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Sarah Willis plays the French horn in the Berlin Philharmonic and is also a well-known and popular presenter of TV and online programs about classical music. She is the host of Deutsche Grammophon's international podcast series with the Yellow Label's star studded cast of musicians as her guests. The monthly podcast episodes give an insider's view of the musicians and their most recent DG recordings. Laughs and a few surprises are guaranteed!
 
Every Tuesday since February of 2005, WMSE has welcomed a Milwaukee-area artist into the Bob and Genie Friedman Live Performance Studio to perform a full set live on the airwaves. WMSE Local Live is hosted by WMSE music director, Erin Wolf, along with Milwaukee music writer extraordinaire, Cal Roach.
 
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In this episode, Sarah's guest is none other than the fabulous Alice Sara Ott. The German-Japanese pianist has just released her tenth album for DG, called "Echoes Of Life", which features Chopin's 24 Preludes beside contemporary works by various composers. Tune in to find out what this particular choice of repertoire is about, the story behind the…
 
How does a famous conductor practice before recording his solo piano album? And what kind of repertoire do you choose when you venture to the keys as a conductor? In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode, Sarah Willis meets her friend and colleague Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Although his work as one of the world's leading conductors keeps him very bu…
 
In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode, Sarah’s guest is Dustin O´Halloran, the Oscar-nominated pianist and composer. His new album “Silfur” was recorded in Iceland and in this podcast, Dustin talks to Sarah about his love for the piano as a truly expressive instrument, how he writes music and how the landscapes of Iceland influenced this albu…
 
Deutsche Grammophon podcast host Sarah Willis loves to learn more about different musical genres. In this new episode, Sarah has the opportunity to interview the legendary American musician Moby about the making of his new album "Reprise", which required a completely new way of working from the artist: unlike usual, Moby did not work alone on his m…
 
Deutsche Grammophon Podcast host Sarah Willis welcomes baritone Andrè Schuen to this episode. She is impressed by the voice, the articulation and the versatility of the young baritone who was born in South Tyrol speaking three languages as his mother tongue: German, Italian and Ladin. They talk about his impressive DG debut album of Schubert’s song…
 
DG Podcast meets Christian Löffler In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode Sarah Willis explores the world of electronic music with conceptual artist and composer Christian Löffler who reworked tracks by some of the greatest composers who ever lived, including J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. Löffler explains how he achieved the right balance b…
 
DG Podcast meets Hilary Hahn Podcast host and Berlin Philharmonic horn player Sarah Willis admires violinist Hilary Hahn for her fantastic playing and the way she communicates her passion for what she does. In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode Hilary explains why her upcoming album is called “Paris”, why she initiated her #100daysofpractice …
 
DG Podcast meets Albrecht Mayer “Keep calm and play the oboe” – having heard the motto of the new Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode, it comes as no surprise that Sarah Willis welcomes her colleague from the Berlin Philharmonic: Albrecht Mayer. He is not only the principal oboe player of one of the best orchestras of the world but also appears as …
 
This episode’s guest needs no introduction. Deutsche Grammophon Podcast host Sarah Willis is convinced that one recognizes him by his voice instantly. Sarah is of course referring to Rolando Villazón. The Mexican singer gives surprising insights about his new album “Serenata Latina” for which he joined forces with the French harpist Xavier de Maist…
 
How do you become a world-class mandolin player? Avi Avital introduces both the listeners and Deutsche Grammophon podcast host and French horn player Sarah Willis to the world of the mandolin. The Israeli musician presents his recent album “Art of the Mandolin”, offering a guided tour of the instrument’s rich history and a star performer’s personal…
 
DG Podcast meets Kian Soltani Which mentors, idols, visions and goals does a young cellist have? Kian Soltani, a rising star of the cello, is this episode’s guest of the Deutsche Grammophon podcast series hosted by horn player Sarah Willis. They talk about his recent recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with works from Dvořák and Beethoven and how he…
 
