Welcome to Allegro!
The original Allegro! Web site is still visible, but I am no longer updating it.
Many widely-known musical and music/variety radio programs and channels provided by United States public radio stations and their online services can be heard by "streaming audio" over the Internet, through your computer or with some mobile phones, tablets, or music devices. This Web site, Allegro!, can help you locate and listen to these audio streams, no matter where you are in the world. You may be able to hear your favorite variety, classical, jazz, ethnic, or folk music programs at any time you like.
On the "Programs" and "Channels" pages, Allegro! lists the Web site locations for many musical public radio programs and channels. Follow a program's or channel's link to its Web page. The Web site may enable you to listen to that program or channel at any time you wish or may contain a list of radio stations on which you can hear the program. In many cases, the Web site will also maintain an archive of historical programs to which you can list when you wish. (A concise list of programs and channels is shown on this page.)
On the "Broadcast Services" page, Allegro! lists some United States public radio stations whose programming is mostly musical and whose audio streams are of high quality. This list can't ever be comprehensive, but I hope some may find it useful.
How does a "program" differ from a "channel"? For the purposes of this Web site, a program is a stream that lasts for a limited time (usually 30 minutes to two hours), usually having a specific topic (like live jazz or Broadway show tunes), that is hosted by one or more regular hosts who provide relevant commentary. The two-hour program "Performance Today" is one example. A channel is a stream of indefinite length — there's usually no beginning and no end — that may or may not be hosted. The "Classical 24" channel, more recently known as the "YourClassical® Radio" channel, is one example.
|"radio's best international showcase for new acoustic music"
|"dedicated to music from Africa and the African diaspora"
|"explores the shared musical and cultural threads in ... American styles and genres of music and how they are distinguished"
|Art of the Song
|"a virtual coffeehouse for singers, songwriters, creative explorers and fans"
|Beale Street Caravan
|"capturing and exporting the sounds of Memphis and the Delta region ... to celebrate the culture of our region"
|"traditional and contemporary music associated with the western European lands occupied at one time or another by people of the Celtic tribes and their descendants"
|Chicago Symphony Orchestra
|"live concert performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recorded at Symphony Center, alongside selections from the orchestra's expansive catalog of commercial recordings"
|Classical Guitar Alive!
|"to promote the love of classical music with the guitar to the widest possible audience, and in innovative ways that have the greatest impact and benefit to all"
|The Cleveland Orchestra
|"the Cleveland Orchestra has long been committed to the pursuit of musical excellence in everything that it does"
|"presented in Spanish and English ... classical music by Latin American and Spanish composers and musicians"
|"cross-cultural and trans-millennial, merging cultures and forms, technology and tradition, the ancient past and the possible future"
|"educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world"
|"five-program weeks that explore a particular topic, from Handel and Bach to symphonies and string quartets"
|"popular American music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim in the context of their relationship to American history"
|The Folk Sampler
|"a mix of traditional music, folk, bluegrass and blues; each program revolves around a theme"
|"showcasing the best of Broadway and Hollywood — songs from the turn of the 20th century to today"
|From the Top
|"America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians"
|"today's performers of medieval, renaissance, and baroque music bring to life the music of the distant past"
|Hearts of Space
|"a mix of ambient, electronic, world, new age, classical and experimental music"
|Jazz After Hours
|"jazz musicians young and old play thrilling and adventurous jazz in clubs, concert halls, festival stages and recording studios all over the world"
|"profiles the legends and legacy of jazz"
|"hear today's best artists in performance on stages around the world"
|Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
|"moving music forward"
|Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
|"acclaimed jazz artists share music and memories"
|The Metropolitan Opera
|"a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world"
|The Midnight Special
|"the world's weekly aberration of folk music and farce, show tunes and satire, madness and escape"
|Millennium of Music
|"the sources and mainstreams of European music from the thousand years before the birth of Bach"
|"performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country; to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and beyond"
|Music and the Spoken Word
|"modern and traditional arrangements of spiritual, patriotic, popular, classical and contemporary music coupled with timely, inspiring prose"
|New York Philharmonic This Week
|"The New York Philharmonic, a longtime media pioneer, began radio broadcasts in 1922"
|A Night on the Town
|"celebrates the American Musical, bringing you the best of Broadway with back stories and songs"
|"live concert recordings that can't be heard anywhere else, as well as in-studio performances and interviews"
|The Piano Matters
|"compares recordings of great piano works performed by various artists, analyzing and explaining differing approaches to the music"
|"celebrating the organ, the 'King of Instruments'"
|Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
|"performs music at the highest level of expression and artistic excellence to enrich our community and provide stellar experiences for our audiences"
|Putumayo World Music
|"established ... to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures"
|The Record Shelf
|"gain a deeper appreciation of classical music as you absorb host Jim Svejda's irreverent, selective and highly opinionated views of classical CDs"
|"early jazz from the streets of New Orleans to the big-city sophistication of Harlem clubs in the 20s"
|San Francisco Symphony
|"sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world"
|Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
|"renowned for its innovative spirit, inspirational performances, and commitment to artistic excellence"
|Sing for Joy®
|"explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary"
|"where people who love music can come together; your source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation"
|"beloved and appealing music composed in the baroque era (1600-1750) and the years leading up to it"
|"great orchestras performing in the world's legendary concert halls"
|Tent Show Radio
|"live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua"
|The Thistle & Shamrock®
|"evolving music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America"
|"a curiously strange and offbeat potpourri of music"
|West Coast Live
|"engaging conversation, music, and play"
|With Heart and Voice
|"choral and organ music of many faiths, of many cultures, nationalities, and over a thousand years of celebration"
|The World Cafe
|"essential and emerging artists"
|World of Opera
|"compelling performances from top American and international opera companies"
|YourClassical® Radio (Classical 24)
|"all day, live & hosted"
|"keep calm & carry on"
|"hear the love"
|"soothe your little one"
|"a community of voices"
|"stir your spirit"
|"time tested; listener approved"
|"merry music all season long"
|"WQXR's channel devoted to music from living composers"
|"KCRW's 24/7 Morning Becomes Eclectic music channel"
|All Songs 24/7
|"a mix of old favorites and new music from NPR's All Songs Considered"
|I'll Take You There
|"everything from early doo-wop to contemporary slow jams"
|"bringing you the best in folk music since 2003, presented by WKSU"
|"Celtic roots music, hosted by Fiona Ritchie"
|"keeping bluegrass and American roots music alive and vital"
|"new music and the music that inspired it, from Minnesota Public Radio"
|"from the classics to today's best, spiced with blues, funk and Latin"
Please inform me if you discover erroneous listings on these pages. Also welcome: your general comments, suggestions, and recommendations of additional musical programs and channels to list here.
Disclaimers and Notices. This is a public service Web site; neither I nor anyone else has requested or accepted any sort of compensation in consideration for including in these pages information about any specific radio program, radio station, or computer software application. These pages cannot be and are not intended to be comprehensive; no endorsement or criticism of any radio station or radio program is intended by my inclusion or exclusion of it in these pages.