From the Vault

Series produced by WICR

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From the Vault is a musical treasure hunt for unusual, intriguing and underplayed classical music of the 20th and 21st century. These "hidden gems" give listener's the chance to experience fascinating music that is out of the ordinary.

From the Vault presents music that is out of the ordinary. Music from the 20th and 21st century that is for the musically curious who enjoy going on a weekly treasure hunt for pieces by Eric Ewazen, Eric Whitacre, Graeme Koehne, Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinu, William Grant Still, Michael Daugherty and many others.

These one-hour episodes include full orchestra and choral works as well as chamber music for brass, strings and winds and, once in a while some remarkable music by composers from other eras. Your host is Henri Pensis, has been working in public radio since 1977 in many roles and classical music has been a common denominator at each stop.

Join us for the weekly treasure hunt that is From the Vault. From the Vault is produced at the facilities of WICR Radio at the University of Indianapolis.


123 Pieces

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Alfred Reed's The Music-Makers opens this program. Then a piece created to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Albert ...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2024
  • Length: 59:24
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Several smaller ensemble chamber pieces along with the orchestral version of Claude Debussy's Suite Bergamasque and Jonathan Leshnoff's Fourth Symp...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2024
  • Length: 57:15
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Music of Dan Locklair, Olivier Messiaen and Bohuslav Martinu comprise this show's playlist.

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:10
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The big work on this show is Elliot Carter's complete neoclassical ballet The Minotaur. Music by Uuno Klami and Edmund Thornton Jenkins fills out ...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2024
  • Length: 59:52
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Generally, this program is a sampling of some interesting shorter pieces by an international variety of composers.

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2024
  • Length: 58:28
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Music of Edmund Jenkins, Ferenc Farkas and Kurt Atterberg on this episode.

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2024
  • Length: 57:40
  • Purchases: 1
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This is the second program featuring Irish composers. This one features music by Stanford, Trimble and Harty.

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2024
  • Length: 59:35
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Irish composers are featured--Joan Trimble, Stanford, VIctory and Potter contribute pieces to this show devoted to the classical music of Ireland.

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2024
  • Length: 58:13
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Music by Roberto Sierra, Alan Hovhaness and SIr Michael Tippett on this episode of From the Vault

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  • Added: Feb 29, 2024
  • Length: 58:30
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Program 112 includes an important work by Billy Childs, a piece by the Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister and a piece based on the Phrase 'Twas a...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2024
  • Length: 59:19
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A bridal gift, a Magnificat as a song of praise and a ballet that explores the myth of Bacchus and Ariadne are the pieces of music that make up th...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 59:09
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Music written by John Barnes Chance, Walter Piston and William Schuman is featured on this show

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2024
  • Length: 58:10
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Music of Ulysses Kay, Meadow Bridgham and Mieczyslaw Karlowicz.

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2024
  • Length: 58:51
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Music written by Valerie Coleman, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price and William Grant Still on this episode.

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:34
  • Purchases: 2
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From the Vault Pgm 046 has suitable content for use during Black History Month.

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2023
  • Length: 56:36
  • Purchases: 2
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From the Vault Pgm 045 with Music of Barthe, Ellington, Price and Canning

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2023
  • Length: 59:25
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Two works by Important African American Composers and a piece considered to be among the finest symphonies by an American Composer in the 20th cent...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2023
  • Length: 58:38
  • Purchases: 2
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Music written by American and British Composer make up this edition of From the Vault.

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2024
  • Length: 58:13
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Music of Walter Braunfels, Herbert Howells, Meadow Bridgham and James Stephenson make up this program. Stephenson's piece is a tribute to the two ...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2024
  • Length: 58:33
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This episode features the first composition to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music, a skillfully-crafted overture by William Walton, a double concerto ...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2024
  • Length: 57:39
  • Purchases: 2