"a sonic atmosphere akin to a music festival"

Host: Mark Antonelli
8pm-10pm MT Mondays through Thursdays
4am-6am MT Sundays (rebroadcast)

Classic Examples is an early-evening journey across the broad landscape of Western concert music. Authoritatively and entertainingly presented by CKUA veteran Mark Antonelli, the program covers medieval, Renaissance and baroque music, giants of the classical period such as Haydn and Mozart, the Romantic era of Beethoven and Brahms, and the exciting innovations of 20th-century composers.

Each first hour of Classic Examples focuses on a specific period:
Mondays – early music: medieval, Renaissance and baroque, from the 10th century to the year 1750.

Tuesdays – classical music: Haydn, Mozart, Boccherini, Hoffmann et al, from 1750 to 1800.

Wednesdays – Romantic music: Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and more, from 1800 to 1900.

Thursdays – 20th- and 21st-century music: Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Bartok and others, from 1900 to today.

Taking his lead from composers’ birthdays, historical events, new releases or just serendipity, Mark presents a sonic atmosphere akin to a music festival, with a dynamic progression and a big finale.

Theme Music:
“Joyful Day” (from Fela Sowande’s African Suite for String Orchestra and Harp) played by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra under Mario Bernardi


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.