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Classical Classroom MusicWorks, Episode 81: TheHighSchoolForThePerformingAndVisualArts!

2015-03-30 :: Classical Classroom

March is Music in Our Schools month! In this second edition of our MusicWorks series, we take a field trip to an public high school that's a kind of music education utopia - Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) (or, Fame High School, as I like to imagine it). We chat with Brad Smith - HSPVA's orchestra conductor - and with two student musicians about classical music's role at their school and in their lives. Music in this episode all played by the HSPVA Orchestra and conducted by Brad Smith. Audio production by Todd "Tryhard" Hulslander with emojis by Dacia Clay. Editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more about HSPVA: www.houstonisd.org/hspvarts For more about Brad Smith: www.bradsmithconductor.com For more about Music in Our Schools month: www.nafme.org/programs/miosm …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 42: Amy Bishop on Awesome Female Composers

2015-03-23 :: Classical Classroom

Producer Todd thought he needed to take a "vacation" with his "family" last week, so we are giving you this month-appropriate rerun before returning next week with a slew, a treasure trove, a veritable cornucopia of new episodes. Meanwhile, sit back, relax, and learn about these great women of classical music. - Dacia ----------------------------------------- It's Women's History Month up in the Classroom! Houston Public Media's own Amy Bishop (see also, Episode 9: Tone Poems) teaches us all about female classical music composers, from the millennia-old ethereal sounds of Hildegard von Bingen, to the contemporary works of Jennifer Higdon. Why have so many women composed classical music but so few have become household names (yet)? We jiu jitsu that question and others in this episode! Audio production by Todd "von Toddgen" Hulslander with double-plus masterful editorial decisions by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Hildegard von Bingen: Caritas Abundat in Omnia (Love Abounds All) - Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor, Opus 7 (first movement) - Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral For more about Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. For more about Women's History Month, go to www.womenshistorymonth.gov. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 80: When Abigail Fischer "Roars"

2015-03-16 :: Classical Classroom

What's it like to be more or less the only character in a live, full-length opera, playing the role of a real-life intense person who lived life intensely, while accompanied by an electric guitar? Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer dishes about playing Isabelle Eberhardt, the inspiration for Missy Mazzoli's opera "Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt", with the NOW Ensemble. Audio production by Todd "Touché!" Hulslander with karate chops from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode is all from Missy Mazzoli's "Song from the Uproar" which you can hear and purchase from this link: www.missymazzoli.bandcamp.com/album/song-from-the-uproar PS, If you liked this, check out Classical Classroom, Episode 69: The Kids Are Alright, With Missy Mazzoli. If you're in Houston, you can see Abigail Fischer in "Song from the Uproar" this coming Friday 3/20. For tickets go to: www.dacamera.com For more about Abigail Fischer: www.abigailfischer.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 79: The Women of Classical Guitar with Valerie Hartzell

2015-03-09 :: Classical Classroom

It's Women's History Month, and all month, we are bringing you amazing women in classical music! In this episode, guitarist Valerie Hartzell, creator/director of the Classical Minds Festival and Competition, talks about the ladies of classical guitar. Who are they? Why did their numbers diminish over time? And what can we do about it?? Audio production by Todd "Not Tony Danza" Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio and bossing by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Rosita" by Francisco Tarrega. Played live in studio (also available on Valerie's Ex Tenebris Lux CD). - Chaconne in G Major by George Frideric Handel. Played by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya. For more about Valerie Hartzell: www.valeriehartzell.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 78: George Gershwin is Alt Classical, with Simone Dinnerstein

2015-03-02 :: Classical Classroom

"Indie-Classical", "Alt Classical", "Nonclassical"... whatever you want to call it, George Gershwin may have been one of the first people to do it. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein explains Gershwin's sound, its French influences, and what makes it uniquely classical. Audio production by Todd "Teeny" Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio, and one giant leap by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin, from Simone Dinnerstein's new album, Broadway-Lafayette. - "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin. For more about Simone Dinnerstein: www.simonedinnerstein.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 12: The Continued Education of Tracy Jacobson - Debussy's piano works

2015-02-23 :: Classical Classroom

This episode is so old that Producer Todd didn't even have funny middle names yet. But it's so good that we wanted for you guys to hear it again. Because Debussy. And Tracy Jacobson. I mean, come on. Back next week with more new stuff! ----------------------------- WindSync Wind Quintet bassoonist, Tracy Jacobson, takes Dacia along on her journey to continue her musical education as a professional musician. She steps outside of her comfort zone and into Debussy's piano works. Come with us to Paris, talk in your museum voice, and have some wine. It'll be awesome! Audio production by Todd Hulslander with encouraging yelps from Dacia Clay, and s few nods and shakes of the head from Tracy Jacobson, too. For more about WindSync: www.windsync.org For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 77: Remembering Stephen Paulus, with Alex Freeman

2015-02-16 :: Classical Classroom

Composer Stephen Paulus passed away last October and left a void in many hearts along with an amazing legacy. Composer Alex Freeman teaches about Paulus the man, and the music he left for us. Music in this episode (both by Stephen Paulus): - Pilgrims' Hymn - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Audio production by Todd "Tastee Freez" Hulslander with punches and kicks from Dacia Clay. For more about Stephen Paulus: www.stephenpaulus.com For more about Alex Freeman: www.alexfreemanmusic.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 76: MusicWorks - How Sonya Got Her Opera On

2015-02-09 :: Classical Classroom

We're excited to share our new subseries, MusicWorks! It's a show where you'll learn about what classical music is doing in the world right now. You'll hear inspiring artist stories, plus we'll go into the sometimes unexpected places we've discovered classical music thriving while we've been learning about it on the Classical Classroom. We hope you dig it! In our first MusicWorks episode, soprano Sonya Yoncheva tells the story of how she happened upon her passion - singing opera - by being true to herself (and listening to her mother) and by practicing her buns off. This put her in a position to be ready when she got that call from the Met to fill in at the last moment. And the rest, as they say, is in the podcast. Audio production by Todd "Totally" Hulslander with awesomeness by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme - Donde lieta usci - Charles Lecocq: Les Cent Vierges, Act III, No. 10 Je soupire et maudis le destin - Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata - Sempre libera - Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea - "Pur ti Miro" (Sonya Yoncheva & Max Emanuel Cencic) - W. A. Mozart: Il Re Pastore - "L'Amero saro costante" (Sonya Yoncheva & Marc Minkowski) - Charles Gounod - Faust Final Trio - Anges Purs - Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja & Bryn Terfel For more about Sonya Yoncheva: www.sonyayoncheva.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom Learn about composer George Heathco's piece, "ReGifting Lions", part of our MusicWorks intro, and oh-so-much more about him at www.georgeheathcomusic.com. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 75: The Democracy of Chamber Music with Cantus

2015-01-30 :: Classical Classroom

One of the distinguishing characteristics of chamber music is its "democracy" - each part is of equal importance. Aaron Humble and Paul Rudoi of the Cantus Vocal Ensemble explain how it works when everyone involved in making the music is a special snowflake. Audio production by Todd "Sir Toddsalot" Hulslander with unflagging devotion to somethingerother by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode, all by Cantus: - From A Harvest Home - --- "My Journey Yours" --- "How Can I Keep from Singing?" --- "The Pasture" --- "Fiddle Tune" --- "Eventide" -From On the Shoulders of Giants: --- "Zikr" For more about Cantus Vocal Ensemble: www.cantussings.org. For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. Cantus is coming to Houston in February, and probably to other places, too! For a complete listing of their upcoming performances, go here: www.cantussings.org/concerts/national/ …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 21: Joel Luks on the fierce and foxy flute (RERUN)

