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.

September 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051

by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

September 26, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Join Maestro Steven Larsen and Eric Hradecky as they discuss the 2016-2017 season.

October 3, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Overture to "Die Fledermaus (The Bat)"

by Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)

October 10, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra


Ludwig van Beethoven | Leonore Overture No 3
Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
.....Awadagin Pratt, piano
Beethoven | Symphony No. 3 in E flat (Erocia)

This all-Beethoven program features three of the master’s greatest works: the overture from his only opera, Leonore; Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, first performed in 1803; and his third symphony.

Pianist Awadagin Pratt, acclaimed for his musical insights and intensely involving performances, brings his talent to the RSO with the performance of Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr Pratt graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas - piano, violin, and conducting.

October 17, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (“Resurrection Symphony”)

October 24, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. 

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Santa Fe, Les Voyage, The Bravest Journey by Emily Bear

George Gershwin | Rhapsody in Blue
…..Emily Bear, piano

Gustav Holst | The Planets, Op. 32

November 7, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

NIU Student Ensembles

November 21, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Majestic Overtures and Choruses from the Great Operas

Johann Strauss II | Overture to Die Fledermaus
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov | Procession of the Nobles from Mlada
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky | Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Richard Wagner | Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Handel | "Happy We" from Acis and Galatea
Guiseppe Verdi | "Va, pensiero" from Nabucco
Guiseppe Verdi | "Anvil Chorus" from Il trovatore
Richard Wagner | Prelude to Act III and “The Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin and "Entry of the Guests" from Tannhauser
Richard Wagner | "Entry of the Guests" from Tannhäuser
Carl Maria von Weber | "Hungers' Chorus" from Die Freischütz
Modest Mussorgsky | "Coronation Scene" from Boris Godunov

Thrill to the majestic overtures and choruses from the great operas- featuring the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale.

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.

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 Mendelssohn Chorale

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.