Classical Music

Imagine hearing music reverberating through caves or echoing across mountains. This summer, an ensemble of musicians from the Eastman School of Music in New York will be visiting national parks throughout the country and performing in the natural venues. It's part of the national park service's 100th anniversary.

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra gives its next performance at the Carson Center this Saturday night. On Sounds Good, classical producer George Eldred speaks with conductor Raffaele Ponti about the concert, titled "Sibelius' Violin Concerto."

This Saturday night, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra gives the third performance of their season, Mahler's 1st Symphony, at The Carson Center. on Sounds Good, George Eldred speaks with artistic director and conductor Raffaele Ponti about the concert beginning with a tribute to his father through the work by Mascagni, followed by special vocals in Debussy, then a work filled with the sounds of nature by Mahler.

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The Paducah Symphony Orchestra's 2015/16 season is a "biggie," featuring soloists pianist Fabio Bidini and violinist Gary Levinson. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Executive Director Daniel Sene about the season that "stretches the boundaries" with 'gargantuan' musical pieces like Mahler's 1st Symphony, Beethoven's 9th (Ode To Joy), the familiar tunes of Brahms' 2nd Piano Concerto and anchored by the popular 'A Christmas Celebration.'

A pathway can lead just about anywhere so who knows where we might end up. The journey is the thing! An episode of Classical Pathways with host George Eldred can take us through time musically from sunrise to night. Other examples might be music from a given locale, perhaps a musical “cruise” calling at many ports, or a “genealogy” looking at composers and those who studied under them. 

Hear Classical Pathways on the WKMS All-Classical Channel Sundays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.


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Starring the Paducah Symphony Orchestra:

Don't miss the rest of this season:

Hear the March 14th performance of Nielsen's 4th Symphony on March 20. Hear the April 18 performance of Carmina Burana on April 26!

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UPDATE: 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray is now installed and on air. Classical listeners in Murray, change your preset!

We are changing frequency 99.5 FM All-Classical Murray to 88.9 FM All-Classical Murray. The changeover will occur soon.

John Fannin says inspiration for "A Winter's Dawn" comes from a blend of understanding popular music and high velocity skiing. He conducts this piece of original work for Saturday's Community Band Concert in Murray. Kate Lochte gets a sneak listen with Fannin on Sounds Good and they talk about how his compositions are getting nationwide attention in the wind band repertoire.

Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams opens the program of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Saturday night at 7:30 in the Carson Center. Then, guest soloist Glenn Deicterow joins the Orhcestra for Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, opus 14. And the concert finale is Piotre Tchaikovsky's Symphony Number 1, Winter Daydreams. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Artistic Director and Conductor Raffaele Ponti for more about the music.

"One who tames; subdues" is the Latin meaning of 'Damiana' and "Untamed" in French and Greek. Guitarist Dieter Hennings of the University of Kentucky and Grammy Award winning flutist Molly Barth of the University of Oregon are Duo Damiana and they focus on broadening the cutting-edge body of repertoire for flute and guitar. Duo Damiana performs tonight at 7:30 in Performing Arts Hall at Murray State. We hear their music and learn about their inspirations on Sounds Good