2015-01-26 :: Classical Classroom

Okay. So our HAL 9001 hasn't come in yet, and you're getting another rerun episode. But dang - it's a good one! And! We have so much new stuff we can't wait to share with you once HAL arrives. Stick with us! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 74: Rebel with a violin - Mozart's violin concertos, Rachel Barton Pine

2015-01-16 :: Classical Classroom

What makes Mozart's violin concertos so special? Is it that he only wrote 5 of them? That he wrote him when he was a teenager? That they are both beautiful AND hilarious? What is it?? Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Classroom to spell out why these pieces are so special - generally and personally - that she decided to record all of them. Audio production by Todd "Mr. Titters" Hulslander with that funky monkey, Dacia Clay. All music in this episode is from Rachel Barton Pine's new CD, "Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante K364", with Matthew Lipman, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Sir Neville Marriner conducting. (Avie 2317) You can also hear Rachel in episode 43, and in our short, "Rachel Barton Pine Rocks and Bows". For more about Rachel Barton Pine, www.rachelbartonpine.com. For more Classroom, www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 28: Tchaikovsky's musical bio, Pathetique - harbinger of doom (FIXED)

2015-01-12 :: Classical Classroom

The HAL 9000 that we use to produce these little gems has met an untimely demise. Fear not! We've got a brand new HAL 9001 on order. Until next week, please enjoy this old gold from the Classroom vault. (FILE FIXED! Oy vey...) --------------------------------- Was Tchaikovsky's Symphony VI (aka "Pathetique", aka "Suicide Symphony") a suicide note or did he die of cholera, per the Official Word? You decide after this intweeging lesson with clarinetist and Shepherd School of Music Professor of Music, Michael Webster! Audio production by Todd "Toddsy Woddsy" Hulslander with roof raising by Dacia Clay. For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 73: The Man Behind the Music - On Clementi, With Jeremy Eskenazi

2015-01-05 :: Classical Classroom

Muzio Clementi is often called the "Father of the Piano" and is known for his sonatinas. But as it turns out, this smarty pants single-handedly changed classical music and made it what we know today. Jeremy Eskenazi, founder of the Muzio Clementi Society, tells all about the quiet mover and shaker in this episode - from a Tardis in Australia (seriously!). Audio production for this episode by Todd "Tall Texan" Hulslander with smiles for miles by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: (By Muzio Clementi) - Toccata op.11 in Bb major - Sonata op.34 no.1 3rd movement in C major - Sonata op.7 no.3 3rd mvt on clementi piano - Symphony no.3, 2nd movement (Not by Muzio Clementi) - Theme song from Doctor Who, 11th Doctor edition …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 72: You Don't Know Fifth! With Emily Reese

2014-12-19 :: Classical Classroom

Beethoven's Fifth. We've never done a show on it because everybody knows it! Right? Emily Reese, on air host for Classical Minnesota Public Radio, host of Top Score (part of the Infinite Guest podcast series), and creator of MPR's Learning to Listen, says that we are wrong, so wrong! Emily takes us through the entire symphony, which, as it turns out, is completely surprising and amazing. Plus, we play drinking games! Or at least give you some to play. Audio production by Todd "The Tower" Hulslander with fear of heights by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Symphony No. 5, Ludwig van Beethoven. Played by Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Archiv. For more about Emily Reese and her awesome shows: www.minnesota.publicradio.org For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/login …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 71: Dreaming of a David Ashley White Christmas

2014-12-18 :: Classical Classroom

It's Christmastime in the Classroom! David Ashley White - Professor of Composition at (and former director of) the Moores School of Music, composer, and guy who writes hymns for actual hymnals - teaches us what makes a "carol" and shares some of his favorites with us. There are oldies, goodies, and stuff you've never heard. We assure you, it will put you in the Christmas spirit. Not the ghosty kind. The happy kind. PS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, listeners! We hope your holidays are both merry AND bright. Audio production by Todd "Feliz Navi-Todd" Hulslander with elfin shenanigans by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 - For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Susan Gritton, Bernarda Fink, Etc.; Paul McCreesh: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Handel: Messiah (Disc 1). - Mary Had A Baby, Kathleen Battle, Christopher Parkening. Angels' Glory. - Sunny Bank (I Saw Three Ships, Julie Andrews. A Christmas Treasure Holiday. - Cherry Tree Carol, Sting. If On A Winter's Night... - O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Sufjan Stevens. Songs for Christmas. - Tomorrow shall by my dancing day, Harry Christophers: The Sixteen, 20th Century Christmas Collection. - White Christmas, Anne Sofie Von Otter. Home For Christmas. - Sweet Was the Song, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Choir. By David Ashley White. - Deck The Halls, Julie Andrews. A Christmas Treasure. For more Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 70: Piano Vs. Orchestra, With Jon Kimura Parker

2014-12-15 :: Classical Classroom

Pianist, professor, and recording artist Jon Kimura Parker - or as we like to call him, Captain Jon Solo - talks about the hidden world of the guest soloist. From the singular experience of performing with an orchestra in one ear and a concert hall in the other, to rehearsal times that will give you stage fright just hearing about them, it's a behind-the-scenes tell-all exposé of concertic proportions. (That's a word. We swear.) Audio production by Todd "The Tobogganator" Hulslander with a running start by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode was recorded live with Jon Kimura Parker in the Geary Performance Studio at Houston Public Media except for: - Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 C-Dur, op. 15 played by Martha Argerich and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - P.D.Q. Bach: Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra, S. 2 are better than one (P.D.Q. Bach). For more about Jon Kimura Parker: www.jonkimuraparker.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: The mysterious mystery of Mozart's death (Rerun!)

2014-12-08 :: Classical Classroom

Okay, I lied last week. Producer Todd is still working on the new Two Star Symphony album (for which we are pretty darn excited). But! Never fear: We have unearthed a timely gem from the vault to keep you busy until next week, when we will really for real have a new episode for you. Please enjoy! PS, The info about the Mozart Festival at the end of this episode is outdated. However, you can still find tons of information over at www.themozartfestival.org. ----------------------------- Mozart's death, on December 5, 1791, is still so mysterious over two centuries later, that we couldn't help but do a Research Presentation about it. In this short, we explore why his death is an unsolved mystery, and why we're still so fascinated by it. Intweeged? Hit play to find out more! Audio production by Todd "Sir Toddfried" Hulslander with much brow furrowing and consternation by Dacia Clay. For more about the Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 39: Conductor James Gaffigan on Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 (Rerun!!)

