WRCJ is fortunate to have many guests visit our studios, from performers to composers to conductors and more. Our archived interviews are below for your listening pleasure.
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Leonard Slatkin & Fred Zlatkin – December 3, 2015
Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and his brother, cellist Fred Zlatkin, talk with Chris about the DSO’s performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” and Leonard’s own composition “Kinah.”
Regina Carter – November 20, 2015
The jazz violinist performed November 20th with Kenny Barron at Orchestral Hall for Duos and Solos and during her visit to the Well-Tempered Wireless she tells us what it was like to play Niccolo Paganini’s After A Dream on Niccolo Paganini’s violin!
Yoonshin Song – November 11, 2015
Yoonshin normally fills the role of Concertmaster for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra but this Thursday, Friday and Saturday she gets a chance to solo, performing the Khachaturian Violin Concerto. In this interview she describes her preparation and what meaning the piece holds for her.
Simone Porter – November 5, 2015
The wonderful violinist Simone Porter performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto with the DSO November 7th and as she explains to Chris, hopefully this performance won’t feature broken strings or an earthquake.
Angela Hewitt – October 14, 2015
Once again, we ask “Where In The World Is Angela Hewitt?” and today the answer is: Our studio! The world travelling, classical pianist will be performing at Christ Church Cranbrook and she makes time to talk to Chris.
Igudesman & Joo – October 13, 2015
The classical, comedy, piano-violin duo will be performing And Now Mozart at Orchestra Hall October 19th and in this clip they bring their antics to the WRCJ studio.
Anne Akiko Meyers – October 4, 2015
In this clip from The Listening Room, Anne tells us about the creation of her 31st album Serenade: The Love Album and we get to sample a bit of it.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet – October 2, 2015
Considered one of the greatest pianists in the world, Mr. Thibaudet visits WRCJ to tell us about his weekend performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for Thibaudet Plays Gershwin.
Aaron Dworkin – September 11, 2015
Mr. Dworkin of the Sphinx Organization has become the new Dean of The University Of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and he gives us some insight into the school and his vision.
Yundi – August 12, 2015
The virtuosi got started at 3 years old playing the accordion but these days the pianist is working on releasing a cd of Chopin’s work. In this interview he discusses his history while we listen to samples of his take on some of Chopin’s Preludes.
Andrés Cárdenes – July 16, 2015
DSO Neighborhood Concert Series the next 4 nights and conducting is our guest the Cuban violinist Mr. Cárdenes. Listen to our interview to learn his history and for concert details.
Michelle Merrill – July 9, 2015
The DSO’s assistant conductor Michelle Merrill, who just finished the “Salute to America” concerts at Greenfield Village, joins Chris Felcyn to talk about leading the DSO at Meadowbrook July 12.
Il Volo – July 6, 2015
Pierno, Ignazio and Gianluca from the Italian pop-opera vocal group IL VOLO, visited the WRCJ studio on July 6, 2015 and talked with Cecelia Sharpe about their musical influences and their fourth concert special for PBS.
Paul Watkins – June 23, 2015
Cellist of the Emerson String Quartet and current Artistic Director Of The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival comes to visit us again now that the Festival is up and running and tells us where you can catch the remaining shows and what to expect.
Velda Kelly – June 3, 2015
Violinist Velda Kelly is no stranger to the Detroit area and June 7 she will be performing as part of the Chamber Music at the Scarab Club season finale. Listen to our interview for all the details.
A Tribute To Marcus Belgrave – May 30, 2015
In the May 30, 2015, edition of “JazzFest Detroit,” John Penney paid tribute to Detroit’s beloved jazz trumpeter and educator, Marcus Belgrave, who passed away earlier in the week. Hear interviews with musicians who played and studied with Marcus and, of course, lots of great music.
Leonard Slatkin – May 21, 2015
Returning again to the studio is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In this interview Leonard talks about the DSO’s performances this weekend with violinist Paul Huang and features the works of Mahler, Sibelius and composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank.
Paul Watkins – May 4, 2015
The Welsh cellist is a member of the Emerson String Quartet as well as serving as the Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Watkins gives us some of his biography as well as details about the upcoming Chamber Music Festival.
Zaire Brown & Katinah Milligan – April 28, 2015
The Detroit School Of Arts will be performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and we have two of the stars in our studio! Learn more about the play and the students in their interview from the Well-Tempered Wireless.
Hilary Hahn – April 24, 2015
The Grammy Award-winning violinist joins us from Manhattan for a chat. Her new album features two concerti which were both brought to her originally by her teachers. She tells us the story of each.
