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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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.  

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.

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.

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.

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

Napa Café along with Frederick Wildman and Sons, The Wine Market and Chocistry will host two benefit dinners for the Soulsville Foundation on Sunday August 19th & Monday August 20th, 2012. This special dinner will feature six courses with wine pairings. Additionally, each course will be paired with a specific song from the Stax catalog. The songs will be performed live by the students of the Stax Music Academy throughout the evening.

Soulsville USA, the neighborhood that spawned Stax Records, is the target of an ambitious revitalization plan building on the community’s musical heritage and a decade of community investment from public and private sources. A $678,195 grant from Chicago-based ArtPlace will give the plan a significant jump-start.


Brin Armstrong and Dale Baucum met in the spring of 1972 when both were students at the Memphis Acadamy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art), and have since formed one of the most impressive bodies of artistic work in the Mid-South.  "Double Vision" opens with a lecture at 2 pm Sunday, July 29 and takes an in-depth look at this legacy.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Brin and Dale Baucum about their beginnings, their work, and this new show.

For more information, check www.dixon.org or www.baucumpottery.com.

Dr. Neal Larson is well-known for discovering and excavating the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex known as Sue, and the associated legal battles that went along with that discovery.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company just finished their fourth season with a production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," performed on the beautiful South Lawn of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  Not content to rest on their laurels, this year they are offering Summer Shakespeare Camps for young actors.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Tennessee Shakespeare Company Education Director Stephanie Shine about the upcoming camps.


For more information, www.tnshakespeare.org.