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Diane Monroe is WRTI Featured Artist

Violin alumna contributed first-person reflections and recordings to the jazz and classical playlists as part of Black History Month celebration

Diane Monroe, credit Peter ChecchiaDiane Monroe (Violin ’80) penned articles, shared recordings, and appeared on air on WRTI-FM throughout the week of February 15. “One of the great cross-genre artists of our time,” Ms. Monroe was one of four Black artists featured by the station for Black History Month.

Coverage began with an introductory piece about Ms. Monroe’s varied career, focusing on early influences that led to her success in jazz, including performances with Max Roach and an appearance in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. Curtis faculty member Arnold Steinhardt (Violin ’59) remembers her from her years at Curtis as “a brilliant violinist whose heart, wit, and intelligence give unforgettable meaning to every performance.”



WRTI also shared a first-person article by Ms. Monroe about the healing power of music, the emotional intelligence it requires, and her hopes for the future of music “genres.”



As a featured artist, Ms. Monroe’s music aired across the jazz and classical playlists all week long. Archives of the broadcasts remain available on WRTI Replay for a limited time.


Selections from Classical Weekdays with Debra Lew Harder include:

  • Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, performed with fellow Curtis alumni (February 16 stream, begins around 46:20)
  • Paul Salerni: The Big Sword and the Little Broom (February 18 stream, begins around 1:18:31)
  • César Franck: Sonata for violin and piano in A major (February 19 stream, begins around 23:40)


Selections from Late Evening Jazz with Courtney Blue include:

  • “Eronel” (February 18 stream, begins around 11:42)
  • “Pithecanthropus Erectus” (February 18 stream, begins around 2:47:53)


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