Aaron Au, known to our listeners as a fill-in host and fundraiser pitcher extraordinaire, will begin hosting a new CKUA program on November 12. He shared his thoughts as he prepares for the launch of Classical Connections.
“First, I’m grateful to David Ward, as always. We were dreaming together about the possibilities for classical music programming. I knew I would have big shoes to fill in the Saturday Breakfast slot, because Mark Antonelli‘s voice and musical choices are so beloved by our audience. In the end, I think we found a way to honour the amazing legacy Mark and previous hosts of Saturday Breakfast created while also connecting people in some meaningful ways to the classical music happening in their communities.
“I’m excited to share music that people know and love, that will help them get their weekend off to a good start. I’m also excited to make connections to the live music and artists playing on Alberta stages, the music that people will hear if they go to concerts and recitals. My hope is to connect people with the beauty, the stories, and the community of classical music.”
He also has plans to invite a particular audience into the world of classical music: kids. “Starting in 2023, the program is going to include a children’s segment. I love the idea of connecting young listeners with classical music.”
Aaron is eager to hear people’s feedback and ideas for Classical Connections. “For sure!” he says. “Let me know what you want to hear. Tell me about local events, performing artists, and emerging composers.”
Classical Connections will have its CKUA premiere Saturday, November 12, between 6am and 8am.