WVTF Classics

Join Classical 24 hosts Jeff Essworthy and Lynn Warfel, as well as WVTF's own Kevin Sanders for the best in classical music every day and night. 

You can catch WVTF's Classical Programming during these times:

Monday - Thursday: 12 AM - 5 AM; 10 AM - 3 PM; 10 PM - 12 AM

Friday: 12 AM - 5 AM; 10 AM - 3 PM

Saturday: 12 AM - 7 AM; 10 PM - 12 AM

Sunday: 12 AM - 6 AM

The music of Penguin Cafe is like no other. Its origins date back to the early '70s, within fever dreams Simon Jeffes had that were brought on by food poisoning. In those dreams he imagined a dispassionate world "where everyone lived in big concrete blocks and spent their lives looking into screens. In one room, there was a couple making love lovelessly. In another there was a musician sat at a vast array of equipment, but with headphones on, so there was no actual music in the room." Eerily accurate.

Fame Is A Boomerang

Jun 7, 2017

As far as flashy, oversize coffee table books go, opera star Maria Callas is a fitting subject. A larger-than-life figure, she had a complicated off-stage story that played out with as much searing drama as the operas she sang. With hard work and sacrifice, Callas vaulted to the top of her art while pushing it to new levels of intensity. In her personal life, she searched for love, found it, then lost it and died young.

Renée Fleming and Francis Collins have something unexpected in common: music.

Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, plays guitar. Fleming, of course, is a renowned soprano.

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