2014-12-01 :: Classical Classroom

Producer Todd is off recording Two Star Symphony's new album right now (sweet!), so we have unearthed some old gold for you from the vault. Please enjoy this repeat of our class with conductor James Gaffigan. We'll be back next week with another spankin' new episode. -------------------- Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is dramatic, cinematic, erratic, sarcastic, and full of existential longing - according to Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan. Why is it important to listen to this symphony, the musical expression of Shostakovich's depression and anxiety as he lived under Stalin's thumb? Listen to this episode and find out! Audio production by Todd "Taller than Necessary" Hulslander with inspired napping from Dacia Clay. Music in the episode includes: - Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, New York Philharmonic Orchestra led by Leonard Bernstein To find out more about conductor James Gaffigan, go to www.jamesgaffigan.com To find out more about hilarious comedian Jim Gaffigan, go to a different website. :) …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 69: The Kids Are Alright, With Missy Mazzoli

2014-11-24 :: Classical Classroom

Classical music: the future frontier. These are the voyages of the podcast Classical Classroom. It's mission: to explore strange new music - Sorry. I'll stop. Where was I? Right! Composer, performer, and Mannes College of Music composition faculty member, Missy Mazzoli talks to us about the future of classical music, from the future, aka, New York. Also talked about in this episode: Beth Morrison, Schoenberg, David Little, pillow fights, Lars von Trier, eighth blackbird, Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner, Victoire, Abigail Fischer, "bands" vs. "ensembles", operatic voice, and streaming music. PS, If you're in the Houston area, Missy's opera, "Song from the Uproar," will be making its premiere here at Da Camera in March of 2015. For more info, check her website below! Audio production of this episode by Todd "Tisk Tisk" Hulslander with buckets of help from Dacia Clay. All music in this episode was composed by Missy Mazzoli. For more about Missy Mazzoli: www.missymazzoli.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 69 (PREVIEW!): Missy Mazzoli

2014-11-21 :: Classical Classroom

Composer Missy Mazzoli talks about the present and future of classical music, including her own work! Full episode out 11/24. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 68: The Secret Formula with Kenneth Goldsmith

2014-11-17 :: Classical Classroom

What makes creativity? Is it money? Is it a gift from the Powers That Be? Is it won through trials and tribulations? Shepherd School of Music Professor of Violin Kenneth Goldsmith unveils the ancient formula. He looks at how Haydn, Grieg, and Ravel - composers from different life circumstances and different times - all used their mysterious powers of creativity to explore the same theme. Audio production by Todd "Tether Ball King" Hulslander with a really good try at defense by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Josef Haydn: Symphony #6 “Le Matin” - Edvard Grieg: Morning Mood from Peer Gynt Suite #1 - Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite #2 For more about Kenneth Goldsmith: www.music.rice.edu/facultybios/goldsmith.shtml For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 68 (PREVIEW!): Kenneth Goldsmith on Creativity

2014-11-17 :: Classical Classroom

The recipe for creativity...revealed at last! Professor and violinist Kenneth Goldsmith looks at similarly-themed pieces by Haydn, Grieg, and Ravel to illustrate how this formula has manifested throughout classical music history. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 67: Making Movie Magic With Vivek Maddala

2014-11-10 :: Classical Classroom

What would the movies be like without music? They're like peanut butter and jelly, Luke and Darth, et and cetera... Would we be as moved at a movie without music? Film composer Vivek Maddala takes us behind the scenes to show us how movies use music to toy with our emotions. But like, in a nice way. Audio production by Todd "Sir Toddius of Toddsville" Hulslander with curtsies and bows by Dacia Clay. All music used in this episode is by Vivek Maddala and is from the film, "American Revolutionary: The evolution of Grace Lee Boggs". For more about the film: www.americanrevolutionaryfilm.com For more about Vivek Maddala: www.tadcaster.com For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 67 (PREVIEW!): Movie magic with Vivek Maddala

2014-11-07 :: Classical Classroom

Film composer Vivek Maddala teaches us the tricks of his trade. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll listen intently. All because his music tells us to! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 66: When Classical Music Strikes - Pierre Jalbert

2014-11-03 :: Classical Classroom

"You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life." - Pierre Jalbert to me*. Have you ever heard a piece of music that truly moved you? Has a piece of music actually changed the course of your life? Ravel and George Crumb wrote pieces of music that played huge roles in the life of a young Pierre Jalbert. He talks about these two pieces of music, how he encountered them, how they work, and how they are woven into the fabric of his life and work. Audio production in this episode by Todd "Toots" Hulslander with angry Footloose dancing from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major, fourth movement, played by the Emerson String Quartet - George Crumb: Black Angels, "God-music", played by the Miro Quartet - Pierre Jalbert: -----Visual Abstract, for chamber ensemble: II. Dome of Heaven (from the CD Chamber Music) ----- Icefield Sonnets for string quartet For more about Pierre Jalbert: www.pierrejalbert.com Hear music from this episode using the handy Spotify playlist on our website: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 66 (PREVIEW!): Life-changing music with Pierre Jalbert

2014-11-03 :: Classical Classroom

Composer Pierre Jalbert talks about how pieces by Ravel and Crumb changed his life and why. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 65: Getting Scary With Jerry Ochoa

2014-10-27 :: Classical Classroom

It's getting close to midnight. Something evil's lurking in the dark... AAACK! It's a special Halloween edition of Classical Classroom! Last year for the holiday, we exhumed some composers from the dead. This year, we kidnapped a living composer, violinist, and maker of scary movies and forced him to introduce us to spooky tunes. Then, we ordered him to tell us why it is that creepy music creeps us out. Jerry Ochoa of Houston's Two Star Symphony does a wicked good job of explaining it, too. Which is why, at the end of the episode, we let him go*. Audio production by Todd "Terrifying" Hulslander with snargling from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: By Two Star Symphony - "Goblin Attack", from Love and Other Demons - "Feast", from Titus Andronicus - "Dawn Dipple", from Love and Other Demons By others - Camille Saint-Saens: Danse macabre, Op. 40, played by the New York Philharmonic - Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain, played by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Bernard Hermann: Psycho Suite - Franz Liszt: Totentanz, played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra - Bela Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, played by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra For more about Two Star Symphony: www.twostarsymphony.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom *No Jerry Ochoas were harmed in the making of this episode. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 65 (PREVIEW!): Getting Classically Creepy with Jerry Ochoa

2014-10-24 :: Classical Classroom

Jerry Ochoa, violinist for Two Star Symphony and director of horror films, makes a disembodied visitation to the Classical Classroom to talk about creepy classical music, including some of Two Star's own work. Eep! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 64: Journey to the center of a symphony with Peter Boyer

2014-10-20 :: Classical Classroom

Why do composers write symphonies? What goes into writing a symphony? If it has three movements, is it still a symphony? I mean, really: What IS a symphony anyway?! Grammy-nominated composer and conductor Peter Boyer answers all of these questions and more by taking us deep into his Symphony No. 1. From making dots on a page, to recording the piece with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, this is a tell-all of one composer's creative process. Come along, won't you? Goood. Goood... Audio production by Todd "Twitchy" Hulslander with quasi-spiritual guidance from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Peter Boyer, Symphony No. 1. Played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Naxos 8.559769. For more about Peter Boyer: www.propulsivemusic.com For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 64 Preview: Composer Peter Boyer connects the dots & makes a symphony!

