88.7KXMS Radio will present its first marathon featuring the lives of the great classical composers this KXMS Memorial Day weekend.

Spanning the Baroque to the 20th Century, from Bach to Britten, 88.7KXMS will begin this unique 24-hour aural journey at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 26.

The life stories of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi will give way to the Classical Era with the accomplishments of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. By mid-afternoon Sunday, the First Romantics (Liszt, Berlioz, and Paganini) will be followed with biographies of Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann and Wagner (2013 is Richard’s bi-centennial year).  The first day of the marathon will end at 9 p.m. Sunday night with Italian opera and the lives of Rossini and Verdi.

The marathon will resume at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, with the Romantics (Johannes Brahms, and Tchaikovsky), “the Russian Kuchka” (including Borodin, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov), and Central Europe represented by Bizet, Grieg, and Johann Strauss II.

Early afternoon on Memorial Day “The Czechs in Prague” (Smetana and Dvorak), will give way to the Expressionists (Saint-Saens, Respighi, Sibelius, and Dukas).  Mid-afternoon on the holiday, the Americans will be  represented with Sousa, Gershwin, Copland, and Barber.

The Symphonists (Bruckner, Mahler, and Richard Strauss) will be followed by the Impressionists (Debussy and Ravel).

Finally, Memorial Day evening will take up the Futurists (Stravinsky, Bartok, and Satie), the Soviet Union (Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich), ending with the Mid Twentieth Century, represented by Schoenberg, Elgar, Scriabin, Hindemith, Messiaen, and Britten.

“Classical Genius: The Narrated Life History of The Great Classical Composers” was written by Marcia Dangerfield and is narrated by the American actor, William Sargent.

88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International is a cultural resource and a community service of Missouri Southern State University.