Editor’s Note: Dennis James Bartel’s work as a classical music DJ at four major market radio stations included writing and speaking for many music publications and venues. He appeared often at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, George Mason University, as well as venues in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and abroad in Vienna and Prague, to name only a few. He wrote articles and program notes for the major symphony orchestras of Baltimore, St. Louis, and San Francisco. His work appeared in Stagebill, he wrote a national column for Chamber Music Magazine, and he served as writer/host for several Classical Grammy Awards broadcasts produced by Westwood One. During the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Dennis produced the nightly worldwide radio coverage of the Olympic Arts Festival, and later DJB was called upon by ABCNews.com to serve as co-commentator and music expert for its groundbreaking coverage of Princess Diana’s royal funeral.
Presented here are some of his program notes for classical music concerts, and other writings & speeches on music.