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The Sunday Classics features enduring works of music from the Renaissance through the 21st century. Chamber and orchestral music, the operatic voice, and notable solo performances — the music that has become part of our lives and culture, timeless music meant to be heard and enjoyed time after time — as well as news and interviews from the Central Oregon Symphony, Opera Bend, and other classical music events in town.

Sunday, 10am-noon

Show Schedule:


Jack Elliott hosts the Sunday Classics on every first Sunday of every month with explorations of the best of the music.

Coming up on Jack’s January 6, 2019:

  • CPE Bach’s two sets of ‘Hamburg’ symphonies from the 1770s have long been famous for pushing the contemporary musical language to the brink. No other orchestral music of the period is so consistently disruptive. We'll listen to his Symphony No.2 in B Flat.

  • In his last decade, Brahms wrote FOUR sets of miniatures, each an anthology of emotions, and among the most brilliant gems of his piano compositions. Last time, we heard his op.116, and today we'll hear his op.117 set of three, with Julius Katchen.

  • Of Mozart's 27 concerti for fortepiano, his No.20 in d minor is among his most-performed one. Most performed — and usually performed dead wrong. I'll explain why. We'll also take a look at how performers have dealt with the fact that no one knows what Mozart played for the d minor’s cadenza -- the all-important piano solo -- because he either never wrote it down, or it got lost.

  • The feature piece will be the final episode of Jack and Jacquie Elliott’s radio production of Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch, his 46-song collection of anonymous Italian poems – about love. With soprano Elisabeth Swartzkopf, baritone Dietrick Fischer-Dieskau, and pianist Gerald Moore.

The second Sunday of the month features the San Francisco Symphony from WFMT Radio Network with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. 

Third Sundays start with WFMT’s Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead, an hour-long exploration of the diverse art form we call classical music, followed by WETA’s Center Stage at Wolf Trap, showcasing live performances from some of today’s finest chamber musicians. 

New York Philharmonic This Week from WFMT is featured on the fourth Sunday of the month.

And fifth Sundays of the month are a a great opportunity to hear Pacifica Radio Network's Baroque and Beyond with Michael White, from Pacifica Radio Network.