About the Podcast
With Julie Amacher
With Julie Amacher
With Julie Amacher
Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov both drew inspiration from the tales of the beautiful Scheherazade, and both created music that lets a full symphony orchestra weave pure enchantment: a glorious showcase for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and its charismatic French guest conductor Ariane Matiakh. Sally Beamish, meanwhile, finds stories closer to home, in a beehive-inspired premiere for ‘Queen of Harps’ Catrin Finch.
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s atmospheric reworkings of Durham miners’ songs, the soaring romantic tragedy of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and the elemental sonorities of Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir highlight Prom #8, plus a dazzling performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, featuring Denis Kozhukhin.
We're at the opening concert at the largest classical music festival in the world: the 2022 BBC Proms!
Ruth Reinhardt leads Zachary Cohen and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in a new work for double bass: Missy Mazzoli's Dark with Excessive Bright.
The Houston Symphony highlights the buzzing, unforgettable energy of Stravinsky with three of his most dynamic works.
Inspired young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason leads the German Symphony Orchestra passionately through Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor; after, a display of the dynamic potential and psychological power of a 129-piece orchestra via works by Roussel and Ravel.
The grand opening evening for Brainerd, Minnesota’s world-class concert hall in the summer of 2021 featured music that celebrates the American spirit, conducted by Christian Reif.
Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes plays Korngold's lavish Violin Concerto alongside the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Richard Egarr leads the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a delightful program of works from London. Wonderful and surprising harmonies emerge from the strings in works by Henry Purcell and William Lawes. The program also includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 (The Clock), which earned its nickname for the steady tick-tock accompaniment of the slow movement.
During this week's show, there was an anonymous encore performed. We know the name of that encore, but do you? If you recognized the encore, submit your answer. We will draw one name from all of the correct answers received by midnight on Sunday, and the lucky winner will receive a CD from our library. Only one entry per person please.
SymphonyCast, with host Julie Amacher, is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major orchestra. 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.
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, Wis. She went from rock 'n' 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. She joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1997 as an on-air host and also produces New Classical Tracks, a weekly podcast introducing listeners to new classical releases each week. She also is the program director for YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio.
Daniel Nass is the interim producer of SymphonyCast. He is responsible for creating the sound of the show, including choosing music programming and conducting artist interviews. In his nonproducer life, he is an avid runner and an award-winning composer.
Michael "Ozzie" Osborne is the Technical Director for SymphonyCast. He masters the live and recorded music recordings that are programmed for each SymphonyCast show. He also enjoys photography, listening to music, and bicycling.
Complete playlist information is available for each show. Click on a specific episode to access a detailed playlist.
It’s the opening trumpet fanfare from Steve Heitzeg’s Nobel Symphony.
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.