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New classical music lineup starts this month on WFIU


With the departure of Sylvia & Friends from our schedule at the end of December, we are launching a new classical music programming lineup this month. Some new programs have been added, including Performance Today Weekend, the WFMT Orchestra Series, and a new classical music show hosted by WFIU’s Christopher Burrus. A few old favorites—Collectors’ Corner and Hearts of Space—are returning to our schedule. And Feminine Fusion, currently on our program schedule, will move from 8 p.m. on Sundays to 10 p.m. Our new lineup is as follows: 

Saturdays on WFIU2
Beginning January 6

Collectors’ Corner
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Collectors’ Corner is about discovering and rediscovering music that rocked the world in days gone by. From a treasury of records amassed from decades of jaunts to shops across the globe, host Henry Fogel crafts a riveting and moving historical narrative.

Performance Today Weekend
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Performance Today Weekend is a two-hour classical music program, hosted by Fred Child since 2000. The program features live concert recordings that can't be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews.

Classical Music with Christopher Burrus
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

As you settle into your weekend listening, let host Christopher Burrus guide you from the morning to the afternoon with two hours of classical music. Each carefully crafted broadcast emphasizes the full array of inspirations that composers bring to the universe of classical music. Enjoy offerings from the extensive WFIU library, from the medieval era all the way up to yesterday. 

Sundays on WFIU
Beginning January 7

WFMT Orchestra Series
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Journey around the world with host George Preston to explore some of the greatest ensembles on the planet. Episodes highlight the unique programming and superlative playing of top-tier orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and more.

Feminine Fusion
10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Hosted by Diane Jones, Feminine Fusion highlights the influence of women in classical music. These are the women throughout history and into the present day who create, perform, and inspire. Some of the individuals highlighted in this series entered the world of the arts knowing they faced opposition and gathered their strength to face it head on. Others simply took to their chosen path, often unaware of the impact their actions would have.

Hearts of Space
11 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Hearts of Space is slow music for fast times. Produced and hosted by Stephen Hill with associate producer Steve Davis, the program includes ambient, space, and contemplative music from around the world. The show is one of the longest-running and most popular music series on public radio, launching nationally in 1983.