Glenn Smith

Program Host

Glenn is host for the Princeton Festival series, the Concordia Chamber Players series, and brand new, starting March 31st, host of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra series on The Classical Network.

Glenn Smith retired as The Classical Network’s Music Director in the summer of 2013 after 25 years at WWFM, beginning in 1988 when the station advertised for an on-call announcer. Shortly after he began, he stepped up to fill in for the afternoon music host and production manager who was on maternity leave, and he continued hosting the afternoon shift right up to the time of his retirement.

Glenn learned his craft at WBUR at Boston University, now a key NPR constituent but then a student-operated station specializing in classical music. After two years in the Army, Glenn began writing and announcing news at WJLK, the radio station of the Asbury Park Press.

Over the years his career has included positions throughout the classical music world, including public relations director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (then led by Max Rudolf, whose assistant conductor was the young Erich Kunzel); assistant manager of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, then led by Henry Lewis; and classical record buyer and store manager of Franklin Music, then a leading retail record chain in metro Philadelphia. As classical division product manager at RCA Red Seal in New York, he spent four years traveling the country servicing record retailers and working with artists as James Levine, Placido Domingo, Van Cliburn, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal and the young Emanuel Ax. He followed his boss who left RCA to set up his own company, in the very young performing arts home videocassette business. After three years at VAI Glenn struck out on his own to form Proscenium Entertainment. It was during Proscenium’s infant years that Glenn answered the ad from WWFM.

Glenn continues in retirement to produce concert broadcasts for The Classical Network as radio producer for Concordia Chamber Players and The Princeton Festival broadcasts. That’s just the right amount of commitment for a retiree with two high school juniors at home.

Concordia Chamber Players will be featured in a special afternoon concert broadcast Thursday (6/6) at 4 pm., with works by Zoltan Kodaly, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jean Sibelius and Antonin Dvorak from the 2018 Princeton Festival.

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The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra comes to The Classical Network Friday afternoon (5/31) at 4 pm in a performance of music by George Frideric Handel, Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi and Marin Marais.

Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads the orchestra in the "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon, Brescianello's Symphony in F, Op. 1 No. 5, Telemann's Viola Concerto in G, Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins, and a suite from the opera Alcyone by Marais. Glenn Smith is your host for this concert broadcast.

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra returns to The Classical Network for the final time this season Friday (5/31) at 8 pm. Music Director Xian Zhang leads the orchestra in Amjad Ali Khan's mesmerizing Concerto for Sarod, Concertante Group and String Orchestra, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

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A program of Bach and Handel kick off The Classical Network's broadcast series featuring performances from the 2018 Princeton Festival Friday (5/24 at 8 pm) with a concert by the Festival Baroque Chorus and Orchestra. Festival Associate Conductor Dr. Gregory Jon Geehern will lead the orchesta and chorus in Bach's Wedding Cantata No. 196 and Handel's Dixit Dominus.

The Princeton Festival returns to The Classical Network this Sunday (5/26 at 3 pm) with a production of Puccini's romantic masterpiece Madama Butterfly. Soprano Yulio Lysenko will sing Cio-Cio San and Lt. B.F. Pinkerton will be sung by tenor Matthew White. Other cast members including mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman as Suzuki, tenor anthony Webb as Goro the marriage broker, baritone Paul La Rose as Consul Sharpless and bass Wei Wu will be the Bonze.

The Classical Network presents Concordia Chamber Players Friday (4/26 at 4 pm) in a concert celebrating three centuries of women composers. The program includes Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Piano Quintet, Amy Marcy Beach's Piano Trio in A Minor, and Louise Farrenc's Piano Quintet in A Major.

Concordia Players who will perform will be pianist John Novacek, violinist Miho Saeguso, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Michelle Djokic and contrabassist Anthany Manzo. Glenn Smith will host this concert broadcast.

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The Classical Network this Friday (3/29 at 8 pm) features the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with pianist Daniil Trifonov. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the orchestra in Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, and Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy.

Glenn Smith will be your host for this concert broadcast.

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra returns to The Classical Network Friday (2/22) at 8 pm as Music Director Xian Zhang leads the orchestra in works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Emanuel Ax will be the featured soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat, K. 482, and the NJSO will also perform Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, Op. 58. Join host Glenn Smith for this concert broadcast.

The Concordia Chamber Players come your way this Friday (2/15) at 4 pm, bringing music from England and France in a program of works by Benjamin Britten, Sir Edward Elgar, Jonathan Dove and Jean Francaix.

Enjoy a broadcast of another Concordia Chamber Players "Chamberfest" concert this Friday (11/9 at 4 pm). This program features Jon Zorn's setting of Kol Nidre,  Three Dances from the String Quartet No. 1 - White Man Sleeps by Keven Volans, Fratres by Arvo Pärt, and Five World Dances by Sergio Assad.

