Mon Dec 3

6am Quartetto Italiano classical
Hosted by Federico Ciliberto

Founded in 1945, the Quartetto Italiano included Piero Borciani (lead violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola, after 1946), and Franco Rossi (cello). Their recording of the Beethoven string quartets, made between 1967 and 1975, was deemed recently by the editor of Gramophone magazine as one of the 100 greatest recordings of all time. We will listen to one of Beethoven's quartets, as well as music by Brahms, Mozart, Stravinsky, and more.

9am Care to Dance? classical
Hosted by Sandy Snyder

Put on your dancing shoes, because here is your “Invitation to the Dance!" From the familiar to rare, and spanning 3 continents and 8 centuries, we’re hoping these dances will have you waltzing, stomping, or twirling across the room with a smile on your face.

12pm The Land of the Morning Calm classical
Hosted by Lewis Reining

A musical feast both familiar and new, The Land of the Morning Calm profiles original works by Korean composers. We'll hear some fantastic works written for the concert hall and also explore how most Koreans hear Classical music these days, including one genre-blending pair who raised eyebrows when they turned K-pop on its head.

2pm Desert Island Discs classical
Hosted by Andrew Morgan

Our classical staff members choose favorite discs they would find indispensable if ever they found themselves marooned on a desert island, and also share the favorites of celebrated local residents. Don’t wait to put your pledge in a bottle and send it to us via the ocean. Call right now or e-mail us with your desert island favorites and a pledge of support for WTJU.

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

Our resident operaphiles take a plunge into the choral repertoire with Bach’s timeless Christmas masterpiece. Celebrate the season with the music of Bach and a pledge of support for WTJU.

7pm Early Music Christmas Special classical
Hosted by Uncle Dave Lewis and Bill Robertson

Christmas is a traditional holiday that has been celebrated throughout the world for centuries, and a fair percentage of the corpus of Early Music was expressly created to observe it, especially in the Medieval period. On this three-hour program, Bill and Uncle Dave will join forces to bring in the whole spectrum of early Christmas music from medieval times to the eve of the American Revolution.

10pm The Music of Toru Takemitsu classical
Hosted by Freddie Jin

A lengthy retrospective on the sounds composed by the avant-garde spirit, proficient film scorer and, more importantly, original Japanese music soul: Toru Takemitsu.

Tue Dec 4

12am Classical Overnight classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Classical music all night long! Join us for hours of non-stop selections, and while you're at it be sure to make a pledge of support to your favorite radio station, WTJU!

6am Simply Schubert classical
Hosted by Andrew Morgan

Through his short life of just 31 years, Franz Schubert achieved immortal status as one of the greatest composers of the early Romantic period. Join Andrew Morgan as he explores Schubert's vast body of work, from songs to symphonies, chamber music to sacred music.

9am Florence and Leontyne Price classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

We present to you a program featuring two “Price”-less artists of classical music: Leontyne Price and Florence Price. One is a star of the opera world, having earned international fame from her performances at the Metropolitan Opera with her transcendent voice. The other was a composer whose music is currently being rediscovered and rightly considered as worthy of the canon. Join us as we celebrate these two individuals who have made a name for themselves in a genre that has too often ignored the contributions of black female artistry.

12pm Timeless Tangos classical
Hosted by Ann Porotti

Everybody plays tangos: Yo Yo Ma, The Kronos Quartet, Gidon Kremer. It all began with portable equipment, usually a guitar and a bandoneon. And you danced in the street, often men with men. We will explore tango from its Argentinian roots to its evolution into a world form.

2pm Desert Island Discs classical
Hosted by Ken Nail

Our classical staff members choose favorite discs they would find indispensable if ever they found themselves marooned on a desert island, and also share the favorites of celebrated local residents. Don’t wait to put your pledge in a bottle and send it to us via the ocean. Call right now or e-mail us with your desert island favorites and a pledge of support for WTJU.

4pm The Romantic Piano Concerto classical
Hosted by Tim Snider

Franz Liszt was the first great concertizing virtuoso, but there were many others who tried to emulate his success. We will hear a selection of bold Romantic concerti from the late 19th Century with keyboard fireworks aplenty for your listening pleasure.

