• A Festival of Light Classical Music

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    I recently found a Reader’s Digest collection at my parent’s home. It was too good not to share. So Wednesday, December 8, 2021, be sure to tune in for “A Festival of Light Classical Music.” From 7 am to 9 am I’ll be playing sections from these LPs and having some fun. You might not know the […]

  • Vienna 1800


    Vienna, circa 1800. Many music lovers picture that city at that time dominated by three musical giants. There was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, recently deceased, whose music was still in demand. Franz Joseph Haydn, the father of the symphony and string quartet, was now an international celebrity. And Ludwig van Beethoven, the young composer, and pianist […]

  • October is French Opera Month

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    October is French Opera Month on the Sunday Opera Matinee, which airs at 2 P.M. Sundays throughout the year. We will celebrate the great body of 19th Century Romantic French opera during our broadcasts next month. Apart from Carmen, the French repertoire is underrepresented in the repertories of many of the world’s great opera companies outside France. […]

  • Classical Interviews – Sharin Apostolou

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    Photo taken by Cory Weaver  Ader Artist-in-Residence Sharin Apostolou of Charlottesville Opera spoke with WTJU recently about how she got her start singing, her favorite operas and musicals, and how COVID has affected her work. Sharin Apostolou and Charlottesville Opera will be part of the Front Porch’s “Save the Music” series with a performance on […]

  • Classical Interviews – Michael Slon

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    “The experience of making music together and hearing music together contributes invisibly to the health of our culture. And we’re missing that force in current life right now.” So says UVA professor Michael Slon, about the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for musicians and audiences. Active as a conductor of choral, orchestral, and operatic repertoire, Michael […]

  • Classical Interviews – Brian Simalchik

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    Charlottesville composer Brian Simalchik recently spoke with WTJU about his composing style, composing for the marimba, and his latest piece “Self-Portrait(You Are Not Your Thoughts)”. The work premiered at the 2020 Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, available for viewing here. For more on Brian Simalchik, visit: BrianSimalchik.com Brian also co-hosts a show on WTJU, “A New […]

  • Classical Interviews – Katy Ambrose

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    Photo by Dan AddisonKaty Ambrose is an assistant professor at the McIntire Department of Music at UVA and Principal Horn in the Charlottesville Symphony. We spoke with her about the highlight of her career, the impact of a great teacher, and her favorite work. For more on Katy Ambrose, visit her Charlottesville Symphony page or […]

  • Classical Interviews – Judith Shatin

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    Judith Shatin is a local composer, educator, and founder of UVA’s Virginia Center for Computer Music. We spoke about her teaching experience, music in her early years, and recent compositions she’s composed. For more on Judith Shatin, visit: JudithShatin.com These interviews aired as part of Classical Sunrise, weekday mornings from 7-9am. Her first exposure to music Classical […]

  • WTJU’s Jazz Marathon carries the torch for jazz & blues – Sept. 24-30

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    Listener favorites on WTJU come in many styles from a century of jazz recordings. This year’s WTJU Jazz Marathon promises an exploration of tremendous one-of-a-kind jazz recordings. Join WTJU this year’s Jazz Marathon, September 24-30 — our annual musical scavenger hunt for the lost and found favorites of jazz! DONATE TODAY! Special kick-off event: JOEL HARRISON Concert. On […]