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

Then & Now 9/22:  Jewish Themed Music
On this date in 1964, Jerry Bock’s musical "Fiddler On the Roof" opened on Broadway.  It would ran for 3,242 performances before closing. This Sunday, From the Top visits the recital hall of the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. In honor of that setting, the young performers celebrate Jewish themed music and the music of Jewish composers. We’ll hear a teenage violinist perform...

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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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
On this date in 1785, Mozart dedicated his six latest string quartets to his friend and older colleague, Franz Joseph Haydn. Earlier that year, Haydn heard some of these quartets p...
Kurt Weill
On this date in 1928, Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera" had its premiere in Berlin. "The Three Penny Opera" was a huge success, and was being performed in theaters all over Europe....
John Cage
On this date in 1952, “Water Music” by John Cage had its premiere at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York.  "Water Music," is written for a "prepared piano", that is to...

This Week on Mornings with Russell Gant

Then & Now 9/21:  From Holst to Holt
On this date in 1874, English composer Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham. He was born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, and his early works were published under the name "Gustav von H...
Then & Now 9/18: Discover the Flute!
On this date in 1954, Virgil Thomson’s Concerto for flute, strings and percussion, had its premiere in Venice. You can hear a concert featuring the principal flutist from the Saras...
Then & Now 9/20: Music From London
On this date in 1930, the first public performance of Elgar’s "Pomp and Circumstance" March No. 5 took place at Queen's Hall in London, with Sir Henry Wood conducting.  The first p...

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