7pm Hopscotch classical
Hosted by Xavier Taylor

What if life were a game of hopscotch, make that three-dimensional hopscotch, and your heart kept telling you: "A thousand streets lead into one great road, and no gate blocks your way." Written by Yuval Sharon and six of LA's rising composers, "Hopscotch" tells the story of Lucha, Jameson, Orlando, and a disappearance across time.

10pm Bachianas Brasileiras classical
Hosted by Luke Waddell

One of classical music's best-kept secrets is the composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, who in his over 2000 works invigorated traditional Western music with the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Brazil's rich and diverse folk music. Join Luke in exploring the music of one of Latin America's most fascinating composers.

Wed Dec 5

12am Classical Overnight classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Classical music all night long! Join us for hours of non-stop selections, and while you're at it be sure to make a pledge of support to your favorite radio station, WTJU!

6am Farewells to Love and Life classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

What was the last piece of music Bach composed? What about Mozart? Mahler? Some final works may be famous. But others -- and the stories behind them -- may surprise you. Join Ralph for a special program that celebrates some very special lives in music.

9am Have It Your Way: The Best of Piano Transcriptions classical
Hosted by Paula O'Buckley

There was a way to play what you heard at last week's symphony long before there was recorded music: the piano transcription! Of course there were the great piano virtuosos that could play and transcribe orchestral works for their own devices: Liszt, Godowsky, Kempff, Wild... all will be heard in this three-hour extravaganza of delightful piano works.

12pm Darius Milhaud, et cie. classical
Hosted by Uncle Dave Lewis

French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) was a member of "Les Six," was one of the first European classical composers to incorporate jazz rhythms in his work, and is best known today as the composer of "Scaramouche Suite," "Le boeuf sur le toit" and "La Création du monde." However in the period following World War II he was a highly significant teacher of composers, with students ranging from Karlheinz Stockhausen to Burt Bacharach. This program will devote the first hour to Milhaud's music in historical recordings, followed by a second hour of music by the students that he helped to develop as composers.

2pm Desert Island Discs classical
Hosted by Sandy Snyder

Our classical staff members choose favorite discs they would find indispensable if ever they found themselves marooned on a desert island, and also share the favorites of celebrated local residents. Don’t wait to put your pledge in a bottle and send it to us via the ocean. Call right now or e-mail us with your desert island favorites and a pledge of support for WTJU.

4pm Not for Organ classical
Hosted by Michael Latsko

Organists compose for other instruments, too! Bach, Buxtehude, Couperin, Handel, Mendelssohn, Franck and Widor (among others) were noted in their day not only as organists but as composers for the "king of instruments." They also composed music for other instruments which we'll feature on this show.

7pm Madame Boulanger and Her Pupils classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

Nadia Boulanger was, without question, one of the most influential figures in 20th century classical music. She taught almost every major composer from the period, including Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Elliott Carter, Philip Glass, David Diamond, Astor Piazzolla, Roy Harris, and Walter Piston. She also composed her own music, and occasionally conducted the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and BBC Symphony. For three hours we will explore and celebrate her enormous impact on classical music.

10pm Living Time: Scandinavian Edition classical
Hosted by Gary Funston and Steve Huff

Gary and Steve stray a bit from the comfort of the Living Time zone as they visit Norway, Sweden and Denmark in pursuit of the junction of classical/chamber music with modern jazz. This will necessarily include many recordings on the ECM label by such artists as Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, and Keith Jarrett's Scandinavian Quartet, along with other practitioners.

Thu Dec 6

12am Classical Overnight classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Classical music all night long! Join us for hours of non-stop selections, and while you're at it be sure to make a pledge of support to your favorite radio station, WTJU!

6am Opening Night classical
Hosted by John Delehanty and Ken Nail

What composers would you chose to bring in audiences at the start of a new season? We'll investigate ensembles throughout the world and here at home to discover those sure-to-please selections who guarantee a successful season and a successful show during the Classical Marathon.

