Darel Snodgrass

Classical Music Host

I began piano lessons at age 6, trumpet at age 9, and began teaching myself the guitar at 10. My electronics knowledge comes from my father, who had the RCA television and stereo shop in my hometown of Pocahontas, Arkansas for nearly 20 years. My dad is still fixing televisions at age 79.

I attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as a music major, and worked weekend shifts at the U of A radio station (my first experience playing classical music on the radio).  I spent a summer playing piano, guitar and bass at the defunct “L'il Abner”- based theme park Dogpatch USA, near Harrison, Arkansas. After a few years playing music professionally, I finished a BS degree in Radio/TV production at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. 

After another few years playing music in the Ozarks, I moved to Memphis with my wife. I’ve served as Operations Manager of WKNO-FM since 1988, and morning Classical Music host since 1994 – conducting more than 4,500 Checking on the Arts interviews along the way.

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Checking on the Arts
5:48 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Presents Home For The Holidays

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Credit Alexis Grace / facebook.com/AlexisGraceMusic/

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its second POPS show of the season: Home for the Holidays, a cheerful celebration of all the favorite holiday carols and sing-a-longs.  

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Checking on the Arts
2:08 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Yo-Yo Ma Headlines Memphis Symphony Orchestra concert.

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma unites with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Monday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Mr. Ma about the Dvorak Cello Concerto and the importance of music education.

For tickets or more information, 537-2525 or www.memphissymphony.org.

Checking on the Arts
2:05 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Jazz Legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton Coming to GPAC

Two giants of the jazz world are coming to Germantown Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 30 at 7 pm.  Pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton have been collaborating in concert and on multiple Grammy-winning recordings since 1972.  On this concert, they will be joined by the Harlem String Quartet.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Gary Burton about his music, his instrument, and his longtime partnership with Chick Corea.

For tickets and more information, (901) 751-7500 or www.gpacweb.com.

Checking on the Arts
5:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

John Lithgow brings "Stories By Heart" to BPACC

Tony and Emmy-winning actor John Lithgow brings his acclaimed one-man theatrical memoir to Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center Tuesday, September 18.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with John Lithgow about this very personal work, and how it defines his roots as an actor and storyteller.

For tickets and information, (901)385-6440, or www.bpacc.org.

Checking on the Arts
2:07 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Opera Memphis starts new season with 30 days of opera

Opera Memphis is about to begin their new new season, but before the first Masterworks production of La Boheme in November, they're bringing 30 days of opera, all over the area.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Opera Memphis Artistic Director Ned Canty about this exciting program.

For a schedule of appearances, http://operamemphis.org/calendar

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