Select Mondays 7pm

Encore on WNIU is an occasional series which airs on select Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Host, Eric Hradecky is pleased to present the 2016-2017 season of Encore.  Each broadcast features a performance and commentary from regional classical musicians. Tune in for your premier access.

Rebroadcast February 1, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

(original broadcast: January 30, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. )

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

The Three Violins of Rachel Barton Pine

Pietro Locatelli | Violin Concerto No. 12 in D major (“The Labyrinth”)
Antonio Vivaldi |Viola d’amore Concerto in D minor
Camille Saint-Saëns | Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Tracy Silverman | Anthem25 for Electric Violin and Orchestra
Mozart | Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550

Featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin, viola d’amore, electric violin.

March 6, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Brahms & Schumann

Leo Weiner | Divertimento No. 5, op. 39 (“Hungarian Impressions)
Johannes Brahms | Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
.....Ilya Kaler, violin and Daniel Kaler, cello
Robert Schumann | Symphony No. 2 in C major

Internationally renowned violinist Ilya Kaler joins his award-winning son, cellist Daniel Kaler, for Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor.

Ilya Kaler is a Gold Medal winner at three of the world’s prestigious international violin competitions: the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981).

March 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert

Leonard Bernstein | Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront”

*Performance by the Concerto Competition Winner, TBD*

Felix Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op.90

March 20, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring

Lars-Erik Larsson | Barococo
Darius Milhaud | Kentuckiana (Divertissement on 20 Kentucky Airs)
Howard Levy | Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica
.....Howard Levy, diatonic harmonica
Aaron Copland | Appalachian Spring Suite

Multiple Grammy Award winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, innovative composer, and recording artist.

March 27, 2017 -- 7:00 p.m.

Emily Bear

This program features Rockford's own Emily Bear, the young pianist/composer/songwriter whose new album, "Into the Blue," topped the Billboard charts.

April 3, 2017 -- 7:00 p.m.

St. Olaf Choir

This world-renowned choir recently performed at DeKalb High School and we are pleased to bring you this performance.

May 8, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Strauss’ Last, Mahler’s First

Carlos Chavez | Sinfonia India
Richard Strauss | Four Last Songs
.....Kathy Pyeatt, soprano
Mahler | Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")

Nationally acclaimed soprano Kathy Pyeatt, known for her intelligent singing and “impeccable voice”, returns to the RSO to perform Strauss’ Four Last Songs.

May 15, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Sebastian Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046
.....Mark Robinson and Kate Swope, horns

Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 with
the DeKalb Festival Chorus

Encore is proud to partner with Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Support for Encore on WNIU is made possible, in part, by

Upper Cervical Care Center

Mark Hilde of Edward Jones

Illinois Arts Council Agency


A preview of the 2015-2016 Rockford Symphony Orchestra season with WNIU's Eric Hradecky and RSO music director Steve Larsen. An original WNIU Northern Public Radio production.

"Encore" on WNIU is sponsored in part by 1st Step Chiropractic and the Illinois Arts Council.