2014-10-17 :: Classical Classroom

Check out this preview of our upcoming Classical Classroom with composer Peter Boyer about the creative process, symphonies, and writing his Symphony No. 1 for Orchestra. It's a hoot AND a holler. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 63 Preview: The Trumpet Lesson

2014-10-13 :: Classical Classroom

Not sure if you're ready to commit yet? Check out this preview of Episode 63 wherein host Dacia gets a bonafide trumpet lesson from some bonafide trumpet players, and learn all about the trumpet along the way. Oh, and don't forget to check out the video that goes along with this episode, and the short, called "A Trumpet Player's Life", too! www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom Short: A Trumpet Player's Life

2014-10-13 :: Classical Classroom

Didn't get enough trumpet in Episode 63? This short is for you! Trumpet players George Chase and Jason Adams tell what the daily life of the trumpet player is like, and bring out the gadgets: Mutes and trumpet varieties galore. Audio production for this short by Todd "Ah!" Hulslander with running and hiding from Dacia Clay. For more about the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra: www.rocohouston.org For more about George Chase, check that very same link. For more about Jason Adams: www.trumpetowner.com For more Classroom and for video of this episode: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 63: The Trumpet Lesson

2014-10-13 :: Classical Classroom

This episode does double duty: teaches you all about the trumpet and trumpet playing, while carrying out the secondary mission of Classical Classroom, i.e., the humiliation of the show's host. Trumpet players George Chase and Jason Adams of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra teach host and former trumpet player, host Dacia, a trumpet lesson. Along the way, they say all kinds of important things about the history of the instrument. Plus, there are duck calls! Audio production by Todd "Ah!" Hulslander with running and hiding by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major Mvt. 3 -Bach played by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra - Duo No. 1 by Chris Gecker played by George Chase and Jason Adams For more about the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra: www.rocohouston.org For more about George Chase, check that very same link. For more about Jason Adams: www.trumpetowner.com For more Classroom and for video of this episode: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 62: Bach's Sweet Flute Suite with Leone Buyse

2014-10-06 :: Classical Classroom

Like an Around the World and Back snap, Bach's Suite in B Minor for Flute and Strings takes the listener pretty much everywhere. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll dance fast and slow, you'll wonder if you're Polish or French, yet feel German. But don't worry: Rice University's Shepherd School of Music professor and flutist Leone Buyse will be your guide on this musical (spiritual?) journey. Audio production by Todd "Tobias" Hulslander with Fünke by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - J.S. Bach - Suite in B-Minor for Flute and Orchestra as played by Barthold Kuijken and Emmanuel Pahud (respectively) For more about Leone Buyse: www.leonebuyse.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 61: Motet - Not Lesstet - With Mark Buller

2014-09-29 :: Classical Classroom

Take a tour through music history - from chant to present day - through the lens of the motet. What's a "motet", you ask? Is it real, you ask? We are not entirely sure. Composer Mark Buller, whose music has been performed worldwide, and who has been commissioned by organizations like Houston Grand Opera, will be your tour guide. Get on board the great Classroom coaster. We have cupholders and a great soundsystem. Audio production by Todd "Tween" Hulslander with insightful insight from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Adam de la Halle: "Mout me fu grief li departir/Robins m'aime/Portare", Tonus Peregrinus/Anthony Pitts - Philippe de Vitry: "Garrit gallus flendo dolorose/In nova fert animus/Neuma" Sequentia - Palestrina, "Osculetur me osculo oris sui" from Canticum Canticorum, The Hilliard Ensemble - Thomas Tallis, "If ye love me”, The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - JS Bach: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner - W.A. Mozart, Ave verum corpus, The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - Richard Strauss: Deutsche Motette, Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Choir of King's College/David Trendell - Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium, 1994, Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse - Mark Buller: "O nata lux" from Five Motets, Chamber Choir/John Hudson; Mark Buller, piano For more about Mark Buller, go to www.markbuller.com. For more Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org. …

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Classical Classroom Episode 60: How Haydn's Trumpet Concerto Changed the Trumpet with Mark DiClaudio

2014-09-22 :: Classical Classroom

We're back with a new episode! Whooo! How did the trumpet change from a simple horn that announced kings and queens into the sophisticated, nuanced instrument it is today? Monumental Brass Quintet trumpet player, public school music teacher, and inventor of the Buzz Clip brass player training tool, Mark DiClaudio tells how Haydn's Trumpet Concerto and a guy named Anton Weidinger literally poked holes in the instrument and changed it - forevah! Also, thoughts on music education, and SO MUCH MORE. Audio production by Todd "Tiny" Hulslander with belated but no less meaningful birthday wishes from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E Flat Major, by Franz Joseph Haydn. Played by Wynton Marsalis and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. For more about Mark DiClaudio: www.diclaudiostudios.com For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 9: Amy Bishop's tone poem journey through Bohemia, death, & 20's Paris

2014-09-15 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Classical 91.7's Saturday Morning Music host and contra dancer extraordinaire, Amy Bishop takes Dacia on a journey with Smetana, Strauss, and Gershwin to learn about tone poems, invoking a surprising number of mermaids and mimes. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 4: Brett Mitchell on Leitmotif in Star Wars (Rerun!)

2014-09-07 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, conductor Brett Mitchell - Assistant Conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra, man of too many accolades to mention, and former Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony - talks about John Williams' use of leitmotif in the score to the original Star Wars movie. Listen, you must. Audio production by Todd "Tatooine" Hulslander, with use of the Force by Dacia Clay. For more about Brett Mitchell: www.brettmitchellconductor.com For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 59: Dacia's Back to School Quiz With St. John Flynn

2014-08-29 :: Classical Classroom

Think you know your classical tunes? Play along in this host-humiliating "drop the needle" quiz show! Test your skills while listening to quiz master, Opera Cheat Sheet host, and Classical 91.7 program director St. John Flynn point and laugh at Dacia. Good luck! Send us an email to let us know how you do: dclay@houstonpublicmedia.org. Audio production by Todd "Test Mastah" Hulslander with a really good try by Dacia Clay. For more Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 59: (Preview!)Back to School Quiz Show

2014-08-29 :: Classical Classroom

Play along as Dacia takes a "drop the needle" quiz with Classical 91.7 program director, St. John Flynn! Think you know your classical tunes? Test it out in this host-humiliating episode of Classical Classroom! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 58: The (Slightly Less Than) Dangerous Lives of Choral Singers

2014-08-25 :: Classical Classroom

The human voice is (very probably, we're pretty sure) the first classical music instrument. Grammy-nominated producer, choral and orchestral instructor, and artistic director of Grace Song, Inc., Keith Weber takes us on a journey through the evolution of choral work. He also explains why choir singers are generally in way less peril than opera singers. Audio production for this episode by Todd "Tasty" Hulslander with smart-mouthed comebacks from Dacia Clay. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 58: (Preview!) Keith Weber on the Dangerous Lives of Choral Singers

2014-08-25 :: Classical Classroom

Grammy-nominated producer, choral instructor, and artistic director of Grace Song, Inc., Keith Weber teaches us about the human voice in classical music! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 17: History of the REEEEMIX!! with Daniel Webbon

2014-08-18 :: Classical Classroom

August is Arts Appreciation Month! During August, Houston Public Media Arts and Culture is paying tribute to art forms that have inspired other art forms. We thought this Classical Classroom rerun fit with that theme perfectly, hence the rerunning. The remix has been alive as long as the Beastie Boys' "License to Ill". JK! It's been around for as long as music. Learn how composers have been inspired by, paid tribute to, given tips of the hat to, and plain ripped off, each other since the very beginning. MusicLab intern, composer, drummer, and snappy dresser, Daniel Webbon tells all. Audio production by Todd "Sir Toddeus of Toddleton" Hulslander with serving suggestions by Dacia Clay. Music used in this episode includes: - Aerosmith and RUN-DMC “Walk This Way” (with an appearance by Missy Elliott) - Dies Irae: Gregorian Chant from the 13th century - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman", K. 265/300e - Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 1 in D major - Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (Op. 110) - George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" from the opera Porgy and Bess - Miles Davis and Gil Evans, "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" from the album Porgy and Bess - Luciano Berio, Sinfonia …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 57: Interstellar Travel To Holst's Planets With Joshua Zinn

