8 episodes

Host Norman Gilliland provides listeners with a wide variety of classical music, presents a story from " Grace Notes ," and holds the popular "Midday Quiz." Musicians traveling through Wisconsin often stop by the studio for live performances, discussions about their most recent works, and upcoming shows. "The Midday" can be heard weekdays on the NPR News and Classical Music Network and on WPR's All Classical Network from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Grace Notes" air around 11:30 a.m. while interviews and the "Midday Quiz" usually start at Noon.

The Midday Wisconsin Public Radio

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Host Norman Gilliland provides listeners with a wide variety of classical music, presents a story from " Grace Notes ," and holds the popular "Midday Quiz." Musicians traveling through Wisconsin often stop by the studio for live performances, discussions about their most recent works, and upcoming shows. "The Midday" can be heard weekdays on the NPR News and Classical Music Network and on WPR's All Classical Network from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Grace Notes" air around 11:30 a.m. while interviews and the "Midday Quiz" usually start at Noon.

    Ellen Zhou

    Ellen Zhou

    Ellen Zhou, 2022 Final Forte winner, performs works by Sibelius, Bach, and Mozart during the Midday and gives us insights into her approach to competitions, musicality and technique.

    Elissa Lee Koljonen

    Elissa Lee Koljonen

    Elissa Lee Koljonen stops by the Midday to share some thoughts about Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, which she's performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She also tells us about performing the great Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto and the delights of playing miniatures by Chopin and Elgar.

    Orli Shaham

    Orli Shaham

    Norman talks with Orli Shaham about her upcoming performance of Frederic Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor with the Milwaukee Symphony, her affinity for Chopin's music, working with husband conductor David Robertson, and her recordings of the entire Mozart piano sonatas.

    Christina and Michelle Naughton

    Christina and Michelle Naughton

    Norman Gilliland hosts the Naughton twins, Christina and Michelle, who return to their hometown to perform Max Bruch's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with the Madison Symphony. They share the strange story behind the concerto, how the pandemic has changed the way they perform, and how they communicate during their performances.

    Pianist John O'Conor

    Pianist John O'Conor

    Host Norman Gilliland welcomes pianist John O'Conor to the studio. He performed Beethoven's "Emperor Concerto" that night with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

    Harpist Johanna Weinholts, flutist Stephanie Jutt

    Harpist Johanna Weinholts, flutist Stephanie Jutt

    Host Norman Gilliland welcomes harpist Johanna Weinholts and flutist Stephanie Jutt to the studio. They played music by Joseph Haydn, Nino Rota, Maurice Ravel, and two contemporary composers, New Zealand's Gareth Farr and Mexico's Eduardo Angulo.

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