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 Prizm Chamber Music Festival returns to Shady Grove Presbyterian Church the week of June 11.  Although the classes are closed, there will be four concerts open to the public, at 7 pm on the 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th.  Each performance will feature the unique instrumentation and eclectic musical selections for which the group is known.   Darel Snodgrass spoke with Prizm Ensemble founder Lecolian Washington about the upcoming festival.


For more information, http://www.prizmensemble.com/.

On Friday, June 8th, the University of Memphis presents the annual Delta Conference, a fascinating and fun look into the history, traditions, lore and art of our region.  Two of the presenters this year are local filmmaker Willy Bearden and beloved artist and art educator Dolph Smith.  They spoke with Darel Snodgrass about the conference and their own parts in it.


For more information about the Delta Conference http://www.memphis.edu/deltaconference/

Claire Lynch has one of the most identifiable voices in Bluegrass music today, as well as a huge collection of songwriting credits and a couple of Best Female Vocalist awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.  She will be appearing at Collierville United Methodist Church at 8 pm on Friday the 11th, and at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould, Arkansas at 7 pm on Monday the 14th.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Claire about her career.


The new exhibition at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is "Modern Dialect:  American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection."  This is a natural extension of the very successful 2009 exhibition "Regional Dialect," which was also taken from the Horseman collection.  Dixon Director Kevin Sharpe talked with Darel Snodgrass about this important new show of American art.


For information, hours, and special events, dixon.org or 761-5250.

The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School has announced their 2012-2013 season;  as usual, it contains a fine and varied assortment of entertainers.  Darel Snodgrass talked with Buckman Director Cindi Younker about the new "sweet sixteen" season.


For more information, call the Buckman at (901)537-1483, or buckmanartscenter.com.

Although there is one concert remaining in the current season, featuring the legendary Andre Watts joining them for the Beethoven 'Emperor' Concerto, the IRIS Orchestra announced it's 2012-2013 season this week.  It puts a renewed emphasis on the musicians of the orchestra itself, while also featuring a slate of incredible guest artists.  Michael Stern is the founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of IRIS, and spoke with WKNO's Darel Snodgrass about the upcoming 13th season.


The Memphis Garden Club holds their biannual flower show this weekend at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  This is one of only nine major shows sanctioned by the Garden Clubs of America, featuring arrangements inspired by works of art in the exhibition Modern Dialect: American Scene Paintings from the Susan and John Horseman Collection, comprised of 50 American Scene and modernist paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.   Additionally, the Show includes current conservation applications, photography and local blue-ribbon horticulture selections.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with co-chairs Cami

True Story Pictures, makers of The Arts Interviews and The Music Interviews, is about to release a new film about the history of Memphis College of Art.  The film will premier on May 2 at Malco's Studio on the Square.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Joann Self Selvidge, founder of True Story Pictures and producer and Director of The Art Academy.

Theatre Memphis will open Broadway's longest running American musical, Chicago, on the Lohrey Stage opening tonight, March 9, 2012, to run through April 1, 2012. Rob Hanford and Lindsey Roberts talk to Darel Snodgrass about this challenging production. 

Diavolo Dance Theater is an internationally renowned modern acrobatic dance company. Diavolo company members are dancers, gymnasts, actors, athletes and, above all, teammates.