Tune in to one of our favorite music programs this Sunday at 11am (or again this Wednesday at 9pm) to hear “Classical Austin” host Dianne Donovan talk with Craig about the upcoming Conspirare concerts on September 30 and October 1 (Autumn Song, featuring David Lang’s The Litttle Match Girl Passion ). Along with Lang’s breathtaking work – back by popular demand but this time presented by Conspirare in the Pulitzer Prize-winning quartet version – Craig has selected solos and quartets by favorites Handel, Sondheim, Liszt, Whitacre, J. S. Bach and others, showcasing Conspirare favorites Stefanie Moore, Kathlene Ritch, Dann Coakwell, and Cameron Beauchamp as distinctive solo artists.
Ms. Donovan will also be joining us for a pre-concert conversation with Craig Hella Johnson at 7pm before each Autumn Song performance. MORE
Classical Austin takes you behind the curtain of greater Austin’s dynamic classical music stage. Find out how one becomes an opera singer, how one conducts Beethoven’s 9th, and what inspires local composers and musicians. Enjoy in-depth interviews with conductors, composers, choreographers, instrumentalists and more, with musical examples. Join Dianne Donovan for your weekly journey behind the scenes, with Classical Austin, on KMFA.
Montreal-born Dianne Donovan lives and loves music. As midday announcer on KMFA-Classical 89.5, she shares her joy and passion of classical music, along with interesting tidbits of information about the composers and their music. Her natural curiosity in the artistic process serves well, when she conducts both live interviews and those for the show she hosts, produces, and edits, Classical Austin. A veteran broadcaster, Dianne still produces a jazz show for CKUA, in Canada. When she’s not talking music, she’s singing it with: The Beat Divas, The Donovan/Watkins Duo, and other ensembles in Austin. She was the featured singer with “Gary Guthman’s Tribute to Harry James Symphony Pops Concert,” which toured Canada and the U.S. and has sung on numerous Canadian television and radio programs. She has collaborated writing a theme for a television show and an animated short. Dianne has two jazz CDs to her credit and another in-the-making. She is a long-time fan of Conspirare and of Craig Hella Johnson.