September Program Notes

On September 6 at 2:30 pm we will air our final Tanglewood concert of the season. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra join forces in an encore concert featuring the work of Berlioz, Ravel, Shostakovich, Williams and many more, including the grand finale, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."


As the BSO packs up and heads to Europe for a tour then back to their winter home, so we return to our usual schedule. Fridays see the return of Friday Evening Classics with Will Duchon, including Will's Musical Mystery Quiz, The Concert Stage and Words & Music, all followed at 10:00 pm by The Night Café. On Saturdays, Big Band Hall of Fame with Susan Kennedy resumes its full two and one-half hours, followed by On the Record with Dan Lenore (popular music from many eras, Great American Songbook) and Turntable for One (great jazz vocals) with H. William Stine.

Evening at the Opera  host Mel Siegel

Our Evening at the Opera listeners will recognize the name Mel Siegel, as Mel guests hosts the program from time to time. Mel tells us he "became interested in opera in the early 1960s while in college and I have been hooked ever since. My collection includes several hundred 78s, as well as LPs, CDs, cassette tapes and over 600 open reel tapes." Mel's connection to WMNR began in the early 1980s when Don Goldberg, a former guest host, invited him to co-host an Evening At The Opera program. Later, current host Doug Fox invited him to do several programs and Mel has since done numerous programs solo.


Adds Mel, "I am also a reviewer for The Record Collector. My first feature article for the magazine, a profile of the tenor Galliano Masini, will be published in the September issue. I am also a member of The Vocal Record Collectors' Society and have done a number of programs for them at their monthly meetings. I spent over 40 years in the New York City public school system, most of them as an Assistant Principal. I am now retired so that I can spend even more time indulging my interest in opera." Mel's next program is October 13, "Halloween Spells."  Join us for Evening at the Opera, every Tuesday at 8:00 pm.

WMNR's Newest Translator

On July 1, WMNR brgan broadcasting from a new location and frequency. We are now operating at 91.9 FM from Middlefield. This new signal covers Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Portland and portions of Cheshire, Cromwell and Wallingford. Please let us know if it improves your reception.

WMNR's Newest Broadcasters

WMNR Fine Arts Radio has recently welcomed two new broadcasters.  You can join Dominique Johnson on air Monday mornings from 8:00 to 10:00.   Jeffrey Johnson (No, no relation, although a few listeners were curious and did call in to ask.) can be heard later in the day on Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00.  We're thrilled to be bringing such knowledgeable music professionals to our airwaves.

Dominique's love of classical music and radio began early. Growing up in the Midwest, she started out as a young announcer, writing, producing and hosting classical music and fine arts programs. She also worked in various capacities for public radio stations in the Chicagoland area and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she studied radio production. A violinist for nearly her entire life, she also performed with chamber ensembles as a violist at Bryn Mawr College while a student there. She was supported by an ACMP/The Chamber Music Network grant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and was a visiting music student at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dominique enjoys discovering new recordings and works, especially by emerging performers and contemporary composers, and loves sharing them with WMNR listeners. Always excited about new musical adventures, she enjoys playing bluegrass fiddle and recently began to learn to play the mandolin. She is passionate about igniting interest in classical music among younger listeners and exploring its intersections with other genres.

Jeffrey Johnson is a long-time listener of WMNR and is currently Professor of Music at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. An active journalist and writer, he is the classical music and opera critic for The Hartford Courant, and has written for The Boston Globe, The Stamford Advocate, and Greenwich Time. He writes for and maintains the classical music blog called SonicLabyrinth.
Jeffrey has published four acclaimed books on music theory and performance practice with Greenwood Press and Dover Publications. His latest publication, which is his first specifically designed for digital media, is called "Hearing Inside Handel's Messiah," and is available on He hosts the Opera in Cinema Series at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, and is a frequent lecturer at The Quick Center prior to Met Live-in-HD screenings. He writes program notes for The Greater Bridgeport Symphony and is a frequent pre-concert lecturer. Jeffrey has degrees in musical composition from Boston University, Eastman School of Music, and Ithaca College.

WMNR Streaming on Demand

Five WMNR broadcasts share some of their programs for listening to on demand on the internet. Will Duchon of Friday Evening Classics offers his programs The Night Café and Words & Music, as does H. William Stine of Turntable for One. Also Garrett Stack of Broadway Bound and American Jukebox is also archiving his programs after they air and making them available to listeners.  They join Jay Harris who put 19 of his One Great Song programs available. Peter Shimkin has put some of his Evening at the Opera programs up for streaming on demand.

Haven't yet tried listening yet?  It's simply a recording of a radio program, archived on the internet, available for listening anytime you are online.   

WMNR's Anniversary Video

To celebrate our 30th Anniversary there is a WMNR Fine Arts Radio video featuring 27 broadcasters and staff. It is a loving tribute that gives you an inside look at the people who make up the station. Produced by WMNR’s own H. William Stine, with Associate Producer Megan Stine. To view the video click the photo.  


To read WMNR's Theatre Reviews with Rosalind Friedman  click here

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