Classical Guitar Alive

Thursday, 7 to 8 pm on HD-2 and the classical stream

Join host Tony Morris to hear the best recordings of works for classical guitar.


He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux.

Radio script:

Susan Lewis: Jason Vieaux’s Grammy-winning album, Play, showcases his solo work with music from Europe, Africa, Cuba, South America and Mexico – as well as his own arrangement of a Duke Ellington tune.

Now is the Time—contemporary American music on WRTI-HD2 and online, Saturday nights at 9—ought to have theme music, I thought in the weeks leading up to our first broadcast on June 1st, 2008. I started looking through works of mine, as I did with the theme for Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection, to see if anything would fit.

I looked over everything that had survived ritual burning up to that point, and the only piece that came close was a curious Four Hymns for Four Guitars, written in, wow, 1985 for the amiable Philadelphia Guitar Quartet. Wonderful guys all, astute musicians, and very helpful when I was working on it.