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Our Classical 90.7 KWMU-3 HD radio channel and online service is dedicated to live classical music programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our hosts guide listeners into the heart of the classical repertoire, with carefully selected music that represent both classical favorites and lesser-known masterpieces, while ensuring that every hour of music is accessible and stimulating for novices and aficionados alike.

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Program Hosts

Julie Amacher

Julie Amacher

Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, Wisc. She went from rock & roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo. Julie spent 13 years at KUNC, where she managed the announcers and their eclectic music format. During that time, she earned four national awards for best announcer.

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain was born and raised in the Midwest, but lived in Northern Ireland for 33 years, working as a freelance musician, teacher and journalist. She joined the BBC in 1998 and worked in various capacities in the areas of classical music, religion and ethics and current affairs. She plays violin, viola, piano and organ. A lifelong interest in orchestral and choral conducting has been the catalyst for her involvement over the years with a variety of ensembles including orchestras, choirs and theatre groups.

Scott Blankenship

Scott Blankenship

Scott Blankenship started his radio career in college when he began working as a volunteer at a local cable radio station, announcing alternative and new rock music. His love and appreciation of classical music began at public radio station KVNO in Omaha, where he spent 13 years in various on-air and management roles, five of those years as the morning drive-time host.

Bob Christiansen

Bob Christiansen

Bob Christiansen has managed to combine his knowledge of classical music and history with a sharp wit and a talent for foreign languages into a 38-year radio career. While studying the ramifications of the “Time of Troubles” on the Grand Duchy of Moscow, he led a secret life as the evening man on the Northern Illinois University radio station. He teamed with Bill Morelock in 1987 to create the nationally syndicated Bob and Bill.

Jeff Esworthy

Jeff Esworthy

Jeff Esworthy is a public radio veteran with more than 20 years behind the microphone, where he’s hosted everything from folk to jazz to progressive rock. A hobbyist musician and collector of instruments from around the world, Jeff has what he describes as a “passable” command of southern string-band music on fiddle and banjo, and he is a long-time student of the classical music of Northern India on instruments such as the sitar, sarangi and tabla.

Valerie Kahler

Valerie Kahler

Valerie Kahler served more than a decade as a classical host and music director at KNAU in Flagstaff, Ariz. She holds a degree in cello performance and plays piano in self-defense, but feels most at home in front of a microphone—as your companion for an evening of classical music, or singing classic tunes in a club.

Melissa Ousley

Melissa Ousley

Melissa Ousley stumbled into a career in broadcasting many years ago when she moved to Wichita, Kansas to be near her soon-to-be husband. The attraction (to radio work, that is) was immediate and the chance to be around great music without having to practice was irresistible. After establishing herself as a host and producer in Kansas, Melissa moved to Minnesota and continued her work at WCAL in Northfield and Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. Her morning classical show at WCAL was twice named "Best Classical Radio Program" by the Twin Cities paper City Pages.

Kevin O'Conner

Kevin O'Conner

Kevin O'Connor grew up in a household where his father and boisterous Irish uncles would often noisily debate what was to be played on the turntable: Between the three brothers, and depending on the mood of the day, it wavered between Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson and Gordon Lightfoot. (The brothers also hailed from Toronto). Kevin's career arc seemed to follow suit, spinning and selling classical, jazz, folk and pop music on the radio, and briefly in retail, for the past three decades. For the past 18 years, he has served as music director and afternoon host at KBEM. He is also an avid cyclist and walker.

Mindy Ratner

Mindy Ratner

Mindy Ratner began her career in public broadcasting following her graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working first for the local public television station and then for Wisconsin Public Radio. She moved on to stations in Cincinnati and Philadelphia before joining Minnesota Public Radio in 1983. In 1998 and '99, Ratner took a leave of absence to work as a music host and producer for China Radio International in Beijing. Her spare time is devoted to international travel; folk, ballroom and contradancing; singing; her two cats, and trying to stay ahead of the weeds in her garden.

Elena See

Elena See

Elena See started her radio career in Minnesota in 2001, working as part of the production team for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. She moved to Maine and started working as the classical music director for Maine Public Broadcasting in 2003. Eventually, she headed south to Washington, DC for several years to try out satellite radio with Sirius XM and landed back home in Minnesota in 2009. She's proud to be a part of such a fantastic public radio organization.

