Symphony Sunday

with Rotating Hosts

Sundays at 9:00AM

William Neil: “I love programming new classical recordings with an emphasis on contemporary music. I also feature a segment ‘TheComposerStudio on the Air’ featuring performances and recordings of performers that collaborate with living composers and I often include recordings of local chamber music performers in the Driftless region highlighted with interviews and in-studio performances.”   

He has been active as a composer for over 40 years and his compositions present the listener with an intense brilliant effect (FANFARE MAGAZINE) and represent 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, and the range of sonic experiences (in his music) is astounding (SOUNDBOARD).  

His music was featured on several live broadcasts on WFMT radio in Chicago in 2019 including his Six Preludes for piano solo by pianist Martin Jones.  In the fall of 2020, Neil served as an Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Most recently, his Sacrum Creaturae will be premiered by the Artaria String Quartet at the 2021 Springwood Chamber Music Festival in Lanesboro, MN. 

Bill Motlong: I started engaging seriously with classical music in my late teen age years, and the relationship grew robustly and rapidly from then on. It became the go-to background sound throughout my college years—serving to spur my studies and energize my creativity to meet term paper deadlines. And the relationship further grew during my work years and profession as a family therapist in deepening my life experience and soothing my soul.

These days I enjoy revisiting familiar works with particularly exquisite performances and/or unique and creative interpretations, and I also enjoy discovering delightful works I have never before heard.  As well, I’ve loved exploring works of  composers and artists who have been under-appreciated and under-performed in the history of classical music. In the past couple of years, that has included the repertoire of women composers and of African-American composers, whose musical creations have, to put it mildly, not received the attention they’ve deserved. I’ve also become intrigued with where

contemporary classical music is headed, and what new horizons lay ahead for the genre.

Bill Motlong and his wife Barbara discovered the Driftless area in 1973, and it was love at first sight. They were weekenders from the Chicago area for 27 years, and moved here full time in 2000.

Symphony Sunday

with Rotating Hosts

Sundays at 9:00AM

William Neil: “I love programming new classical recordings with an emphasis on contemporary music. I also feature a segment ‘TheComposerStudio on the Air’ featuring performances and recordings of performers that collaborate with living composers and I often include recordings of local chamber music performers in the Driftless region highlighted with interviews and in-studio performances.”   

He has been active as a composer for over 40 years and his compositions present the listener with an intense brilliant effect (FANFARE MAGAZINE) and represent 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, and the range of sonic experiences (in his music) isastounding (SOUNDBOARD).  

His music was featured on several live broadcasts on WFMT radio in Chicago in 2019 including his Six Preludes for piano solo by pianist Martin Jones.  In the fall of 2020, Neil served as an Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Most recently, his Sacrum Creaturae will be premiered by the Artaria String Quartet at the 2021 Springwood Chamber Music Festival in Lanesboro, MN.  

Bill Motlong: I started engaging seriously with classical music in my late teen age years, and the relationship grew robustly and rapidly from then on. It became the go-to background sound throughout my college years—serving to spur my studies and energize my creativity to meet term paper deadlines. And the relationship further grew during my work years and profession as a family therapist in deepening my life experience and soothing my soul.

These days I enjoy revisiting familiar works with particularly exquisite performances and/or unique and creative interpretations, and I also enjoy discovering delightful works I have never before heard.  As well, I’ve loved exploring works of  composers and artists who have been under-appreciated and under-performed in the history of classical music. In the past couple of years, that has included the repertoire of women composers and of African-American composers, whose musical creations have, to put it mildly, not received the attention they’ve deserved. I’ve also become intrigued with where

contemporary classical music is headed, and what new horizons lay ahead for the genre.

Bill Motlong and his wife Barbara discovered the Driftless area in 1973, and it was love at first sight. They were weekenders from the Chicago area for 27 years, and moved here full time in 2000.

 

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.

Sarah 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 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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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.

Sarah 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 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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