David Osenberg

Partnership Manager, Music Director, Afternoon Host

David Osenberg is WWFM Partnership Manager, WWFM Music Director, Afternoon Host, and Host of award-winning Cadenza. 

The high point in David Osenberg’s broadcasting career came in 2014 when he was the recipient of the Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for Broadcasting for his weekly program, Cadenza.  David came to WWFM The Classical Network in 2004. In 2006 he began hosting his weekly Cadenza interview program. Since 2009 he has been at the forefront in making the station the most active classical music station in the USA to broadcast live concerts.  He currently serves as Music Director, Partnership Manager, Host of Cadenza, the unique Celebrating Our Musical Future (bringing listeners weekly concerts from the great music schools in the country) and afternoon drive time host.

David was born in Oak Park, IL. He decided to go into music while in High School. He completed a Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in Composition and Theory. Primary compositions teachers were Dr. Richard Hillert, M. William Karlins and Anthony Payne.

He lived and studied in Europe in the early 1980s.  His career in the classical recording industry began at Rose Records in Chicago, then on to HMV in London, manager of the Tower Records Classical Annex in Philadelphia (Tower Records Small Store of the Year 1992), Product Manager for Naxos USA and Director of  Marketing positions at Qualiton Imports and Forte Distribution. He founded and ran his Classical Recordings Mailing service, ClassiQuest (written up in Billboard in 2002) for 8 years.

In the past he has taught music at the University of Delaware-Wilmington, served as Music Director at a church and founded and still leads The Straight Ahead Big Band.

He is the father of two - both fine musicians - and currently lives in Langhorne, PA.  A lifelong Chicago sports fans…he WAS a long suffering Chicago Cubs  fan…until this year!!

Ways to Connect

It's a salute to the legacy of Lou Harrison on this week's Post Classical, a bi-monthly series featuring the Post Classical Ensemble and hosted by author, music historian and co-founder of the Post Classical Ensemble, Joseph Horowitz, and Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin. This month's episode is titled "Celebrating the Lou Harrison Centenary" and provides an in-depth look at the music of this great American composer with performances from a concert this past Monday at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, DC.

This month's live organ concert broadcast from Princeton University Chapel features Daryl Robinson, Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College. The concert will take place at 12:30 pm and will feature works by living composers - Jean Guillou, Jason Roberts, David Conte and Aaron David Miller. Join host David Osenberg for this final organ concert program of the season.

This week's Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday at 8 pm) returns to Princeton University as the Princeton University Orchestra performs the world premiere of the Piano Concerto Old Nassau by Music Department faculty member Juri Seo. This work draws its inspiration from Princeton's alma mater, a song dating back to 1859. The orchestra will also perform music by Beethoven under the direction of Music Director Michael Pratt. David Osenberg will co-host this concert broadcast together with Pratt.

This Monday at 8 pm, Celebrating Our Musical Future heads to the Midwest and Northwestern University just north of Chicago for a special Easter Monday performance of George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Messiah as performed by the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble led by Donald Nally, who is also founder and director of the Philadelphia-based choral ensemble The Crossing. Also performing will be one of Chicago’s top Baroque ensembles the Callipygian Players led by David Schrader.

This week on Celebrating Our Musical Future (Monday 8 pm), we feature performances by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra from the Peabody Conservatory at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University located in Baltimore. These performances took place last fall and under the direction of guest conductor and longtime Peabody faculty member Leon Fleisher.  The program will include Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in Bb Major with Peabody student musicians as soloists. Then Maestro Marin Alsop will lead this orchestra in the Symphony No.

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