About SymphonyCast

SymphonyCast, with host Alison Young, is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major symphony. Material is drawn from Europe’s premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.

About our Host

Alison Young

Alison Young

In addition to serving as host of SymphonyCast, Alison Young hosts weekday mornings on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra broadcasts and American Public Media's annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Before her career in radio, she enjoyed a successful career as a concert flutist performing with the Atlanta and Boston Symphonies and in recitals throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the United States. Alison is an avid kayaker, rock climber, backpacker, biker, and competitive skier. She and her husband, Richard Rasch, live across the street from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthplace in Saint Paul, MN.

About the Team

Brad Althoff

Brad Althoff, Managing Producer, National Classical Programs

Brad Althoff is the managing producer for national classical programs at American Public Media. At APM he oversees the production of Performance Today, Composer's Datebook, SymphonyCast and Pipedreams, the holiday portfolio of programs, and special national concert broadcasts. A slave to fashion, the gym, and his art, what free time he has is divided equally between painting, lifting, and the tailor.

Avital Rabinowitz

Avital Rabinowitz, Producer

Avital Rabinowitz is the producer for SymphonyCast. She is responsible for creating the sound of the show, including choosing music programming and conducting artist interviews. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, armchair adventuring, and weightlifting.

Michael Osborne

Michael Osborne, Technical Director

Michael "Ozzie" Osborne is the Technical Director for SymphonyCast. He masters the live and recorded music recordings that are programmed for each SymphonyCast show. Michael also enjoys photography, listening to music, and bicycling.

Frequently Asked Questions

What was the name of the composer, performer or piece I heard on the show?

Complete playlist information is available for each show. From the homepage, click on a specific episode to access a detailed playlist.

What is the theme music at the beginning of every SymphonyCast episode?

It’s the opening trumpet fanfare from Steve Heitzeg’s Nobel Symphony.

Can I buy a recording of music I heard on your show?

It’s possible, but not likely. Many of the performances that you hear on SymphonyCast are not available for purchase because they were played at a live concert. In some cases, the musicians have recorded that same music for a commercial CD. If so, album title and recording label information will be available in the episode playlist.

Who won the Encore Contest? Where can I find the answer?

Every Monday, we update the previous week’s episode page to include the answer to the Encore Contest; episode pages are located here. We also update our Facebook page with the Encore Contest winner.

How do I leave a comment?

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