2014-08-07 :: Classical Classroom

Climb aboard the great Classroom space coaster for a trip to Gustav Holst's "The Planets"! Composer, MusicLab intern, and self-described professional nerd Joshua Zinn is our captain on this journey through one of classical music's most influential and popular works. Who was Holst? How did he write the music for Star Wars before the movie existed!? How does one actually pronounce "Uranus"? All of these questions and more will be answered! Audio production by Todd "Titan" Hulslander with copiloting from Dacia Clay. All music in this episode is from Gustav Holst's "The Planets". For more Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom . …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 10: Rerun! Oboe playing as x-treme sport with Alecia Lawyer

2014-08-04 :: Classical Classroom

Producer Todd is "out of town on vacation" this week, so we are bringing this oldie-but-goodie out of the vault. Hope you enjoy it! If you do, check out Classical 91.7's River Oaks Chamber Orchestra broadcasts every Wednesday in August. Go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org for more. In this episode, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's Artistic Director, founder, and principal oboist, Alecia Lawyer takes Dacia inside the mind of an oboe player. In this strange world, people grow their own (bamboo), enjoy fame alongside Willie Nelson, and live on the edge without all of the annoying parachutes and bungee cords. For more about Alecia and ROCO, www.rocohouston.org . For more Classroom, www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 56: A Very Verdi Classroom With Eric Skelly

2014-07-28 :: Classical Classroom

Giuseppe Verdi: composer of Aida, La Traviata, Falstaff, and haver of an adorable Italian accent. But as Eric Skelly - cohost of the Opera Cheat Sheet podcast and Buffy the Vampire Slayer superfan - tells us, Verdi was so much more. He was an innovator who changed opera forever. Learn about how he did this and who he was in this episode! Audio production by Todd "With a T" Hulslander with nervous pacing by Dacia Clay. All music in this episode by Giuseppe Verdi. For more about Opera Cheat Sheet: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/shows/opera-cheat-sheet/ For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 55: More harpsichord than you can handle with Matthew Dirst

2014-07-21 :: Classical Classroom

It's Classical Classroom's first field trip! We go to the studio of Early Music expert and musician, Matthew Dirst - home to the professor's lovely harpsichord. Matthew transports us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, when there was a harpsichord in (almost) every home. He also tells us what's going on in Harpsichordia now, and what may be to come. Audio production by Todd "Tickling the Ivories" Hulslander, with backup dancing by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Music of the Hydraulis: www.youtube.com/watch?v=atT7Tjpn5js - Harpsichord Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV846, by J.S. Bach, performed by Ton Koopman - Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello by Manuel de Falla - Les Citations Diptych for Oboe, Harpsichord, Double bass , and Percussion by Henri Dutilleux - Domenico Scarlatti For more about Matthew Dirst and Ars Lyrica: www.arslyricahouston.org/ For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 55: Matthew Dirst's Very Special Harpsichord - preview!

2014-07-18 :: Classical Classroom

Hear a preview of next week's episode: All about the harpsichord with Early Music expert, Matthew Dirst! It goes to eleven. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 54: Clapping with Zoe Miller preview!

2014-07-14 :: Classical Classroom

Hear a 30-second preview of this week's episode featuring violinist Zoe Miller on concert etiquette! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 54: Clap your hands say "Shhh!" - On etiquette, with Zoe Miller

2014-07-14 :: Classical Classroom

You're at a classical music concert. The music stops and the crowd goes wild! Wait. No. Only YOU are going wild. And everyone is staring at you. You sink down low in your seat and hide... Don't let this happen to you! Listen to this enlightening episode of Classical Classroom with Zoe Miller to find out when it is and isn't a good idea to clap, and why. Learn about the movements of a symphony and how to tell where you are in a performance. Yaaaay! Audio production by Todd "Tiberius" Hulslander with overzealous applause by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Symphony No. 6, Op. 74 (Pathetique), mvmts 3 & 4, by Peter Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms - Music from Richard Wagner's "Parsifal" - Violin Concerto No. 3 in E major by Niccolò Paganini - Bugs Bunny as Leopold Stokowski …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 53: Preview - Tali Morgulis!

2014-07-07 :: Classical Classroom

Hear a 30-second preview of our latest episode with Tali Morgulis, all about the classical music of South America! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 53: ...in which we tango to South America with Tali Morgulis

2014-07-07 :: Classical Classroom

We put on our pith helmets, grab our binoculars, and train our compasses south for this Classical Classroom expedition to Brazil and Argentina. Pianist and educator Tali Morgulis talks about composers Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, Prado, and Piazzolla, how the classical music of South America differs from that of Europe, and...the tango! Audio production by Todd "Tango" Hulslander, with nuevo by Dacia Clay. All music used in this episode comes from the CD Archipelago of Light by Tali Morgulis: - Sonata No. 1, Op. 22 by Alberto Ginastera - Children's Carnival by Heitor Villa-Lobos - Tango Suite by Astor Piazzolla - Islands by Almeida Prado For more about Tali Morgulis: www.tali.morgulis.net For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Why we listen to Russian music on an American holiday

2014-06-30 :: Classical Classroom

In this special 4th of July edition of Classical Classroom Research Presentations, Dacia ponders why Americans listen to Russian music on their Independence Day. She uncovers the [not really that] secret history of how one man and his love of pyrotechnics made Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture the theme music for America's most patriotic celebration. Written, produced, and otherwise manhandled by Dacia Clay, with thanks to Todd "Twilight's Last Gleaming" Hulslander. Music used in this episode includes: - Pyotr Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Boston Pops Orchestra, RCA 63516 Go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom for more information about David Mugar, Tchaikovsky, and more! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 52: The World Inside A Boléro With Howard Pollack

2014-06-23 :: Classical Classroom

Ravel's Boléro. Next to most of the soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi, it's possibly the most repetitive piece of music ever written, amiright (respect, Philip Glass)? As it turns out, I am wrong, so wrong. In fact, Boléro is a piece built entirely around change. Howard Pollack, professor at Moores School of Music, author, lecturer, and guest on BBC specials and NPR shows like Morning Edition and Fresh Air, is our tour guide through this amazing piece of music by a very subtle and sneaky composer. Audio production by Todd "Treble Clef" Hulslander with bass clef by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Boléro by Maurice Ravel as performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Charles Dutoit For more about Howard Pollack: www.uh.edu For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom We're also on iTunes and Stitcher Radio! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 52: Preview!

2014-06-23 :: Classical Classroom

Hear a 30-second preview of this week's show, featuring Howard Pollack teaching Ravel's Boléro! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 51: Prompting Schubert's Impromptus with Clive Swansbourne

2014-06-16 :: Classical Classroom

Franz Schubert was a man on a mission, distracted from composing music by neither the praise of Beethoven, nor the prospect of his own death. But the dude still had to pay the rent. Internationally acclaimed classical pianist, music teacher, and performer Clive Swansbourne explains what "impromptus" were, and how Schubert took them to the next level with the power of the pinky finger. Audio production by Todd "Drop It Like It's Todd" Hulslander with backup dancing by Dacia Clay. Music used in this episode: - Impromptu No. 3 in G Flat Major, D. 899 (Op. 90) by Franz Schubert played by... ---- Clive Swansbourne and ---- Vladimir Horowitz - Impromptu by Jan Václav Voříšek For more about Clive Swansbourne: www.cliveswansbourne.com For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 51: Preview!

