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ClassicalNH expands, relaunches with a more global, diverse set of musical performances

A few new programs have found a home on ClassicaNH!

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is one of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, earning both critical praise and dedicated audiences for its lasting commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, and vision. The series reflects the Festival’s high standards through a varied selection of superbly recorded concerts featuring the finest classical musicians of our day. Each program typically contains two or three full-length compositions representing chamber music’s masterful and widely dynamic repertoire. You’ll hear beloved core works by well-known composers alongside less familiar discoveries, and new commissions, too. Every piece comes to life through virtuosic performances by both veteran and emerging musicians. The series host is WFMT’s announcer Kerry Frumkin. Composer Marc Neikrug, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s artistic director, provides insightful commentary. Many of the players also share thoughts about their experiences at this remarkable Festival and the music they perform here.

Catch The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Tuesday evenings at 7:00 and again Sunday afternoons at 2:00.

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Cinco de Mayo: ¡Viva México!   Cinco de Mayo celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, an event where the Mexican army defeated the French forces of Napoleon the Third. Although Cinco de Mayo isn’t particularly celebrated in Mexico, it remains a day that acknowledges Mexican heritage in the United States. Join Classical New Hampshire on May 5th at 5:00PM as Ines Guanchez shares the history of Cinco de Mayo through the music of Mexican and Chicano composers from the past and present – celebrating Mexican national pride and heritage!

This program is produced by American Public Media

Starts Saturday May 6th:

Classics for Kids is a fun introduction to classical music for kids of all ages! Naomi Lewin brings classical music's great composers to life through music and stories and, each month, focuses on a different composer.

Classics for Kids airs Saturday morning at 8:00 and Sunday morning at 7:00.
Classics for Kids is produced by WGUC/WVXU in Cincinnati.

Catch Composers Datebook Join host John Birge as he presents a daily, 2-minute snapshot of composers past and present, with timely information, intriguing musical events, and appropriate, accessible music related to each.

Listen to Composers Datebook before and after Peter Van De Graaff, weekdays at 9:00AM and 6:00PM, Saturday at 11:00am and Sunday at 7:00am on ClassicalNH.

Also, starting April 15, join host Vernon Neal for a 5-minute weekly feature that turns up the voices of Black artists in the world of classical music. Rhapsody in Black will air Saturday afternoons after Peter Van De Graaff, at 6:00pm, on ClassicalNH.


Starting Monday, February 13 ClassicalNH will bring new and diverse voices and talent to our morning and evening lineup and variety to the weekend schedule. Listen in for a more inclusive set of composers, musicians, and music from around the globe.

The new programming includes: Concierto - a weekly program presented in Spanish and English; Fiesta - devoted to Latino concert music, with compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal; Gateway Radio featuring The Gateways Music Festival Orchestra - a 125+ member ensemble of musicians of African descent under the baton of conductor Anthony Parnther; and The Sound of 13: Race, history and Black achievement in classical music. These new shows and others celebrate NHPR’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through its programming.

And, we have new signal strength to reach more of the Granite State. ClassicalNH can be heard in the Capitol Region at its new broadcast signal of 90.5 FM. ClassicalNH remains available everywhere via livestream on and on the NHPR mobile app.

ClassicalNH is also now broadcasting on 90.3 in Nashua. You can also hear Classical NH on your HD radio in your car or at home or office by switching to HD2 on WEVO Concord-Manchester, WEVH Hanover, WEVC Gorham, WEVN Keene, and WEVS Nashua.

New programs coming to ClassicalNH:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The CSOradio broadcast series brings performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recorded live in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, alongside selections from the orchestra’s catalog of recordings. Every program is designed to illustrate fascinating stories inside the music and offer insights from the performers.

Collectors’ Corner with Henry Fogel

Collectors’ Corner is about discovering and rediscovering music that rocked the world in days gone by. Host Henry Fogel crafts an historical narrative out of his personal record collection, a treasury amassed from decades of jaunts to record stores and resale shops across the globe. Fogel picks a wide range of recordings which he considers, “true classics of the industry…either unusual repertoire that I feel deserve a wider public, or performances unique in their interpretive profile, sense of commitment, and intensity.”


Concierto is a weekly program of classical music presented in Spanish and English. The program features classical music by Latin American and Spanish composers and musicians.

Early Music Now with Sara Schneider

Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

Fiesta with Elbio Barilari

Fiesta is an original production devoted to Latino concert music, and brings artistically significant compositions from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to listeners.

The acclaimed composer, musician, performer, and professor Elbio Barilari is the host and creative force behind this series. He invites listeners to enjoy and learn about the lively and compelling sounds of Latin American classical music.

Gateways Radio

The Gateways Music Festival Orchestra is a 125+ member ensemble of musicians of African descent under the leadership of conductor Anthony Parnther. The Orchestra made its stunning Carnegie Hall debut on April 24, 2022 as the first all-Black orchestra to be presented by the famed venue.

The Sound of 13

Celebrating Black Achievement in Classical Music: If you’re looking for a classical music program that addresses the racial injustice in our society through the lens of classical music, look no further. In The Sound of 13, host Garrett McQueen opens an historical and contemporary conversation of race with classical music and the 13th Amendment as the guide.

The Third Floor

Classical music on the Third Floor is the only show of its kind, featuring selections of choral, vocal, and instrumental music with arias, motets, symphonies, concertos, anthems, and one major work per hour. The vision for The Third Floor is a simple one: play a wide range of classical music that celebrates the extraordinary depth to classical music, spanning the globe and that stretches across centuries.

WFMT Orchestra Presents

Join WFMT for a wide-ranging series covering concerts and programs from partner organizations in Chicago, the US, and beyond, as well as exclusive interviews and playlists from WFMT presenters and guest artists.

NHPR, with dedicated support from community members and businesses, is proud to make diverse classical music available through our service ClassicalNH.

Originally from Indiana, Joe studied radio broadcasting at the University of Indianapolis while working weeknights and weekends at a small market station in Columbus, Indiana. Joe has been in radio for over 24 years as an on-air presenter, program director, and broadcast engineer - most recently, as the local host for All Things Considered at WFYI in Indianapolis and WBAA in Lafayette. He now works as the Operations Manager and Midday host for New Hampshire Public Radio.
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