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 10/20:  Operatic Premieres!
Several operas received their premieres on this date.  In 1842 it was Wagner’s"Rienzi," in 1847, Lortzing’s opera "Undine" had its first performance, in 1892, Rimsky-Korsakov’s " Mlada, and in 1949, Hartmanns opera "Simplicius Simplicissimus" had its premeire in Munich.  Sarasota Youth Opera will present a world premiere next month when they perform Rachel J. Peters’ “Rootabaga Country.” Ms....
Schedule:

Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Saturday 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM | Sunday 2 PM - 5 PM

Contact Info:

rgant@wusf.org

Host:
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

Then & Now 11/22:  Can you Handel it?
Four works by Handel had their premieres on this date!  In 1712, Handel’s opera “Il pastor fido,” was first performed at the Queen’s Theater in London.  Then in 1727, his opera “Ri...
Then & Now 11/21:  Chirstmas with Dale Warland
On this date in 1615, a letter was written by the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi to a friend at the court of the Duke of Mantua.  The letter accompanied a vocal score that Mon...
Then & Now 11/20:  Beethoven, The Florida Orchestra, and WSMR!
On this date in 1805, Beethoven’s opera "Fidelio" premiered in Vienna. You can hear Beethoven in January at the Classical WSMR Night with The Florida Orchestra . . . It’s the Piano...

This Week on Mornings with Russell Gant

Then & Now 10/19:  Bach to Stravinsky
On this date in 1933, the German conductor and composer Otto Klemperer led his first concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The program included a transcription of J.S. Bach's...
Then & Now 10/18:  Prokofiev and Stravinsky
On this date in 1923, Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 had its premiere in Paris. At this same concert, Igor Stravinsky led members of the orchestra in the premiere of his...
Then & Now 10/17:  Live Music!
On this date in 1978, President Jimmy Carter presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to singer Marian Anderson. We’re going to have a group of wonderful singers in our Sarasota...

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