The Midday Host Norman Gilliland provides listeners with a wide variety of classical music, presents a story from "Grace Notes," and holds the popular "Midday Quiz." The show also features musicians traveling through Wisconsin and they stop by the studio for live performances, discussions about their most recent works and upcoming shows.
The Midday

The Midday

From Wisconsin Public Radio

Host Norman Gilliland provides listeners with a wide variety of classical music, presents a story from "Grace Notes," and holds the popular "Midday Quiz." The show also features musicians traveling through Wisconsin and they stop by the studio for live performances, discussions about their most recent works and upcoming shows.

Most Recent Episodes

Madison Symphony Performs Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Madison Symphony Performs Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

This weekend, March 6, 7 and 8, the Madison Symphony Orchestra performs at the Overture Center in Madison. Blake Pouliot performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Kenneth Woods leads the orchestra presenting Haydn's Symphony No. 96, the "Miracle," and then closes with the orchestral tone poem by Richard Strauss — Ein Heldenleben. Norman welcomes Blake Pouliot and Kenneth Woods to the studio. They discuss and play several excerpts from the performances.

Madison Symphony Performs Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

UW Opera Performs Così fan tutte

UW Opera Performs Così fan tutte

Norman talks to members of the UW Opera company including their director David Ronis with conductor Oriol Sanz, soprano Julia Urbank, and soprano Cayla Rosche. They will be performing Mozart's Cosi fan tutte on February 28, March 1 and March 3 in Music Hall on the UW-Madison campus. They discuss and play several excerpts from the opera.

Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth

Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth

Norman welcomes violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman and his wife cellist Amanda Forsyth to the WPR Studios. They'll be performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in several concerts from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16 at the Overture Center in Madison.

Ancora String Quartet

Ancora String Quartet

The Ancora String Quartet performs several pieces in our Madison studios. The quartet includes violinists Wes Luke and Robin Ryan, cellist Benjamin Whitcomb and violist Marika Fischer Hoyt.

Jennifer DeRoche

Jennifer DeRoche

Harpist Jennifer DeRoche visits The Midday. She maintains a private studio and has performed in the area with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and various other groups. She's also the harp program director for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra . Ms. DeRoche performs several pieces for us.

James Ridge

James Ridge

Actor James Ridge talks about Madison Symphony Orchestra's "Beyond The Score"series. These programs combine live actors, multimedia, and the orchestra to present deep, entertaining background for a featured work - followed by a performance of that work. On Sunday, January 19, the program will be "Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 5: Pure Propaganda?" Mr Ridge along with other American Players Theatre actors Colleen Madden, Marcus Truschinski and Sarah Day, and MSO pianist Dan Lyons will be on stage to tell the story of Prokofiev's grand patriotic wartime work.

Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine

Norman welcomes violinist Rachel Barton Pine to The Midday. She plays several short selections. She'll be playing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor at a free concert with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Hamel Music Center on Friday, December 27.

Two Guitars - Red & Black

Two Guitars - Red & Black

Norman welcomes guitarists Miles McConnell and Gabor Szarvas to The Midday. Together they're known as Red and Black. They perform several pieces by Granados, Bach and Lennon & McCartney and others.