Afternoon Concert on WUOT

Weekdays from 1-4 p.m.

WUOT's afternoon classical music program airs from 1-4 p.m. each weekday, hosted by Ace Edewards. 

Classics for Kids airs Mondays at 3 p.m. (rpt. of previous Saturday's show)

NOTE: Playlists are not posted during fund drive weeks in the fall and spring.


The genre of Choral Music can mean a lot of different things. It can refer to major works, such as Requiems, Masses, or Choral Symphonies. It can refer to sacred anthems or spirtuals, often sung during religious services. The term Choral Music can also refer to the abundance of short secular works that are performed in a variety of settings including, of course, your standard concert hall.

Guitarist Jason Vieaux was awarded the Grammy award for best solo instrumental performance in 2015. Since winning the award, Vieaux says that his professional life hasn't changed too much; he still maintains an extremely busy performing, recording, and teaching career. He teaches at both the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music and spends Summers in Greensboro, NC teaching at the prestigious Eastern Music Festival.

You've probably heard of the television series "Mozart in the Jungle" but what about Mozart in the city? Mozart visited many cities throughout Europe, presenting and performing his own compositions while trying to make a living. Maestro Aram Demirjian explains how many of Mozart's symphonies were named after some of the cities that he visited, fell in love with and hoped to visit again. What better way to instill favor with a municipality than to dedicate a symphony to it? 

James Matthew Daniel

Ellen Reid has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in music for her debut opera, p r i s m. The work tackles the difficult subject matter of sexual and emotional abuse. Reid and librettist, Roxie Perkins, began composing the piece several years ago, before the #MeToo movement. Ellen says that she watched her piece take on a larger, more global meaning, as the perspective and understanding of sexual assault changed. Commissioned and co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, p r i s m premiered on November 29th at the Los Angeles Opera's Off Grand series.

The UT Middle East Ensemble brings the community together in several ways. First, the ensemble invites musicians from the community to participate. Second, the ensemble itself is a welcoming community of friends and musicians from a multitude of backgrounds. Thirdly, the ensemble performs in numerous community outreach events, sharing music from a region of the world that's often misrepresented and misunderstood. Music reflects culture and humanity and is an integral part of our day-to-day lives.

Aram Demirjian discusses the enduring popularity of one of the great works in classical music, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  He also explains the inspired thinking behind the inclusion of Harrell’s Time Like an Everflowing Stream and Montgomery’s Banner.  

How do we reply to violence? What can we do to make the world a better place? In 1963, following the assasination of JFK, Leonard Bernstein gave a speech in which he commanded musicians to respond by creating the most intensely beautiful music that they could possibly make. Because in a world of violence, music is a necessary healer for the heart and soul. Bernstein's words are now famous: "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." 


Cellist Clarice Jensen didn't grow up listening to or playing contemporary Classical music, but when she moved to New York to attend Juilliard, her teachers and the city exposed her to a brand new world of music. She soon became interested in creating new music and not so much in recreating old music.

Ross Karre, co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) says that he views contemporary classical music like going to see a new movie at the cinema. You don't know what to expect, but you walk into the theatre with an open mind and you're excited to see and experience something new. 

Grammy award-winning violist, Kim Kashkashian, didn't start off playing the viola, but she was always attracted to the warm, mellow sound and as soon as she could get her hands on the instrument, the rest was history.