As the leaves burst into the colors of autumn, WGBH's classical music service moves into the new season and beyond with a new name: Classical New England, reflecting a growing service that includes 99.5 Boston-NH, 89.7 HD-2 Boston, 96.3 Beacon Hill, 89.5 Nantucket, and, through a new relationship with Bryant University, 88.7 Providence.
With our new name, a new weekday schedule brings you more hours of local voices and music, and expanded Boston Symphony Orchestra coverage enlivens your weekends as never before.
Laura Carlo welcomes you to the day with a lively mix of classical music, beginning at 5am and now staying with you for the morning hours until 10am. Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart continues to bring his own impressions and knowledge to Keith's Classical Corner each morning at 8:30.
Alan McLellan joins you at 10am with great classics for the heart of the day. At noon, you'll hear a new segment we call Café Europa, with recent, unique, and commercially unavailable concert performances from Berlin's Philharmonie, Vienna's Musikverein, London's Barbican Center, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and other great concert halls of Europe.
At 2pm Cathy Fuller brings you her signature warmth and charm, offering a perfect accompaniment to the late afternoon and early evening. Members of Boston's vibrant musical community as well as visiting artists from around the world join Cathy in our Fraser Performance Studio each Friday for Drive Time Live, connecting you with the spontaneity of live performance. In addition, listen for Cathy each Sunday at 6pm on Arias and Barcarolles.
At 7pm, Classical New England welcomes Performance Today to the airwaves. Host Fred Child brings you concert performances from around the world, along with interviews and features that offer unique insight into the music and today's great performers.
James David Jacobs takes over the nighttime mic at 9pm, Monday-Thursday, with a unique blend of music old, new, and unexpected, and guaranteed to be an ideal late-night companion. On Fridays at 9pm, enjoy the nation's only bilingual classical music program, Concierto, as host Frank Dominguez invites you into the world of classical music as reflected by Latin American composers and performers.
Our 60 year relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues and deepens, with live broadcasts of every Saturday evening performance by the BSO with host Ron Della Chiesa, now repeated on Sunday afternoons at 1pm, following New England Summer Festivals. In addition, BSO concerts will be available for on demand listening at our BSO Tanglewood Channel, where you can hear the BSO 24/7.
On weekdays, listen for BSO broadcast producer Brian Bell in previews of upcoming concerts, and Brian's encyclopedic knowledge of BSO history as heard on BSO on Record can now be heard twice as much, with two episodes airing each Saturday night beginning at 10pm, following our live BSO broadcasts.
Brian McCreath continues to host The Bach Hour on Sundays at 6am and 5pm, and listen for his features, stories, and interviews in regular arts and culture reports from around the region, to be heard on weekdays and weekends.
The Classical New England staff also expands with the addition of Music Director Cheryl Willoughby. A public broadcasting veteran, Willoughby comes to WGBH from Vermont Public Radio, where she served as Music Director and Director of Programming for VPR Classical.
See our complete schedule below: