David Osenberg

Partnership Manager, Music Director, Afternoon Host

David Osenberg is WWFM Partnership Manager, WWFM Music Director, Afternoon Host, and Host of award-winning Cadenza. 

The high point in David Osenberg’s broadcasting career came in 2014 when he was the recipient of the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for Broadcasting for his weekly program, Cadenza.  David came to WWFM The Classical Network in 2004. In 2006 he began hosting his weekly Cadenza interview program. Since 2009 he has been at the forefront in making the station the most active classical music station in the USA to broadcast live concerts.  He currently serves as Music Director, Partnership Manager, Host of Cadenza, the unique Celebrating Our Musical Future (bringing listeners weekly concerts from the great music schools in the country) and afternoon drive time host.

David was born in Oak Park, IL. He decided to go into music while in High School. He completed a Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in Composition and Theory. Primary compositions teachers were Dr. Richard Hillert, M. William Karlins and Anthony Payne.

He lived and studied in Europe in the early 1980s.  His career in the classical recording industry began at Rose Records in Chicago, then on to HMV in London, manager of the Tower Records Classical Annex in Philadelphia (Tower Records Small Store of the Year 1992), Product Manager for Naxos USA and Director of  Marketing positions at Qualiton Imports and Forte Distribution. He founded and ran his Classical Recordings Mailing service, ClassiQuest (written up in Billboard in 2002) for 8 years.

In the past he has taught music at the University of Delaware-Wilmington, served as Music Director at a church and founded and still leads The Straight Ahead Big Band.

He is the father of two - both fine musicians - and currently lives in Langhorne, PA.  A lifelong Chicago sports fans…he WAS a long suffering Chicago Cubs  fan…until this year!!

Ways to Connect

We welcome a new partner to the illustrious roster of conservatories, universities and colleges that make this program unique – we mention how you get to hear young musicians from across the country and with this new addition that word ‘across’ is now taken literally was we welcome our first West Coast school the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. From this 100 year old plus institution this program features chamber works performed by Conservatory students and faculty in music of Bach, Bloch, Ravel, Dutilleux and Mozart.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra recorded last October, 2018 under the direction of Music Director maestro Kynan Johns perform music by Princeton based composer Sarah Kirkland Snider her ‘Something for the Dark’, also Danish-born Rutgers student Francesco Barfoed is the soloist in the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto  No. 1..and another number 1 finishes off the broadcast Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor.

Music from the IAS- Hosts David Osenberg & current Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton composer David Lang. Concerts given on February 1 & 2, 2019.
Nicholas Phan, tenor & Myra Huang, piano perform Franz Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin.

The Classical Network in Concert this Friday (3/1 at 8 pm) presents another evening of Music from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, featuring tenor Nicholas Phan and pianist Myra Huang, who will perform Franz Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin.

IAS Artist-in-Residence, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, will co-host this concert broadcast with David Osenberg.

The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs music by Bard student Corey Chang, the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Peter Wiley as soloist and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. They are led by guest conductor and Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchetsra, Xian Zhang.

Steven Sametz, Artistic Director of The Princeton Singers, joins the roster of hosts of Sounds Choral this Sunday (2/24) surveying the rich tradition of British choral music. Sounds Choral can be heard at 2 pm.

To honor Black History Month a concert that took place back on February 2 in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College in Princeton part of the Westminster Conservatory Series and featured Conservatory faculty member pianist Clipper Erickson. This is a program Clipper called ‘Ebony & Ivory’ with music of African descent composers as well as music inspired by African music and style. On the program are works by Nathaniel Dett, Margaret Bonds, Laurie Altman and George Gershwin.

Join us this Friday (2/15 at 8 pm) for the next episode in the bi-monthly series PostClassical featuring PostClassical Ensemble in a special edition honoring Black History Month. Bass-baritone Kevin Deas is the soloist for this program, called Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, featuring the music of Harry Burleigh, Nathanial Dett, William Dawson and others. Mr Deas is also joins the trio of regular hosts as special guest. This webcast contains 20+ minutes of material not heard in the broadcast!

Oberlin Orchestra led by Raphael Jimenez will perform Debussy’s masterpiece La Mer and music by American composer Elizabeth Ogonek her ‘All These Lighted Things’. Then Orchestra members will be joined by the Oberlin College Choir and soloists drawn for current students and recent graduates to perform Igor Stravinsky’s wildly original work Les Noces – The Wedding

Princeton High School's annual Winter Concert recorded in Princeton University  Chapel in December 2018 feauring the music ensembles of PHS. Co-Host: director  of orchestras at PHS, Robert Loughran.

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra perform favorites: Tchaikvosky 1812 Overture; Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue; Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

A concert given early last November just before the mid-terms, the University Chorale under the direction of Donald Nally present The Election Concert 2018

 

Looking back on the two new schools that joined the roster ofthis unique program: Bard Conservatory of Bard College & University of North Texas College of Music

Cadenza- 2018 Recap

Dec 27, 2018

The 2018 An Evening of Readings and Carols presented by the choirs of Westminster Choir College as recorded in the Princeton University Chapel on December 7 & 8, 2018. The Westminster Chapel Choir, Concert Bell Choir, Schola Cantorum & Symphonic Choir  along with Sold Brass were led by James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Steven Pilkington & Kathleeen Ebling-Shaw. Special featured guest artists were Ken Cowan, organ; Elaine Christy, harp & The New Jersey Youth Choir led by Patricia Joyce.

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