Eric Wayne | KALW

Eric Wayne

Board Op/Announcer; Producer, Explorations in Music

Eric Wayne has been in the broadcast world for over 26 years.  He is an award-winning producer in both short news features and long form radio documentaries.  He was the Technical Producer of New America Now and was involved in the launch of the KALW news department. Currently he is the Producer of Explorations in Music and Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller.

Eric also holds a degree in Music Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and is a professional trumpet player in the Bay Area.  Performing in such groups as Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Orchestra, the Golden Gate Park Band, and many more.

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While there’s no doubt that Johannes and Clara were very close and loved each other, it was Clara who suffered the most from this triangle. 

Featured composition: J. Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34


Explorations is a co-production between KALW and San Francisco Performances

Today we discover the source of Brahms' notorious mysogyniny and how that affected his relationship with Clara.

Featured composition: Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Explorations is a co-production between KALW and San Francisco Performances. Go to thier "Saturday Morning series" and experience how Explorations comes to life! 

After Robert's hospitilazation, Brahms immediately came to Dusseldorf and stayed with Clara, helping with the children and the Schumann house. Staying with Clara until Robert's death. But what would this mean for their relationship?

Featured composition: Brahms Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 51 No. 2

 Explorations is a co-production between KALW and San Francisco Performances 

Robert Schumann was already unhealthy when the young Johanness knocked on his door in October of 1853, but no one knew just how bad it would get.

Featured music: R. Schumann String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3  Explorations is a co-production between KALW and San Francisco Performances Go to thier "Saturday Morning series" and experience how Explorations comes to life!

 Clara’s father was jealously protective of her money making potential and he did everything in his power to keep her from seeing Robert Schumann. But Clara and Robert had other plans.

Featured music: Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 44


Prog 3 of 8: Clara Weick

Oct 21, 2019

Clara was a mother of 8, wife to the famous Robert Schumann, a skilled composer and one of the most celebrated concert pianists of her time with a career spanning more than 50 years…. But before all that, she was Clara Wieck  from Leipzig. 

 Featured music: Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17___________________

After witnessing Brahms’ immense talent, Robert Schumann wrote a now infamous article that was supposed to praise Brahms. But young Johannes was not yet ready for the sudden fame.

Featured music: Johaness Brahms Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1



Our 14th season, entitled “A Triangle for the Ages,” is all about the relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

In program 1 a young Johannes Brahms finally meets Robert and Clara Schumann, and life for all of them will never be the same.

In the mid 1850s a talented but not yet known Johannes Brahms would embark on a whirlwind concert tour through Germany that would place him at the door of the most influential composer and critic of the time. One Robert Schumann.

Tonight, host Dana Rodriguez welcomes panelists Gerry Nachman and Leah Garchik.