Daniel Hope is violinist, artistic director, president of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, TV and radio presenter, book author and initiator of a live series “Hope@Home” broadcast from his very own living room. To Sarah Willis – Deutsche Grammophon podcast host and horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – it seems miraculous how Daniel Hope manag…
 
DG Podcast meets Seong-Jin Cho The 26-year-old pianist Seong-Jin Cho had two dreams: To play with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and to play at Carnegie Hall. Both dreams have already come true. In this episode of the Deutsche Grammophon podcast series hosted by Berlin Philharmonic horn player Sarah Willis you can find out more about the young p…
 
This episode’s guest of the Deutsche Grammophon podcast series is Lisa Batiashvili. She is one of the most renowned violinists in the world and has played many times with host and Berlin Philharmonic french horn player Sarah Willis. They met at the former silent movie theater “Delphi” in Berlin which plays a significant role in Lisa’s new album “Ci…
 
OPERATIONS WAS FORMED BY CHARLES MARKOWIAK AND ALISA RODRIGUEZ [APOLLO VERMOUTH] IN THE SPRING OF 2018 WHILE THE DUO WERE PLAYING IN THE GROUP SUNDIAL MOTTOS.IN OPERATIONS, THE PAIR SPLIT GUITAR, SONGWRITING, AND VOCAL DUTIES. JOHN SCHONEMAN OF SLOWCORE-WORSHIP GROUP HAUNTER WAS BROUGHT ON TO PLAY DRUMS AND SAM GARGULAK CAME IN TO PLAY BASS. OPERAT…
 
WMSE’S LOCAL/LIVE RETURNS TO CLUB GARIBALDI ONCE AGAIN ON TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD WITH A VERY SPECIAL SHOW WITH MILWAUKEE’ MAGNETIC MINDS.MAGNETIC MINDS ORIGINALLY FORMED TEN YEARS AGO AS A TWO-PIECE. TWO YEARS LATER, SINGER AND BASSIST CHRIS ORTIZ AND DRUMMER TIM WICK WROTE AND RELEASED THEIR FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, AUDIO RORSCHACH, A HEAVY, RHYTHMIC …
 
CONVERT IS A FIVE-PIECE UNION, CONSISTING OF VETERAN MEMBERS OF MILWAUKEE’S LONG-RESPECTED PUNK AND ELECTRONIC SCENES.THEIR SOUND HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A ZEROED-IN BLAST FROM THE CENTER OF A LONG-DEAD POST-PUNK, GOTH AND INDUSTRIAL TRIANGLE. HAVING BEEN LABELED A SUPERGROUP BY MILWAUKEE RECORD, CONVERT WILL BE GIVING THEIR FIFTH SERVICE WITH CHILD …
 
The new podcast series by Deutsche Grammophon and hosted by Berlin Philharmonic horn player Sarah Willis gets off to a great start with Icelandic rising star of the piano, Víkingur Ólafsson as her first guest.Neither had met before but Sarah had been looking forward to meeting Vikingur ever since she first saw a video of him playing Bach in a fish …
 
GENESIS RENJI IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED HIP HOP ARTIST BASED OUT OF MILWAUKEE. BORN IN BETHESDA, MD, RENJI STARTED RAPPING AT 12 YEARS-OLD AFTER HIS COUSIN PIERRE INTRODUCED HIM TO RAP MUSIC. FREESTYLES WITH HIS BROTHERS AND COUSIN WAS SOMETHING HE DID TO FIT IN. THIS SEARCH FOR ACCEPTANCE TURNED INTO A PASSION FOR PERFORMANCES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND LATE…
 
CREDENTIALS IS A MATHY/NOISY ROCK BAND FROM MILWAUKEE WHO ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY FIRST WAVE POST-ROCK. THEY WORSHIP CHICAGO AND LOUISVILLE BANDS FROM THE MID-90S AND FEATURE MEMBERS OF MURDER IN THE RED BARN, GUNS BLAZING, NO/NO, GALACTIC CANNIBAL, AND OTHERS.THE QUARTET IS COMPRISED OF JOSHUA BACKES ON GUITAR, JAMES DAVID ON DRUMS, CAT RIES ON …
 
