Classical Music with Jim Lange

Weekdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

From plainchant to polyphony, Baroque to the Boston Pops, Classical Music with Jim Lange is a celebration of the incredible diversity that is classical music.

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10:11 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

From Performer to Maestro: A Return to the BPO for Stefan Sanders

Maestro Stefan Sanders conducting

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.

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2:55 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Montclaire String Quartet Performs LIVE at WVPB Studios

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

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11:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Discover a British Treasure: The Goon Show

The Goons: Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe.
Credit 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.

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2:17 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Composing Oneself - 20 Quips About the Creating Process

Good (My idea of good is a bit introverted.) lighting, a sharp no. 2 pencil, good coffee and manuscript are the tools of the "bliss station" or what I call my small, cluttered, chaotic desk where I write music.
Credit 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.

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8:25 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Maestro André Raphel Brings New Music to Life

André Raphel doing what he does best.

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.

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10:48 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Symphony of Ideas Returns!

Maestro Grant Cooper.
Credit 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.

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8:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

In Studio with the Montclaire String Quartet

The Montclaire String Quartet after an in-house performance at West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit 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 Tickets can also be acquired at the door at 2:00 PM. 

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4:03 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

On Tour with the Marshall University Chamber Choir

The Marshall University Chamber Choir and director, David Castleberry during their 2012 Tour of France

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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2:06 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

U.S. Marine Band Tours the Mountain State

Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig conducting the United States Marine Band in concert.

The United States Marine Band will be starting its annual 30-day tour starting September 1st. They'll be making two stops in West Virginia:

Morgantown: Tuesday, Sept. 2nd 7:30 PM at the Clay Concert Theater at the Creative Arts Center

Charleston: Wednesday, Sept. 3rd 7:30 PM at the Municipal Auditorium.

They're also kicking off their tour near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in McHenry, MD on September 1st.

Tickets are FREE!! and are distributed by the local sponsor.

Tickets may be obtained by sending a self addressed and stamped envelope to...

St. Albans High School
C/O Tim White / Tickets
2100 Kanawha Terrace
St. Albans, WV 25177


Tickets will be available at
Charleston Civic Center Box Office & Taylor Books
For more information visit or  

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4:12 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

In Concert with the WVU Wind Symphony

John Hendricks conducting the WVU Wind Symphony in concert.

Classical Host, Matt Jackfert, interviews conductor, John Hendricks, of the WVU Wind Symphony about their upcoming season and plays recordings from past concerts.

Playlist:                                                                                                                                                                                                  John Mackey -- The Frozen Cathedral

John Phillip Sousa -- Easter Monday on the White House Lawn

Paul Hindemith -- March from Symphonic Metamorphosis

Percy Grainger -- Gum-Suckers March

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9:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dowland or O'Dolan?

John Dowland - international man of mystery.
Credit WikiCommons

The man of mystery, the enigmatic composer and lutenist, John Dowland (1563 –  1626) has been on my mind lately.

Periodically, I go through these heavy Dowlandesque periods where I immerse myself in his profound songs, finger-tangling lute music or his soft and sorrowful music for viols.

You see, there are more than a few of us who believe that Dowland, among a myriad of other Renaissance composers, never get a fair shake in the world of classical music. They are largely ignored and it is duly noted.

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1:50 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roger Morillo: "My work is my passion."

Roger Morillo and one of many bass magazines to feature his instruments.
Jim lange

Walking into Roger Morillo's shop in St. Albans, you cannot help but feel a tinge of excitement. 

Here is a place where not only valuable instrument repair is done, but it's also where Roger makes his own basses and guitars. This is the proverbial "kid in a candy store" for a guy like me.

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1:07 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Esa's Apple

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Credit © Katja Tähjä

Conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has a new series of short videos for Apple's iPad Air.

When I saw one of them on TV, I about jumped out of my chair. Rare, oh so rare, are appearances by the people Classical Music broadcasts every weekday. I got riled up when I wanted to rewind and watch the spot again. My wife wanted to move on and watch Jimmy Fallon.

He had Keith Urban. Sigh. That's a far, far cry from an Esa-Pekka Salonen and that's a damn shame as well.

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2:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Eleanor Daley: Choirs of Angels

Composer Eleanor Daley.
Credit Used by permission.

This Sunday, May 18th, you are in for a treat.

Do you sing in a choir? Like choral music? Do you like heavenly music set to exquisite poetry?

Eleanor Daley, one the most prolific and best-known choral composers, is coming to Charleston as part of the Charleston Civic Chorus' Spring Concert. She has an international reputation as her music is performed and sold all over the world.

I could just say her music is heavenly, blissful, subtle and profound, but that might not translate to readers.

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1:21 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Violinist Tim Fain

Tim Fain.
Credit Used by permission.

Violinist Tim Fain has all the musicianship necessary to play the major works in the classical repertoire, but there is not even a hint of self-importance or standoffishness that can come with that. His thoughtful, down-to-earth conversation make you feel like old friends.

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9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Cherese Weaver: Modern Antiquity

Cherese Weaver

The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.

She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.

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2:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Go to These Concerts

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)

Feeling cabin fever? Post winter blues?

Then get out of the house to see these concerts:

Be a cross-cultural traveler when you go hear Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Indian Classical Vocalist.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)

Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Tanmay Deochake (Harmonium)

India Center – Charleston, WV

Admission: $ 15 advance or $ 20 at the door

(Children under 16 = Free)

Supporter’s Dinner Before the Event

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.          $ 50.00 Per Person (includes the program)

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9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Travis Morton: The Art of Symmetry

Travis Morton

Artist Travis Morton's work is very distinctive. 

Look at several of his works and a pattern emerges. Actually, several patterns emerge and permutate within a recognizable parameter. The DNA, the thumbprint: that's how I see an artist's style.

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7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, pt. 3, with Sandra Bain Cushman

Sandra Bain Cushman - Alexander Technique teacher extraordinaire.
Credit Used by permission.

To "refreshify" those weary minds out there, over the past few years, I have developed some rather intense back issues. My lower back is an animal I have to constantly monitor and never dare risk injuring. It will lock up and leave me unable to move. Well, once I hobble to the couch, I lay there perfectly still because any movement is sheer agony.

The other issue has been an extension of my back issues and no doubt of unknown issues that have caused a tremor in my right arm. This directly impacts my guitar playing - something I've been devoted to for nearly forty years.

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