Ross Amico

Program Host

Ross Amico is program host, and host of Picture Perfect which airs Fridays at 6 pm and The Lost Chord which airs Sundays at 10 pm.

Ross has been involved in radio broadcasting since 1986.  He spent nearly ten years in community radio, after phoning in to a request show and being told he knew more about classical music than the program director.  During that time, his shows originated from WMUH Allentown (the radio station of Muhlenberg College) and nearby WXLV Schnecksville (at Lehigh-Carbon Community College).  He made his WWFM debut in September of 1995, while in the process of opening an antiquarian book business, Famulus Books, in Philadelphia.  His broadcasts have also been heard on WRTI Philadelphia and WPRB Princeton.

What he finds most enjoyable about his work in radio is putting together interesting programs and sharing music perhaps unfamiliar to his audiences.  It is his philosophy that a skillful juxtaposition of the familiar and the new can set off both to advantage.  His pre-produced shows, Picture Perfect and The Lost Chord, allow him to explore the world of film music and seldom-heard composers and recordings.  His music articles, which appear every Friday in the Times of Trenton, celebrate the local and regional arts scene.

Interview subjects have included Leon Bates, Stephanie Blythe, Cameron Carpenter, Barry Douglas, JoAnn Falletta, Leon Fleisher, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Lyndon-Gee, Kirill Gerstein, Philippe Graffin, Marc-André Hamelin, Sharon Isbin, Leila Josefowicz, Awadagin Pratt, Lara St. John, Peter Schickele, Orli Shaham, Caroline Shaw, Chris Thile, Dawn Upshaw, Pinchas Zukerman, and Christopher Walken.

Always passionate about classical music, Ross began record collecting at the age of 10.  He has also had a lifelong interest in classic film.  He credits his fascination with film with having led him to the symphony orchestra.  Follow his activities and enthusiasms on his Facebook page, Classic Ross Amico.

Ways to Connect

The Lost Chord: June 11

Jun 11, 2017

Assaying Isasi

This Tuesday and next, on its Noontime Concerts, the Classical Network renews its partnership with Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS).  Join Ross Amico today at 12 pm for a recital from the Chapel at St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan of works by Girolamo Frescobaldi.  The performer, harpsichordist Gavin Black, is founder and director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center.

The Lost Chord: June 4

Jun 4, 2017

Come on In, the Water's Fine - Music for Rusalka Week

Our Tuesday Noontime Concert (5/9) performance is by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and features Bach's Motet BWV 227, “Jesu, meine Freude” (“Jesus, my joy”), and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass.”

Music written by English composers for the Ballets Russes.

Shakespearean Comedies

The Lives of the Saints.

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