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There is a rumor going around that classical music is hoity toity. At Classical Classroom, we beg to differ. Come learn with classical music newbie Dacia Clay and the music experts she invites into the Classical Classroom.

Classical Classroom Dacia Clay

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    • 4.8, 404 Ratings

There is a rumor going around that classical music is hoity toity. At Classical Classroom, we beg to differ. Come learn with classical music newbie Dacia Clay and the music experts she invites into the Classical Classroom.

    #213: Orli Shaham Talks Piano (Man)

    #213: Orli Shaham Talks Piano (Man)

    The piano. A seemingly normal instrument. But where did it come from, and how did it get here? Is it a percussion or a string instrument? Is it safe for young people, or will it influence your child to become interested in (gasp!) music, like it did one Orli Shaham? In this episode, Shaham describes how she was helplessly lured by the piano, as well as how this instrument wound up in peoples' homes. She also talks about its repertoire, and how your child can start playing. Listen at your own peril.

    • 34 min
    Classical Classroom, Episode 212: All Together Now with Lisa Bielawa

    Classical Classroom, Episode 212: All Together Now with Lisa Bielawa

    Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa wants *you* for her project, Broadcast from Home! Each week during the pandemic, Bielawa is creating a "chapter"--a piece of music--based on the written and recorded submissions she gets from people all around the globe about their current experience. In this interview, Lisa teaches about other music made in times of plague, and talks about her crazy-ambitious creative process for Broadcast from Home, as well as how you can be a part of it!

    • 42 min
    Classical Classroom, Episode 211: Music for (Sacred) Space with Michael Whalen

    Classical Classroom, Episode 211: Music for (Sacred) Space with Michael Whalen

    Have you ever wondered what the atmosphere of a space sounds like? Well look no further! In this episode, Emmy Award winning film and TV composer Michael Whalen teaches all about the history of ambient music. He talks about its classical music roots, how circuits and tape collages and German composers had a part in its evolution, and how Brian Eno changed everything. He also talks about his own new album of music for sacred spaces.

    • 33 min
    #210: Derek Bermel on Travels with Bartok

    #210: Derek Bermel on Travels with Bartok

    Academy Award-winning composer/clarinetist Derek Bermel travels a lot, soaking up musical traditions. His recent album, Migrations, received a Grammy nomination. In this episode, Bermel teaches about composer Bela Bartok who inspired a piece on the album. Bartok moved from Hungary to NYC during World War II, and while a lot of great music came out of his journey, he was also a stranger in a strange land. Plus, Bermel talks about the migration of his own European Jewish family and how it influenced his work.

    • 18 min
    #209: Alexander Pushkin in Opera, Pt. 2

    #209: Alexander Pushkin in Opera, Pt. 2

    Dramaturg and Seattle Opera Podcast host, Jonathan Dean has come back to the Classroom for this epic 2-episode series about operas based on the storiesf the Russian author Alexander Pushkin. In part 1, we talked all about who Pushkin was, painting a word picture of what a major impact his work had on...everything. In part 2, learn about just some of the operas that Pushkin's work inspired! 

    Also, please keep yourselves safe, and support your local arts orgs as you are able. They 3 you and so do we!

    • 37 min
    #208: Alexander Pushkin in Opera, Pt. 1

    #208: Alexander Pushkin in Opera, Pt. 1

    Dramaturg and Seattle Opera Podcast host, Jonathan Dean is back in the Classroom for an epic 2-part series about operas based on the work of Russian author Alexander Pushkin. Though Pushkin died young, he was massively influential. Think: Shakespeare. His writing solidified the Russian voice and inspired lots of other art, including SO MUCH OPERA. In the 1st episode, we talk about who Pushkin was (setting the stage for episode 2, which is about just some of the operas his stories inspired).

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
404 Ratings

404 Ratings

dabowen01 ,

Fantastic educational podcast

I have loved classical music so i came into this podcast with high expectations that I wouldn’t learn much. Dacia proved me wrong!! I have learned so much about familiar and completely unheard of pieces! You will learn much about all things classical music

crdangelo ,

Bravo!

Amazing production! Dacia is an outstanding host and makes the music very relatable to the uneducated like myself. She works well with her guests who bring wonderful insight and expertise. Great way to gain an appreciation for this genre who knew Id love organ symphony #3!

Tlinscomb 8922 ,

Love this podcast

I have always enjoyed classical music but didn’t know much about it. This podcast is such a great way to learn about not just different pieces but the instruments and different types of “classical” music and the people behind it.

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