2014-06-16 :: Classical Classroom

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Classical Classroom, Episode 50: Shredding on the classical guitar with Valerie Hartzell

2014-06-09 :: Classical Classroom

How did classical guitar - and therefore, all guitar as we know it - almost become extinct? Who was the hero who saved it from the brink of doom? Why aren't guitars an orchestral instrument? And why are guitarists nails so shiny? Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell - member of the Presti Trio and director of the Classical Minds Guitar Institute - answers all of these burning questions and more in the big 5-0 episode of Classical Classroom. Audio production by Todd "Terrific" Hulslander with "helpful" input from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Oud music by Said Chraibi - Spanish guitar in the Renaissance and Baroque by José Miguel Moreno - "Be M'An Perdut, chanson de troubadour" by Bernart De Ventadorn (c.1140-c.1200) - Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega, from Ex Tenebris...Lux, performed by Valerie Hartzell - Danzas Gitanas, Op. 55: I. Zambra by Joaquin Turina from the self-titled CD by Presti Trio For more about Valerie Hartzell: www.valeriehartzell.com For information about the Classical Minds Guitar Institute: www.uh.edu For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 50: Preview

2014-06-09 :: Classical Classroom

Hear a 30-second preview of Episode 50, featuring classical guitarist, Valerie Hartzell! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 49: Beethoven Gets Small With Norman Fischer

2014-06-02 :: Classical Classroom

How are the Black Keys and Beethoven alike? They both had the low-down dirty blues. JK! They both compose(d) music for two instruments! You've heard his symphonies. Now hear cellist Norman Fischer - of the Fischer Duo, the Concord String Quartet, and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music - talk about Beethoven's chamber works for cello and piano. Why did Beethoven create music for a new, tiny arrangement of instruments? Did he do it for the dolla dolla billz? Did he do it to impress a king? Find out in this episode of Classical Classroom! Audio production for this episode by Todd "Tiddlywinks" Hulslander with no production help whatsoever from that lazy nogoodnik Dacia Clay. All music in this episode performed by the Fischer Duo, and most of this comes from the Fischer Duo's new CD, "Beethoven: Cello and Piano Complete". …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 49: Extended preview

2014-05-30 :: Classical Classroom

Since it's the end of National Chamber Music Month, we thought it would be fitting to give you a taste of our upcoming episode, featuring Norman Fischer. Norman is on the Board of Directors at Chamber Music America, the group who invented National Chamber Music Month. The full episode will be coming your way Monday, June 2nd! Audio production by Todd "Totaled Todd" Hulslander with catering by Dacia Clay. Music in this preview: - Sonata in A Major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven, from The Fischer Duo's CD "Beethoven: Cello and Piano Complete" For more about the Fischer Duo: www.music.rice.edu/facultybios/fischerduo.shtml For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom PS, We're on Stitcher Radio now! …

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Our new radio promo

2014-05-30 :: Classical Classroom

We thought we'd share our new promo - currently running on Houston Public Media's Classical 91.7 - for you non-H-Towners. It is hey-larious! Hope you enjoy. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 48: The Texas Tenors Teach Tenor Types

2014-05-27 :: Classical Classroom

How, exactly, does one know that he is a "light lyric tenor" or a "Spinto tenor" or a "dramatic tenor"? Is there like, a Tenor Task Team? Two members of the Texas Tenors - JC Fisher and John Hagen - teach the types of tenor to us. We also learn about "classical crossover" music and why it is a gateway drug, turning innocent classical music newbies into addicts by the thousands. Audio production by Todd "Tenortastic" Hulslander with scads of squillo from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "La donna è mobile", by The Three Tenors, from the Three Tenors in Concert, Los Angeles, 1994 - "Celeste Aida", by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Giuseppe Giacomini - Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Luciano Pavarotti (James Levine on piano) - Otello, by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Placido Domingo - “Principe più non se” from La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini, performed by Juan Diego Florez with Los Angeles Philharmonic - "Vesti la Giubba" from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, performed by Luciano Pavarotti - La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, performed Andrea Bocelli - "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Franco Corelli - "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, performed by the Texas Tenors For more about the Texas Tenors: ww.thetexastenors.com For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 24: You do what for a living?! Chamber music with WindSync (Rerun)

2014-05-19 :: Classical Classroom

Dacia Clay is either presenting a case to the Supreme Court or having a pint in Adams Morgan, I can't remember which. Anyway, she has not shown up to work, so we are going to re-run a previous show about chamber music. What's that? It is National Chamber Music Month? Well now that just works out doesn't it. Enjoy...Chamber music, performing live as a group, and how movement informs music! In this episode, WindSync wind quintet talk about all of those things and about life as a touring group. Hotel rooms are trashed (okay, not really)! Miley Cyrus is discussed (very probably)! WindSync gets schooled by tango (definitely)! Audio production by Todd "Ermahgerd" Hulslander with "help" from Dacia Clay. For more about WindSync, go to www.windsync.org. For more about Classical Classroom, go to www.classical917.org/classroom. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 47: 500 Megatons of Tuba with Øystein Baadsvik

2014-05-12 :: Classical Classroom

Learn 100% more about the tuba in this episode than you've ever known! Norwegian tuba soloist and chamber musician Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso in the world to make a career exclusively as a soloist. He is also the only tuba player in the world to have a great story about touring with a punk band. He joins us all the way from Norway to tell us about this shadowy instrument: its size, its repertoire, and its fnugg. For more about Øystein Baadsvik: www.baadsvik.com. For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. Audio production by Todd "Tall Texan" Hulslander with slings and arrows by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor, 1st mvmt, by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra 1st mvmt, by John Williams. Performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Fnugg from The Front Row - Reserved (a Houston Public Media compilation CD). Performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Fnugg from YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q19Kcgvgjs - Blood Sweat and Tears tuba solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciPI7U1VEhE - The Cod Lovers - Encounters II for solo tuba, performed by Roger Bobo - Csárdás by Vittorio Monti, performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Ordner seg (It'll Be All Right) from Ferry Tales by Øystein Baadsvik. - Winter from the Four Seasons Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by Øystein Baadsvik. PS, The title for this show was inspired by a great band called 500 Megatons of Boogie. You can find out more about them here: www.reverbnation.com/500megatonsofboogie …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Seriously, What IS Chamber Music?

2014-05-05 :: Classical Classroom

May is National Chamber Music Month! Oh, what? You're not excited? Maybe that's because you don't know exactly what chamber music is yet. Which means you should probably listen to this research presentation to find out more about it. Then you, too, can get excited about a form of music that's had an effect on everything from symphonies to garage bands. Whoo chamber music!! Audio production by Todd "T Bone" Hulslander with apoplectic paroxysms of approval from Dacia Clay. Music in this research presentation includes: - "(Nothing But) Flowers" performed by David Byrne, Ethel, and Thomas Dolby - "I Wanna Be Sedated" from Road to Ruin by the Ramones - "New England Journey" by Brad Sayles - February: Scherzo from Das Jahr by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, played by Sarah Rothenberg - "Cuckolds All A-row" from the Art of the Bawdy Song by the Baltimore Consort - "Joyne Hands" by Thomas Morley played by the Baltimore Consort - Quartet No. 62 in C major ("Emperor" or "Kaiser"), Op. 76, No. 3, FHE No. 42, Hoboken No. III:77 by Joseph Haydn - Symphonie Fantastique, 5th mvmt., Songe d'une nuit de sabbat by Hector Berlioz - Ornithology (1946) by Charlie Parker Septet - "Artists Only" from More Songs About Buildings and Food by the Talking Heads - String Quintet in E flat major, Op. 97 by Antonín Dvořák performed by the Emerson String Quartet For information about the resources used in this article or to find out more about Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom For lots of great Chamber Music Month content, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/arts/chamber-music-month …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 46 preview!

