Classical WSMR Broadcasts

Live recordings of nine full concerts from our extraordinary 2020/21 season will air for free on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 FM radio and stream online at, thanks to The Florida Orchestra’s partnership with the station. The concerts, all recorded live at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, will be hosted by Russell Gant and broadcast at 8 pm Thursdays starting this week (July 22) through Sept. 16. Each broadcast will be available on demand on this page or at for 45 days after the airdate.

Legends from the Americas
Air date: 
July 22

Michael Francisconductor; Joshua Bakerbassoon

Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer; Piazzolla’s Serie del angel; Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 4; Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring (original version for 13 players)

Brass with a Beat
Air date: 
July 29

Daniel Blackconductor

Jim Parker’s A Londoner in New York; Bach’s Sinfonia; Jan Koestier’s Symphony for Brass; Gabrieli’s Canzon; George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. 

American Heroes
Air date: 
Aug 5

Michael Francis, conductor; John Shawpercussion

Adolphus Hailstork’s American Fanfare; Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1; Steven Stucky’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary; Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto; Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

A Noble Pairing
Air date: 
Aug 12

Michael Francis, conductor

Jean Baptiste Lully’s Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme paired with Richard Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

The Intimate Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Air date: 
Aug 19

Michael Francis, conductor; Madison Leonard, soprano

A stellar arrangement for just 14 players, arranged by Klaus Simon.

From Telemann to Mozart
Air date: 
Aug 26

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor & harpsichord

Telemann’s Concerto Polonois and Overture Burlesque; Gretry’s Orchestral suite from Zémire et Azor; Mozart’s Symphony No. 33. 

Mozart’s Horn Concerto
Air date: 
Sept 2

Daniel Black, conductorDavid Smithhorn

Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes; Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3; Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1.

Mozart’s Gran Partita
Air date: 
Sept 9

Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 featuring TFO woodwinds; no conductor.

Beethoven & Haydn
Air date: 
Sept 16

Daniel Black, conductor; Robert Smithtrumpet

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture; Ravel’s Le Tombeau Couperin; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.