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.
September 14 and 19: L’Shana Tova (Happy New Year) – Leon shares Jewish music for the High Holy Days, featuring compositions from Max Bruch and Ernest Bloch.
September 7 and 12: The Conductor’s Study List – Leon features music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and other composers.
August 31 and September 5: The Intimate Brahms – Leon features the Horn Trio in E♭ major, Op. 40, and the Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114, by composer Johannes Brahms.
August 24 and 29: Choral Music Leon Loves – Leon features music of John Rutter (pictured), Tomás Luis de Victoria, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Ludwig van Beethoven, and more.
August 17 and 22: Jazz in Classical Music – Leon features jazzy music from composers Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Claude Bolling.
August 10 and 15: The Joy of Ballet – Leon shares music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Leo Delibes, and Igor Stravinsky on this episode.
August 3 and 8: Humor in Music – Leon shares selections from the legendary Hoffnung Music Festivals, which were created by cartoonist and amateur tuba player Gerard Hoffnung and held in Royal Festival Hall, London in 1956, 1958, and 1961 (with a reprise in 1988).
July 27 and August 1: Forming a Conductor – Leon shares music of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Prokofiev.
July 20 and 25: Music of Dmitri Shostakovich – Leon features music of the Russian composer and pianist.
July 13 and 18: Music of Richard Strauss – Leon features works by German composer, conductor, pianist, and violinist Richard Strauss, including the Wind Serenade, Four Last Songs, and Don Juan.
July 6 and 11: The Second Viennese School – Leon features Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, Anton Webern’s Passacaglia Op. 1, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1.
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.