• Wednesday 9am-12pm

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."  (Leonard Bernstein)

The essence of "classical" music is, nearly always, to disturb you.  It is emphatically not Muzak; it is not "relaxing" background noise.  Yeah, music is beautiful but it's not just pretty saccharine sounds or a nice Hummel figurine.  If it doesn't disturb us in some way, if it just repeats received conventions mindlessly, then something is deeply wrong.  

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Mahler, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Aho, Sculthorpe, Sallinen -- they all understand this and worked with it, and in all of them it's what we recognize as part of their genius.  And their music should sound like that, even if only a little -- but a lot is good too.  

All of them, varying degrees of subtlety, worked to disrupt conventions and unexamined habits of thought and perception, to try to lead you to hear, see, and think in new directions.

Composed music from all over the world, from 25 centuries ago to works premiered yesterday.  Familiar works in extraordinary performances; special rarely-heard music; comparisons of performers, styles, and traditions with context from history, politics, art, philosophy, science, and culture; and the occasional live concert -- all presented in a somewhat mad style.

The show has been on air at Co-op Radio since 1978 -- the longest running classical radio show in Canada, and maybe even the world. 

You can download complete past shows here:



Hey, email me!

Spam galore has resulted in needing a password to get the email address.  If you've listened to the show, it's easy!

At the end of every show I always thank two people on air; one of them is "Doctor ________."

What is the name of the doctor?

That one-word name (capitalized as a proper noun) is the password to unlock the .doc file containing the email address, which can be downloaded here:





Spammers: I hope you don't get anything you want for Xmas.