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90.9’s Program Director, Dr. Dave Wagner, is a lifelong Detroiter and well-known as an organist, pianist and music educator. He brings his vast musical knowledge and wry sense of humor to our morning airwaves with traffic and weather updates and his famous 7:15am “Sousalarm.” He returns weekday afternoons to ease your drive home with a mix of lighter classics and orchestrated popular tunes.
Video Game Music Lover says
I really enjoyed the Sonic the Hedgehog track today and the previous video game tracks that I have heard before. If you are looking for more video game tracks I suggest checking out Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Thanks, happy to hear you enjoyed it! We might have one piece in the library from the Xenoblade Chronicles…
Joseph Karner says
I was listening to the suite from “The Battle of Britain” this AM. First heard this music when our US history teacher took us to see the (first run) movie MANY years ago. I was struck then by how Germanic the “Aces High” march (as it is now titled) sounded. Didn’t give it another thought until this AM, when it hit me that the first eight notes appear to be borrowed from a very martial German march, “Wenn die bunten Fahnen wehen”, Multiple examples are out there on YouTube.
Hi Joseph, that’s pretty cool your teacher took your class out to a movie (and a first run too). Perhaps some notes were borrowed, we will have to check that out…
Jack Strickland says
Your program and your knowledgeable insights are looked forward to every morning – although I do turn down the volume when Mr Sousa begins
Best wishes for a Happy New
Cathy Franklin says
RE: Rossini overture and “tapping” your bow on the stand
String players hate that overture for that reason. If I am playing that piece I will use a carbon fiber bow vs a regular wood bow.
Robert Rourke says
You Folks play Michigan Music
Please Play some music recorded by the “Best Concert Band in Michigan”
We are the “Warren Concert Band”
We Just recently Played a 50th Anniversary Concert at Orchestra Hall
last June 26, 2022.
We are certainly a Michigan Music Concert Band.
Hi Robert, we have sent this along to our Music Director. Thanks!
William Sturm says
Yesterday around 5pm, Davis played 2 songs from an A Capella group. They are not on the playlist. Can you tell me the name of the group please?
Hi William, Davis says: The group is “Musicke’s Pleasure”. I played two cuts from a CD called “Once Upon a Time.” “My Romance” and “All the Things You Are”
Unfortunately, the group has ceased to exist, and the CD is no longer available unless someone can find it used.
Dawn Isby says
Hi Radio Maestro Wagner,
I heard a beautiful piece about 6:05-6:15 am on 12-12-2022. All I can gather is a clarinet, Phillip Lane?, Royal Sinfonia. The clarinet was played by a woman, I believe. I think there were several movements. Please help. Gotta have it.
Hi Dawn, that was Divertissement for Clarinet, Harp and Strings by Philip Lane performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia with Verity Butler on clarinet under the direction of Gavin Sutherland. It’s from a MARCO POLO recording, spine number 8.225185.
Hi Dr. Dave,
I just wanted to let you know your computer power cord is disconnecting and reconnecting repeatedly while your speaking. Try a q-tip or a cotton swab and wiping the connection. And then reseating the plug. Hope it helps.
Hi Keaton, sorry about that, our engineer is taking a look. Thanks for the tip.
Timothy Tikker says
Around 6:30 PM on 19 September, I heard you announce that the Lutheran chorale “Ein’ feste Burg” was actually composed by J. S. Bach, though it has often been attributed to Martin Luther. If so, how do you then explain settings of this chorale composed before Bach, e.g. the organ fantasia by Michael Praetorius, who lived 1571-1621? “Ein’ feste Burg” was in fact composed by Luther c. 1529, his paraphrase of Psalm 46.
Hi Timothy, there are multiple versions of Bach’s “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” and they vary in their use of stanzas by Martin Luther.
Candace MacGillivery says
You and Paul Winter did some fantastically funny handoffs as your shift ended and his began. Made me laugh out loud! Are you ever going to do Mr. Musik (sic) again?
Mr.Music made a brief reappearance for our 15th anniversary but sadly he has not been heard since.
