Diary of a Musician is a weekly radio program featuring classical music connected to experiences from Dr. Burke’s life and long career as a musician, singer, and conductor.
June 15 and 20: All in the Family – Leon features music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons.
June 8 and 13: Schoenberg ~ Romantic Pioneer – Leon features music from Austrian-born composer, music theorist, teacher, writer, and painter Arnold Schoenberg.
June 1 and 6: The Genius of Beethoven – Leon features some of his favorite music from one of the greatest classical composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven.
May 25 and 30: Haydn ~ Father of the Symphony and Classical Style – Leon features excerpts from the Kaiser Quartet, the Surprise Symphony, and Symphony No. 104 by Franz Joseph Haydn.
May 18 and 23: Bach and Handel ~ Two Sides of the Same Coin – Leon examines these two men of the people, with favorite pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach revealing a deep thinker and favorites by George Frideric Handel revealing a consummate entertainer.
May 11 and 16: More Great Orchestrators – Leon shares music from Leonard Bernstein, Sergei Prokofiev, and Erich Korngold.
May 4 and 9: The Allure of the Concerto – Leon shares excerpts from Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.
April 27 and May 2: Forging Musicians through Chamber Music – Leon shares Francis Poulenc’s Flute Sonata, Claude Debussy’s Cello Sonata, and a selection of songs from Franz Schubert.
April 20 and 25: Brahms’ Journey – Leon explores the path that Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) took to become a composer of symphonies.
April 13 and April 18: Famous Last Words – Leon shares the last (compositional) utterings of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Béla Bartók.
April 6 and April 11: Easter Music – Leon shares music from composers Theodore DuBois and Maurice Duruflé.
Dr. 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.