MN Orchestra New Year's Celebration

Ring in the new year with the Minnesota Orchestra! The program opens with Bernstein’s animated Overture to Candide. Awadagin Pratt performs the Minnesota premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds for Piano and Orchestra, a work written for him. A New Year’s celebration wouldn’t be complete without adventure and passion, and the Orchestra brings that in multitudes in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved Scheherazade.


Melissa Ousley: Melissa stumbled into a career in broadcasting many years ago when she moved to Wichita, Kansas to be near her soon-to-be husband. The attraction (to radio work, that is) was immediate and the chance to be around great music without having to practice piano was irresistible. After establishing herself as a host and producer in Kansas, Melissa moved to Minnesota and continued her work at WCAL in Northfield and Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. Her morning classical show at WCAL was twice named "Best Classical Radio Program" by the Twin Cities paper City Pages. When she's away from the airwaves, Melissa loves to run, read, and spend time with her family.


Two hours

Show Clock

Program will be three segments. Below is an estimate of how the segments will break down. Exact clock will be confirmed later in the fall.

  • Segment A - 59:00
  • Break - 1:00
  • Segment B - 59:00
  • Total Runtime: 1:59:00

ContentDepot File Transfer

Promo spot available: December 10, 2023
Program rundown available: December 14, 2023
Playlist available: December 14, 2023
Date content will be uploaded: December 14, 2023


Broadcast Window

December 15, 2023 - January 15, 2024

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before January 16, 2024. 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.

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