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Thursday (9/13) at 4 pm with a program featuring works by John Corigliano, Clarice Assad and Erich Korngold.

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This Friday afternoon (6/15) features another special 4 pm concert broadcast - enjoy the Princeton Festival Chorus and Baroque Orchestra in a 2017 performance of four Baroque choral masterworks. The program includes Beatus Vir by Claudio Monteverdi, Antonio Vivaldi's Kyrie in G minor, The Miserere in C minor by Jan Zelenka and Handel's Chandos Anthem No. 11a. Dr. Jan Harrington led the master class program from which this concert grew. 

Join  host Glenn Smith for this final Princeton Festival broadcast of the season.

The Concordia Chamber Players performs works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Ludwig van Beethoven and Richard Strauss this Friday (6/8) afternoon at 4 pm in a broadcast of its 2017 appearance at the Princeton Festival. The program includes Mozart en Route, or "A Little Traveling Music," by Kernis; Beethoven's Piano Trio in D Op. 70 No. 1, "Ghost" Trio; and Strauss' Piano Quartet in C minor Op 13.

On the concert you'll hear pianist William Wolfram, violinist Emily Daggett Smith, violist Ayane Kozasa and cellist Michelle Djokic. Glenn Smith will be your host for this afternoon broadcast.

The New Jersey Orchestra Performs on The Classical Network on the Friday Night Concert Broadcast (6/1 at 8 pm) under the direction of Music Director Xian Zhang. The program includes two beloved works by Mozart - the Ave Verum Corpus and the great Requiem.  The concert also features Joseph Rheinberger's Abendlied-Evening Songs and Ben Parry's Flame.

The soloists in the Requiem will be soprano Emily Pogorelc, mezzo-soprano Kendra Broom, tenor Roy Hage and Baritone Dogokan Kuran, with the Montclair State University Singers, Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, conductor.

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The Princeton Festival returns to The Classical Network Sunday at 3 pm with a complete performance of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. Glenn Smith hosts this broadcast of the Festival's 2017 opera, featuring tenor Noah Baetge in the role of Florestan and soprano Marcy Stonikas as the heroine Leonore.

The jailer Rocco will be performed by bass Gustav Andreassen, his daughter Marzelline is soprano Danielle Talamantes, the villainous Don Pizarro is bass-baritone Joseph Barron, Jacquino is tenor Michael Kuh and Don Fernando is bass-baritone Cameron Jackson.

Concordia Chamber Players return to The Classical Network Friday at 4 pm in a concert program of works by Michael Haydn, Franz Hasenhörl and Ludwig van Beethoven. We'll hear Haydn's Divertimento in E-Flat for Viola, Cello and Contrabass, Hasenhörl’s Till Eulenspiegel - Einmal Anders, after Richard Strauss' famous symphonic poem, and Beethoven's Septet in E-Flat Op. 20.

Enjoy a broadcast by the Concordia Chamber Players this Thursday at 4 pm featuring Ernest Bloch's Meditation and Processional, Bedrich Smetana's Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15, and Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60.

Monday's Bach at One comes your way from the Princeton Festival. Enjoy the festival chorus and Baroque Orchestra from the Princeton Festival in a program of Bach Cantatas. Glenn Smith is your host.

The Concordia Chamber Players perform works by Benjamin Britten, Sir Arnold Bax and Johannes Brahms in this concert from The Princeton Festival Thursday at 4 pm.

Enjoy an organ recital by Kristiaan Seynhave from The Princeton Festival this Tuesday at 4 pm. Glenn Smith is your host for this program that will include Cesar Franck's Grande Piece Symphonique Op. 17 and Charles-Marie Widor's Organ Symphony No. 5.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs a program featuring Tan Dun, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Camille Saint-Saens and Maurice Ravel under Music Director Xian Zhang this Friday at 8 pm. 

The Princeton Festival returns to The Classical Network's airwaves this week, beginning Thursday (5/25) at 4 pm with a concert by the Festival Baroque Orchestra and concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio. Featured on the program is Francesco Maria Veracini's Overture No. 3 in B-Flat, Georg Philipp Telemann's Concerto in D minor for two oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo, and Antonio Vivaldi's Motet In furore iustissimae irae. You'll also hear Guiseppe Torelli's Trumpet Concerto in D and Johann David Heinichen's Concerto A 7 in G. 

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra returns to The Classical Network under Music Director Xian Zhang this Thursday at 8 pm in a concert performance of Tchaikovsky's March Slav, Op. 31 and Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, a suite drawn from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, and one of Haydn's "London" Symphonies - No. 102 in B-flat. Glenn Smith is your host for this concert program.