EVERY FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH WMSE RETURNS TO CLUB GARIBALDI FOR OUR ESTEEMED LOCAL/LIVE SEGMENT AND ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, WE WELCOME MILWAUKEE’S LIAR’S TRIAL TO GARIBALDI’S STAGE FOR A LIVE RADIO SHOW THAT YOU CAN JOIN EITHER IN-PERSON OR ON THE AIRWAVES!LIAR’S TRIAL’S LATEST ALBUM, ‘FRIENDS IN NO PLACES’ FINDS THE BAND NO LONGER LOST ON THE…
 
MELODIC, WELL-CRAFTED, DRIVING ALT GUITAR POP THAT ROCKS. BAND MEMBERS MIKE BENIGN, JOE VENT, PAUL BIEMANN AND MIKE KOCH ARE VETERANS OF ACCLAIMED MILWAUKEE-BASED ACTS LIKE BLUE IN THE FACE, THE YELL LEADERS, ARMS & LEGS & FEET AND THE JOKER’S HENCHMEN. LIVE SHOWS INCLUDE OPENER SLOTS FOR SQUEEZE, NEIL FINN (CROWDED HOUSE), THE LEMONHEADS, THE ALAR…
 
HAUNTER IS KIND OF A SPACE ROCK GROUP WHO STARTED MAKING MUSIC IN STEVENS POINT BACK IN 2011, RELEASING THREE FULL ALBUMS AND THREE EPS. NOW IN MILWAUKEE, THE BAND IS STILL GOING STRONG, RECENTLY RELEASING THEIR LATEST ALBUM, PLEASE UNDERSTAND.PLEASE UNDERSTAND SOUNDS LIKE FLYING LOW OVER THE MOJAVE DESERT WITH A RADIO TUNED TO NO STATION, PICKING …
 
AFTER SUMMER BREAK, WMSE IS HAPPY TO BE BACK ONCE AGAIN AT CLUB GARIBALDI FOR LOCAL/LIVE! ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, WE WELCOME MORTGAGE FREEMAN FOR A LIVE SHOW AND INTERVIEW ON-SITE AND OVER THE AIRWAVES THAT YOU CAN JOIN!MORTGAGE FREEMAN IS A FOUR CHEESE BLEND OF HEAVY-HITTING MATH ROCK, WORLDLY AND INTERSTELLAR INFLUENCE, ASIAGO, AND THAT OF AN AR…
 
TODD UMHOEFER HAS BEEN PERFORMING AND RECORDING UNDER THE NAME OLD EARTH FOR OVER A DECADE.AFTER HUNDREDS OF PERFORMANCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND INCLUDING A TOUR OF THE UK, OLD EARTH HAS WORKED WITH DOZENS OF COLLABORATORS AND HAS PUBLISHED OVER EIGHT HOURS OF MUSIC SINCE THE PROJECT’S INITIATION. OLD EARTH’S FINAL ALBUM OF THE WILL BE RELEASED ON …
 
A SWEEPING INTRODUCTION TO AN ARTIST DEEP INTO THEIR PRACTICE, KENDRA AMALIE’S INTUITION IS A STAR MAP TO A NEW AND DEVELOPING SOUND SPACE. AN EXPLORATORY AND (SOMETIMES) SHREDDING FINGER-STYLE 12-STRING GUITARIST (BOTH ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC), BAND LEADER, SYNTHESIST, NEW MEDIA CREATOR, AND EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCER, THE WISCONSIN-BASED MUSICIAN IS ALS…
 