Lynne Warfel

Lynne Warfel

Lynne Warfel returns to a 24-year radio career after a four-year hiatus. In this "Cavorts with Collies" period, she followed her lifelong passion for working with dogs as a trainer and behavior consultant. She started "Good Dog Productions," her in-home dog training business in 2006. Previous to The Dog Mutterer phase, she was one of MPR's first national hosts in 1995. She was also heard on Minnesota Public Radio from 1993-2005. While at MPR in her former incarnation, she hosted the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest, Echoes of Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers, Sommerfest broadcasts, and was a guest narrator with The SPCO and Minnesota Orchestra.

Alison Young

Alison Young

Alison Young has served as an assistant producer for KUHF-FM in Houston for The Front Row and was host for KUHF's Sunday Afternoon Concert. She enjoyed a successful career as a concert flutist, performing as a guest with the Boston Symphony and with the Atlanta Symphony. An intrepid traveler, she has given recitals in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia while managing to climb a mountain or two in the process. She also served as the principal flutist with the Houston Ballet Orchestra.

John Zech

John Zech

John Zech got started in broadcasting as a news anchor at his high school’s closed-circuit television station (KRUD). While in school at St. Olaf College, his love of classical music earned him his first “real” radio experience at WCAL-FM. After a dozen years doing virtually everything there was to do at a small public radio station, John crossed over into the private sector, producing and voicing an audio reading program for a major educational publisher, managing multilingual translation projects for an international communications firm, and generally learning what it’s like to work for a living. Having seen the light, John returned to radio in 1992. After deciding his zen garden was too much of a headache, John looks for enlightenment on the tennis court and the billiard table instead.

Live Broadcasts

Join host Robert Peterson and commentator Adam Crane on 90.7 KWMU for live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony on select Saturday nights from 8-10 p.m.

The 2014-2015 season will mark the fifth year of partnership between the St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU. Our live broadcasts will start on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and conclude on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Each Saturday night subscription series concert will be broadcast live on the air and streamed live on the internet. Concerts in that series include:

Listen on the following Saturday evenings from 8-10 p.m. for live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony's Wells Fargo Advisors Orchestral Series concerts.

Performance Schedule: 2014

September 27, 2014 Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela with Cally Banham, English Horn; John Adams’ My Father Knew Charles Ives; and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100. David Robertson conducts.
October 4, 2014 Brahms/Glanert’s Four Preludes and Serious Songs; and Brahms’ German Requiem withCarolyn Sampson, soprano, Patrick Carfizzi, bass-baritone, and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Markus Stenz conducts.
October 11, 2014 Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from Eugene Onegin; Tchaikovsky’s Sérénade mélancolique, with Joo Kim, violin; Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo capriccioso with James Czyzewski, cello; Tchaikovsky’sRomeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture; Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest Fantasy-Overture; and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 OvertureCristian Macelaru conducts.
October 25, 2014 Panufnik’s Landscape; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64, with Associate Concertmaster Heidi Harris, violin; and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor, op. 39. John Storgårds conducts.
November 8, 2014 Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen's Return; Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16 with Markus Groh, piano; Schumann’s Concertstück in F major for 4 Horns and Orchestra, op. 86, with Roger Kaza, Principal Horn, Thomas Jöstlein, Associate Principal Horn, Tod Bowermaster, horn and Christopher Dwyer, horn; and Liszt’s Les PréludesHannu Lintu conducts.
November 15, 2014 Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15 with Orli Shaham, piano; Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 in G major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 40, with Helen Kim, violin; Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F major for Violin and Orchestra, op. 50 with Xiaoxiao Qiang, violin; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21. Jun Märkl conducts.
November 22, 2014 Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129, with Daniel Lee, Principal Cello; and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde(Song of the Earth), with Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, and Paul Groves, tenor. David Robertson conducts.
November 29, 2014 Daugherty’s Hell's Angels with Andrew Cuneo, Principal Bassoon, Andrew Gott, Associate Principal Bassoon, Felicia Foland, bassoon; Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Norman’s Try; and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (Original Jazz Band Version) withKirill Gerstein, piano. David Robertson conducts.
December 6, 2014 Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons, with Jessica Cheng, violin; Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Kiera Duffy, soprano; Vivaldi’s Summer from The Four Seasons with Angela Smart, violin; Vivaldi’sAutumn from The Four Seasons with Jooyeon Kong, violin; Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll; and Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons with Alison Harney, Principal Second Violin. Steven Jarvi conducts.
December 31, 2014 St. Louis Symphony’s New Year’s Celebration (Special Holiday Broadcast: Wednesday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m.)
St. Louis Public Radio will once again broadcast live the St. Louis Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert at Powell Hall. We’ll be on the air at 7 p.m. with some pre-concert conversations. Then, David Robertson will take the podium at 7:30 to conduct this annual surprise program, with musical selections and guest artists announced on the stage.

