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.
Madison Symphony Performs Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
This weekend, March 6, 7 and 8, the Madison Symphony Orchestra performs at the Overture Center in Madison. Blake Pouliot performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Kenneth Woods leads the orchestra presenting Haydn’s Symphony No. 96, the "Miracle," and then closes with the orchestral tone poem by Richard Strauss — Ein Heldenleben. Norman welcomes Blake Pouliot and Kenneth Woods to the studio. They discuss and play several excerpts from the performances.
UW Opera Performs Così fan tutte
Norman talks to members of the UW Opera company including their director David Ronis with conductor Oriol Sanz, soprano Julia Urbank, and soprano Cayla Rosche. They will be performing Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte on February 28, March 1 and March 3 in Music Hall on the UW-Madison campus. They discuss and play several excerpts from the opera.
Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth
Norman welcomes violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman and his wife cellist Amanda Forsyth to the WPR Studios. They'll be performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in several concerts from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16 at the Overture Center in Madison.
Ancora String Quartet
The Ancora String Quartet performs several pieces in our Madison studios. The quartet includes violinists Wes Luke and Robin Ryan, cellist Benjamin Whitcomb and violist Marika Fischer Hoyt.
Harpist Jennifer DeRoche visits The Midday. She maintains a private studio and has performed in the area with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and various other groups. She's also the harp program director for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra . Ms. DeRoche performs several pieces for us.
Actor James Ridge talks about Madison Symphony Orchestra's "Beyond The Score"series. These programs combine live actors, multimedia, and the orchestra to present deep, entertaining background for a featured work - followed by a performance of that work. On Sunday, January 19, the program will be "Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 5: Pure Propaganda?" Mr Ridge along with other American Players Theatre actors Colleen Madden, Marcus Truschinski and Sarah Day, and MSO pianist Dan Lyons will be on stage to tell the story of Prokofiev’s grand patriotic wartime work.