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Thanks For Supporting Classical WNIU!

Dec 11, 2014

Our thanks 17 new and renewing members who contributed a total of $1,560 by phone and on the web during the Classical WNIU Year-End Membership Campaign!

You can still make your contribution now if you didn't have an opportunity to do it earlier. It's your continuing membership support that makes 24-hour Classical WNIU possible!

From The Archives: DeKalb Municipal Band Is 150

Dec 11, 2014

DeKalb, IL – The City of DeKalb claims it has the oldest continuous band in Illinois. The DeKalb Municipal Band opens its 150th season with a concert in Hopkins Park. WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:

DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band marks 160 years with a concert of holiday music Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Egyptian Theatre.  Proceeds from the concert go to the Palmer Family Music Education Fund.  Kirk Lundbeck succeeded the band’s longtime leader, the late Dee Palmer, as director three years ago. WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with Lundbeck recently about the concert and the anniversary.

GS:  Most people think of the band as a summer band. So why a holiday concert?

DeKalb Park District

The DeKalb Municipal Band celebrates its 160th year with a concert out of the norm from its usual outdoor performances. The band presents its first holiday concert Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre. 

The DeKalb Municipal Band is the oldest continuous performing band in Illinois. 

WNIJ 2014 Holiday Specials

Dec 8, 2014

WNIJ is pleased to present our collection of holiday specials throughout December.  Each week you'll hear from the people you've come to know and love and we'll introduce you to some new voices along the way.  Tune in and enjoy!

Tinsel Tales 3 - Sunday, December 14 - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 25 10:00 a.m.

This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.  David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk – these and others NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  Hosted by Lynn Neary

Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive.

But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument makers and forest rangers, Stradivari's trees are doing better than ever.

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

WNIU Holiday Specials 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Tune in to WNIU this season for a hand picked selection of holiday specials. 

Advent Voices, Sunday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Candles Burning Brightly, Sunday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

The words of the Stabat Mater come from an ancient Latin text describing Mary weeping at the cross over her son, Jesus. While the Catholic poem has been set to music by many — from Vivaldi to Arvo Pärt — three contemporary composers have put their own spin on the old verses.

Alissa Firsova was born in Moscow, but has lived in England since she was 4.