Steve Brown - Host

As music director Steve Brown curates and selects the classics you hear during our daytime music programing. 

As a musician, Steve serves as a conductor of the Blacksburg Community Band and is Choir Director for his church. He has also written the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations for musicals ("The Prisoner Of Zenda" and "Road To Paradise"). The Roanoke Symphony will premiere his “Blue Ridge Rhapsody” in their 60th anniversary season.

Theater goers in the New River and Roanoke Valleys may have seen Steve in many roles, including Tevye in "Fiddler On The Roof”, Buffalo Bill in "Annie Get Your Gun”, and Captain Hook in “Peter Pan”.  As an actor he has appeared at Mill Mountain Theater and with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre.  

Steve is also a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer with 21 years of service and has been on Jeopardy! three different times.

Roanoke Symphony
4:32 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Appalachian Spring in The Blue Ridge

Aaron Copland 1970
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Aaron Copland's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning work "Appalachian spring" suite will be heard in its original instrumentation, featuring the Shaker Tune "Simple Gifts" and a sparking mountain hoe-down. Its simple power, beauty, and heartfelt melodies are a perfect pairing for the intimate acoustics of Shaftman Hall, right here in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Also performed will be works by Copland, Joplin, and other American masters.

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Afternoon Classics on WVTF

The "classics" on WVTF covers a huge swath of chronological and artistic territory, from the plainchant of the Middle Ages to the bluesy, frenetic big-city rhythms of Leonard Bernstein, to show tunes and movie scores.

Steve Brown and Kevin Sanders play all the big hits that you love, but they also search out and present lesser-known pieces that'll make you say, "I'm glad I got the chance to hear that!"

Besides the music, you'll get interesting background about the music and the musicians, with the occasional pithy observation about life in our part of the world as well as news updates, traffic and weather information.

It's a mix that makes Morning & Afternoon Classics on WVTF a must-listen part of your daily routine.

Roanoke Symphony
11:57 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Beethoven's Choral Fantasy

Ludwig van Beethoven
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Featured in the movie "The King's Speech," Beethoven's fiery, dance-inspired seventh symphony opens this all Beethoven program. Maestro Wiley is in the spotlight and at the piano performing the Choral Fantasy, the precursor to Beethoven's great Ode to Joy. The full chorus also joins us for the "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage." A fantastic all-Beethoven celebration!

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Morning Classics on WVTF

The "classics" on WVTF covers a huge swath of chronological and artistic territory, from the plainchant of the Middle Ages to the bluesy, frenetic big-city rhythms of Leonard Bernstein, to show tunes and movie scores. Steve Brown, Cara Ellen Modisett, and Kevin Sanders play all the big hits that you love, but they also search out and present lesser-known pieces that'll make you say, "I'm glad I got the chance to hear that!" Besides the music, you'll get interesting background about the music and the musicians, with the occasional pithy observation about life in our part of the world as well as news updates, traffic and weather information. It's a mix that makes Afternoon Classics on WVTF a must-listen part of your daily routine.