'Dr. Mike and Mark Andruss share 'The Classical Challenge' and present classical music for 2 1/2 hours every Wed. 9--1130 pm. This program concentrates on music composed in the last 100 years, with special emphasis on recently created works, as well as local performances. This is KKFI's only classical music program (although we hope for more!) so tune in to the sublime.....and enjoy.
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Dr. Mike has been on the radio for roughly 19 years, with very little pay to show for it. He is a fan of 'pure' music in all its forms, whether it be jazz, old-timey, world, country, or classical.
Mark grew up with classical music in the house, as his mother was a violinist in local orchestras while raising four kids. He failed miserably on the oboe, played the violin in his youth orchestra, and is a self-taught piano player for emotional release, but had his greatest success as a vocalist before asthma and chronic bronchitis did a number of his vocal abilities. But his love for classical music from all eras grew steadily, and he's happy to share this enthusiasm with listeners.
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‘Dr. Mike and Mark Andruss share ‘The Classical Challenge’ and present classical music for 2 1/2 hours every Wed. 9–1130 pm. This program concentrates on music composed in the last 100 years, with special emphasis on recently created works, as well as local performances. This is KKFI’s only classical music program (although we hope for more!) so tune in to the sublime…..and enjoy.Wednesday
Most classical music lovers can name, or at least recognize the names of, the "big/historical 7" black composers - the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (b1745), Scott Joplin (b1868), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (b1875), Florence Price (b.1887), William Grant Still (b1895), Duke Ellington (b1899) and George Walker (b1922). So far I've only managed to program Joplin and Ellington on The Classical Challenge, so I could do more (and maybe Dr. Mike will program some of these folks in his survey of American composers).
Mark has played pieces by both Anthony and Tyondai Braxton, Valerie Coleman, Julian Eastman, Stewart Goodyear, George Lewis, Jessie Montgomery, Jeffrey Scott, Wadada Leo Smith, and Pamela Z. Good music is good music.
And there's a lot more out there, as tonight's program will start to demonstrate as the Classical Challenge presents "Black Composers Matter".
For Wednesday, June 10, the Classical Challenge presents “Lift Up Your Voices! – Tales of Loss, Love, and Love Lost for the Age of Pandemic.”Read More