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Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Monday through Friday, 7 to 8pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by John DiLiberto

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is a daily radio program that delves into a wide assortment of topics in classical music. Each five-program series builds off a single theme ranging from composer biographies to explorations of various cultures, musical styles, and time periods.

Detailed playlists for each program are available at the full Exploring Music program site.

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Week of October 2, 2017 - Nadia Boulanger - Virgil Thomson once said, “In every town in the United States you find a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student," and he wasn't far off. Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Astor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones. This week we'll hear some of her own compositions, works by her talented sister, Lily, and performances of works by prolific students.

September 2017 Exploring Music Programs

Sep 1, 2017
Fodors Travel Guide

Week of September 4, 2017- Merrie England  Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Dowland – all wrote music based on the folk tunes in the country pubs, the pageantry of Royal Albert Hall and Covent Garden, and the images of their beautiful countryside. Come open your ears and walk with us through the pathways of England. Greensleeves, Turtle Doves, and Della Jones. Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the waves!

Week of September 11, 2017- TBA  

August 2017 Exploring Music Programs

Aug 5, 2017

Week of August 7th- Beethoven at Parnassus- Part 1  This week is a festival of the late music of Beethoven, music from the last ten years of his life. Parnassus refers to the great mountain in Greece that towers over Delphi and is the home of the Muses. In these years from 1816 to 1826, Beethoven soared to almost mythological heights with some of his greatest works—the Ninth Symphony, last four piano sonatas, Missa Solemnis, and his final string quartets. All of these compositions still sit at the top of Mt. Parnassus.

July 2017 Exploring Music Programs

Jun 29, 2017

  Week of July 3, 2017 - Artists in Exile - Part 1 Our two-week series titled Artists in Exile pays homage to Joseph Horowitz’s book that focuses on "how refugees from 20th century war and revolution transformed the American arts.” In this program, you will hear stories of appreciation for a new country, but also of terrible loneliness that comes from being forced from one's home by political strife. Bill begins this week with a vacationing artist, Antonín Dvořák, before playing music from Sergei Prokofiev, who fled the Soviet Union.

June 2017 Exploring Music programs

May 30, 2017

Week of June 5 - Elgar, Edward - There’s much more to Edward Elgar than graduation marches and the Enigma Variations. A composer of equally masterful symphonies, oratorios, chamber music, and concertos, he led a renaissance in 20th century England that firmly reestablished its musical identity. Don’t miss the last installment of the week when Bill features Jacqueline Du Pre in her legendary performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

May 2017 Exploring Music programs

Apr 25, 2017

Week of May 1, 2017 - To the Finland Station: Exploration of Russian Music, Part 1 - For the next two weeks, we will follow the lives of some of our favorite Russian musicians, starting a decade before the Revolution, then spend a little time on the period of Lenin’s reign, and then plunge on into the era of Stalin, with the music of Shostakovich and many others. 

April 2017 Exploring Music programs

Mar 28, 2017

Week of Apr. 3, 2017 - Baltic Music- What is it that makes the music of the Baltic region so recognizable and compelling? Many of us know and love the work of Sibelius, Finland's greatest musical export, but the countries around the Gulf of Finland have given us a wealth of composers, some better known than others. In this week of shows we will explore music from a land of lakes and islands; isolated, self-contained, and full of beauty.

March 2017 Exploring Music programs

Feb 28, 2017

Between the years 1856-1870 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the 'Russian Five' came together to create the first school of music with an aesthetic derived solely from nationalism.  They wanted to create a uniquely Russian style of music, entirely separate from the traditional European sound or convention.  The result of this was exposing the world to the Russian East's supernaturalism and exoticism. 

Week of March 6 - Russian Five/The Mighty Handful

February 2017 Exploring Music programs

Feb 3, 2017

Week of Feb. 6, 2017 - Yin and Yang, the Play of Opposites, Part 1- The idea for this two-week exploration came from a listener who suggested we explore music of "great calm", music which seems to gently pick us up and float us away from this earth.

January 2017 Listings for Exploring Music

Dec 27, 2016

This month on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin has a plethora of greatest hits, including Haydn's Symphonies, Mozart's Piano Concertos, Copland's Americana, and music from Scandinavian greats Grieg and Sibelius.  You won't want to miss it!