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KACU Schedule Adds 7 New Music Programs

Jul 31, 2014

We have great news for our classical music lovers! Our evening music now starts at 6 p.m. with “Exploring Music” followed by “Performance Today” at 7 p.m. We’ve added seven new programs including the American Opera Series, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, “Fiesta!" focused on Latin American composers, and “Relevant Tones” featuring contemporary artists exploring the cutting edge of classical music today. We’ve also extended music throughout the overnight hours for a total of five new hours of classical music each day.

You can also view KACU's full programming schedule.

American Opera Series

The WFMT Radio Network has gathered many of the most celebrated and stirring opera performances by American companies over the past year as part of this popular radio series. The American Opera series features highlights from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera and San Francisco Opera’s most recent seasons, plus a selection of special performances from other major companies, including Caramoor, Michigan Opera Theatre and a special concert version of Verdi’s MacBeth by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to featuring world-class performance recordings, this series includes lively and insightful but brief commentary about the performances and short interviews with artists. The American Opera Series can be heard on Thursdays at 10 p.m.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Hosted by Elliot Forrest, this one-hour show features recorded performances by leading chamber music players from around the world. The program is filled with enlightening commentary from CMS Co-Artistic Director David Finckel and the performers. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center can be heard on Mondays at 9 p.m.

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Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Listeners will travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico through the sound of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s superbly recorded concerts and recitals. As one of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is known for its commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, innovation and vision. The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival can be heard on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has been hailed as on of the leading performing arts institutions since it’s founding in 1919.  Known as one of the world’s outstand orchestras, each program will present far more than a regular symphony concert. The Los Angeles Philharmonic devotes much of its energy and resources to ensuring that its presence is felt in ever corner of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Philharmonic can be heard Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

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Fiesta! is an original production devoted to Latino concert music and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to KACU. The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series. He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music. Fiesta! fosters an appreciation for Latin American classical music and creates a meeting place for listeners of diverse backgrounds. Fiesta! can be heard Fridays at 9 p.m.

Relevant Tones

Relevant Tones is a weekly exploration of the most fascinating time in classical music history: right now. From up-and-coming firebrands to established artists, this series features music and in-person interviews from the hottest festivals around the world, celebrates the major figures shaping classical music today, spots emerging trends, shines a light on lesser known but fascinating composers, and features music recorded in dynamic live broadcasts. Relevant Tones can be heard Fridays at 10 p.m.

Midnight Special

Midnight Special is one of the most enduring syndicated folk music radio programs from the WFMT Radio Network. Over the years, The Midnight Special has evolved into an eclectic mixture of song and story that attracts not only a loyal following, but also new, younger listeners with each broadcast. Thousands of traditional and contemporary folk performers and comedians fill this two-hour spontaneous entertainment program. Midnight Special can be heard Fridays at 11 p.m.

In addition to these great programs, we are also adding Fresh Air Weekend to our Saturday morning lineup. Many of you have requested the acclaimed NPR show, Fresh Air. Now, not only can you hear Fresh Air throughout the week, but now on Saturdays at 5 a.m.

You can get information on all of KACU's programs.