Classical Music

Weekdays 12N - 2pm
  • Hosted by Matt Jackfert
  • Local Host Frank Stowers

From plainchant to polyphony, Baroque to the Boston Pops, our mid-days are a celebration of the incredible diversity that is classical music.

All this week, Maestro André Raphel and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra are hosting the East Meets West Festival and Concert in Wheeling. This includes events like "The Art and Tradition of Storytelling", which took place on Wednesday (3/14); "A Musical Journey Through Chinese and Western Culture", which will take place Thursday evening (3/15); and a WSO concert, which is happening Friday evening (3/16).

"I'm home again." That was a declaration by world-renowned Euphonium player, Steven Mead, following his 5-week journey across the world. Mead found himself performing in several different countries this summer including the Netherlands, Italy, Lithuania, South Korea, and China.

"Keep on pickin'"-- That's one of the many mantras of legendary composer, conductor, and performer David Amram. He used that mantra when sending out his composition portfolio to job prospects. Several times that portfolio was returned to him unopened, so he simply changed the address on the package and sent it out again. In 1966, however, his portfolio caught the attention of another legendary composer and performer, Leonard Bernstein, and he received the position of composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic. 

"I think he's been such a great spokesperson for the arts... and really for music in general... I think he's really been someone who's been able to help classical music progress past the traditional venues and audiences that one might normally expect," says Wheeling Symphony conductor, André Raphel, about pianist and radio personality Christopher O'Riley.

A few weeks ago, the students of the Appalachian Children's Chorus and their founding director, Selina Midkiff, stopped by our studios at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. They graced us with their youthful energy and a true dedication to music-making. 

Caviar, Vodka, and a World Premiere for the Montclaire String Quartet

Oct 12, 2016

The upcoming week of recitals for the Montclaire String Quartet seeks to offer a variety of musical flavors. A taste of Caviar -- with Mozart's Quartet No. 15 in D minor K421, a splash of vodka -- with Tchaikovsky's Quartet No. 1 in D major op. 11, and a world premiere -- with Matt Jackfert's new piece POLLY HOLLOW for String Quartet.

Lindsey Goodman

 This Wednesday, Lindsey Goodman, principal flutist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra joined us live in studio to discuss her recently-released debut solo album Reach through the Sky. On the album, Goodman not only plays soprano flute and alto flute, but she also sings mezzo-soprano on a number of songs. All of the composers on the album are living American composers, because as Goodman jokes, "Beethoven never returns my calls." 


Delos Records.

Recently, both students and faculty from West Virginia University teamed up to perform and record the music of Mary McAuliffe for a CD from the Delos label. The reason? WVU piano professor, Lucy Mauro says, "We really liked her music, so we wanted to record it." Fair enough.

McAuliffe had written a set of songs for Mauro and tenor, Donald George, and the pair fell in love with McAuliffe's compositions.

 


Hidden in one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" (Lewisburg, WV), is a world-renowned pianist who has played with some of the world's top orchestras. Barbara Nissman moved to the Mountain State in 1989, and now she's bringing her talents up I-64 to Charleston this weekend.

Woodwind Trio Performs Live In-studio

Mar 3, 2016
Matt Jackfert

This Thursday, we were graced with the presence of a local woodwind trio in our studios here at WVPB. They shared with us the music they've been preparing for the first installment of this year's Concerts @ St. John's Series. That concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 6th at 4 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church in Charleston, WV.

Renae Phillips

Although the Kanawha Valley has had some economic struggles in recent years, there still stands a full-functioning and devoted theatre and arts community. Forces from all around the valley continue to converge on a production, and a receptive audience is there to receive it (even on a Sunday matinee no less!).

Mark Records

Years ago, conductor Andrew Traschel was surfing YouTube - like many do. He came across a composition that fascinated him: Mason Bates's "Mothership"Upon viewing, Traschel immediately emailed the composer asking for the possibility to arrange the composition for wind ensemble. This began a series of events that led to the creation of a debut album. 

This October 6th at 7 PM, the West Virginia Symphony League will be showing off the latest fashion of the season during their Fashion Show fundraiser at the University of Charleston Erma Byrd Gallery. Over 50 models will adorn clothing from over 20 retailers in a tribute to local community heroes.

Thursday Oct. 1st at 7:30 PM, world renowned string quartet, Amernet, and the WVU Orchestra will follow the direction of Mitchell Arnold on stage at the Lyell B. Clay Theater in Morgantown. The concert is free to all WVU students who have a student ID to give  exposure to all the students and faculty have to offer at the School of Music.

Cellist Julian Schwarz will join us live on radio during Classical Music with Matt Jackfert starting at 2:06 PM this Friday (9/18).

Schwarz will discuss his upcoming performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as his career that's been skyrocketing in the short time since his orchestral debut at age 11.

Today the Montclaire String Quartet shared with us some of their talents by performing Johan Halvorsen's Pasacaglia for Violin and Viola after JF Handel's Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G minor live in studio. They also brought along Scott Woodard, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities of West Virginia State University to discuss their new partnership with WVSU.

