The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Starting this Sunday, radio station WORT-FM 89.9 will air recordings that Rich Samuels made of many live performances in the Madison area | March 21, 2020

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By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear has received the following note from Rich Samuels (below), a retired Chicago reporter and broadcaster who is often seen at concerts with microphones and a laptop computer. His public service is especially commendable and useful during the current coronavirus pandemic when almost all live concerts in music-rich Madison have been canceled or postponed for the foreseeable future.

Jake:

WORT (89.9 FM and at wortfm.org) will shortly start to air recordings of past public performances by Madison area classical musicians within its regularly scheduled classical music broadcasts.


This should help keep our local musician friends in the public ear even though their local venues have been shuttered and their gigs canceled.

I’ve had the good fortune to record hundreds of hours of local performances since 2012. I’m now editing them into segments that can be inserted into the shows of WORT’s classical music hosts.

The first segment to air, if all goes well, will be part of the “Musica Antiqua” early music program, hosted by Carol Moseson, this Sunday, March 22, from 8 to 11 a.m.

It will feature Eric Miller on viola da gamba and Daniel Sullivan on harpsichord performing a suite by French Baroque composer Louis Couperin. I recorded the concert (below) last Oct. 11 in the Landmark Auditorium of the First Unitarian Society of Madison (FUS).

Other such segments will follow on the weekday classical music shows that air from 5 to 8 a.m. We are still working on the details.

Additionally, I’ll be pre-recording three-hour broadcasts that can be run in place of the regularly scheduled classical music shows, assuming the host, for whatever reason, is unable to make it to the station.

These will hopefully include complete concert performances from the FUS Friday Noon Musicale, Grace Presents (in the YouTube video at the bottom) and Willy Street Chamber Players (below) series.

I gave up my own Thursday morning WORT show about a year ago after my wife developed some health issues. But I’ve continued to record local musicians whenever possible. (My wife, by the way, is presently in good shape).

Hopefully, this WORT effort will benefit both local musicians and their audiences. (Below is Samuels recording at Bach Around the Clock, which has been canceled this year.)

Please join The Ear in thanking Rich Samuels and WORT for their service to the community by leaving word in the Comment section.

What do you think of his project?

 


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6 Comments »

  1. Thank you, Rich Samuels, for sharing your magnificent live recordings of Madison musicians–and thank you, Ear, for publicizing his efforts. Tomorrow’s Musica Antiqua will feature Rich’s recording of Eric Miller and Daniel Sullivan performing Couperin shortly after 10:00 a.m.

    One of Rich’s shows also will air on WORT (89.9 FM & wortfm.org) on Monday, 3/23, 5:00-8:00 a.m.

    Comment by Carol Moseson — March 21, 2020 @ 9:58 pm

  2. Thank you, Rich Samuels, for your many contributions to the classical music scene in Madison. And so glad to hear that your wife is in good shape!!!

    Comment by Marika Fischer Hoyt — March 21, 2020 @ 6:15 pm

  3. I have always appreciated Samuels’ recordings of local performers. What a great service! And my mornings are made livable by WORT’s classical music programs. I gladly support them every month. thanks to you for your blog too! Eva Wright

    On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 12:01 AM The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG > POST, SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not > just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw > potential audience members to an event. And you might even a” >

    Comment by Eva Wright — March 21, 2020 @ 10:23 am

  4. Wonderful idea! Thank you, Rich Samuels.

    Comment by Sue Reget — March 21, 2020 @ 10:02 am

  5. This is a fantastic idea! Thank you so much!

    Comment by Rebecca — March 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am

  6. this is a wonderful idea. bravi tutti to r. samuels and the brave souls of wort.

    Comment by john holzaepfel — March 21, 2020 @ 8:14 am


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