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.
Peter Dugan on the Magic of Collaboration
When pianist Peter Dugan performed on NPR's From the Top at the age of 18, he had no idea that he would one day host the show. In this episode, Peter talks about how he came to be at the helm of a show that's been going for 25 years juuust before a pandemic began. He also teaches us about love, the magic the binds the molecules of music together. And he illustrates how collaborations between musicians have created that magic throughout history, and on From the Top, even in a global pandemic.
A Brassy, Classy, Yuletide Concert
Ginger Turner is--excuse us--a brassy broad. She was in the Army and the US Army's Field Band for 27 years. So when it came time to put on the annual Holiday Brass Concert for the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC) during the pandemic, she leaned right into the challenge. And what resulted was pure, live, holiday magic. Learn about Ginger, the IWBC, and the feats of strength it took to put on a beautiful Christmas concert *safely* during COVID. And how you can watch it!
Merry Melodica Men-mas!
We hope yule enjoy this holiday-ish show with Tristan Clarke, half of YouTube sensation, the Melodica Men. Learn how 2 Juilliard- and Peabody-trained brass musicians took a detour from their traditional classical music work to play toy instruments on street corners, how they blew up the internet with an 89-second version of "The Rite of Spring," and why they are completely mesmerizing to watch. Also, learn how they distilled "The Nutcracker Suite" down to around 2 minutes of pure Christmas magic.
Très Bien! Stéphane Denève Teaches the History of French Music
Conductor and music director Stéphane Denève is busy. He's got at least 4 jobs on 2 continents. But thanks (?) to the pandemic, we caught him sitting still for long enough to teach the ENTIRE HISTORY of French classical music! He starts at the beginning with chant, and goes all the way through to contemporary composers. Learn about pivotal moments in French music history, hear its evolution, and learn what defines it. Oh! And hear him sing up and down the solfege scale so fast it will make you say, "oui!"
The Harp Will Go On with Yolanda Kondonassis
When it comes to the harp, Yolanda Kondonassis is kind of a big deal. She’s literally written the book on the topic. In this episode, she teaches all about the history of the harp, describes the different kinds of harp, its mechanics, its repertoire, and about harp music being written today. She also tells the story of her personal history with the harp and how those first few plucks altered her life FOREVAH!
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.
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A great show!
It would be wonderful to see all the music and artists’ names in the episode note.
Entertaining and educational
This excellent podcast is not just for classical music newbies. I’ve enjoyed classical music for decades, and still learn something new every time I listen to one of these programs.
Entertaining and enlightening
What a find! My favorite podcast— great music and fascinating stories and analysis. Make more episodes, please!