Symphony Sunday


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Missed the live show? You can now hear the audio for one week after the original broadcast date.

Classical music for your Sunday morning.

BillNeilWilliam Neil’s compositions present the listener with an intense brilliant effect (FANFARE MAGAZINE) and represents contemporary writing at its most intellectual probing (CHICAGO TRIBUNE). His extremely characteristic harmonic world (CLASSICAL CD REVIEW) is fundamental to the unfolding of his music. Never exhausting his quest for what he calls “dream craft”, Neil regularly performs with Project Fourth Stream, immersing himself in the energy of improvisation and spontaneous composition. In the 1980’s Neil was appointed as the first composer-in-residence with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the first residency of its kind with a major American opera company. He then went on to produce award winning concerts and events at the New Music Chicago Spring Festival for several years. His has composed music for celebrated musicians including John Bruce Yeh and Chicago Pro Musica, guitarist Michael Lorimer and soprano Barbara Ann Martin. The Rome Prize and the Charles Ives Award are among his honors. His work has been recognized through grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and the American Symphony Orchestra League and awards from ASCAP and BMI. Most recently he served as a 2008 McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum for the city of Winona, MN.


DSCN2435Sarah Caldwell “Listening to the classical station while    sitting in my car at the Sacramento Waldorf School circa  1997… I heard Vivaldi’s Music for Lute & Mandolin for the  first time. My jaw fell open in awe as the tender  composition touched my heart. A true “aha” moment….  Ever since then I have cultivated a classical music habit  which sustains me in my darkest hours, bringing comfort  as well as delighting & exciting my soul. I am grateful to  join the other hosts here in offering classical music once a month sharing the joys, tender sorrows, and moving drama of the genre.”





Ed Hi standing in the field

Ed Holahan.

My brother filled the house with Classical Music and after a few years of mild resistance I succumbed to the magic of it. It is the music I listen to and think about. I have a particular fondness for the older repertoire…Baroque through mid-twentieth-century.

I attended the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Lyric Opera in Chicago for years, so you’ll hear a portion of operatic music on any given show.

The lives of composers and artists fascinate me. I tell some of those stories whenever time permits.



Ed Martinez

Ed Martinez and his wife, Barbara, moved to Viroqua in 2005…Ed retiring from years of public service in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and overseas.  He sees life through a lens of striving for equity, genuine diversity and improving our common human condition.  Interest in music started at early age in a boys’ choir in Los Angeles and continued (with a changing voice) with choral work, especially Gregorian chant and liturgical music, in high school, college, and beyond.  In retirement…in addition to obsessive gardening and landscaping, Ed finds time to learn more about music of all kinds…especially early music.  He believes music is at its best when it moves people to genuine emotion…joyful or sad…excited or serene…but always hopeful.



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