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Heifetz On Air

The Heifetz Institute's New Radio Show

The Heifetz Institute is coming to your radio!  We’re delighted to announce a new partnership with WTJU – the radio voice of the University of Virginia – to produce Heifetz On Air, airing Sundays 6 – 7 p.m. on 91.1 FM and streaming at WTJU.net and CharlottesvilleClassical.org.

Heifetz On Air is hosted by veteran public broadcast (and Heifetz President & CEO) Benjamin K. Roe. 

Each week, Heifetz On Air will present captivating performances by Heifetz International Music Institute students, alums, and faculty — recorded on stage in Staunton and in WTJU’s Charlottesville studios. The show is hosted by Benjamin K. Roe, president and CEO of Heifetz Institute and longtime veteran of public radio classical programming. “WTJU’s partnership with Heifetz is a tremendous opportunity to share world class classical performances with listeners in Central Virginia and beyond,” said Nathan Moore, WTJU General Manager. “I’ll be honest, each time Heifetz students record at WTJU’s stage, I stop what I’m doing and watch the performance. The music is captivating.”

In the coming months, WTJU will also begin distributing “Heifetz On Air” as a podcast at VirginiaAudio.org and as a syndicated public radio show through PRX.org, the Public Radio Exchange. WTJU 91.1 FM has been part of the University of Virginia since its first broadcast in 1957.


Strum, Shimmer & Shine

We mark African-American History Month with works by Black composers ranging from the Roaring 1920s to our roiling 2020s.  Featuring great Heifetz Institute performances of works by Jessie Montgomery, Clarence Cameron White, Florence Price, George Walker, and 19-year-old Jaylin Vinson. 



From his lifetime to our own, a “Schubertiade” is shorthand for a gathering of conviviality and chamber music that sparkles and delight, all from the pen of Franz Schubert, the composer about whom one contemporary declared, “a heaven-inspired clairvoyant who, as it were, simply shook his most glorious things out of his sleeve.” We’ll hear some of Schubert’s most glorious works played in concert by Heifetz students, faculty, and guest alumni.


Only @ Heifetz  

A showcase for some of the inventive premieres, custom arrangements, and other one-of-a-kind performances that routinely happen in HeifetzLand! Featuring works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Ralph Vaughan Williams as you’ve never heard them before, and all played on the stages of the Heifetz International Music Institute. 


Life’s Piano – A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

His mother was a choir director; his wife was a conservatory-trained singer, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speeches were peppered with musical cadences and images. Coming up on the next Heifetz On Air, a tribute in music to Dr. King, featuring works by Antonin Dvorak, Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Virginia’s own Adolphus Hailstork.

New Beginnings & Old Friends

We kick off 2023 with a debut program that looks ahead to some milestones and new arrivals to the Heifetz Institute in the New Year, as well as celebrating the artistry of the students, alumni, and outstanding faculty who visit the Heifetz International Music Institute year after year.  You’ll hear performances of works by Rachmaninoff (whose 150th birth anniversary is coming up in 2023), Vivaldi, Beethoven, and the Scottish duo of Fraser & Haas, tapped to be resident artists at Heifetz next summer.