About the Program

Whether it's the theremin, the octobass or the contrabass flute, this special will explore instruments that are off the beaten track and the musicians that play them. Audiences will hear commentary about the instruments along with music recordings that showcase their unique sound. Share this fun and quirky hour with your listeners just in time for Uncommon Musical Instrument Day (July 31).

Encore from 2021


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Preview audio available: June 13, 2022
Playlist date available: June 13, 2022
Program rundown available: June 15, 2022
Date content will be uploaded: June 30, 2022


Broadcast Window

July 1, 2022 - August 5, 2022

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before August 6, 2022. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

Wondrous Strange Playlist

Wu Man and Kojiro Umezaki: Summer – Wu Man, pipa

Traditional Shona: Chemutengure – Dumisani Maraire and Ephat Mujuru, mbira

Giuseppe Verdi: Dies Irae (excerpt) - Strasbourg Philharmonic/Alain Lombard; Eric Chappell, octobass

John Adams: Harmonielehre (excerpt) – Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Kent Nagano

François Devienne: Theme and Variations, Op. 83 (excerpt) – Austin Howle, tuba; Eric Chappell, octobass

Antonín Dvořák, arr. Long: Symphony No. 9, Mvt IV (excerpt) – Metropolitan Flute Orchestra

Joseph Haydn, arr. Long: London Trio No. 1, Andante – Mariana Gariazzo, Deborah Rebeck Ash, Paige Long, flutes

Paige Long: Metrically Speaking – Flutastique

Berlakovich/Gartmayer/Kaiser/Meinharter/Piringer/Repey/Schloegl/Troyer/Wilhelm/Winkler: In V – The Vegetable Orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise – Orchestral Ensemble of Brussels/Laurent Beeckmans; Grégoire Blanc, theremin

Erik Satie: Gymnopedie No. 3 (excerpt) – Grégoire Blanc, theremin, musical saw, synthesizers

Aleks Schurmer: Let’s Dance Anyway – Aleks Schurmer, piano; Grégoire Blanc, theremin

Harry Partch: Study on Olympus’ Pentatonic (excerpt) – Harry Partch Ensemble

Harry Partch: Cloud Chamber Music – Harry Partch, Ben Johnston, Betty Johnston, Donald Pippin, Bill Snead

Boston Typewriter Orchestra: The Revolution Will Not Be Typewritten (excerpt) – Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter Song – St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Francis Poulenc: Les Chemins de l’amour – Grégoire Blanc, theremin; Laurent Beeckmans, piano; Nicolas Deletaille, cello

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Meghann Oglesby

Meghann D. Oglesby is a producer on American Public Media’s Performance Today. In that role, Meghann gets to shine light on diverse artistic voices and create content that touches lives every day. She created and produces the Black History Spotlight Series and the My Name is Series to highlight Black classical musicians. Meghann is also the producer for the PT Young Artist in Residence Series. Before joining APM, she spent 5 years working in higher education. Meghann is also a mom, a part-time actress and fashion lover.

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