that it brought forth.

2pm 1917 classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

Join us from Monday thru Friday 2-4pm as we travel to the seventeenth year of classical music's many centuries. Whether it be premieres, composer birthdays, or interesting factoids, we will be airing the best of these special years for the WTJU Classical Marathon!

4pm All My Children: Music of the Bach Family classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Johann Sebastian may be the most famous Bach today. But in the late 1700s his sons eclipsed him (albeit temporarily). We'll hear music from CPE Bach, court musician to Frederick the Great; JC Bach, trendsetter in Paris and London; as well as WF Bach, JCE Bach, and perhaps even a little PDQ.

7pm Classic Broadway classical
Hosted by The OWTS Family

Join us for music from Broadway's finest musicals. The characters may be down in the dumps or on top of the world, falling in love or defiantly independent. Regardless, you're sure to be singing along on this musical journey.

10pm An Evening with Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt classical
Hosted by Federico Ciliberto

The late 20th Century was dominated by two composers. Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt weren't just important figures in the classical world. Their music is widely loved and listened to by audiences who would never consider themselves "classical." Both composers stripped music down to its basics to reveal deep spiritual truths. Join Federico as he presents the music of these two living masters.

Sat Dec 9

12am Overnight classical

Enjoy soothing classical music throughout the night and into the early morning, specially chosen for the wee hours.

6am Advent classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

The season of Advent has produced a myriad number of pieces to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We will showcase the best of this religious and musical tradition in the early morning hours. Join us as we enjoy together the holiday season, as well as the wonderful offerings that WTJU presents all year round.

9am The English Anthem classical
Hosted by Rex and The Contessa

Rex and the Contessa return to present one of the most popular programs of our Classical Marathons. Join them for three hours of glorious choral music sung by some of the best choirs in the world. Let English anthems uplift your soul, as your pledge uplifts our fund drive total!

12pm Orchestral Music for Opera classical
Hosted by Tim Snider

Our cohost of the Sunday Opera Matinee invites you to join him in the concert hall to hear orchestral selections from the operatic stage.  Overtures, intermezzi, preludes, and music for the ballet will take center stage for your listening pleasure.

2pm French Piano Music classical
Hosted by Ann Porotti

Debussy, Ravel, Chopin – just the names conjure up a style of piano music that’s expressive, elegant, and uniquely French. The rich harmonies of the music inspired both classical and jazz composers for generations. Join Ann Porotti as she presents two hours of piano music of unparalleled beauty.

4pm Obsolete Format Classics classical
Hosted by Uncle Dave Lewis

Although the impending death of the compact disc is a klaxon being sounded throughout the recording industry, one area where the CD remains "king" is in the promulgation of classical music, given its length, dynamic range and ease of programming. However, a wide range of classical music -- a century's worth -- was also distributed on "dead" formats such as 78 rpm discs, cylinders and radio broadcast transcription discs. Dave Lewis is an avid fancier of antique classical music recordings, and plans to serve up a varied dish of great works as rendered through these media from the 1890s to the 1950s in the course of this special, Classical Marathon broadcast.

7pm Carols for a Cure classical
Hosted by Perry Medlin

It’s a holiday tradition. Every year since 1998 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' has issued a set of Christmas Carols sung by Broadway greats. Each release features the brightest Broadway stars from the hottest shows of the year. Join Perry Medlin as he shares highlights from this extraordinary project that has raised millions for AIDS research. And you’ll hear your favorite stars as you’ve never heard them before!

9pm Classic(al) Video Games classical
Hosted by Lewis Reining

Video games have come a long way since Pong. And the music for video games has come a long way from simple 8-bit tunes. Modern video games have orchestral scores that rival movie soundtracks in their scope and complexity. Join Lewis Reining as he presents some of the best orchestral music you’ve probably never heard (unless you’re a gamer). It will take your listening to a whole new level.

11pm Classical Meets Hip-Hop classical
Hosted by Erin O'Hare

Back in 1991, Public Enemy's Chuck D rapped: "I bring the noise to town, so let's get down/ I cranked the beats, tearin' up the streets and park/ And it ain't Mozart." The track, "MOVE!" is about white flight -- white folks moving out of neighborhoods as black folks moved in -- and Chuck D uses the juxtaposition of hip-hop and classical to mark a certain cultural distance between neighbors. But musically, the two genres interact more than as Chuck D implies, and in these two hours we'll get into that space with classical-sampling artists like Nas, Jay-Z, Kelis and Kool Keith, and rappers like Kendrick Lamar who've performed tracks while backed by full orchestras.

Sun Dec 10

1am Overnight classical

Enjoy soothing classical music throughout the night and into the early morning, specially chosen for the wee hours.

6am Early Music Christmas Special classical
Hosted by Sandy Snyder

As long as Christmas has been celebrated, there’s been music written for the season. Join Sandy Snyder as she presents some of the best music of the season. You’ll hear both sacred and secular tunes from a variety of eras, ranging from the early Medieval period through the early Baroque. This is indeed music to drive the cold winter away.

9am The Harlem Renaissance classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

Join us as we take a stroll through Harlem, listening to the musical legacy of many composers and artists including Duke Ellington, Nora Holt, William Grant Still, and Shirley Graham Du Bois. We will also explore the cultural legacy of African-American composers who came after this unique moment in American history.

12pm Teenage Compositions classical
Hosted by Penelope Ward

While a lot of composers started writing in their twenties or later, there were many who began their career at a younger age. Who were they? Join your host Penelope for a special edition of Just a Few Friends and find out the answers!

2pm Luigi Cherubini's Medea classical
Hosted by Ann Shaffer and Tim Snider

One of the landmarks in operatic history occurred in 1953 at La scala when Maria Callas, who was just establishing her international reputation, sang one of the roles that was to define her career: the title character in Cherubini’s Medea.  The eminent conductor Victor De Sabata was to have conducted, but illness forced him to cancel.  At the last minute the young Leonard Bernstein was engaged to conduct and had a triumph.  As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth next year, we will hear a rare original recording of the premiere.  EMI, Callas’s label, later released a remastered edition of the performance, but we will hear the original uncut version that preserves the genius of that unique Callas/Bernstein collaboration.

6pm The Mega-King of Instruments classical
Hosted by Michael Latsko

An expanded King of Instruments with two full hours of mighty and majestic music befitting the regal ensemble of music-makers.

8pm Handel's Messiah classical
Hosted by The Classical Department

Join us as we conclude the WTJU Classical Marathon with music for the season: Handel's Messiah.

11pm Bill Shepherd: The Fourth Bee Gee classical
Hosted by Don Harrison and Colin Powell

The most dramatic component of the early Bee Gees sound was the orchestral backing supplied by their inventive arranger Bill Shepherd. From "Holiday" and "To Love Somebody" to the epic "Odessa," Radio Wowsville's Don and Colin will illustrate how Shepherd's hopelessly romantic charts helped to shape some of the era's most timeless -- and idiosyncratic  -- pop songs.