Kristina Herrick

Classical Music Host

Kristina Herrick is an on-air host for FM89's Clearly Classical and the Traffic and Music Manager for the station. An expert in early music of the pre-Barqoue era, Kristina is also the host of the award winning program In the Mode. She is a talented musician who plays the gamba and is a member of the board of directors of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series. 

Kristina traces In the Mode’s roots to her early days of studying voice, when she discovered that her own was best suited to this type of music. “I wanted to expose listeners to the new recordings of early music that are available,” she said. It’s not necessarily for those schooled in music, she noted. “There has been a lot of research done, using literature and paintings, to figure out what the pieces would have sounded like in their own time. It’s a lot of fun—and a lot of listening—putting the music into a coherent show with a focus.” It’s obvious that she enjoys it, and the accolades from listeners prove that they love it too.

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In the Mode
9:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

In the Mode: July 28, 2013

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Sweelinck, his sources and his influence is the name of the collection of organ music that is featured next time on In the Mode. Incredibly, no keyboard manuscripts of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck survive, but the good news is that the many young German organists who visited Amsterdam to study with Sweelinck held such a high opinion of their master’s work, that it was spread all over Europe by them. We’ll hear organist Bernard Winsemius perform. CD TITLE: Psalmi ad Vesperas (1694) PERFORMER: Houston Chamber Choir CD: MSR 1437

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In the Mode
6:36 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

In the Mode: July 21, 2013

Giovanni Paolo Colonna

On this edition of In the Mode, we will hear music by Bolognese composer Giovanni Paolo Colonna. He lived from 1637 to 1695 and was maestro de cappella at the church of San Petronio in Bologna for the last 20 years of his life where he wrote masses, motets and psalms for performance there, he was also an organist and organ builder.  We’ll hear the Houston Chamber Choir and orchestra perform his setting of psalm 126 Nisi Dominus and a Magnificat Robert Simpson conducts. 

CD TITLE: Psalmi ad Vesperas (1694) PERFORMER: Houston Chamber Choir CD: MSR 1437 

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In the Mode
6:55 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

In the Mode: July 14, 2013

The Dufay Collective
Credit The Dufay Collective

Cancionero, Music for the Spanish Court 1470-1520 is the name of the collection of music recorded by the ensemble The Dufay Collective and next time on In the Mode we’ll hear villancicos, romances, canciones,  dances and and some foreign songs too including some Italian frottola, music that would have been heard at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella.  I’m Kristina Herrick, hoping you’ll come to medieval Spain with me, Sunday at 12:06. CD Title: Cancionero Performer: The Dufay Collective CD label: Avie 0005

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In the Mode
6:57 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

In the Mode: July 7, 2013

Next time on  In the Mode music by Philippe Verdelot, performed by the English Ensemble Alamire, led by David Skinner. Verdelot was an important composer of Italian madrigals in the early 16th century, He was French, but held several important posts in Italy. In the mid 1520s a set of part-books were assembled in Florence, probably under Verdelot's supervision, for the court of Henry VIII. We’ll hear the first recording of some of those madrigals. CD Title: Philippe Verdelot, Madrigals for a Tudor KingPerformer: AlamireCD label: OBSIDIAN 703   

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In the Mode
12:00 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

In the Mode: June 30, 2013

This week the English ensemble “Alamire”, directed by David Skinner will again be featured on In the Mode, this time with music by Josquin. Skinner writes that Josquin Desprez is widely recognized as the greatest of the Renaissance master musicians who became and iconic figure whose art captivated musicians and scholars for centuries. We’ll hear some of his earliest chansons and motets.

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In the Mode
12:00 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

In the Mode: June 23, 2013

The next three programs of In the Mode will feature the English ensemble Alamire directed by Fresno native, David Skinner, now an early music scholar in England, who graduated from McLane High School and from CSUF.  He then moved to the UK,  getting his masters in music from Edinburgh University and in 1995 gained his doctorate from Oxford, and now researches and reconstructs early music where parts have been lost.

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In The Mode
11:57 am
Sun June 2, 2013

In the Mode: June 2, 2013

Il Poverello - the little poor one - was the name given to Francis of Assisi, who had such influence in his lifetime that he was canonized only two years after his death in 1228. He didn’t start out poor, his father was a wealthy merchant and as a young man, Francis led a worldly carefree life, was not always a good boy.  He is the patron saint of animals and in 1980 Pope John Paul II made him saint of ecologists, his statue is in many gardens today.  

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In the Mode
12:00 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

In The Mode: May 19, 2013

This week on In the Mode, we’ll hear some elegant melancholy, Dowland’s Lachrimae. There was a time when it was fashionable to be sad, there was even the cult of melancholy.  In 1604, Dowland published a collection called “Lachrimae or Seven Teares”, based on his song Flow My Tears, performed on violas da gamba by Jordi Savall and Hesperion XX.  

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In the Mode
3:31 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

In the Mode: May 5, 2013

This week on In The Mode, host Kristina Herrick features music from Llibre Vermell, the Red Book of Montserrat. This was music written for a very specific reason. The monastery at Monserrat had nowhere for the travelers to stay so they slept in the church itself. Not wanting to risk turning their church into a place where vulgar songs might be sung, the monks there wrote music that combined both the sound and feel of popular medieval Spanish music with the lessons of the church, really interesting music, Kristina Herrick hosts.

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In the Mode
11:13 am
Thu April 25, 2013

In the Mode: April 28, 2013

  This week on In the Mode, host Kristina Herrick features music from a recording titled "Luys de Narváez: Musica del Delphin" performed by guitarist Pablo Márquez. (ECM New Series 1958)

In The Mode
11:01 am
Thu April 25, 2013

In The Mode: April 21, 2013

On this edition of In the Mode, we feature music by the composer Alexander Agricola (1456-1506) performed by the ensemble Fretwork with Michael Chance, countertenor. It comes from the CD "Agricola Chansons" (harmonia mundi 907421).

In the Mode
6:16 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

In the Mode: March 24, 2013 - Missa mater Patris

On this edition of In the Mode, FM89 host Kristina Herrick explores the recording Missa mater Patris & Magnificat and Motets by the group Chanticleer. The recording features the works of Josquin Desprez and Alexander Agricola. 

In The Mode
12:44 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

In The Mode: March 17, 2013 - Josquin Desprez

Josquin Desprez

This week on Valley Public Radio's In the Mode, host Kristina Herrick brings us selections from two recordings featuring the music of the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin Desprez.

Featured Recordings: 

TITLE - PERFORMER -  CD #

Motets et Chansons - The Hilliard Ensemble - EMI 749209

Adieu, mes amours, Chansons  -  Ensemble Clement Janequin  - harmonia mundi 1951279

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In the Mode

Every week on In the Mode, listeners travel back in time to the Renaissance and medieval eras to hear early music performed on with attention to authenticity. Host and producer of In the Mode, Kristina Herrick, has been involved in the performance and research of "ancient music" since the 1980s, and each week  shares with listeners some of the most exciting recorded performances of early music, often including folk and modern music as it can be related to the ancient forms.

Clearly Classical

The world of classical music comes to you each weekday with Valley Public Radio's Clearly Classical. Hear selections from FM89's music library ranging from favorites like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to lesser known composers of the classical era. Hosted by Kristina Herrick, George Mason and Jason Scott. You can hear Clearly Classical on FM89 from Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m., except on Tuesdays, when Valley Edition airs from 9:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m.

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