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.
August 30: Classical Crossover – Classical music “crossovers” with other musical genres have been taking place since at least the early 1900s. On this episode, Leon features more recent “progressive rock” works that incorporate classical elements from artists like King Crimson, Yes, and even Frank Zappa.
August 23: Music Tells a Story – In this episode, Leon features descriptive works by Edward MacDowell, Francis Poulenc, and Sergei Prokofiev.
August 16: Striking the Right Note – In this episode, Leon features works from Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Bela Bartok, Zoltan Kodaly, and Paul Hindemith that showcase a variety of percussive instruments.
August 9: Czech it Out! – Leon features music of Czech composers like Josef Suk, Antonín Dvořák, and others on this episode.
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.