John C Bruno says
“Ro-day-o is the Spanish pronunciation for a Spanish word. I guess Copeland wanted to keep it high- fallutin as befits classical music and ballet.But before considering changing the pronunciation consider its etymology: logy
The American English word “rodeo” is taken directly from Spanish rodeo ([roˈðe.o]), which roughly translates into English as “round up.”
The Spanish word is derived from the verb rodear, meaning “to surround” or “go around,” used to refer to “a pen for cattle at a fair or market,” derived from the Latin rota or rotare, meaning to rotate or go around.
Great show as usual.
Lori Antonazzo says
Happy Birthday once again old friend…June 22 rolls around faster year by year. So glad for the sounds of civility in this time of wordly chaos. Missing WQRS but happy WCRJ is in our area asnd YOU are still on the air. To old times and current birthday cheer! Have a happy one David!
Thank you Lori!
Rod Luoma says
Dr. Dave, thanks for your playing some Sibelius again today. It went very well with our toasted cheese sandwiches.
From a couple of Finns out here in Howell.
Rod and Carolyn Luoma
You’re welcome Rod and Carolyn. Are there any toasted cheese sandwiches left over?
james reynolds says
Dr Dave–A day or two ago (Feb 17 or 18) you played Corelli’s variations on La Folia de Espana, and attributed the origin of the song to Corelli. While his version is probably the most frequently recorded today, the tune is much older. First published in 1577, 150 years before Corelli’s, and probably much older than that published version. Vivaldi wrote one, and snippets abound- a movement in a Handel sonata, a bit in Bach, all the way to the 20th century (Rachmaninoff).
Oh while I’m at it, Ravel’s Alborado del Grazioso’s title is Spanish, not Italian, so the Z in Grazioso is pronounced [th], not [tz]. You’re not alone in that error, but it’s annoying how just about every announcer gets it wrong. Be the first to be right!
Hi James, thank you for the info.
Luba Kytasta says
First: I love and support my WRCJ Classical station. Couldn’t live without it.
Question: Yesterday , ( Feb. 3) late afternoon, you played some little dance-like segment from Philip Picket New London Consort. The only part of the name I caught was somebody’s “Dig”. It is not listed in your schedule for the day. I would love to know what it was and what CD it was from. I hope you can find it for me. Thank you, Luba Kytasta
Thank you Luba! That sounds like “Tarleton’s Jig” by the New London Consort under Philip Pickett from this CD: https://www.discogs.com/release/3371183-New-London-Consort-Catherine-Bott-Michael-George-3-Directed-By-Philip-Pickett-Elizabethan-Jacobean-C
Royce A Gueringer says
Hi, There was a song playing around 4:03 pm Monday, December 27, 2021. Can you tell me what it was? It was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Thx.
Hello Royce, here are the pieces from about that time:
3:46pm Verdi, Giuseppe:“I vespri siciliani”: Overture
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
4:00pm Yoshimatsu, Takashi:“White Landscapes”, Op. 47a
4:10pm Kalman, Emmerich:Suite from “Countess Maritza”
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Hello! There was an oboe concerto played between 8-10 am on 12/31/21. Could you tell me who the composer was? I was unable to find it in the playlists. Thanks!
Hi Jim, yes that was an Oboe Concerto by Christoph Forster. Here is the rest of the info:
Conductor: Christophe Poiget
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Follia
Soloists: Lajos Lencses – oboe
Can you tell me what was playing this morning around 6:25 a.m.? You spoke about it afterwards – it was a German piece (perhaps the oldest German piece? if I remember correctly). It was beautiful!
Hi Kelly, that was probably “Es kommt ein Schiff” (Advent) composed by Georg Hugo Kurt Thomas, performed by the Ensembles Nobiles.
Tom Lamb says
The Farmington Chorus
Presents a Holiday Concert
Peace on Earth
Two concert times: Friday December 17, 8PM
Saturday December 18, 4PM
The concert will be performed at the beautiful, newly
restored auditorium of
29995 Twelve Mile Rd. (between Middlebelt and Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Ticket info (248) 473-1850… or at the door
Gary Chisholm says
Could you please tell me the song that was in progress at 6:18 am this morning? Thank you.
Hi Gary, that would have been the end of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G, Op. 6, No. 1 by the Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner, or the start of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Overture to “Susanna’s Secret” (“Il segreto di Susanna”) by the same performers.
