"celebrating vocal classical tradition"

Host: Mark Antonelli
6pm-8pm MT Sundays
4am-6am MT Saturdays (rebroadcast)

CKUA celebrates the vocal classical tradition each Sunday evening on Bel Musica. The program features excerpts and shorter works that range from medieval and Renaissance music to modern opera, with a balance of solo and choral music. The mix of music is not only appealing to aficionados, but accessible to listeners who are new to the sounds of the vocal classical genre.

Bel Musica also previews performances of opera, choral and vocal music which are scheduled for live presentation in Edmonton and Calgary; Mark Antonelli selects the finest recorded performances of these works for the program.

Theme Music:

Hour one opening theme: Allegro from the Overture to William Boyce’s Ode For St. Cecilia’s Day, played by the Hanover Band under Graham Lea-Cox

Hour one closing theme: Figlie Guilielmin (basse danse) by Antonio Cornazano, played by Hesperion XX under Jordi Savall

Hour two opening theme: Coranto: Heigh Ho Holiday by Anthony Holborne, played by Canadian Brass

Hour two closing theme: Church Sonata in B-flat for Organ & Strings, K.68, by Mozart, played by Genevieve Soly (organ) and I Musici de Montreal under Yuli Turovsky

Hour Three opening and closing theme:first movement from Sinfonia in A (Brown A4) by Karl Von Ordonez, played by Toronto Camerata under Kevin Mallen


Mark Antonelli

My early years included a lot of travel. I grew up as an academia brat and lived in Chicago, Princeton, Knoxville, Tennessee and Piddinghoe, Sussex, England before coming to Canada in 1970. Edmonton is home now. I have lived here and worked at CKUA since the late 1980s.

These days, I get a kick out of romping through a thousand years of classical music on Classic Examples. As CKUA’s resident expert on the subject, I divide my time between programming the station’s classical music programming and caring for the classical portion of the record library. I also enjoy hosting Bel Musica, which features the vocal classical tradition.

I fell in love with orchestral and chamber music in high school, but it wasn’t until university that my true calling revealed itself. I found CJSR-FM at the University of Alberta and hosted a classical music program there for six years. I was also the news director for two years.

I find that music really impacts listeners’ emotions and matters in their lives. It’s like the whole world is in your living room and you want to share your new record with them: “Listen! You’re going to love this one!”

I have a special passion for classical and medieval music. My favorite composers are Debussy, Ravel, Lou Harrison and Ralph Vaughan Williams. I love to share my knowledge of composers’ backgrounds when I share their music. Above all, I am a classical music enthusiast, and I hope that this, more than anything, makes my programs fun to listen to.