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Kevin Doherty

Morning Classical Host

Kevin Doherty has dedicated much of his life to making classical music a more personal and accessible experience for audiences. Before he started doing this on the radio, Kevin shared his passion for music on the operatic stage. During his nearly two decades as a professional opera singer, he has performed in over 30 different productions across the country, appearing with the Asheville, Shreveport, and Knoxville Operas, among others.  

In 2013, Kevin decided to take matters into his own hands and started an opera company called Marble City Opera, which produced shorter and smaller scaled works in unique spaces across Knoxville, Tennessee.

It was while living in Knoxville that Kevin got his start in radio, hosting the weekend classical music program Early Morning Concert on public radio station WUOT.  Kevin also hosted All Things Considered and filled in frequently on Morning Edition.

A native New Yorker, Kevin received his bachelor's degree in music from Ithaca College.  He also spent time in the hospitality industry as a food server, bartender and restaurant manager. And that might just be what makes Kevin such a genial host on CapRadio!


  • Classical Music

    In your car, at work, or at home, enjoy CapRadio's relaxing and inspiring selection of classical music. Our daily playlists provide information on the pieces, performers and composers featured, plus links if you're interested in buying music.

    Stories by Kevin Doherty

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    Artist Of The Week: Antonin Kubalek

    November 30, 2017

    "Had he not fallen into a nearby stream, he would almost certainly have died." Pianist Antonin Kubalek suffered a near fatal accident as a boy that caused partial blindness. It was this accident, however, that would lead him to his life's purpose.

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    Dmitri Hvorostovsky: An Inspiration

    November 27, 2017

    CapRadio's morning classical host Kevin Doherty reflects on the powerful impact Dimitri Hvorostovsky had on him as a young opera singer. Hvorostovsky died last week at the age of 55, following a long battle with brain cancer.

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    Lara Downes Gives Extended Sneak Peek Into Upcoming Album

    November 16, 2017

    Lara Downes is giving us a preview of her new album in 12 weekly episodic pre-releases. "For Lenny," due out in February, is a commemorative album honoring Leonard Bernstein for his 100th birthday.

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    A Fateful Meeting

    November 14, 2017

    The fourteenth of November marks the very first meeting of two lifelong friends and two of the most influential musicians in American history: Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

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    Sound Advice: New Classical Releases

    November 9, 2017

    Capital Public Radio's morning classical host Kevin Doherty joins Insight for another Sound Advice, with four recent classical releases.

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    Artist Of The Week: Yuja Wang

    November 2, 2017

    Yuja began playing the piano when she was six-years-old. "You know how girls really want a doll or a toy? I really wanted to play the way I wanted to play. So I was really working toward that." Yuja Wang is our Artist of the Week.

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    Sinister And Supernatural Selections For Halloween

    October 30, 2017

    Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins are about this Halloween accompanied by some spooky selections from CapRadio. Prepare to be scared stiff by classical music's eeriest tunes.

  • Artist Of The Week: Pepe Romero

    October 26, 2017

    Pepe Romero is one of the world's foremost guitarists. He has been lauded by kings, queens, popes, and presidents. Yet, Romero, much like his instrument has an air of nobility matched only by his humility. Pepe Romero is CapRadio's Artist of the Week

  • Artist Of The Week: Maurizio Pollini

    October 19, 2017

    “That boy plays better than any of us jurors!” So said the legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein after hearing Maurizio Pollini play during the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1960.

  • Artist Of The Week: Rachel Barton Pine

    October 13, 2017

    Rachel Barton Pine is one of the most sought after violinists in the world. What does that mean? It means that she is very, very busy. She is constantly travelling from place to place; balancing family life, a career, and a Foundation.