The WFMT Radio Network

WFMT Radio Network

The WFMT Radio Network

Millennium of Music

Millennium of Music is the world's longest running program featuring early music.  Host and producer Robert Aubry Davis regularly presents music from major European music festivals which can be heard weekly on radio stations throughout the United States.

What began as a local Sunday Morning program on WJCT-FM in Jacksonville, Florida, moved to WETA in 1978, when Davis returned to his home town of Washington, DC.  At that time, Program Director Martin Goldsmith, now Program Director for XM Classics on XM Satellite Radio, suggested that the idea of a really early music program, with much emphasis on Gregorian chant, would be appropriate for Easter.  We refined around the edges and the program began as a regular part of the schedule on Easter Sunday in 1980.

The next visionary to touch the program was Mary Beth Kirchner, a producer brought on board to help create national programming, who believed in the inevitability of taking the program to a wider audience.  Millennium of Music is now a nationally syndicated series comprising of 52 weekly, one-hour programs.

Produced by RADman Productions, Millennium of Music can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio, and is available free of charge to all stations and also on CD.
  
For more information about this free series, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112, email: eusher@wfmt.com.

MILLENNIUM OF MUSIC
Broadcast Schedule - Winter/Spring 2014 ***rev 3/21




PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-01
RELEASE:  December 30, 2013

Hail Was the First Greeting
The Blue Heron Ensemble continues their stellar project of bringing us the music from the Peterhouse Partbooks--Volume 3 gives us John Mason and Nicholas Ludford.


PROGRAM #:   MOM 14-02
RELEASE:  January 6, 2014

Three from ECM, 2014 Edition
We begin our New Year with a remarkable folk project from June Tabor (born on New Year's Eve), the Hilliard Ensemble in 16th century Italy, and a remarkable contemporary take on Pergolesi.


PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-03
RELEASE:  January 13, 2014

Medieval Finland, Part 2
We had so many comments about our Finnish Christmas shows, we bring back both ensembles-Vox Silentii and Oliphant-and continue exploring their remarkable music.


PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-04
RELEASE:  January 20, 2014

The Frans Bruggen Editions
Teldec has released a 12 CD compilation of recordings by the great recorder master; we will hear some of his late Renaissance and early Baroque contributions to the recorded repertoire.


PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-05
RELEASE: January27
                                                   
Songs & Stories from Three Lands
Renaissance Italy and Petrarch settings; a remarkable Armenian troubadour; and Renaissance Nuremberg from royal court to the rise of humanism.


PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-06

Three from Alia Vox Heritage
Jordi Savall, the director of the Hesperion XXI, Le Concert des Nations, and the Capella Real de Catalunya, has released so many recordings since last we looked, we dedicate a series of shows to his work during the month of February. This first program features remastered SACDs of three classic recordings with Jordi Savall, dedicated to Diego Ortiz, Bach, and John Dowland.



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-07

Pro Pacem-Words, Art, and Music for Peace
Another in the series of huge book/recording projects that have distinguished Jordi Savall's recent efforts.



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-08
Release: February 17, 2014

The Sublime Port-Voices of Istanbul 1430-1750
Yet another journey to the resonance point of eastern and western musical cultures-a Jordi Savall specialty.         



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-09
Release: February 24, 2014
                                                                                                                                      
Erasmus of Rotterdam-In Praise of Folly

Renaissance and the rise of humanism, once again with a three-CD, 650-page volume with Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI.



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-10
Release: March 3, 2014

Spirit of Armenia and Spirit of the Balkans
Two more projects examining cultural currents and countercurrents (Volumes 15 & 18 for the "Place and Memory" series).



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-11
RLEASE:  March 10, 2014

Erasmus of Rotterdam-In Praise of Folly, Part 2
Continuing our examination of the rise of humanism, once again in this huge production with Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI.



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-12
RELEASE: March 17, 2014

Orient-Occident II-Homage to Syria
Spanish and Italian traders on the medieval trade routes in ancient Damascus (Volume 19 of the "Place and Memory" series).



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-13
RELEASE: March 24, 2014

BAL-KAN -Honey and Blood, the Cycles of Life, Part 1
The seasons reflected in music from the land where east met west (Volume 20 of the "Place and Memory" series).



PROGRAM #: MOM 14-14
RELEASE: March 31, 2014

BAL-KAN -Honey and Blood, the Cycles of Life, Part 2
Continuing the newest release by the tireless Jordi Savall.


PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-15
RELEASE:  April 7, 2014

Millennium Lent
The recently released latest from the Benedictines of Mary, "Lent at Ephesus," and more from the Finnish women Vox Silenti.


PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-16
RELEASE: April 14, 2014

Millennium Holy Week
Recent releases of pieces for Passiontide including works by Lassus, Victoria, Gesualdo, and Jacques Arcadelt.


PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-17
RELEASE: April 21, 2014

Millennium Easter
On this, the 35th anniversary of our first program, we continue with recent recordings of music for the season, including works by Guerrero, Mouton, and Hieronymous Praetorius.      


   

PROGRAM #:  MOM 14-18
RELEASE:  April 28, 2014

Marie et Marion
As with every Anonymous 4 recording from the beginning we celebrate the ladies' latest, a return to 13th century France and the Montpelier Codex.


PROGRAM #: MOM 14-19
RELEASE:  May 5, 2014

Three from Delphian
The excellent Edinburgh-based label features recent recordings of English music from the late middle ages and Jacobean era, and dances by "Red Rob" Macintosh.