Classics of the Phonograph

Classic Mornings

Saturdays at 11 AM

John Frayne shares his love for classical music and opera with you on WILL 90.9 and 101.1.

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Julia Escobar shares her favorite flute recordings

On this very special edition, John Frayne will be joined in studio by Julia Escobar—the first ever John Frayne Classical Music Grad Fellow—who will share her favorite flute recordings from the 20th century.

Wanda Landowska playing the piano
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Wanda Landowska

Some say she was largely responsible for the resurrection of the harpsichord as one of the basic keyboard instruments of the Baroque era.

Dean Dixon
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Dean Dixon

He was the first Black classical music conductor to gain widespread fame, and this week we get the honor of learning more about him.

Star for James DePreist
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James DePreist

The promising career of this African American conductor hit a roadblock when in 1962 he contracted polio. Learn how he overcame it all.

Illinois Arts Council Agency

These programs are partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.