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....

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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

Then & Now 3/8:  Rachmaninoff
On this date in 1896, Rachmaninoff’s symphonic fantasy "The Rock," had its premiere in Moscow. You can hear a much more familiar Rachmaninoff piece later tonight as we present our...
Then & Now 2/23:  A Local World Premiere
On this date in 2005, Danny Elfman’s first symphonic concert work “Serenada Schizophrana” had its premiere in Carnegie Hall.  Elfman is probably best known for his work in TV and f...
Then & Now 2/22:  A Musical Tour
On this date in 1881, Max Bruch’s "Scottish Fantasy," had its premiere in Liverpool, and in 1941, Morton Gould’s "Latin American Symphonette," was played for the first time in Broo...

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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