Celebrating Our Musical Future with David Osenberg

Mondays at 10 pm

Celebrate the next generation of great classical artists with performances from prestigious music schools including the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Columbia University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Temple University Boyer College of Music & Dance, Rutgers University, Princeton University, West Chester University School of Music, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Bard Conservatory of Music at Bard College, North Texas University College of Music, among others. 

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Two recitals given by the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble led by Artistic Director composer David Ludwig from opposite ends of 2018, February and November and the main works performed were two songs cycles from opposite ends of the 2oth century both heard when premiered as the far reaches of the then musical avant-garde…we’ll hear performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with soloist mezzo soprano Kendra Broom and then baritone Johnathan Beyer is soloist in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies still stunning ‘Eight Songs for a Mad King’.

The Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir under the direction of Gabriel Crouch perform a concert as presented last December called ‘Out of the Deep: Russian Choral Music and the Basso Profundo and the guest artists were the three leading oktavists in the world: the British singer Adrian Peacock, Glenn Miller from the US and the Russian Vladimir Miller.

We welcome a new partner to the illustrious roster of conservatories, universities and colleges that make this program unique –one of the most respected music schools in the country The Eastman School of Music part of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. For this initial program we’ll be sampling from some recent recordings featuring the esteemed ensembles at Eastman.

The Peabody Chamber Orchestra will be led by legendary pianist guest conductor and teacher at Peabody for 60 years, Leon Fleisher in an all –Mozart program. The symphonies Nos 40 & 35 and the Concerto for Two Pianos with two of Mr. Fleisher’s students Tian Lu & Yury Shadrin as soloists.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Celebrating Our Musical Future this Monday (1/28) presents this year's edition of the annual Homecoming Concert of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, featuring the Westminster Choir led by Dr. Joe Miller. Broadcast live from Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University, this concert, titled "Half Acre," features works around the theme of home and love, including a mix of music drawn from bluegrass and spiritual traditions, new works by composers such as Ted Hearne, and works by Poulenc, Monteverdi and more. Follow the program here: http://wwfm-od.streamguys1.com/Webcasts/WCCHomecoming2019.pdf

Includes intermission chat with Dean of Westminster Choir College, Marshall Onofrio

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

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.

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Kirkpatrick Choir plus soloists perfrom a concert stage version of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio.  Host of WWFM's Sunday Opera Michael Kownacky is special co-host

The Princeton University Glee Club under the direction of Gabriel Crouch perform music by John Tavener and George Frideric Handel and Princeton student Shruthi Rajasekar.

Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia conducted by George Manahan perform The Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakpovich; Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto- Petteri Iivonen, soloist & Camille Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 "Organ"

A potpourri of chamber performances by students & faculty. The Oberlin Baroque Orchestra peforms directed by Jeanne Lamon. Chamber music by Poulenc, Janacek & Elgar

The Rutgers Symphon Orchestra led by  Kynan Johns perform music by Wagner, Mozart & Richard Strauss

Temple University Symphony Orchestra led by Andreas Delfs perform music by Glinka, Rachmaninov & Stravinsky

Temple University Wind Symphony led by Patricia Cornett perform music by Richard Strauss, Gustav Holst, Michael Daugherty, Mason Bates & Charles Ives.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra led by Kynan Johns performs music by Missy Mazzoli, Beethoven & Holst

COMF welcomes North Texas University College of Music with the second week of programs devoted to the Composition program featuring works by North Texas University faculty members and graduate students

COMF welcomes North Texas University College of Music with 2 weeks devoted to the Composition program featuring works by North Texas University faculty members and graduate students

Bard Conservatory Orchestra performs Symphony No. 6 of Karl Amadeus Hartmann & Schumann Cello Concerto

COMF Welcomes Bard Conservatory! Bard Conservatory Orchestra peforms Suk: Symphony No. 2 'Asrael'

Oberlin Orchestra & Oberlin Sinfonietta perfrom new music by Jesse Jones, David Liptak & Elizabeth Ogonek

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Contemporary Music Ensemble perform music of Ashley Fure & Derek Bermel for the 3rd Northwestern University New Music Conference presented by the Institute for New Music

The Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin perform music by Wagner, Barber & Elgar 


Christian Steiner

Celebrating Our Musical Future this Monday (4/23 at 8 pm) marks Earth Day with a broadcast recording of the premiere performance of "Voice of the Lake" by American composer Margaret Brouwer, an oratorio inspired by the composer's memories, love and concert for the body of water closest to her home, Lake Erie.