Yolanda Kondonassis and Jason Vieaux – March 22, 2015
In this clip from “The Listening Room” Chris speaks with harpist Yolanda and guitarist Jason about how they came to work together and some details about their new cd “Together.”
Ralph Skiano – March 13, 2015
The DSO’s Principal clarinetist stops by to tell us about the March 19th WRCJ Classical Brunch Concert where he will perform with an All-Star DSO Quintet at the Community House in Birmingham.
Wei Yu – March 12, 2015
Chris talks with the new Principal cellist of the DSO who will be performing a cello Duet with Dahae Kim at the March 15th WRCJ Classical Brunch concert.
George & Gregory Walker – March 5, 2015
Violinist Gregory Walker is a concerto soloist in this weekend’s DSO Classical Roots Celebration, and the composer of that concerto is none other than his father, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, educator and pianist George Walker. Chris talks with them both in this clip from “The Well-Tempered Wireless”.
Joe Striplin & Robert Murphy – March 4, 2015
The DSO is having its Classical Roots Concert Friday morning followed by the Classical Roots Celebration on Saturday and here to tell us about it is honoree Joe Striplin and his stand mate Robert Murphy.
Julian Rachlin – February 25, 2015
Violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto to close the Tchaikovsky Festival this week with the DSO. Julian has actually played the concerto with Leonard before as we find out in this interview from the Well-Tempered Wireless.
Simone Dinnerstein – February 24, 2015
Talking to us from New York, Simone talks with Chris about her newest album “Broadway-Lafayette” which explores the connection between France and America and features composers Gershwin, Ravel and Lasser .
Leonard Slatkin (Tchaikovsky Festival Part 3) – February 23, 2015
Maestro Slatkin returns to describe the finale of the Tchaikovsky Festival which includes the Polonaise from “Eugene Onegin”, Violin Concerto and Symphony No.4.
Leonard Slatkin (Tchaikovsky Festival Part 2) – February 16, 2015
Coming this weekend during the DSO’s Tchaikovsky Festival are Romeo & Juliet, the Suite From Swan Lake, Symphonies No.3 & 5, and the return of Olga Kern for the Piano Concerto No. 3. Maestro Slatkin gives us a look into the history and production of these pieces.
Olga Kern – February 11, 2015
Ms. Kern was just in Boston on stage with Renee Fleming and will now be performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra the next two weeks. She has a little chat with Chris in this clip from The Well-Tempered Wireless.
Leonard Slatkin (Tchaikovsky Festival Part 1) – February 9, 2015
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Festival is under way and in this first of three segments Chris talks with Leonard Slatkin and answers the question why Tchaikovsky?
Andrew Grams – January 30, 2015
The 18th Annual Sphinx Finals Competition is coming up this weekend and Chris speaks with Mr. Grams who is conducting the event.
Yoonshin Song – January 29, 2015
From The Well-Tempered Wireless, host Chris Felcyn talks with Yoonshin Song who has been the concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2012 but this weekend she fills the role of soloist performing the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1.
Kathryn Goodson – January 28, 2015
The Ann Arbor pianist tells about the creation of her new cd called “Belle Nuit” which consists of French romantic music.
Rachel Barton Pine – January 22, 2015
Mrs. Pine has a new album “Mozart Complete Violin Concertos” and she gives us some of the details. We also find out how her daughter is coming along practicing with her violin “Singy”.
Beatrice Rana – January 21, 2015
Chris talks with Italian pianist Beatrice Rana. She will be making her Detroit debut performing Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto with the DSO.
December 31, 2014 – Jeff Tyzik & Byron Stripling
Live in the studio Chris talks with Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik and trumpeter Byron Stripling who are conducting and performing tonight in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s televised New’s Year’s Eve extravaganza.
December 10, 2014 – Neeme Järvi
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Emeritus returns! He conducts two concerts with the DSO this weekend featuring, among others, “Also sprach Zarathustra” by Strauss.
November 25, 2014 – Anne Akiko Meyers & Mason Bates
Anne’s newest cd “The American Masters” has been released and in the studio we have not only Mrs. Meyers but also one of the cd’s composers, Mason Bates.
November 26, 2014 – Elina Vähälä
The Finnish violinst performs the Corigliano Red Violin Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this weekend and just after finishing rehearsal she comes by to tell us a bit of her history.
November 19, 2014 – Leonard Slatkin & Cindy McTee
A rare occurrence, two composers in the studio! For the weekend of November 21st the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs pieces by Leonard Slatkin and Cindy McTee and they both join Chris in the studio.
November 14, 2014 – Susan Catanese
On this segment from The Well-Tempered Wireless we hear a track from the Cantata Academy Chorale’s new cd “That Music Always Round Me” and Chris talks with the Chorale’s Director and Conductor Susan Catanese.
