Classical 101

Classical 101February 13, 2018

Romantic Pieces by Black Composers

Pictured: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor At WDAV, the month of February brings with it two great programming opportunities. Though we play a wide selection of classical music throughout the year, in February we get to highlight certain pieces as we celebrate both Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. It may seem that the calendar coincidence is all that

Classical 101February 7, 2018

William Grant Still: A Music-Maker and a Groundbreaker

The composer’s work “Troubled Island” was the first opera composed by an African American to be produced by a major opera house

Classical 101December 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Beethoven!

Most people know the basics of Beethoven’s life, but what might you have missed about this famous composer’s life?

Classical 101July 21, 2015

Ohlsson’s His Name, and Chopin’s His Game

Get to know the three-time international piano competition champion unofficially dubbed “The Thousand-Handed God of the Piano.”

Classical 101July 7, 2015

A Rachy Beginning: Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2

Discover the backstory of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor.

Classical 101February 23, 2015

5 Things You Might Not Know About Handel

Celebrate his 330th birthday with these interesting facts.

Classical 101February 9, 2015

Celebrating Classical’s African-American Pioneers

Learn about the extraordinary careers and contributions of these three African-American pioneers of classical music.