Not Brahms and Liszt

Alley in the Studio

Not Brahms and Liszt is my weekly radio program on MIT's community radio station, WMBR, featuring classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Stravinsky to Reich to Wolfe and onward. It is broadcast on:

Mondays from 4-5:30pm
88.1 FM, Cambridge, MA
streaming on

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT has closed the building that houses WMBR's studios. However, we are now broadcasting and streaming shows that were produced in members' homes. In particular, I am producing episodes of my show from home.

There's a 52-second promo for Not Brahms and Liszt. Thanks to Ken Field for engineering it!

For most people, "classical music" is Western art music from the 18th and 19th centuries. Most of the symphony orchestra repertoire comes from this period, as do the playlists of classical music radio stations. Although this period of music has many gems, much of its music tends to bore listeners who grew up on rock and jazz. It's no wonder symphony orchestras are struggling, with ever-aging audiences listening to museum music. But classical music didn't die with the dawning of the 20th century, and the classical repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries is edgy, challenging, stimulating and beautiful — anything but boring. My show brings the modern classical repertoire — from Stravinsky to Tippett to Reich to Nyman to Wolfe and onward — to WMBR.

"Brahms and Liszt" is Cockney rhyming slang for "pissed", as in drunk.

Requests, feedback and information about upcoming concerts can be emailed to me at I'm @fullyabstract on Twitter.

New modern classical releases will be gratefully accepted and considered for airplay (the following mailing address has been temporarily modified to my home address, due to COVID-19):

C/O Alley Stoughton, Classical Music Director
45 Custer St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Emails with links to digital downloads may be sent to

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(Click a show's top-link for the WMBR Track-Blaster listing, including a link to the show's audio (only available for two weeks).)

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