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Dianne Nicolini

Dianne was the first female full-time announcer on KXTR in Kansas City, on KKHI in San Francisco, and on KDFC. She was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2016, and had a day named after her in San Francisco back in 2005. After growing up in Oakland, Dianne received a BA in Dramatic Art at UC Berkeley. She earned an MA in Theater at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Dianne has kept midday listeners company on KDFC (since 1994) and KUSC (since 2014). If you ask her, the best part of her job is her incredible colleagues! The one thing she wishes everyone knew about classical music is that you don’t need to know anything about classical music to enjoy it!

Streams by Dianne Nicolini

Lights! Camera! Music! Join Dianne Nicolini for hours and hours of favorite film scores and music that makes the silver screen sing.

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MORE WITH Dianne Nicolini

Your Ultimate Relaxation Playlist

Your Ultimate Relaxation Playlist

Explore KUSC's Summer Relaxation Playlist curated by Dianne, featuring iconic pieces from Mozart, Fauré, Beethoven, Satie, and Bach for a serene summer experience.

playlist
07/17/2023
Preview the Music Behind the Royal Wedding

Preview the Music Behind the Royal Wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding to feature trumpets, organ, choirs, and an orchestra led by Christopher Warren-Green. Young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason also to perform.

pop culture
01/12/2023
A Closer Look at Music Inspired by Rain

A Closer Look at Music Inspired by Rain

Explore music inspired by rain, from Chopin's Raindrop Prelude to Ryuichi Sakamoto's Oscar-winning Rain. Discover how various instruments, including piano and cello, evoke rainfall.

Chopin
10/21/2021
Caroline Shaw: Re-Imagining the Potential of the Human Voice

Caroline Shaw: Re-Imagining the Potential of the Human Voice

Celebrating the Classical California Ultimate Playlist, this article highlights the talents of Caroline Shaw, a NYC-based violinist, singer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer known for her unique vocal compositions.

awareness
09/13/2021
The Many Lives of the “The Flower Duet”

The Many Lives of the “The Flower Duet”

Explore the #75 entry on the Classical California Ultimate Playlist: the Flower Duet from Delibes' opera Lakme. Discover its use in TV, film, and creative remixes.

ccup
09/13/2021
For Your Consideration: A California Playlist

For Your Consideration: A California Playlist

Vote for your favorite Californian classical pieces to be included in the Classical California Ultimate Playlist. Pieces by Andrew York, Henry Cowell, Jake Heggie, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Jerry Goldsmith are up for consideration.

california
09/01/2020