Classical Music At Its Best is hosted by Joellen Freeding
Joellen is a Grant Park Music Festival docent who is responsible for staffing open rehearsals in Millennium Park and speaking to the audience during the time the orchestra is on break. She acts as an ambassador of the Festival and trys to open the door to classical music by giving audience members a glimpse into the life of a composer, a conductor, or soloist; or the piece of music being rehearsed — or the era in which it was written; e.g., romantic or modern. She might include a timeline of the events occurring when the music was written or the specific motivation behind the composition, or she may focus on the high caliber of the Festival’s musicians and/or choral members. In addition, she might turn the spotlight on the history of the Festival, the evolution of Millennium Park, the design of the Pritzker Pavilion or the art in the park.
In essence, Joellen is responsible for all the research necessary to achieve a quality presentation.
Joellen is also a subscriber to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the ESO Listener’s Club. She attends many chamber events and concerts presented by the Chicago Symphony and listens to several classical music radio stations. She enjoys walking, pilates, travel, and taking classes at McHenry County College. She holds a seat on the board of directors for the Highland Glen HOA, and belongs to two book clubs.
We hope that you enhance your insight into classical music as Joellen brings you Classical Music At Its Best.
Click on the “Shows” button in the right column of this page to view the Classical Music At Its Best broadcast schedule.
Previously Recorded Programs:
Scroll and Click below on any of the Classical Music At Its Best broadcasts that interest you. Each program is approximately 27 minutes in length: