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

For the month of July, a month that begins with a celebration of America, we asked our distinghuished roster of Sounds Choral Hosts to submit a lits of favorite American choral works. Those lists will provide the playlists for these July episodes. Hosted by David Osenberg.
Program 4- fianl program picks up many of the short works on the hosts's lists. Music by Custer, Whitacre, Copland, Hogan, Runestad, Conte, Lauridsen, Burleigh, Billings, Carter, Thompson & Barber

For the month of July, a month that begins with a celebration of America, we asked our distinghuished roster of Sounds Choral Hosts to submit a lits of favorite American choral works. Those lists will provide the playlists for these July episodes. Hosted by David Osenberg.
Program 3- an all-women affair: music of Caroline Shaw, Andrea Clearfield & GwynethWalker

For the month of July, a month that begins with a celebration of America, we asked our distinghuished roster of Sounds Choral Hosts to submit a lits of favorite American choral works. Those lists will provide the playlists for these July episodes. Hosted by David Osenberg.
Program 2- music of Sametz, Corigliano, Wolfe, Lang, LaVoy & Reich

For the month of July, a month that begins with a celebration of America, we asked our distinghuished roster of Sounds Choral Hosts to submit a lits of favorite American choral works. Those lists will provide the playlists for these July episodes. Hosted by David Osenberg.
Program 1- music of Bernstein, Copland, Ives, Lauridsen & Paulus.

Panel Discussion from Dolce Suono Ensemble's Rediscoveries: Festival of American Chamber Music II from March 31, 2019. Moderator: Mimi Stillman, founder, Artistic Director & Flutist Dolce Suono Ensemble, Panelists: Richard Wernick, composer, James Freeman, conductor, Miranda Cuckson, violin; Charles Abramovic, piano

'Celebrating Our Musical Community' broadcasts of Dolce Suono Ensemble's Rediscoveries: Festival of American Chamber Music

IRIS Wired, The Classical Network's bi-monthly series of concerts by the IRIS Orchestra features a program An Hommage to Summer. Founder, conductor and Artistic Director Michael Stern conducts music by Hugo Wolf his Italian Serenade, Bela Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Charles Ives' Ragtime Dances, a new work by Iris Orchestra hornist and Memphis native Robert G Patterson called Oasis and Antonin Dvorak's evergreen Wind Serenade.

Photo by André Peele

The 15th Annual Princeton Festival kicks off this Friday (6/7) and The Classical Network will be there live to broadcast the opening concert by Concordia Chamber Players at 7:30 pm performing at Miller Chapel on the campus of the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton. Concordia Cellist and Artistic Director Michelle Djokic will be joined by violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Michael Brown to perform music of Beethoven, Kodaly and Mendelssohn.

Photo by Phil Mansfield

Cadenza launches a summer series of programs this month called "A Summer Celebration of Women" featuring conversations with a lineup of distinguished and important women composers, many of whom have blazed or are blazing new paths in music.

This is the second of two programs ( also see May 20) featuring new works from Curtis student composers captured over the span of three recitals given in December of 2017 and May and December of last year. This allows us to hear more than one work by most of the featured young composers. On this episode works by five women composers: Dai Wei, Aiyana Braun, Elise Arancio, Chelsea Komschlies and Elizabeth Younan.

PostClassical pays tribute to the great American poet Walt Whitman for the Bicentennial of his birth with a live concert broadcast by PostClassical Ensemble from the National Cathedral Saturday (June 1) at 7:30 pm. The program will feature an evening of music by Bernard Herrmann, including the complete radio play "Whitman" with music by Herrmann. The program will also feature music from his score to Psycho and the Clarinet Quintet "Souvenirs de Voyage."

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