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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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast through June 24, 2019.

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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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For more information, please contact:

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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This week we're highlighting recent releases from the venerable Boston Camerata, including selections from Treasures of Devotion: European Spiritua...

  • Added: May 17, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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A recent release of music by Claudio Monteverdi from Vita & Anima is the centerpiece of this week's show, which includes selections from Selva Mora...

  • Added: May 11, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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Ensaladas were 'musical salads': a popular genre in 16th century Spain which mixed various styles and languages in the manner of a quodlibet. This ...

  • Added: May 05, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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We're spending some time with Jean-Philippe Rameau, master of the French Baroque! We'll hear one of his grands motets, which he composed before his...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show focuses on the contributions of women performers in the early music world, including Musica Secreta, Simone Eckert, Katharina Bäum...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge brings us the joyful sounds of Easter, including music by Orlando di Lasso, Samuel Scheidt, and William Byrd....

  • Added: Apr 12, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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Music for the Lenten season and Holy Week is featured on this week's show, including two recent releases. We'll hear Officium de Cruce by Loyset Co...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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We're hearing Italian treasures on this week's show, including selections from a recent release from the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra called Concerti...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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Music from Renaissance Spain is the focus of today's show. We'll hear selections from the Colombina Songbook, performed by Hesperion XX, directed b...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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We're celebrating Bach's birthday with a fresh new reading of the Goldberg Variations, featuring Austrian organist and harpsichordist Peter Waldner...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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Ballades, Rondeaus & Virelais from the late 14th century are on the program this week, performed by the Medieval Ensemble of London, plus the super...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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Early Music from the New World is the theme of this week's show. We'll hear music from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia, with performances by P...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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We'll hear tracks from a recent release of the music of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger called Il Tedesco a Roma, or 'the German in Rome'. We'll also ...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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We'll hear about the life and times of Giovanni Boccaccio on this week's edition of Early Music Now, interspersed with music by his contemporaries ...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show celebrates the joys and sorrows of love through the ages, with songs about happy lovers (and some sad ones), distant love, and lov...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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This week's show presents music for Candlemas, also called the Feast of the Presentation. We'll hear works based on the Marian chant Inviolata, int...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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The centerpiece of this week's show is an early example of a Mass built on a secular song: the Missa de la Mapa Mundi by the Spaniard Johannes Corn...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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We'll pay a musical visit to the north German city of Hamburg to hear works by composers who lived and worked there, including Matthias Weckmann, H...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
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Gothic Voices has been renowned for the excellence and refinement of their musical offerings for over thirty years. This week's show presents their...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2022
  • Length: 58:30