Midday Classics

Friday from 12 to 1 p.m.

Music in the classical style never goes out of fashion. It's performed countless times a year all over the world. With his own cheerful and engaging style, Jason Rinehart brings you recordings from orchestras performing with foremost conductors and soloists.

Midday Classics also brings you  the latest information about local classical performances, from university to professional; as well as interviews with the performers and conductors performing.

James Boldin

Dr. James Boldin, associate professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently published “Solo Duet Training for Horns,” a collection of instructive duets for the French horn.

“Duet playing is a traditional component of music instruction, because it encourages students to emulate the tone, style, and phrasing of a more experienced player,” said Boldin. 

Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were returning from playing roles in Richard Wagner's Siegfried in Barcelona.

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Louisa May Alcott's Words Come to Life in Music

Feb 24, 2015
George Healy

“Startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative.” That's how the Miami Herald describes the music of Steve Danyew.

Three faculty of the University of Louisiana at Monroe will give a unique performance and presentation on the poetry of noted American writer Louisa May Alcott, featuring music by Danyew.

Week Long Guitar Festival to be Held at ULM

Feb 7, 2015
Dan Sumner & Benedetto Guitars

If you love guitar, whether it be classical or jazz, then the week of February 9-13 is for you!  Dan Sumner, University of Louisiana at Monroe assistant professor of music, plays host to over ten events this week all centered around the guitar.  

"This is my favorite week of the year," explains Sumner.  

Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" at ULM

Feb 1, 2015
Dr. Scot Humes

It's not every day that you have the chance to experience a performance of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.  Dr. Scot Humes, University of Louisiana at Monroe associate professor of music, will perform the work at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3 in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall on the ULM campus.

Humes explains how the quartet came into existence and how a piece like this should be heard live, "rather than on a recording, no matter how good a CD might be."  

Rachel Barton Pine

The world celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birthday on January 27. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has always felt a special connection to Mozart. That's why she has recently released a CD of all 5 Mozart Violin Concertos as well as the Sinfonia Concertante.