FRUGAL STU & THE COUPONS IS A PROTO-POST-IRONIC DISCO-FUNK-FUSION BAND FROM THE FUTURE, HAILING FROM MILWAUKEE. THEIR MUSIC HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY BREAKING AND ENTERING AS “[MUSIC] THAT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE MUSICALLY, IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE”.WITHIN ONE YEAR OF PLAYING TOGETHER THEY PUT OUT TWO RELEASES, THEIR DISCOUNT EP AND THEIR LIQUIDATION EP.…
 
ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 6TH, AT 6PM, JOIN LOCAL/LIVE HOSTS ERIN AND CAL FOR WMSE’S THIRD YEAR OF BROADCASTING LOCAL/LIVE FROM CHILL ON THE HILL IN HUMBOLDT PARK.THIS INSTALLMENT OF CHILL ON THE HILL IS “KIDS & FAMILY NIGHT”! YOUNG, LOCAL GROUPS GOLDEN GRENADES, THE LOVEBUGS AND REPEAT THE PROCESS WILL ALL PLAY AND YOU CAN BET YOU’LL ALSO HEAR SPECIAL, L…
 
BEACH BURIAL IS A PROJECT THAT ONLY FATE AND CIRCUMSTANCE COULD CULTIVATE. TOM OLWIG (GUITAR/VOCALS) AND ELIOT HESS (DRUMS) MET AROUND 2012 THROUGH THE CANDLELIGHT COLLECTIVE IN WEST BEND AND WHILE THE SPACE IS NOW NO LONGER AROUND, IT HAD BEEN A HAVEN FOR PUNKS AND FREAKS TO HANG OUT, CREATE, SOCIALIZE AND HAVE SHOWS AMONGST A ZINE LIBRARY AND BIK…
 
FORMED WAY BACK DURING THE TAIL-END OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, IFIHADAHIFI ARE A CYCLONIC MORASS OF FEEDBACK, EFFECTS, DANCE BEATS, SQUALL, AND SHOUT-ALONG HOOKS. DRAWKWARD HOLDS DOWN THE DRUMS AND VOCALS, MRALARM PUNISHES ON BASS, SYNTH AND VOCALS, YALEDELAY SQUALLS ON GUITAR AND VOCALS AND REVEVER WREAKS HAVOC ON GUITAR AND SYNTH.THE BAND HAS…
 
THE HATCHETS ARE A ROCK BAND FROM MILWAUKEE LEAD BY JUSTIN OTTO ON GUITAR AND VOCALS. JAMES SAUER, ALLEN COTÉ AND NICK LANG ROUND OUT THEIR SOUND AND THE GROUP IS GETTING READY TO RELEASE THEIR DEBUT LP THE UNCOUNTED BLUE JILLIONS; A CONCEPT ALBUM OF SORTS ABOUT THE POROUS BORDERS BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT, BOTH PERSONAL AND POLITICAL. THE SONGS DEA…
 
WITH MIDWESTERN WARMTH, MILWAUKEE’S VALERIE LIGHTHART DELIVERS HER TAKE ON FOLK POP, ADDING DEPTH WITH CLASSICAL AND ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS. ALTHOUGH UPBEAT, THERE IS SOMETHING UNDENIABLY DARK ON THE PERIMETER OF LIGHTHART’S LIVELY MELODIES, UNVEILING PRIVATE MOMENTS TINGED WITH THE MELANCHOLY OF INTIMATE VULNERABILITY. HER SINGLE, “I’LL BE DAMNED” IS…
 
MATTHEW DAVIES’ MUSIC RUSTLES WITH AN AURA OF MYSTERIOUS-YET-FAMILIAR STORIES, BROADCAST FROM A NEVER-TO-BE-FINISHED MAP OF AMERICA.BORN AND RAISED IN WISCONSIN, SON OF A SMALL-TOWN LAWYER, MATTHEW DAVIES IS A ROAD-TESTED SINGER-SONGWRITER. HE’S DRIVEN THE BLUE HIGHWAYS OF AMERICA AND PLAYED HIS MUSIC IN RUSTY NORTHERN FACTORY TOWNS—PLACES LIKEDAVE…
 
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