Musical Passions with Eric Kisch
Each Sunday at 9:00 AM, a large number of WCLV listeners attend to what Eric Kisch has to offer on his one-hour program, Musical Passions. Eric describes his program as follows:
"Musical Passions was conceived as a way to express my personal passions about music to a larger audience. It presents the finest performances by the greatest artists of this and the previous century and features music for solo instrument, chamber ensemble, full orchestra, vocal and opera. Drawing on many resources, including my own and the station’s recording collections, I want to focus not only on today’s stars but on the musical greats of yesterday who have so much musical pleasure to give us. I want to spark listeners into active listening and to being as enthusiastic about classical music as I am. Western civilization has nothing greater to offer us – though I concede that the other arts and sciences, performing and otherwise, also have much to boast about! But, following William Congreve, only “"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.'"
It all started when WCLV's President Robert Conrad heard a new voice on the commercials for the Cleveland Chamber Music Society. Conrad thought that this voice was just right for WCLV and eventually the owner of that voice, Eric Kisch, created Musical Passions for 104.9.
On the air since January 2004, Musical Passions is the culmination of Eric's dream to share his passion for music with a wider audience. The program regularly spotlights musicians and other committed music lovers from all walks of life, allowing listeners to sample their musical tastes and insights. We can always learn something new to give us joy and pleasure.
A retired market researcher and consultant by profession, Eric has a life-long passion for music, avidly attending recitals, orchestra concerts and the opera. And collecting recordings, which take up far more domestic space than his wife and family feel appropriate. While living in New York, Eric wrote articles and reviews for such publications as FM Guide and Record World as well as program notes for Lincoln Center concerts by Musica Sacra. In Cleveland, he was involved with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Chamber Music Society. He has written program notes for such ensembles as the Saginaw Symphony as well as occasional articles for the Internet magazine New York Stringer. He has given many talks about music, musicians, and the insanity of collecting recordings, as well as about his family’s experiences during World War II in Shanghai. In recent years, he has regularly presented courses at CWRU’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program on musical subjects, most recently “Jews and Music During the Holocaust Era,” in conjunction with Cleveland’s celebrations honoring the Violins of Hope.
Eric does not play a musical instrument but claims to have a steady hand with the tone arm of his record player. He is constantly cautioned by family and friends not to sing. His unique accent is a combination of growing up in Australia, nearly three decades of residency in New York City and more than a quarter century living in Ohio. His listeners claim not to be intimidated.