Mornings with Russell Gant

Early mornings and late at night, listeners enjoy classical music with insight and wit provided by Russell Gant. He finds the interesting stories and history that makes this music come alive. Find out how relevant classical music can be to your life by listening each weekday morning starting at 6:00, and evenings at 10:00. Russell presents his Then and Now feature each weekday morning at 8:00 – a tidbit of music history mixed in with a fun fact or current event in today’s classical world.

This week on Mornings with Russell Gant

Michael Torke
Two works for guitar had their premieres on today’s date.  In 1940, Rodrigo’s popular "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra, had its first performance in Barcelona, and in 1994, Michael Torke’s “Nylon” for guitar and chamber orchestra, was premiered by the East of England Orchestra with Nicola Hall as the soloist. There’s plenty of guitar music in Sarasota as Guitar Sarasota presents...
November 9, 2016 on Classical Music

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Russell Gant

Russell Gant hosts Classical Music weekdays, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM and is the station's Classical Music Director. He started as a part time production assistant while studying music at the University of South Florida, and became a full-time on-air music host in 1987.

Musical Notes from Mornings with Russell Gant

Stephen Sondheim
Today’s date is a pretty good one for Broadway!  March 22 marks the birthdays of two major composers.  Stephen Sondheim was born in 1930 in New York City, and then 12 years later a...
Johann Sebastian Bach
On this date in 1685, perhaps the greatest composer of the Baroque period, and the man who is responsible for setting the path of classical music was born.  Yes, today is the birth...
Sergei Rachmaninoff
On this date in 1873, the great composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff was born.  This date also saw the premiere of his symphonic fantasy "The Rock". The Florida Orchestra just...

This Week on Mornings with Russell Gant

Robert Levin
On this date in 1957, American composer Gunther Schuller gave a lecture at the Tanglewood Festival, during his talk, he came up with the phrase "third stream" to describe a type of...
On this date in 1897, the Hungarian born American conductor George Szell, was born in Budapest. He led the Cleveland Orchestra from 1946 until the time of his death in 1970. And a...
Alan Clare
British pianist Alan Clare (1921 – 1993) was McPartland’s guest at the BBC’s Delaware Road studios in London. Clare began his professional career at age eleven and went on to work...

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