2014-04-29 :: Classical Classroom

Hear a 30-second preview of this week's show! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 46: Todd Reynolds defines "classical music" - sort of

2014-04-28 :: Classical Classroom

What do we mean when we say "classical music"? Sure, sure: it refers to a period of music, like "Baroque" or "Romantic". But we largely use the word as a sort of generic brand-name for a specific variety of sound. In this episode of Classical Classroom, genre-ignoring violinist Todd Reynolds attempts to define classical music. Does he succeed? Does he give up and just start talking about Prince instead? Maybe and maybe! Listen to this episode to find out. Audio production by Todd "Timbalander" Hulslander with at least 3 really good suggestions from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Third Construction by John Cage - Composition for Four Instruments by Milton Babbitt - "Pulses" from Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich - Symphony No. 41 (the "Jupiter Symphony"), Molto Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - "Happy" from G I R L by Pharrell Williams - "Let's Go Crazy" from Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution - "Crossroads" and "Taskforce: Farmlab" from Outerborough by Todd Reynolds - Fantasia in G Major, BWV 571 by Johann Sebastian Bach Todd Reynolds was a special guest of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. ABOUT THE MITCHELL CENTER The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration across the performing, visual, and literary arts. Based at the University of Houston, the Mitchell Center commissions and produces new works, presents public performances and exhibitions, offers curriculum and scholarships, and hosts residencies with renowned visiting artists from throughout the world. The Center is home to the Mitchell Artist Lecture, an annual event featuring a pioneer in contemporary art-making, as well as CounterCurrent, an annual spring festival of new performance. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five departments at UH: the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program, and Blaffer Art Museum. For more information visit www.mitchellcenterforarts.org. For more about Todd Reynolds check out his blog: www.toddreynolds.wordpress.com For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 45: Daniel Roumain's violin vs. THE violin - appropriation appreciation

2014-04-21 :: Classical Classroom

That's not a violin - it's a woodbox! Daniel Bernard Roumain talks about creative appropriation in classical music. The Haitian-American composer's creative world was cracked open when he realized that everything - including the definition of "violin" - was ripe for reinterpretation. As a kid in garage bands, he took the decidedly uncool violin and made it his own. As a classically trained musician, he brings classical music together with hip hop, rock, bluegrass, and other genres to create his signature sound. We talk about DBR's creative journey and about how innovators like John Cage have changed classical music by adding an important ingredient to the genre: imagination. Audio production by Todd "T-Dawg" Hulslander with super disco breaking by Dacia Clay. Music includes: - Lots of woodbox improvisation by Daniel Bernard Roumain - "Sonata No. 2" from Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano by John Cage, played by Boris Berman - "Sonata for Violin and Turntables, Part 1" from Woodbox Beats & Balladry by Daniel Bernard Roumain Daniel Roumain is an artist in residence with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration across the performing, visual, and literary arts. Based at the University of Houston, the Mitchell Center commissions and produces new works, presents public performances and exhibitions, offers curriculum and scholarships, and hosts residencies with renowned visiting artists from throughout the world. The Center is home to the Mitchell Artist Lecture, an annual event featuring a pioneer in contemporary art-making, as well as CounterCurrent, an annual spring festival of new performance. The Mitchell Center forms an alliance among five departments at UH: the School of Art, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre & Dance, Creative Writing Program, and Blaffer Art Museum. For more information visit www.mitchellcenterforarts.org. For even MORE information about DBR, go to www.danielroumain.com. For information about Classical Classroom and to see video of DBR performing, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 44: Speaking Bass-ese with Bassist and Composer Michael Kurth

2014-04-11 :: Classical Classroom

The bass: classical music's lonesome hero. In this episode, bassist and composer Michael Kurth gives us a glimpse into the Bizarro World of bass players. Then, he talks about why he started composing, and what inspires him, including the Pixies and ring tones. Listen, if you dare! Audio production by Todd "Toasty" Hulslander with happy whistles, clicks, and beeps from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode includes: - Music from Michael Kurth's website: www.reverbnation.com/michaelkurth - "Wave of Mutilation" from Doolittle by the Pixies …

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Classical Classroom Short: Rachel Barton Pine Rocks and Bows

2014-04-04 :: Classical Classroom

Violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, whose played with orchestras the world over and for renowned conductors, also plays in the heavy metal band Earthen Grave. In this short Classical Classroom, she talks about the most important thing her two musical loves share in common: emotional power. Audio production by Todd "Goes to 11" Hulslander with lighters in the air by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Death Is Another Word" from Earthen Grave, by Earthen Grave - Brahm's Violin Concerto, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar conducting. - "Rock You Like a Hurricane" from Love at First Sting by the Scorpions - "Ice Cream Man" from Van Halen by Van Halen - "Arpeggios from Hell" by Yngwie Malmsteen - Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Vadim Repin with Kirov Orchestra. Valery Gergiev conducting. - Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, Salvatore Accardo with London Symphony Orchestra. Sir Colin Davis conducting. - "Wasted Years" from Somewhere in Time by Iron Maiden - "Ozzy/ Black Sabbath Medley" by Rachel Barton Pine …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 43: Rachel Barton Pine on Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

2014-04-04 :: Classical Classroom

Rachel Barton Pine, classical violinist, and member of the metal band Earthen Grave, has played with orchestras all over the world, and under the baton of many renowned conductors. But in this episode of the Classical Classroom, she comes back to a piece - over, and over, and over, and over - studied by every young violin player. Rachel shows us how Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor has been interpreted by violinists across history and cultures, and how this ebullient piece is given new life by each new musician who plays it. Audio production by Todd "Toddy Ruxpin" Hulslander, with kind of creepy hovering during the editing process by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Life Carries On" from Dismal Times, by Earthen Grave - Brahm's Violin Concerto, Rachel Barton Pine with Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Carlos Kalmar conducting. - "Rock You Like a Hurricane" from Love at First Sting by the Scorpions. - "Ice Cream Man" from Van Halen by Van Halen. - Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor as performed (not necessarily in this order) by: --- Rachel Barton Pine with Gottinger Symphonie Orchester. Christoph-Mathias Mueller conducting. --- Joshua Bell with Camerata Salzburg. Roger Norrington conducting. --- Fritz Kreisler with Berlin State Opera Orchestra. Leo Blech conducting. --- Jascha Heifetz with Boston Symphony Orchestra. Sir Thomas Beecham conducting. --- Maxim Vengerov with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Kurt Masur conducting. --- Isaac Stern with Philadelphia Orchestra. Eugene Ormandy conducting. --- Henryk Szeryng with London Symphony Orchestra. Antal Dorati conducting. --- Nathan Milstein with New York Philharmonic. Bruno Walter conducting. --- Anne-Sophie Mutter with Berlin Philharmonic. Herbert von Karajan conducting. --- Itzhak Perlman by London Symphony Orchestra. Andre Previn conducting. --- Maud Powell For more information about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom For more information about Rachel Barton Pine: www.rachelbartonpine.com …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 43 preview!

2014-04-02 :: Classical Classroom

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Classical Classroom, Episode 42 preview!

