All weekend long, WFMT will be honoring Memorial Day, including with these programming highlights:
Saturday, May 29
- 9:00 am: Soundtrack celebrates Memorial Day with selections from Da 5 Bloods and Saving Private Ryan
- 4:30 pm: A special, hourlong Listening to Singers spotlights World War I-era songs and art songs including selections by Vaughan Williams and Rachmaninoff.
Sunday, May 30
- 6:00 am: A Memorial Day installment of With Heart and Voice
- 7:00 am: This week’s Sunrise Symphony is American composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2
- 9:00 am: Maggie Clennon Reberg presents a performance of Haydn‘s Missa in Aungustiis, popularly known as the Nelson Mass.
Monday, May 31 — Memorial Day
- 7:00 am: Dennis Moore presents selections of American music including “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungar and American Salute by Morton Gould
- 8:00 am: The morning continues with Barber‘s Commando March and Pierre Leemans’ “March of the Belgian Paratroopers”
- 9:00 am: Dennis Moore closes out his program with Charles Ives’ Variations on “America.”
- 12:00 pm: The St. Charles Singers and Elgin Symphony Orchestra perform Copland‘s Old American Songs, as featured on Music in Chicago
- 2:00 pm: Dvořák‘s American Quartet is the day’s Afternoon Masterwork.
- 3:00 pm: In this hour, Candice Agree plays Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Copland’s Appalachian Spring
- 5:00-6:00 pm: During the Unrush Hour, hear Symphony of a New Race by William Grant Still and Lux Aeterna by Howard Hanson
- 8:00 pm: We cap the weekend’s celebrations with a special presentation of Britten‘s War Requiem featuring the New York Philharmonic and conductor Kurt Masur
WFMT will also be sharing Memorial Day dedications and greetings from our listeners. Share those via the form below, and help out our amazing hosts by including the keyphrase MEMORIAL DAY 2021