9am Happy Holidays: Music of the Season classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Join Ralph for a mix of the very new and the very old. You'll hear some of the best classical Christmas recordings of 2018, along with some perennial favorites recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. You'll hear great performances of sacred and secular classical music from the Renaissance ranging through the 21st Century. Some selections will be familiar, and others you'll want to hear again and again.

12pm Winter Sports classical
Hosted by Louise Largiadèr

Whether you like building snowmen or going ice fishing, cross country skiing or attending football games, Louise has two hours of music celebrating winter-time activities. Let the games begin!

2pm Desert Island Discs classical
Hosted by Eric Brandt

Our classical staff members choose favorite discs they would find indispensable if ever they found themselves marooned on a desert island, and also share the favorites of celebrated local residents. Don’t wait to put your pledge in a bottle and send it to us via the ocean. Call right now or e-mail us with your desert island favorites and a pledge of support for WTJU.

4pm Happy Birthday, Grieg! classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Norway's most famous composer was born in 1843 - 175 years ago. We'll be marking the occasion with some of his greatest hits (such as the "Hall of the Mountain King" and the "Holberg Suite"), and some equally beautiful but less well-known works.

7pm The Piano in 20th Century Paris classical
Hosted by Andrew Pratt and John Delehanty

Throughout history there have been brief periods of immense creativity in the arts and sciences. The first half of the 20th century in Paris was one such period, particularly in the arts and music. Many composers participated in the ferment with a multitude of musical approaches that can be appreciated in their piano compositions. It will be a challenge to decide who to chose and what to play but one thing is certain - the wealth of exciting music is sure to please.

10pm Bernstein Conducts American Composers classical
Hosted by Luke Waddell

It's hard to think of a greater advocate for American classical music than Leonard Bernstein, who was an invaluable professional collaborator and personal friend of many composers, most notably Aaron Copland, and who premiered scores of scores, including Charles Ives' Second Symphony. On this installment of WTJU's celebration of the Bernstein centennial, we will be listening to Copland, Barber, Harris, and more.

Fri Dec 7

12am Classical Overnight classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Classical music all night long! Join us for hours of non-stop selections, and while you're at it be sure to make a pledge of support to your favorite radio station, WTJU!

6am The Bach Cantata classical
Hosted by Luke Waddell

Bach is perhaps best known for his instrumental music, but the real heart of his work was his sacred music, written for his duties as Kapellmeister in Weimar and Leipzig. We will be hearing selections from his nearly 200 surviving church cantatas as we explore how performance style has evolved, from the Thomaskantors of old to the latest period performance practitioners.

9am West Side Story classical
Hosted by Rus Perry and Brian Keena

West Side Story was, perhaps, Bernstein’s jazziest work and we return the favor. The hosts of “Jazz at 100” and “The Jazz Messenger” will reproduce the famous score in performance order as presented by great jazz artists to celebrate the Maestro’s centenary.

12pm Check out the Czechs! classical
Hosted by Space Cadet Kelly

"Check out the Czechs!" will be bringing you two hours of nineteenth and twentieth century Czechoslovakian classical music with wild juxtapositions, dark overtones, along with conventional classical sounds, inspired and influenced by the traditional music of Moravia and Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

2pm Desert Island Discs classical
Hosted by Tim Snider

Our classical staff members choose favorite discs they would find indispensable if ever they found themselves marooned on a desert island, and also share the favorites of celebrated local residents. Don’t wait to put your pledge in a bottle and send it to us via the ocean. Call right now or e-mail us with your desert island favorites and a pledge of support for WTJU.

4pm Sibelius Masterpieces: The Rare and the Familiar classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

Jean Sibelius is now widely recognized as one of the great late-Romantic composers. In this program, we celebrate the works that made him famous, as well as hidden treasures that deserve more recognition. If you’re a fan of Sibelius and WTJU, be sure to make a pledge of support while we dive into the music of Finland’s greatest composer!

7pm Rodgers and Hammerstein classical
Hosted by Perry Medlin and Xavier Taylor

Join Perry and Xavier as they journey through the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, together and apart. Featuring songs from The King and I, South Pacific, Jumbo, Carousel, Carmen Jones, and so much more.

