A man in a studio with a bunch of vinyl records.
Photo by Mike Thomas
June 23, 2017

John Frayne’s News-Gazette column

Each week, John Frayne shares his love for classical music and opera with you on WILL-FM. Did you know he also shares his knowledge via the News-Gazette?


Benno Moiseiwitsch in 1920
By Bain - Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61247873
January 13, 2018

Benno Moiseiwitsch

The Russian pianist was one of the most brilliant piano virtuosos of the middle 20th century.


Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)
By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c27783, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1273889
January 06, 2018

The Columbia Records Era

In Leonard Bernstein's meteoric career, the year 1950 was a banner one.


Stanisław Skrowaczewski in Tokyo (October 2011)
By Steffen Wurzel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17091454
December 30, 2017

In memoriam

Taking a look at the careers of conductors who have passed away this year.


George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner
By attributed to Balthasar Denner - National Portrait Gallery. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6364709
December 23, 2017

George Friderik Handel

His oratorio "Messiah" is perhaps the most famous piece of classical music ever written. 


Holiday lights
December 16, 2017

Holiday season

Hear popular seasonal recordings down the decades.


Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)
By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c27783, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1273889
December 02, 2017

Leonard Bernstein

Celebrate his centennial birthday by listening some of his early successes.  


up close of fingers playing piano
"(35-365) Piano (5245085814)" by Sander van der Wel from Netherlands - [35/365] Piano. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
November 25, 2017

Piano duos

Composers have been writing music for two keyboards since the 18th century.



Music Hall (with Exposition Halls) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
By Wholtone - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7082092
November 18, 2017

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Hear recordings from one of America's oldest.


Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)
By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c27783, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1273889
November 11, 2017

Charles Ives’ Second Symphony

Hear Leonard Bernstein’s radio and record premieres of the work.


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