Classical Austin


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Classical Austin takes you behind the curtain of greater Austin’s dynamic classical music stage. Find out how one becomes an opera singer, how one conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and what inspires local composers and musicians. Enjoy in-depth interviews with conductors, composers, choreographers, instrumentalists and more, with musical examples. Join Dianne Donovan for your weekly journey behind the scenes with Classical Austin here on KMFA.

Host - Dianne Donovan

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Montreal-born Dianne Donovan lives and loves music. As midday announcer on KMFA, she shares her joy and passion of classical music, along with interesting tidbits of information on the composers and their music. She uses her natural curiosity and interest in the artistic process when she conducts both live interviews and those for the show she hosts, produces, and edits—Classical Austin. A veteran broadcaster, Dianne still hosts a jazz show for CKUA in Canada. When she’s not talking music, she’s singing it with The Beat Divas, The Austin Jazz Workshop, and in various other settings in Austin. She has been the featured singer with “Gary Guthman’s Tribute to Harry James Symphony Pops Concert” and has been a featured singer on numerous Canadian television and radio programs. She has collaborated writing music for television and an animated short. Dianne has two jazz CDs to her credit and is currently writing music for her next recording.


Sunday 11:00 a.m. | Re-broadcast Wednesday 9:00 p.m.


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