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
2:14 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Prizm Chamber Music Festival brings unique instrumentation, rare performances

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/.

Checking on the Arts
1:57 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Learn about "Everything Southern" at the Delta Conference at the University of Memphis

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/

Checking on the Arts
3:02 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Bluegrass Icon Claire Lynch to perform in Collierville, Paragould

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.

 

Checking on the Arts
2:55 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

"Modern Dialect" opens at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

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.

Checking on the Arts
2:44 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

New Season Announced for Buckman Arts Center

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.

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