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 Shining was Stephen King's first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick's film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera — and its creators want it to be even more terrifying than the book or the movie.

Violinist Lara St. John has attitude in spades. It's in the sound of her playing and in the arc of her career.

Composer Joseph Bertolozzi's latest musical project turned the Eiffel Tower into a giant percussion instrument. From the basement to the summit, the Paris monument's girders, railings, and rivets were banged, tapped, strummed and thumped. And then, those 10,000 samples were layered into one composition, called Tower Music.

The Chicago new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird is on a roll. Just after winning its fourth Grammy in February, the group received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions; the prize came with a $400,000 grant. Hand Eye — Eighth Blackbird's second album in seven months — just came out, and this season the group marks its 20th anniversary. The celebration includes an extensive tour, with world premieres of music by Bryce Dessner and David T.

Late in 1968, it was astounding to me how one of the best-loved bands could create one of the least-liked songs. It was "Revolution 9," near the end of The Beatles' sprawling White Album.

But then, I was only 7 years old and, frankly, those eight minutes of chaotic sounds and mumbled words were positively frightening. And who was that guy who kept intoning "number nine?"

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