Classical Music

  • Louis Armstrong
    Then & Now 8/4: Louis Armstrong
    On this date in 1901, the great jazz trumpeter and innovator Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans.  Also known as "Satchmo," "Pops" and, later, "Ambassador Satch," he was a...
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  • Morton Gould
    Then & Now 7/31: Old Becomes New
    On this date in 1938, American composer Morton Gould conducted the first performance of his “American Symphonette No. 2.”  Gould said that this was “entertainment music attempting...
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  • Paul Freeman
    Then & Now 7/30: Remembering Two Great Conductors
    On this date in 1970, the longtime music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell died.  Szell went to Cleveland in 1946 to take over the orchestra, which was struggling...
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This Week on Classical WSMR

Jean Sibelius
Sibelius's Sixth Symphony

Tonight on Classical WSMR, Jean Sibelius said of his Sixth Symphony: "Whereas most other modern composers are engaged in manufacturing cocktails of every hue and description, I offer the public pure cold water.”  Hear it tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR, 89.1 Sarasota, 103.9 Tampa and online at...more...

August 4, 2015 on Classical WSMR
Schedule:
Monday - Friday 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9
Host:
Susan Giles Wantuck
Susan Giles Wantuck is a host, producer and reporter for WUSF Public Media who focuses her storytelling on arts and culture. She also serves as the host for Evening Masterwork, weekdays on Classical WSMR 89.1 and in Tampa at 103.9. She is a lifelong resident with family roots that stretch... Read More...

Classical News

WSMR Music Programs

Each weekday morning 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 added to your life by listening each weekday morning...

Join Bethany Cagle every weekday at 12:00 Noon for your favorite classical selections. Bethany adds a superb touch of class to the station, and brings you the interesting stories behind the music. Listen as you go about your busy day. You’ll find Bethany is the perfect...

The end of the day is a combination of wrapping up and winding down! Join Susan Giles Wantuck afternoons beginning at 4:00 PM for lively and relaxing music on your way home or as you prepare for evening. Susan brings the perfect mix of music and information for your dinner...

APM's Performance Today is America's most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on 292 public radio stations across the...

Each weeknight at 7:00 PM join Susan Giles Wantuck for some of the best music ever written. Music that’s good enough to earn the title “Masterwork.” Listen for full length performances and large scale works like Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphonies, some new recordings and music...

June LeBell's Musical Conversation, on WSMR 89.1 & 103.9, features fascinating conversations with all sorts of great artists in the world of classical music. Listeners are invited into June’s radio living room for unscripted, insightful, fun conversation about…and...

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg...

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra...

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