November 6, 2014 – Jonathan Biss
Jonathan Biss returns to our studios to tell us about his upcoming performance with the DSO doing Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto. He describes also how it happened that on short notice he is replacing Stephen Hough for the concert.
October 8, 2014 – Sarah Chang
We check in with world class violinist and Philly sports aficionado Sarah Chang who is performing the Barber Violin Concerto this weekend with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
September 26, 2014 – Jeff Tyzik
The conductor of “Let’s Dance” which is playing at the Max Fisher Music Center September 26th-28th crosses the alley to join Chris on the Well-Tempered Wireless and tell us a bit about the performance.
August 21, 2014 – Jill Woodward
Chris is joined by a friend of the station, Jill Woodward, who has just been promoted to Director of the Michigan State Community Music School. Listen to learn how the school can help you learn an instrument and what benefits you might experience when you do.
June 24, 2014 – JoAnn Falletta
The award-winning conductor will be working with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra for performances at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Eastern Michigan University and The Seligman Performing Arts Center. Fresh from rehearsing, JoAnn talks with Chris about how things are going.
June 12, 2014 – Peter Schickele
Professor and “discoverer” of the legendary P.D.Q. Bach is in town to debut his new work “Pastorale for flute” at The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Click above to listen to his interview with Chris Felcyn on The Well-Tempered Wireless.
June 11, 2014 – Rafael Fruhbeck de
Unfortunately the beloved maestro passed on yesterday so in memoriam, above you can listen to our interview with the maestro, talking about two of the greatest scores of the 20th Century, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. (Originally recorded March 2013)
June 6, 2014 – Angèle Dubeau
On Friday, 6/6, Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau joined Chris Felcyn to talk about her latest recording, “Blanc.” The album grew out of her own experience with breast cancer. “After months of battle against cancer,” she writes, “music has been my focal point. It has brought me comfort, tranquility and sometimes, an essential escape. This album tells my story, the story of a woman like many others who had to fight against illness and, serenely, came out of it stronger.”
May 23, 2014 – Anthony Bracewell
Visiting us from Houston, Texas is violinist Anthony Bracewell who, for a time, was Concertmaster of the Detroit Civic Symphony. He will be performing at Makenzie Hall in Windsor and he talks to Chris about what he’s been up to and how he obtained his violin.
May 15, 2014 – DSO Retirees Don Baker & Bea Budinszky-Staples
Seven DSO musicians are retiring this year including principal oboist Don Baker and violinist Bea Budinszky-Staples who visit WRCJ to discuss their careers with the orchestra and their upcoming retirement.
May 14, 2014 – Pinchas Zukerman & Amanda Forsyth
Joining us from New York are Zuckerman Chamber Players Pinchas Zukerman & Amanda Forsyth who will be visiting Detroit to perform at the Seligman Performing Arts Center this Saturday night for the Chamber Music Society Of Detroit.
April 30, 2014 – Elliot Moore
Mr. Moore is the conductor of the Detroit Medical Orchestra which is performing Beethoven’s 9th at the Detroit School of Arts on May 4th. Listen to his interview with Chris to hear a little of his background, his plans for the orchestra and what sort of wonderful things the orchestra does for the community.
April 25, 2014 – Peter Soave
Performing tomorrow night at the Birmingham Unitarian Church is accordion and bandoneon virtuoso Peter Soave. Today he visits WRCJ and explains how he chose such a specialized area of music and he details some of the specifics of his upcoming concert.
April 24, 2014 – Augustin Hadelich
Fresh from his rehearsal, Violinist Augustin Hadelich stops by the studio. He is performing with the DSO at the Neighborhood Concert Series at Congregation Shaarey Zedek featuring Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
April 8, 2014 – Storm Large
Singer, songwriter, actor, and author, Mrs. Large is performing tonight at Mix at the Max but she makes time to help out during our pledge drive. Listen to hear what special prize she offers to our pledgers.
April 4, 2014 – Leon Fleisher
The legendary pianist and conductor talks with Dave Wagner just after finishing a Coffee Concert with the DSO. He tells us a few stories including how he overcame the great challenge life threw at him.
April 1, 2014 – Paul Schoenfeld
Chris talks with the composer whose music you can hear coming up this Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington as part of the Chamber Soloists of Detroit Series.
March 26, 2014 – DSO Soloists
For the DSO’s March 27th – 29th ‘Orchestra Solos’ concerts, eight musicians get to show off their skills. Four of these musicians visit our studio to tell us about their performances, namely: harpist Patricia Masri-Fletcher, flutist David Buck, violinist Rachel Klaus and tubist Dennis Nulty.
