Early Music Now with Sara Schneider

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Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

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Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112

Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

Host and producer Sara Schneider brings knowledge, charm, and passion to her presentation of seven hundred years of music history. From the latest recordings by today’s vibrant young ensembles, to classics from the dawn of the early music revival, Early Music Now makes this repertoire accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience.

About the Host, Sara Schneider

After studying musicology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Michigan native Sara Schneider put her love of music to work at Classical 89.5, KMFA in Austin, Texas; first as an announcer and producer, and subsequently as Music Director until 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Sara lived in Lübeck, Germany, where she researched and authored a novel, The Eagle and the Songbird.

Sara has interviewed numerous early music luminaries, including Ton Koopman, Anonymous 4, Jordi Savall, and the late Gustav Leonhardt. She is a two-time Gracie Award® winner: in 2011 she received the award for her program Michael Nyman: Motion and Emotion, and in 2018 for Her Name Shall Endure, a program about medieval woman of letters Christine de Pizan.

Sara serves on the board of Texas Early Music Project. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, hiking, and writing historical fiction, and she recently completed a teacher training program in Kundalini Yoga. Hide full description

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Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112

Early Music Now with Sara Schneider is a one-hour program showcasing music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque: from sonorous medieval chant and polyphony to delightful renaissance madrigals, dances, and consort music to magnificent baroque cantatas and keyboard music.

Host and producer Sara Schneider brings knowledge, charm, and passion to her presentation of seven hundred years of music history. From the latest recordings by today’s vibrant young...

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Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera-ballet Les Fêtes de Polymnie was composed to celebrate a French military victory in 1745. We'll hear Tempesta di Mare ...

  • Added: May 22, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show presents music which was written for or performed at various kinds of ceremonies: weddings, funerals, christenings, and coronation...

  • Added: May 14, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's Baroque extravaganza includes some recent releases: Plucked Bach II with mandolinist Alon Sariel, Vivaldi played by violinist Théotime ...

  • Added: May 08, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Today's show presents Monteverdi as you may never have heard him before, with selections from Missa in illo tempore which he wrote for the Gonzaga ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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The Burgundians knew how to party, and the Feast of the Pheasant has gone down in history as one of the most extravagant social occasions of the 15...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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This week we're listening to a medieval musical drama for the Easter season: the Play of the Pilgrims to Emmaus. Ensemble Organum performs this 12t...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt was first performed in London in April of 1739. We'll hear selections from a recent release from Apollo's Fire, d...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Today's show is full of celestial music to celebrate the total eclipse visible in parts of the US! Various heavenly bodies are mentioned in texts s...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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An eclectic Easter celebration awaits you this week, including Bach's cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, William Byrd's Mass Propers for Easter, pl...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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In commemoration of Holy Week, we're listening to an unusual setting of the Passion story by Adrian Willaert. With its innovative polyphony and hom...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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A heartfelt setting of Stabat Mater by Bohemian composer František Tůma lay forgotten in a monastery library in Germany until it was rediscovered b...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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We're celebrating all things Celtic on this week's show, including music by the Irish harper and bard Turlough O'Carolan, selections from Jordi Sav...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Two famous medieval personalities are at the heart of this program: philosopher and teacher Peter Abelard (1079-1142) and visionary and polymath Hi...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Peter Paul Rubens was not only called the prince of Belgian painters, he was a savvy diplomat as well. He traveled widely, and this week we'll foll...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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This week we're hearing from several composers who served the French court, such as François Couperin, Robert de Visée, and Henry du Mont. Royal co...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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The 15th-century poet Martin le Franc praised the music of Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois, specifically the 'wondrous pleasure which makes the...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show explores how 20th and 21st-century composers have interacted with early music. We'll hear a range of examples including Carlos Cha...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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The town of Freiberg, Saxony was once home to legendary Baroque organ builder Gottfried Silbermann. We'll hear several of his instruments on this w...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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La Púrpura de la Rosa was first heard in Lima, Peru in 1701, making it the first opera to be performed in the New World. Tomás de Torrejón y Velasc...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 58:30