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 11 and 16: Gustav Mahler’s World – Leon shares excerpts from Songs of a Wayfarer, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, and Das Lied von der Erde.
January 4 and 9: Music for Harp – Leon shares works by Claude Debussy, Germaine Tailleferre, Carlos Salzedo, and Ernst von Dohnányi on this episode featuring one of the oldest musical instruments.
December 28 and January 2: Music Inspired by Winter – Leon shares favorite “winter” pieces from Astor Piazzolla, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander Glazunov, and Conni Ellisor.
December 21: Songs with Orchestral Accompaniment – Leon shares music of Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, and Gustav Mahler.
December 14 and 19: Seth Carlin and the Fortepiano – Leon shares recordings of Carlin performing music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert.
December 7 and 12: Beethoven at the Piano – Leon shares music created for the piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, including the 32 Variations and the Choral Fantasy.
November 30 and December 5: Heitor Villa-Lobos – Leon shares music from the Brazilian cellist, classical guitarist, composer, and conductor on this episode.
November 23 and 28: The British Are Coming! – Leon shines a spotlight on lesser-known British music, from Edward Elgar to Frederick Delius to Benjamin Britten and more.
November 16 and 21: Pan-American Music – Pan-American music represents alliances between governments and individuals joining the Americas: North, Central, and South. Leon shares music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Aaron Copland, William Grant Still (pictured), and Leonard Bernstein.
November 9 and 14: Going Solo – Leon shares well-known solo sonatas and concerti with piano that he accompanied while he was a conservatory student.
November 2 and 7: Theatrical Inspiration – Leon shares music written for or inspired by works of theatre, including pieces by composers Edvard Grieg, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, and Jean Sibelius.
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.