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.

SymphonySundayJulia began her love of classical music by listening to her stepfather play Debussy and Chopin on the piano. At an early age she would go to the library and check out hundreds of classical records and transfer them to cassette tapes. In the early 90’s she moved to Washington, DC and worked as a Manager of Donor Lounges at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. There she got to see National Symphony Orchestra and Washington Opera galore! She moved to Chicago and worked as Event Planner and Assistant Development Director for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and toured Eastern Europe with them. Julia played the clarinet and flute when she was young and would like to jump back into it again. She holds a Bachelors in French Language. Today she is involved with her 13 year old daughter’s violin lessons, attends Nursing School and very much enjoys hosting Symphony Sunday along with the other three fabulous hosts.

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 fieldEd Holahan has retired from a lot of things….a long career inventing toys and games…a delightful stint facilitating creativity workshops and two wonderful years at the front end of our amazing Food Coop. He’s good at it…retiring, that is.

He hosts a weekly talk show with Genie P. Nordskog, Thursday mornings, called “Life: On The Radio”. He reads an essay about what matters to him every Friday morning on The View From Here, and he hosts Symphony Sunday from time to time because it’s a classy thing to do.

He lives on beautiful Ella Bella Farm with the love of his life, Mary Benson. He is the luckiest man alive. When pushed to sum up what he does he says, “I like to cause smiles”.




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