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.
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.
March 30 and April 4: Johann Sebastian Bach – Leon shares music in homage to J.S. Bach, one of the world’s great composers.
March 23 and 28: Great Orchestrators, Pt. 2 – Leon shares music from Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, Ferde Grofé, Ottorino Respighi, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
March 16 and 21: Celebrating Women Composers – Leon shares music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Joan Tower, Florence Price, and María Grever.
March 9 and 14: Getting Organized – Organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, and Olivier Messiaen.
March 2 and 7: Launching Brahms – Leon shares the Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major by Johannes Brahms, plus music of Joseph Joachim, Robert Schumann, and Clara Schumann.
February 23 and 28: Black History Month, Part II – Leon shares music from both historical and contemporary composers.
February 16 and 21: The Many Manifestations of Love – Leon shares music of Sergei Prokofiev, Arnold Schoenberg, and Maurice Ravel.
February 9 and 14: Black History Month, Part I – Selections from William Grant Still, Florence Price, and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
February 2 and 7: Classical Music in Cartoons – Hear selections from some of the great animated features from the past that introduced many of us to this genre.
January 26 and 31: Orchestration! Hear music from master orchestrators Ludwig van Beethoven, Hector Berlioz, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Igor Stravinsky.
January 19 and 24: How do we learn classical music? Dr. Leon Burke shares favorite pieces from Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Franz Schubert, and Alexander Borodin learned by participating in high school band.
January 12 and 17: Music of Brahms – Dr. Burke shares some selections from one of his favorite composers, Johannes Brahms!
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.