March 14, 2014 – Cuarteto Latinoamericano
The Grammy-winning quartet has their Detroit premiere this evening at the Max M. Fisher Music Center but first they visit The Well-Tempered Wireless to talk to our audience.
March 13, 2014 – Akropolis Reed Quintet
Chris talks with saxophonist Matt Landry and bassoonist Ryan Reynolds of the Akropolis Reed Quintet who give us a sample of their new cd “Unraveled.”
March 10, 2014 – Jesse Rosen
President and CEO of The League of American Orchestras talks with us today about the recently concluded 2014 New Music Readings for African-American Composers taking place at Orchestra Hall.
February 19, 2014 – Andre Dowell
It’s time for the 17th Annual Sphinx Competition so Chris talks with Andre Dowell who is the Competition Director. Hear Mr. Dowell explain his role as well as the purpose of the organization.
February 18, 2014 – Sharon Isbin
Amazing guitarist Sharon Isbin is in town to perform “Guitar Passions” tonight at Music Hall. Last time she stopped by, Sharon was about to head to Washington D.C. Hear how that went as well as details about tonight’s concert.
February 4, 2014 – Wayne Brown
The new President & CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Wayne Brown, made his first appearance to the WRCJ studios to talk about the MOT with Chris Felcyn on ‘The Well-Tempered Wireless.’
February 3, 2014 – Leonard Slatkin
Leonard Slatkin, Music Director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, visited the WRCJ studio to talk about the 2014-15 season of the symphony.
January 24, 2014 – Hilary Hahn
Just after finishing performing next door at the Max Fisher Music Hall, the Grammy winning violinist Hilary Hahn walks across the street to talk with Chris. Hilary discusses the creation of her new cd “In 27 pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” and also her magical, tweeting violin case.
January 9, 2014 – Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz
Talking to us all the way from San Francisco are pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz. They will be in town performing at Music Hall and the Seligman Performing Arts Center. In this interview with Chris they explain their interesting repertoire and give us a bit of history.
December 11, 2013 – Marc-André Hamelin
The very talented pianist and composer joins us to give some of the history of Nikolai Kapustin as well as his own. He performs with the DSO this December 12th and 13th.
December 7, 2013 – Joan Belgrave & Marcus Elliott
We hope you enjoy this rendition of “The Christmas Song” as performed by Detroit jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave and saxophonist Marcus Elliott from there live studio visit on December 7, 2013. (The Christmas Song” was written by Mel Torme & Bob Wells in 1944.)
November 20, 2013 – Jeff Tyzik
Jeff Tyzik and the DSO musicians are performing a sold out, early jazz and ragtime concert tonight and the Principal Pops Conductor gives us some tidbits. Mr. Tyzik also conducts the upcoming “Ellis Hall Is Ray Charles” November 22-24.
November 15, 2013 – Nicole Cabell
On The Well-Tempered Wireless, Chris talks with soprano Nicole Cabell about her role in the Detroit Opera House’s production of “La Traviata.”
November 14, 2013 – Corinne Winters
Also from the Detroit Opera House’s production of “La Traviata” is soprano Corinne Winters who stops by the studio to talk about the show.
November 14, 2013 – Kirill Gerstein
Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein plays with the DSO in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 but still has time to visit “The Well-Tempered Wireless” and talk with Chris.
November 7, 2013 – Yoonshin Song
Yoonshin Song, concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, discusses her upcoming chamber concert at the Birmingham Temple in Farmington Hills.
November 7, 2013 – Alexandra Soumm
We talk with french violinist Alexandra Soumm who performed with the DSO in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto during their November 7th concert.
October 4, 2013 – Gil Shaham
Violinist Gil Shaham is working with Leonard Slatkin, the DSO and Bright Sheng for their production of “Let Fly.” He tells us a bit about that as well as gives us a little history of his Stradivarius which he brought by, and-uh oh, a surprise guests interrupts poor Gil!
October 3, 2013 – Christopher O’Riley
Famous pianist Christopher O’Riley is in town to perform as the soloist for the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra. Known for his piano transcriptions of pop and alternative songs among other things, he discusses his history, the upcoming Tchaikovsky Concerto and more.
October 2, 2013 – Leonard Slatkin
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra conductor discusses their latest recording on Naxos, working with Bright Sheng on “Let Fly” and conducting The Orchestre National de Lyon for Rachmaninov’s “The Isle Of The Dead.”
September 19, 2013 – Yongyan Hu
The Yale and Julliard-trained conductor will be guest conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall Sunday, September 22, 2013 and he stops by our studio to tell Chris all about it.