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Classical music: Wisconsin Public Radio makes some changes to its Sunday schedule starting tomorrow.

December 6, 2014
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By Jacob Stockinger

This will be brief and is offered in case you haven’t yet heard the news.

Wisconsin Public Radio is making some changes to its Sunday schedule of classical music programs.

Starting tomorrow, Dec. 7, WPR will expand the popular “Sunday Brunch” program -– now about two years old — with creator, programmer and host Anders Yokom (below, in a photo in his radio studio by James Gill) — into a third hour. It will air from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

anders yocom studio  head shot cr Jim Gill

It will also spread samples from new releases throughout the entire program, and not just during the last hour.

Then at 1 p.m., WPR will feature “Wisconsin Classical.” It offers recorded music from around the state of Wisconsin, with Lori Skelton serving as host. The Ear doesn’t consider it a good or adequate replacement for the cancellation of “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” (below), held FREE at the art museum on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Live music can just be so much more exciting than classical music.

Last spring, after 36 years of successful broadcasts and big audiences, WPR abruptly cancelled that program of LIVE chamber music and recitals by musicians from around the state.

That led to a lot of public disapproval and dozens of reader or listener responses, as you can judge from the following link:


But the new format is intended to give listeners the chance to hear some recorded — not LIVE — music from mainstream groups like the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as well as by smaller groups, chamber music and solo recitals as well as faculty performances from the University of Wisconsin System and other private and public educational institutions in the state.

So tune in and listen and use the COMMENTS section to let us know what you think about the changes.

The Ear wants to hear.


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