10pm Religious Voices around the World classical
Hosted by Ryan Grant

Sacred music exists in nearly all societies around the world, yet much of it is seldom heard by outsiders. While many of these traditions differ strongly from most Western Classical music they nevertheless represent some of the most thought-out and cultivated songs in their respective cultures. Join us as we explore religious songs from the tropical islands of Polynesia to the windswept mountains of the Caucasus, and everywhere in between.

Sat Dec 8

12am Classical Overnight classical
Hosted by Ralph Graves

Classical music all night long! Join us for hours of non-stop selections, and while you're at it be sure to make a pledge of support to your favorite radio station, WTJU!

6am Classical Ireland classical
Hosted by Kyle Chattleton

Join us as we explore the musical heritage of Ireland, including Field's gentle Nocturnes, Stanford's magnificent Irish Rhapsodies, and Cassidy's gorgeous compositions. From the traditional to the contemporary, and the Baroque to the Modern, this program aims to delight all who love the sounds of the Emerald Isle.

9am The English Anthem classical
Hosted by Rex and Lady Alison

Rex and Lady Alison return to present one of the most popular programs of our Classical Marathons. Join us 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 Cats and Dogs! classical
Hosted by Francesca da Rimini and Tim Snider

Two of our pet lovers present their favorite pieces inspired by the animal kingdom. Are you a dog person or a cat person? Call us with a pledge, and we’ll see whether our listeners are predominantly feline-attuned or canine-attuned, but stay tuned for the results!

3pm Beethoven: Who Inspired Him and Whom He Inspired classical
Hosted by Penelope Ward

One of the most influential composers in history, Beethoven was also heavily inspired by those around him and those who came before. Join us as we explore these musical connections in a two-hour program dedicated to one of the "greats" of classical music.

5pm The Golden Age of Hollywood classical
Hosted by Ken Nail and Ralph Graves

Big films, big stars, and big scores! Ken Nail and Ralph Graves explore the music that made the movies great. From epics to film noir, they’ll have something for everyone from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

7pm Nils Frahm and Friends classical
Hosted by ANDROID

Nils Frahm is a contemporary composer, performer, and producer who is best known for his blending of classical and electronic music through an unconventional piano texture. He is also an avid collaborator with other classical and electronic artists. In this program, we will explore his varied oeuvres, and will also sample from his collaborators’ solo music.

9:30pm SLEEP 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.

Sun Dec 9

6am The Winter Solstice classical
Hosted by Paula O'Buckley

Known as a special and introspective moment in the yearly cycle for many cultures from neolithic times to present day, Winter Solstice is considered mid-winter. A feasting day ahead of presumably bleak times, it is also a time of new beginnings, and the longest night. The pieces played for this show will include works that invoke winter and absence of light, but also more familiar works reminding us of lighter days ahead.

9am Advent classical
Hosted by Francesca da Rimini

The beginning of the Church's liturgical year, Advent encompasses the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Join us as we rejoice in ten centuries of the music of glory and grace.

12pm Opera Overtures classical
Hosted by Penelope Ward

An overture to the opera program! Join us as we offer a two-hour fanfare of some of the best orchestral selections from the world of opera, both well-known and otherwise. And be sure to make a pledge of support!

2pm Tannhäuser classical
Hosted by Ann Shafer and Tim Snider

Our long-running Sunday Opera Matinee features an early work by the great German Maestro Richard Wagner. You will hear a performance featuring the greatest Wagner singers from an era when great singing was the norm in this repertoire.

6pm 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 WTJU Classical

Join us for the Classical Marathon's traditional airing of music for the season: Handel's Messiah.

11pm Zing Went the Strings classical
Hosted by Don Harrison and Rick Clark

To close out this year's Classical Marathon, Radio Wowsville's Rick and Don show the influence of classical music on rock, soul, and pop, showcasing string-laden gems from the British Invasion and '70s urban music, and highlighting the influence of Classical motifs in today's modern rock.