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

Ellen Zhou

Ellen Zhou

Ellen Zhou, 2022 Final Forte winner, performs works by Sibelius, Bach, and Mozart during the Midday and gives us insights into her approach to competitions, musicality and technique.

Elissa Lee Koljonen

Elissa Lee Koljonen

Elissa Lee Koljonen stops by the Midday to share some thoughts about Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, which she's performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She also tells us about performing the great Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto and the delights of playing miniatures by Chopin and Elgar.

Orli Shaham

Orli Shaham

Norman talks with Orli Shaham about her upcoming performance of Frederic Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor with the Milwaukee Symphony, her affinity for Chopin's music, working with husband conductor David Robertson, and her recordings of the entire Mozart piano sonatas.

Christina and Michelle Naughton

Christina and Michelle Naughton

Norman Gilliland hosts the Naughton twins, Christina and Michelle, who return to their hometown to perform Max Bruch's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with the Madison Symphony. They share the strange story behind the concerto, how the pandemic has changed the way they perform, and how they communicate during their performances.

Harpist Johanna Weinholts, flutist Stephanie Jutt

Harpist Johanna Weinholts, flutist Stephanie Jutt

Host Norman Gilliland welcomes harpist Johanna Weinholts and flutist Stephanie Jutt to the studio. They played music by Joseph Haydn, Nino Rota, Maurice Ravel, and two contemporary composers, New Zealand's Gareth Farr and Mexico's Eduardo Angulo.

Harpist Johanna Weinholts, flutist Stephanie Jutt

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.