Performance Schedule: 2015

January 17, 2015 Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes, with Principal Clarinetist Scott Andrews; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453, with pianist Richard Goode; Tippett’s Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli, with Associated Principal Second Violinist Kristin Ahlstrom, Second Violinist Shawn Weil, and Assistant Principal Cellist David Kim; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, K. 551, "Jupiter.” David Robertson conducts.
January 24, 2015 Beethoven’s Three Equali for Four Trombones, with Timothy Myers, Principal Trombone, Amanda Stewart, Associate Principal Trombone, Jonathan Reycraft, trombone, and Gerry Pagano bass trombone; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93; and Beethoven’s Mass in C major, op. 86, featuring Kate Reimann, soprano, Johanna Nordhorn, mezzo-soprano, Keith Boyer, tenor, Jeffrey Heyl, bass-baritone, and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. David Robertson conducts.
January 31, 2015 CPE Bach’s Sinfonia in D major; Bach’s Sinfonia from Cantata No. 209, with Andrea Kaplan, Associate Principal Flute; Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Violin & Strings, with Jelena Dirks, Principal Oboe, and Asako Kuboki, Second Violinist; JC Bach’s Sinfonia concertante for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello & Orchestra, with Jennifer Nitchman, flute, Phil Ross, oboe, Ann Fink, First Violin, and Melissa Brooks, Associate Principal Cello; and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3. Nicholas McGegan conducts.
February 7, 2015 Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun; MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3, “The Mysteries of Light,“ with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. Stéphane Denève conducts.
February 21, 2015 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto. No. 2, with Andre Watts, piano; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique.” Juraj Valčuha conducts.
February 28, 2015 Liadov’s Bab-Yaga; Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake; Liadov’s Kikimora; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with Augustin Hadelich, violin; and Stravinsky’s Kikimora Suite. Hans Graf conducts.
March 7, 2015 Fauré’s Elegy for Cello and Orchestra, with Bjorn Ranheim, cello; Wagner’s Brunnhilde's Immolation from Götterdämmerung, with Christine Brewer, soprano; and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3. David Robertson conducts.
March 14, 2015 Debussy’s Nocturnes, with the Women of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus; MacMillan’s Violin Concerto, with Vadim Repin; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. David Robertson conducts.
April 11, 2015 Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, K. 364, with Jonathan Chu, violin, and Beth Guterman Chu, Principal Viola; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. Semyon Bychkov conducts.
April 18, 2015 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Simon Trpceski, piano; and Scriabin Symphony No. 3, “Le Poèm divin.” Vasily Petrenko conducts.
April 25, 2015 Elgar’s Introduction & Allegro, with Emily Ho, First Violin, Nicolae Bica, Second Violin, Morris Jacob, viola; and Anne Fagerburg, cello; Glanert’s Frenesia; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, with Emanuel Ax, piano. David Robertson conducts.
May 2, 2015 Bizet’s Selections from Carmen; Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances, with Allegra Lilly, Principal Harp; Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto, with Mike Sanders, Principal Tuba; and Ravel’s Bolero. David Robertson conducts.
May 9, 2015 Verdi’s Aida, with Lucrezia Garcia, soprano (Aida), Ekaterina Semenchuk, mezzo-soprano (Amneris), Antonello Palombi, tenor (Radmes), and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. David Robertson conducts.