A Message for Our Listeners

Since its debut in 2007, we’ve been delighted to offer Connoisseur Classics to a small but dedicated audience. It has been a labor of love, but also labor intensive often relying on resources that would otherwise have been dedicated to our primary classical music service WHRO FM.

With regret, as of July 1, we will be retiring Connoisseur Classics so that we can dedicate staff and resources to enriching WHRO FM. We hope you will sample WHRO if you are not already a listener. We thank you for your support and hope you will continue to enjoy Hampton Roads 24/7 classical music service.

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“Connoisseur Classics” offers serious classical music lovers around the world music not readily available from other classical outlets. We explore music from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century; works rarely performed; full-length, obscure operas; out-of-print recordings; and works by little-known composers. In short, “Connoisseur Classics” will present “alternative” classical music, designed for the more sophisticated and adventurous listener. Our week in divided into themed days: Monday will be devoted to chamber and instrumental music; Tuesday to the best in light classics; Wednesday to symphonic music; Thursday will feature music for winds and brass; Friday will offer great historical performances; Saturday to opera; and Sunday will feature mostly choral and organ music. We invite you to join us on line for an exciting music adventure.

Main Entry: con·nois·seur
Pronunciation: \kä-nə-'sər also -'sur\
Function: noun
Etymology: obsolete French (now connaisseur), from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre to know, from Latin cognoscere — more at cognition
Date: 1714

1: expert; especially : one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge
2: one who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties