99.5 All Classical has changed the sounds of weekends. With more of Boston's favorite local hosts and dynamic new programs from 99.5 All Classical, NPR, and American Public Media, audiences are discovering new worlds of classical music that showcase a remarkable range, appeal, and diversity.
The weekend begins Friday nights at 10pm with the addition of Concierto, America’s first program of classical music presented in both Spanish and English. Concierto, hosted by Frank Dominguez, explores the world of classical music through the lens of Latin American and Spanish composers and musicians, from Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra (left) to the enchanting sounds of Spanish zarzuela.
James David Jacobs continues hosting duties on Saturday mornings, but now spends an extra hour behind the microphone. New to his show is Classics for Kids, an award-winning short program that brings classical music’s great composers to life through music and stories. Classics for Kids, Kids Classical Hour, and From the Top all form a new 99.5 web initiative: Classical Kids, an online destination providing education, entertainment, games, videos and resources designed to bring kids closer to classical music.
At noon on Saturdays, longtime Boston radio fixture Ray Brown returns to the host’s chair with a unique mix of music that makes him the ideal Saturday companion.
Each week, Boston’s All Classical team hits the road to share the places, personalities and great performances that make up New England Summer Festivals, including the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (left), Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine, Monadnock Music in New Hampshire, Newport Music Festival, and many more.
99.5’s signature offering of symphonic music continues on Saturday night, starting at 7pm with concerts from the Boston Pops and/or Boston Symphony Orchestra, either direct from 99.5’s studio at Symphony Hall or from the Music Shed at Tanglewood (right).
After experiencing the best in local, live classical music, listeners travel nationwide and around the globe with Performance Today Weekend. Hosted by Fred Child, Performance Today is the most-listened to classical music program in America, featuring live concerts from iconic musicians worldwide, as well as interviews, news and features.
All-new Sundays on 99.5 feature familiar voices. Laura Carlo is waking up Boston for one more day with Baroque in Boston, a new show that explores and celebrates the richness and diversity of Boston’s early music scene. The program feature music that ranges from Renaissance bransles to the sturdy New England melodies of William Billings, with plenty of Bach and his contemporaries in between.
Popular personality Cathy Fuller delivers two programs on Sunday: Live from Fraser, which now gets a weekend presentation at 11am, and Arias and Barcarolles, an exploration of song – and the art of the vocal recital – at 6pm. The Bach Hour with Brian McCreath can be heard at 6am and 5pm, as McCreath, also heard weekday afternoons, explores the mastery of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Alan McLellan, the mastermind behind 99.5’s live classical performances, takes a turn in front of the microphone with a two-hour stint starting at noon on Sundays.
Producer Brian Bell’s BSO on Record, a weekly hour of recordings by the BSO, remains in the 2pm slot, preceding Sunday Concert, a broadcast of noted classical performances from orchestras both at home (such as the Boston Philharmonic and the Handel & Haydn Society) as well as around the world (such as the symphony orchestras of Chicago, left, and Pittsburgh).
Sunday evenings on 99.5 now belong to opera. For the first time in 25 years, a comprehensive opera program will be available to listeners in Boston. The popular NPR program World of Opera, hosted by 25-year broadcast veteran Lisa Simeone (right), features weekly performances by top American and international opera companies.
Simeone’s hour-long Spoleto Chamber Music follows, and Pipedreams, a program dedicated to “the King of Instruments” (and frequently featuring Boston-area organists and organs) closes out the evening.
Here is the complete schedule for 99.5, Boston's All Classical Station:
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