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George Gershwin in LSO Radio Broadcast

On-air with Gershwin

Gershwin, one of the great American composers, is the highlighted subject for Thursday’s episode of The Joy of the Orchestra with the LaGrange Symphony’s Richard Prior.  Tune in April 29th, 2021 at 8:00 PM for an hour-long, all-Gershwin broadcast.  This young composer/pianist penned many much-loved works even though he only lived into his thirties.  Some of Gershwin’s compositions are slated to be performed by the LSO in the future.  We are looking forward to that!  This radio show will focus on two other works, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major, and American in Paris.

Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major, in this broadcast, is performed by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, and is conducted by Richard Hayman, with pianist Kathryn SelbyAmerican in Paris is also performed by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.  This professional symphonic ensemble is one of the most recorded orchestras in the world.  We hope you will spend the evening with the LaGrange Symphony’s Spring Radio Series this Thursday, 4/29, as we talk about and listen to works by American composer, George Gershwin!  Tune in, 8:00 PM Eastern, on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).

Specifics about the Series

Beginning March 18th, the show entitled The Joy of the Orchestra airs on Thursdays from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).  We are excited to offer this new series and share The Joy of the Orchestra with you once again. This series will run from March 18th thru May 6th, 2021.  Accessing the radio station is exactly the same as in the fall.  The only difference is the day and time of the shows.  If you want to listen online, there is a handy button on the home page of our website.

This show airs every Thursday until May 6th 2021.

How to Participate

Listen with a radio or online Thursdays at 8:00 PM.  The station is WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).  On your radio, simply tune to that frequency of 102.3 FM.  If you want to listen online (with your computer or smart device) this station can be accessed HERE, or via a handy button on the LaGrange Symphony’s website homepage (  This button is gold in color and says “LISTEN LIVE HERE”.  Read more about our 2020-2021 Season HERE.

About the Weekly Radio Show

The Joy of the Orchestra is a weekly, one-hour radio show hosted by the LaGrange Symphony’s Richard Prior.  Just like the previous series, which aired this past fall, this new spring radio series will feature an exciting array of orchestral music. Maestro Prior will give insights into the selections which include historical background, musical nuances and other elements for which to listen. With an even deeper and richer understanding of the music, you will experience and enjoy these works in a whole new light! This show will focus on live recordings from LSO concerts as well as performances by other notable orchestras.

Posts about Previous Radio Show Episodes in the Spring 2021 Series are listed below.

Welcome to Spring


Women Composers

Mozart Requiem

All Dvorak Program


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