Lisa Spurlock Gilmore


Classical 90.5′s live music program, Lunchtime Classics, is on summer hiatus. In the meantime, we’ll look back at some notable past performers.

Lisa Spurlock Gilmore, harpist, is a national award winner, soloist, and recording artist. Among other accomplishments, she was 1st place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition in the Grandjany Division.

Lisa began studying music on the piano and violin at age two. She received much of her early musical training from her parents who are both professional musicians and members of the Juilliard alumni. At age eight, she began studying harp under the instruction of Linda Wood Rollo. The following year, at age nine, Lisa received a full scholarship to study at the Summer Harp Masterclass at Indiana University with Distinguished Professor of Music, Susann McDonald. Lisa later enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program at Indiana University under McDonald’s instruction.

Lisa performs for weddings, parties, and social events including the Kentucky Derby’s annual Derby Ball, and corporate parties for companies. She has made numerous concert appearances with the Louisville Chorus and performed with members of the Louisville Orchestra. Lisa founded the Louisville Harp Academy, one of the largest and most comprehensive harp studios in the region, offering lessons to students of all levels, beginner through advanced.

Enjoy this Lisa Spurlock Gilmore’s rendition of Bach from a past Lunchtime Classics appearance:

Local Artist Feature – Diane Earle

Diane Earle

While Lunchtime Classics takes its summer break, let’s look back at some of our featured artists.

Diane Earle is artist-in-residence and professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. She has performed extensively in 10 countries and 30 states. Recent performances include concert tours to Italy and China.

Dr. Earle played several performances in 2009 celebrating the 300th birthday of the piano culminating with a program produced by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) for the series Kentucky Muse. She is featured on several CDs and DVDs.

Dr. Earle received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance, magna cum laude, from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She has a master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees in piano performance and literature from Ohio State University. While a doctoral student there, she received the outstanding teaching associate award and won the doctoral concerto competition. Dr. Earle has also studied organ and voice.

Earle has been a Lunchtime Classics guest artist many times. Enjoy Dr. Earle’s performance of George Gershwin’s Embraceable You:

Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville brought highlights from their recent production of the rarely-heard The Sorcerer and popular HMS Pinafore to Classical 90.5 for Lunchtime Classics. Listen to the entire program below.

Lunchtime Classics: Young Artist Competition Winners!


This week’s Lunchtime Classics features the winners of the 2013 Classical 90.5/PNC Wealth Management Young Artist Competition. The concert is free and open to the public.

2013 Young Artist Competition Winners!


Congratulations to the 2013 Classical 90.5/PNC Wealth Management Young Artist Competition Winners!

Classical 90.5 is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Young Artist Competition

First Place: Choong-won Jin, piano

Second Place: Christina Li, piano

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order):
Harpistry 188, harp quartet
Ted Kang, violin
Joshua Steinbach, counter-tenor
Emily Stone, harp
Jonathan Yi, violin

Hear them all perform on Lunchtime Classics Wednesday November 27 at noon.

The judges for this year’s competition were: Joanna Goldstein, Andrew Rhinehart and Daniel Gilliam.