Diary of a Musician is a weekly radio program featuring classical music connected to experiences from Mr. Burke’s life and long career as a musician, singer, and conductor.

January 24: A Salute to William Schatzkamer – Leon pays tribute to pianist, educator, and the original music director and conductor of the University City Symphony Orchestra, William Schatzkamer. Hear music by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Francis Poulenc.

January 17: Taking Refuge – Leon shares music from composers who also happened to be refugees, like Kurt Weill (pictured) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

January 10: Sleigh Rides – Leon shares transportation music by John Adams, Frederick Delius, Sergei Prokofiev, and other composers.

January 3: SLSYO – Leon reminisces about “Leonard Slatkin’s legacy”… the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra! Hear music by Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Leon Burke III is Conductor and Music Director of the University City Symphony Orchestra in St. Louis, Missouri, and also serves as Principal Conductor for the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Assistant Director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and often guest-conducts for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

A native St. Louisan, Dr. Leon Burke holds music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Kansas. He has conducted at the Aspen Music Festival and the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and has studied with such distinguished conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, and Jorge Mester. This year Dr. Burke celebrates 30 years as a Principal Conductor for the Asunción Symphony.

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