The Modern Chamber

With Jason Wietlispach
Sunday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Remind Me


On January 13, 2016, Modern Chamber will return to its normal broadcasting time of 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Modern Chamber is Milwaukee radio’s last remaining classical music program. Focusing mostly on music from the 20th/21st century.  Tune in at 4 PM  every Sunday to hear selected musical pieces from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  At 5pm Jason picks a string quarter to feature.  This is a wonderful program for the best in classical music.

MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – Fall Schedule ON STAGE Brought to you by St. Kate!

Oct. 6
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-01
RELEASE: September 24, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Ken-David Masur
SOLOIST: Boris Giltburg, piano
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 in C minor for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 18

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Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Oct. 13
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-02
RELEASE: October 1, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Karina Canellakis (Boulanger, Stravinsky)
Jader Bignamini (Tchaikovsky, Respighi)
Boulanger D’un soir triste
Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps [The Rite of Spring] (1947 revision)
Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien, Op. 45
Respighi I pini di Roma [The Pines of Rome]

Oct. 20
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-03
RELEASE: October 8, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Yaniv Dinur
SOLOIST: Vadim Gluzman, violin
Wiesenberg Jerusalem, for symphony orchestra
Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 35
Shostakovich Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112, “The Year 1917”
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-04

Oct. 27
RELEASE: October 15, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Johannes Debus
SOLOIST(S): Louis Lortie, piano
Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Mozart Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major for Piano & Orchestra, K. 595
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, “Organ Symphony”

Nov. 3
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-05
RELEASE: October 22, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Carlos Kalmar
SOLOIST(S): Frank Almond, violin
Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20
Bartók Deux Portraits, Op. 5 [Two Portraits]
Dvořák Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60 [old No. 1]

Nov. 10
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-06
RELEASE: October 29, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Joshua Weilerstein
SOLOIST(S): Orli Shaham, piano
Still Poeme for Orchestra
Bartók Concerto No. 3 for Piano & Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathetique”
Nov. 17
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-07
RELEASE: November 5, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Alexander Shelley
SOLOIST(S): Blake Pouliot, violin
Mendelssohn The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, “Fingal’s Cave”
Bruch Scottish Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 46
Walton Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major [corrected 1968 version]

Nov. 24
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-08
RELEASE: November 12, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Dima Slobodeniouk
SOLOIST(S): Simon Trpceski, piano (Rachmaninov)
Prokofiev Suite from Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33a
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Prokofiev Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-09
RELEASE: November 19, 2019
SOLOIST(S): Sonora Slocum, flute (Reinecke);
Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano,
Stephen Powell, baritone,
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Cheryl Frazes Hill, director (Brahms)
Reinecke Concerto for Flute & Orchestra, Op. 283, in D major
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 [A German Requiem]

Dec. 1
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-10
RELEASE: November 26, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Edo de Waart
Mahler Symphony No. 9 in D major

Dec. 8
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-11
RELEASE: December 3, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Jeffrey Kahane
SOLOIST(S): Jeffrey Kahane, piano (Mozart, K. 449);
Todd Levy, clarinet (Mozart, K. 622)
Mozart Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major for Piano & Orchestra, K. 449
Schubert Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
Mozart Concerto in A major for Clarinet & Orchestra, K. 622
Strauss Overture to Die Fledermaus

Dec. 15
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-12
RELEASE: December 10, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Matthias Pintscher
SOLOIST(S): Javier Perianes, piano
Matthias Pintscher toward Osiris
Debussy La mer
Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 5 in F major for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 103, “Egyptian”
Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54 [Symphony No. 4]

Dec. 22
PROGRAM #: MSO 19-13
RELEASE: December 17, 2019
CONDUCTOR: Francesco Lecce-Chong
SOLOIST(S): Sarah Shafer, soprano, Derrek Stark, tenor,
Hugh Russell, baritone,
Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Cheryl Frazes Hill, director
Milwaukee Children’s Choir
Lynn Swanson, director
John Adams Doctor Atomic Symphony
Orff Carmina burana

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How do you spend your days and nights when not hosting your radio show?

When I’m not working at my job at the garbage company, I spend my free time playing and recording music with friends in my attic recording space. I also spend a lot of time reading about and researching music. I like to paint and write poetry. I also like to spend time doing activities with my son Lowell. I live in a 150-year-old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere and that takes up a lot of time in upkeep as well.

Do you remember what band, album or song took you from being a casual music listener to a passionate music lover? Is there a memory associated with that experience?

Pink Floyd’s The Wall got me hooked with losing myself in music when I was in the 5th grade. In my teens Bela Bartok’s “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta” got me obsessed with modern classical and avant garde music. Eric Dolphy’s bass clarinet solo on John Coltrane’s “India” made me go out and buy a horn in my late teens. Jimmy Giuffre’s trio with Bley and Swallow made me rethink improvised music. I think all those things sort of influence my thinking about music today.

What band have you heard or discovered in the past six months that reminded you why you want to continue being a WMSE DJ?

I am constantly picking up new music and doing research for music on my show. Usually I’ll become interested in an offshoot of something and research and buy music that fits that path. Lately I have been really into modern Romanian composers. They really had/have something very special going on there that is quite unique. Also, music from the 1400′s to 1600′s have been of great interest to me lately. It’s a nice contrast on my show to go from 1500′s choral music to angular late 20th century string quartets.

Who is your favorite non-you WMSE DJ and why?

I like Hal’s show, Alternating Currents a lot for obvious reasons. I really like Team Metal because they play the good stuff I and whenever I hear King Diamond on their show singing about Satan I know Milwaukee is a better place for it.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

G I Gurdjieff.