Gary Chisholm says
Thanks Dave. Beautiful music. I’ve been listening to jazz forever and now I’m sort of just getting into classical. What amazes me is that all this beautiful music was written hundreds of years ago. Nice thing in the morning. Thank you.
at 6:21 am this morning you played Bach. I don’t remember the title, and would like to buy that particular recording. Today, is Wednesday 11/24 2021
Hi Leslie, sure that was with Christopher Parkening. Here is the CD: https://www.parkening.com/page/the-great-recordings-cd
Hess Bates says
Hi Dave, Jack, Charles Greenwell and all the other folks at RCJ.
A little remembrance, question and suggestion for you as 2021 Fall Fundraising takes place…
Did anyone record Dave’s final sign-off when QRS suffered its very untimely demise? I was working late, alone in my office at Troy High School, knowing what was coming and wondering how Dave would manage those last few minutes of Classical Music before the format change took place.
As I recall, this happened at 5 p.m. Dave was his always-on professional self as he bade that final farewell to the QRS audience; the last Classical piece (I cannot remember what the music was, though I’ve heard Dave speak about it once or twice over the years) faded out and something by Nine-Inch-Nails thumped into the QRS airspace.
The emotions that I felt are easy to remember but almost impossible to describe. The whole thing was overwhelming…I’m stricken by the power of the event all these years later.
If anyone has a recording of those last few minutes it might be worth sharing with the RCJ audience. I’m sure I’m not the only one listening now who heard it. The point could be made that nothing is permanent in this world and that the things we value must be supported and protected. That’s all I have to say except for a very sincere THANK YOU to all the folks who work at and support WRCJ.
I cannot imagine life without it!
Hello Hess, yes that certainly was an… interesting transition. Not sure if a recording of it exists, but maybe someone out there has one. Our hosts sometimes mention that dark period when there wasn’t a classical music station in Detroit just as a reminder that we need to support what we have and not take it for granted. We appreciate the note.
Jack Halabe says
Greetings prior to relocating to the Seattle area 25 yrs ago we were longtime listeners to WQRS.Fond memories of the great music and genial hosts. We remember well a live performance at which a slim young Dave W. wasnot only the MC but soloist on the harmonium playing Dvorak’s
Baggatell. Warmest regard, also not so young nor slim ex-Detroiter, Jack H.
PS. Was that the mid-1980’s?
Hi Jack, thank you for the note. We’ve done our best to collect the WQRS folks to keep it going in spirit. Dr. Dave still does some local organ performances. And don’t feel bad, not many of us are slim or young any more. Do you still listen online from Seattle? Here is the link if you haven’t tried it. https://www.wrcjfm.org/listen-live/
Michael H. from Westborough says
A brass-only rendition of Romanian Rhapsody this morning? Who knew? Thank you, Empire Brass! Gosh, what an arrangement. Just. Brilliant.
I had no idea I shared a birthday with Enescu — a terrific present to hear this piece and to learn of this!
Thanks for always bringing fresh takes along with the traditional classics; I totally love you folks. Best regards to all.
Thank you and happy birthday Michael!
“Overture” from “Ruslan and Lyudmila” (opera) by Mikhail Glinka played around 8:15 is the theme to the CBS show “Mom”. Love it! Thanks for playing that.
Indeed it is Brian! Anna Faris would be proud.
Stuart Delaney says
As a long time listener I have thoroughly enjoyed your insights, wit and musical knowledge.
As I listened to your comments about the original Water Music performance, your unique point of view made my mind wander – I could hear you mentioning the King invented a new piece of technology: the “Auto Repeat”, so he could press a button and listen to the music for hours and hours.
Thanks for your wonderful inspiration.
Michelle S. Lynch says
I can’t express to all of the radio hosts at WRCJ enough how much being able to have access to WRCJ’s amazing music programming has been such an important part of my positive coping through the challenges of this past year’s pandemic. Having this be a consistent part of my day and life, when so many other things in the world have been turned upside down, has been very centering and soothing. Thank you for keeping the great music playing when so many other parts of life this past year have been stressful and so unpredictable! I am proud to support the station and I will certainly continue to do so!