Check them out Sept. 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Davis Fine Arts Building at WVSU.

WVPB Host and Composer Matt Jackfert on Performance Today

Jul 14, 2015
Josh Saul

An original composition by WVPB host Matt Jackfert is being featured Friday on the public radio program Performance Today.

Matt Jackfert

Have you ever wondered how to create your own album? Or maybe were just curious as to how a band goes from their garage to professional recording studio? Let Matt Jackfert take you through a 10-step process of creating your very own album by following Charleston-based group, The Company Stores, as they went from playing in basements and garages in 2013, to releasing a full album in 2014 called Rollin' In.

Matt Jackfert

Ever wondered how a band makes it from garage to professional studio? Join us this Memorial Day on radio as we go inside the making of an album. We track Charleston-based band The Company Stores as they create their first album Rollin' In. On Monday night at 8 PM, Matt Jackfert will walk you through each step and will give you a behind-the-scenes tour as we listen in on the planning and recording of the album. 

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra is bidding farewell to the 2014-2015 season by performing a series of masterpieces by great composers, both old and new, during their concert on May 15th, 2015 8:00 PM at the Capitol Theater in Wheeling

Generally when a musician makes a mistake in a concert, he or she can just go home and forget about it. When your husband or wife is also your partner in music, that may not be so easy! That's the case for the Fa2 Duo--the violin and piano duo comprised of Cristian and Victoria Fatu.

Kim Arnesen

To use common parlance: this is big stuff, a big deal and quite an honor.

Charleston-based Opus Chorale has been a given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the American premiere of Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arnesen's Requiem Mass. "Arnesen is a rising star in the choral world," said Opus Chorale director, David Donathan, "and for us, this is a major coup."

It takes a serious amount of knowledge to become a conductor of an orchestra. That's why Maestro Stefan Sanders learned it from the inside out. He knew he wanted to be a conductor, but started as a Bass Trombone player in the Buffalo Philharmonic and waited for his time. When conductor, JoAnn Falletta, gave him the chance to conduct the BPO, he jumped on the opportunity. Since then, he's become Director of the Round Rock Symphony in Texas and an Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Listen to hear his story and recordings of the BPO.

The Montclaire String Quartet performed LIVE without a net in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Studios at 600 Capitol Street Friday, February 13th.

The tightly-knit ensemble performed selections from their upcoming concert titled "The Silver Screen." These pieces included selections from film and selections from film composers that were written as concert music.

At our studios, they performed:

Nino Rota -- 2 movements from Concerto for Strings
Bernard Hermann -- selection from Echoes
Alexander Borodin -- Nocturne
Astor Piazzolla -- Tango Ballet

BBC

Brian Eno has called them "radio Dadaism," and ranks them among the best in British comedy. Eddie Izzard believes the Goons were the start of modern comedy. And Monty Python? Well, they idolized them. Count John Lennon and The Beatles, Firesign Theater and Prince Charles among their fans.

Jim Lange

A creative life or daily creative activity is a funny thing- fraught with missteps, miscues and misfires. It is not, as we might think, a Sturm und Drang artistic wrestle with the fates. It's far more practical and hilarious than that.

Occasionally, an amusing thought, often containing a bitter grain of truth, will pop into my head.This is a partial list of these nuggets of "wisdom."

1. Coffee helps. A lot.

2. Let your voice be the only one speaking in your head.

3. Create a space for silence. Music comes from there.

4. Listen, don't think.

Take a listen as Maestro André Raphel talks with us about his upcoming concert of Spanish and American Music with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, their composer-in-residence, Roberto Sierra, and their guest violinist, Michael Ludwig.

Jim Lange

Symphony of Ideas: SEPTEMBER 25 at 12:15pm & OCTOBER 2 at 8pm. 2 hours.

Symphony of Ideas, a collaboration between WV Public Radio and the WV Symphony Orchestra returns this Thursday with a brand new program with many West Virginia connections.

Jim Lange

This past Wednesday, the Montclaire String Quartet stopped by the studios at West Virginia Public Radio for a live in-house performance. They performed selections from their upcoming concerts, gave their insights into the pieces and talked about the group's recent transitions. The members are from around the world but have found a home in West Virginia, and this year they welcome Cristian Fatu to the group. Here is this year's instrumentation:

Anton Shelepov -- 1st violin
Cristian Fatu -- 2nd violin
Bernard DiGregorio -- Viola
Andrea DiGregorio -- Cello
 

Their upcoming concert is at the University of Charleston Sunday, September 14th at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or online at wvsymphony.org. Tickets can also be acquired at the door at 2:00 PM. 

In 2012, the Marshall University Chamber Choir toured France singing in old cathedrals and churches including the Notre Dame Cathedral. They sang an eclectic mix ranging from Renaissance music to American Spirituals to contemporary music. 

The Chamber Choir is typically made up of about 32 students, with both music majors and non-majors, and is open to auditions for new members. 

This school year, they'll be performing with the Marshall University Orchestra to take on Handel's Messiah in December, and next Spring, they'll be taking a tour of the south, heading to the Atlanta, GA area with stops along the way.

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