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

Cadenza programs in May are featuring great conductors leading top American orchestras. This Thursday (5/25) the series concludes with an interview with Angel Gil Ordonez, music director of PostClassical Ensemble in Washington DC, Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble, and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra in DC. That's Thursday at 10 pm.

Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday 8 pm) returns to Princeton University for a second week, featuring the Princeton University Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Michael Pratt. The beloved Beethoven Symphony No. 7 is paired with two works about famous couples - selections from Hector Berlioz's symphonic setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and then the Porgy and Bess Symphonic Picture music by George Gershwin. Join your hosts David Osenberg and Maestro Pratt for this evening with the Princeton University Orchestra.

It's a salute to the legacy of Lou Harrison on this week's PostClassical, a bi-monthly series featuring PostClassical Ensemble and hosted by author, music historian and co-founder of PostClassical Ensemble, Joseph Horowitz, and Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin. This month's episode is titled "Celebrating the Lou Harrison Centenary" and provides an in-depth look at the music of this great American composer with performances from a concert this past Monday at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, DC.

Cadenza: Gail Archer

Apr 27, 2017

This month's live organ concert broadcast from Princeton University Chapel features Daryl Robinson, Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College. The concert will take place at 12:30 pm and will feature works by living composers - Jean Guillou, Jason Roberts, David Conte and Aaron David Miller. Join host David Osenberg for this final organ concert program of the season.

This week's Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday at 8 pm) returns to Princeton University as the Princeton University Orchestra performs the world premiere of the Piano Concerto Old Nassau by Music Department faculty member Juri Seo.

This Monday at 8 pm, Celebrating Our Musical Future heads to the Midwest and Northwestern University just north of Chicago for a special Easter Monday performance of George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Messiah as performed by the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble led by Donald Nally, who is also founder and director of the Philadelphia-based choral ensemble The Crossing. Also performing will be one of Chicago’s top Baroque ensembles the Callipygian Players led by David Schrader.

This week on Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday 8 pm), we feature performances by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra from the Peabody Conservatory at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University located in Baltimore. These performances took place last fall and under the direction of guest conductor and longtime Peabody faculty member Leon Fleisher.  The program will include Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in Bb Major with Peabody student musicians as soloists. Then Maestro Marin Alsop will lead this orchestra in the Symphony No.

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Click here to listen to February 24, 2017 broadcast of Music from the Institute of Advanced Study featuring Evan Ziporyn and the Galak Tika Gamelan Orchestra

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Click Here to listen to the February 3, 2017 broadcast of Music from the Institute of Advanced Study featuring David Jalbert's complete performance of JS Bach's Goldberg Variations

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