A new way to wake up on Saturdays!
For many months now, Saturday mornings on WXXI have had a dearth of live, local hosts. We've got some great programs, don't get me wrong, but something's been missing. A lot of you mentioned this, so we here at the station got to thinking. The answer arrives this weekend from 7 in the morning until 8, with the premiere of a brand-new program called Cadenza! I'm very excited and honored to share that I'll be the host of the new program--live of course, and I wanted to let you know what to expect, and to invite you to participate in the show's development.
During the day, we stay pretty close to the main byways of classical music: Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Haydn. On a regular basis, we'll make a pit stop alongside for an excursion into some recently composed music, and even dig into something that crosses over into jazz or folk. But for the most part, our daily programming does excatly what it should: focus on great classical music old and new.
The thought behind this hour-long program is to explore the regions of our music library where genre lines are blurred. It will be a weekly chance for us to explore other side streets, mountain passes, and dirt roads where the term "classical" applies to either the performers, the instruments, the composer, or the style, but rarely to all of those at once. For example, this Saturday we'll hear a group of classicaly-trained singers in a strictly classical setting (a live recording at an arts center) sing a crisp and beautiful song by Dolly Parton. Then we'll hear five brass musicians with backgrounds in jazz, contemporary classical music, and popular music play an arrangement of Frank Zappa. Then we'll hear a genre-bending arrangement of a song by Rennaissance composer John Dowland, played by a classical cellist. You get the picture: different styles, different genres, different performers, but all with the spirit of classical music running through it.
What I really want, though, is to hear from you about what kind of music you think might fit into this program. Drop me a line here on the blog, or on my Facebook page and let me know about some great artist that is combining techno with a string quartet, or that writes Latin-tinged music for symphony orchestras. If you think it falls just outside the usual definition of "classical music," then I want to know about it!
And join me for the debut edition of Cadenza this Saturday from 7 until 8 in the morning!