two violin scrolls
CC BY-SA 3.0,
July 16, 2016

Post WWII Violinists

Two violinists in particular rose to fame during this era of classical music.

Grant Llewellyn
By User: Ncsymphony – Author Transferred from en.wikipedia, Public Domain
July 09, 2016

Playing the Pops

Hear some of the great maestros playing the classical "pops." 

Serge Koussevitzky
By George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) via Wikimedia Commons
July 02, 2016

American Music Champions

Two of the most famous conductors in the U.S. in the 30s and 40s were strong supporters of American composers.

Ian Hobson standing next to a piano
June 25, 2016

Ian Hobson in the studio

Ian Hobson joins John Frayne in the WILL-FM studio for a very special interview. 

someone playing the violin
By Derek Bridges [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons
June 18, 2016

Short pieces

Hear about a rich repertory of shorter pieces for violin and orchestra. 

piano in recording studio
By Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle -, No restrictions,
June 11, 2016

The Philips Label’s Magnum Opus

Hear one of the largest scale projects in recording history… hint, it spans 200 CDs. 

Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the March 2, 1916 American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony.
Public Domain,
June 04, 2016

Italian Symphonic Composers

From Malipiero to Dallapiccola, you will hear all the greatest from the turn of the century. 

The Concertgebouw in 1902
By Jacob Olie. -, Public Domain
May 21, 2016

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

A star maestro replaced by an unknown musician… it’s happened! Hear them both. 

CC0 Public Domain
May 14, 2016

Alicia de Larrocha

One of the most famous Spanish pianists of the past half century.

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Classical 24 Music Playlist

WILL Highlights

Big red barn

Barns: An Illinois Story

Part documentary, part regional storytelling, and part love letter to the iconic structures dotting our landscape. 

Black Science Matters logo feature u of i alma mater statue


A short film series examining the severe underrepresentation of African-Americans in the sciences.

WILL History Train Trip

Celebrate the golden age of train travel while exploring historical sites of Texas and Louisiana