Morning Classics

Weekdays 7-9 a.m.
Kerry Hirth

Thanks to local painter Kerry Hirth, we are able to offer you our new mug featuring original art inspired by classical music. The mug is a cool, new thank-you gift available during our fall membership drive!


Author and Baylor University professor Robert Darden tells stories and plays recordings from the Baylor University Libraries' Black Gospel Music Restoration Project in a series of two-minute segments.

You tune in regularly to Classical 90.5 expecting to hear music of Mozart, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass and more. Thanks to our generous members we're able to bring you that music and programs like Mizzou Music plus our evening symphonies.

During our current Fall 2016 membership drive, we're able to thank donors like you with gift certificates to area eateries such as Sycamore and Shakespeare's, films at Ragtag and Concert Series tickets including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

The latest release from Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo is our CD of the Week this week on Classical 90.5. The composer performs his works with a trio of ensembles on the self-titled release.

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Just before he departed Europe for his years spent in America, Czech-born composer Antonin Dvorak was elected to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts. To acknowledge this honor the composer did what you might expect: he wrote a symphony. Today at noon on Classical 90.5, we've got the Eighth Symphony for you on the Dvorak Diner.

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Each year, Columbia's Odyssey Chamber Music Series selects a pair of fellows. These young artists learn the ropes of classical performance both on and off-stage. The 2016-2017 Odyssey fellows are Anna Provo and Ryan Koesterer. They visited the Classical 90.5 studios recently and talked with Classical 90.5's Trevor Harris about their expectations for the coming season.

Elizabeth Joy Roe

This week's CD of the Week on Classical 90.5 is the new release from pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe. She recorded the complete nocturnes of 19th century Irish composer John Field.

Steven Tharp

The repertoire for voice is expansive. This week on Morning Classics, hear excerpts from Trevor Harris' recent interview with Steven Tharp. He is an Assistant Professor of Voice in the MU School of Music.

Timothy Howe

Trombonist Timothy Howe was a recent Artist of the Week on Morning Classics, which is heard weekdays between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Classical 90.5.

During his heyday, Italian born composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini had a reputation approaching that of his contemporary Franz Joseph Haydn. Today, Boccherini is remembered for but a few virtuoso works for strings. That's a shame because his influence on the string quartet may be his most lasting gift to classical music.