“Heifetz On Air” brings extraordinary classical performances to WTJU, Sundays 6 – 7 p.m.

WTJU is pleased to announce the latest addition to its classical programming lineup: “Heifetz On Air,” airing Sundays 6 – 7 p.m. on 91.1 FM and streaming at WTJU.net and CharlottesvilleClassical.org.

Each week, “Heifetz On Air” presents captivating performances by Heifetz International Music Institute students, alums, and faculty — recorded on stage in Staunton and in WTJU’s Charlottesville studios. The show is hosted by Benjamin K. Roe, president and CEO of Heifetz Institute and longtime veteran of public radio classical programming.

“WTJU’s partnership with Heifetz is a tremendous opportunity to share world class classical performances with listeners in Central Virginia and beyond,” said Nathan Moore, WTJU General Manager. “I’ll be honest, each time Heifetz students record at WTJU’s stage, I stop what I’m doing and watch the performance. The music is captivating.”

Weekly episodes of “Heifetz On Air” will often follow a seasonal theme. On this holiday weekend celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Jan. 15 episode is titled “Life’s Piano.” It shares how goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion are being realized in the music world today. The title is taken from a line in a Dr. King speech: “Life’s piano can only produce melodies of brotherhood (and sisterhood) when it is recognized that the black keys are as basic, necessary and beautiful as the white keys.”

In the coming months, WTJU will also begin distributing “Heifetz On Air” as a podcast at VirginiaAudio.org and as a syndicated public radio show through PRX.org, the Public Radio Exchange.

Based in Staunton, VA, the Heifetz International Music Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world.

WTJU 91.1 FM has been part of the University of Virginia since its first broadcast in 1957. WTJU is a community radio station that enriches the culture of Virginia, extends the educational mission of UVA, and brings people together through excellent music and conversation. Its operations also include Virginia Audio Collective podcasts and WXTJ 100.1 FM Student Radio.

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