Summer Highlights 2023

Summer at The Classical Station features new music from modern composers, performers, and conductors. Hear these beautifully rendered works breathe new life into compositions that have stood the test of time and highlight a promising future for classical music.

Listen to Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform the music of Antonín Dvořák, enjoy a GRAMMY® Award-winning recording of Beethoven’s Sixth, and hear the compositions of Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Higdon and Caroline Shaw.

June 19
The most recently recognized federal holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Join The Classical Station as we celebrate the music of notable African American composers and performers.

June 21
A Day of You
A special confluence of circumstances leads to a day like no other. National Daylight Appreciation Day, National Junk Food Day, and the first day of summer all occur on the same day. Work on your tan, eat
some ice cream, and listen to your favorite seasonal work as you enjoy a day all about you.

July 4
Independence Day
The Classical Station celebrates the birth of our nation with a selection of works by American composers inspired by the spirit of Independence Day.

Gustav Mahler

Week of July 10
Celebrate: Gustav Mahler

This July, we will celebrate the brilliance of Gustav Mahler, one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers. His large-scale symphonic works are rarely broadcast because of their length. During Mahler Week, we will feature Symphony Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5 as well as Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which he described as a symphony but scored for solo voice and orchestra.

July 18
Celebrate: The Classical Station’s 45th Anniversary
On July 18, 1978, a tiny group of engineers sent out a broadcast signal to the world. The transmission was a piece of classical music, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony Three, the ‘Organ’ Symphony. In the 45 years since, the size, methods, and staff of the group have changed, but the mission has remained the same: to deliver Great Classical Music to our community and to the world. Please join us for this special anniversary day as we replay the ‘Organ’ Symphony and other favorite works in celebration.

August 12-13
Cinema Classics Weekend
both classical selections featured in film from the silver screen. A special All-Film Edition of Preview! will focus on some of the techniques that film composers use to make us feel the joy, excitement, and terror of being at the movies.

August 26
Women’s Equality Day
The nineteenth amendment was signed into law on this date in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Today marks this occasion by featuring works by composed by women, including Florence Price, Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, Barbara Harbach, Caroline Shaw, and others.

Request Hours
Our request hours (10 a.m.–10 p.m. each Friday and 6 p.m. until midnight on Saturday) are your opportunity to become a part of the musical programming at The Classical Station. Let your voice be heard by requesting works from your favorite eras, composers, and ensembles. Dedicate a favorite piece and tell someone across town—or across the world—that you are thinking of them.