2014-03-28 :: Classical Classroom

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Classical Classroom, Episode 42: Amy Bishop on Awesome Female Composers

2014-03-28 :: Classical Classroom

It's Women's History Month up in the Classroom! Houston Public Media's own Amy Bishop (see also, Episode 9: Tone Poems) teaches us all about female classical music composers, from the millennia-old ethereal sounds of Hildegard von Bingen, to the contemporary works of Jennifer Higdon. Why have so many women composed classical music but so few have become household names (yet)? We jiu jitsu that question and others in this episode! Audio production by Todd "von Toddgen" Hulslander with double-plus masterful editorial decisions by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Hildegard von Bingen: Caritas Abundat in Omnia (Love Abounds All) - Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor, Opus 7 (first movement) - Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral For more about Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. For more about Women's History Month, go to www.womenshistorymonth.gov. …

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2014-03-17 :: Classical Classroom

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Classical Classroom, Episode 41: Pretty pattern preludes with Karim Al-Zand

2014-03-13 :: Classical Classroom

Pattern preludes are enigmas inside of conundrums wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. No - wait. That's not right... Pattern preludes, according to composer Karim Al-Zand's website, are, "...pieces constrained by a single idea (usually a rhythmic or textural ostinato) through which a composer expresses a narrowly focused thought. Patterning is especially well-suited to preludes, which are by convention short, concise and introductory." Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and others wrote pattern preludes. These little pieces function as a tool by which classical music newbies can get to know a composer's style. Learn aaall about them in this episode! Audio production by Todd "Titters" Hulslander with almost zero production input from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Bach's Well Tempered Clavier C major prelude book 1 - Chopin's C major Etude, Op 10, No.1, played by Vladimir Ashkenazy - Chopin/Bach, played by Kana Mimaki - Al-Zand Pattern Prelude No. 1 (after Bach), played by DiLiberto - Schumann Album Leaves Op. 124, No. 17, played by Denes Varjon For more information about Karim Al-Zand's pattern preludes, go here: www.alzand.com/pattern …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Why we listen to Russian music on an American holiday

2014-03-12 :: Classical Classroom

Time for a research presentation. In this Classical Classroom short series, Dacia digs deep into the internets to answer pressing classical music questions and delivers them to you. In this special 4th of July edition of Classical Classroom Research Presentations, Dacia ponders why Americans listen to Russian music on their Independence Day. She uncovers the [not really so] secret history of how one man and his love of pyrotechnics made Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture the theme music for America's most patriotic celebration. Written, produced, and otherwise manhandled by Dacia Clay. …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Censored! The most dangerous music in the world!

2014-03-12 :: Classical Classroom

Time for a research presentation! In this short, Dacia explores the history of banned and censored classical music. And you thought classical music was just for elevators and nap time! Written, produced, and viciously redacted by Dacia Clay. Find our website at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: The mysterious mystery of Mozart's death

2014-03-12 :: Classical Classroom

Mozart's death is still so mysterious over two centuries later, that we couldn't help but do a Research Presentation about it. In this short, Dacia explores why his death is an unsolved mystery, and why we're still so fascinated by it. Intweeged? Hit play to find out more! Audio production by Todd "Sir Toddfried" Hulslander with much brow furrowing and consternation by Dacia Clay. For more information about the Mozart Festival radio series, go to www.themozartfestival.org. Classical 91.7 will be broadcasting the series throughout the month of October. For more about the Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Classical Music Rivalries!

2014-03-12 :: Classical Classroom

Are you ready to rumble?? Because these classical composers and musicians are. In this Classical Classroom short, learn all about how rivalries between musicians go back as far as music does, and how music is better for it. Audio production by Todd "Mr. T" Hulslander, with a mean left hook from Dacia Clay and jabs by MusicLab intern, Daniel Webbon. Music used in this episode includes: - "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)" by Bill Conti from the Rocky soundtrack - "Lithium" by Nirvana from Nevermind - "Hypnotize" by the Notorious B.I.G. from Life After Death - Overture from The Barber of Seville by Giachino Rossini - Sinfonia Veneziana: Allegro assai by Antonio Salieri - Horn Call from Act 2 of Siegfried by Richard Wagner - Music of Changes, Book 1 by John Cage - Structures by Pierre Boulez - Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven (played by Lang Lang) - "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift from Red Online at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom …

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: It's Black History Month!

2014-03-12 :: Classical Classroom

It's Black History Month! Time to learn about all of the amazing contributions that black people have made to classical music. Pay close attention because we had to talk really, really fast to fit this many people into a short. PS, You can check out our timeline of black classical music contributors on our webpage (www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom). Audio production by Todd "Troubled Island" Hulslander with barely audible suggestions from Dacia Clay. Thanks to MusicLab intern Princeton Miles for lending his dulcet tones to this episode. Thanks also to St. John Flynn and Daniel Webbon for their contributions to our timeline, and to Daniel for his music research minioning. Music in this episode includes: - Ludwig van Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 9 (Kreutzer Sonata) - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Hiawatha's Wedding Feast - William Grant Still, Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American" - George T Walker, Jr., Lilacs for voice and orchestra - Wynton Marsalis, from Blood on the Fields …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 40: Simone Dinnerstein goes Bachpacking

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks all about her educational initiative, Bachpacking, and her community initiative, Neighborhood Classics, Bach Inventions, and how Led Zeppelin is more like Bach than Jay Z. Audio production by Todd "Toddsy Turvy" Hulslander with yips of joy from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Bach Inventions, played live by Simone Dinnerstein, and from her new album, J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias - "Suit and Tie", from the 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay Z - "Misty Mountain Hop", from untitled album by Led Zeppelin For more information, www.simonedinnerstein.com …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 39: Conductor James Gaffigan on Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is dramatic, cinematic, erratic, sarcastic, and full of existential longing - according to Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan. Why is it important to listen to this symphony, the musical expression of Shostakovich's depression and anxiety as he lived under Stalin's thumb? Listen to this episode and find out! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 38: Stringed Life - on being a quartet, with Enso String Quartet

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

The Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet puts the "class" in this episode of Classical Classroom. We discuss where string quartets come from, why the instruments in a quartet go together so well, what sets Enso apart from other string quartets, and what it's like to play live (which apparently sometimes includes hitting yourself in the face and dancing to get away from bees). …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 37: George Heathco on Louis Andriessen and Alt-Classical

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Louis Andriessen is one of the most important contemporary composers you've (probably) never heard of. His work isn't widely played because he's written many pieces for varieties of ensembles that don't exist. In fact, specially created ensembles have sprung up because of Andriessen's pieces, including the famous British ensemble, Icebreaker. Guitarist, composer, and co-founder of Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, George Heathco, teaches us all about Andriessen and his contributions to the alt classical movement. Or indie classical. Or whatever you wanna call it. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 36: Catherine Lu welcomes the Year of the Horse

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto was written by two Chinese composers, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, in 1959. In honor of Chinese New Year - which begins 1/31 - Houston Public Media's Catherine Lu has come back to the Classroom to teach us all about this gorgeous piece, which was based on possibly the most tragic opera ever. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 35: Percussionist Craig Hauschildt gets fresh with Golijov's "Ayre"

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Osvaldo Golijov's "Ayre" - an amazing exercise in contrasts - is unlike any other piece you've ever heard on Classical Classroom. In fact, is it classical music?? Percussionist Craig Hauschildt (who works for a group called Da Camera that brings tons of classical music to Houston) answers that question, plus, we both try and fail at pronouncing a lot of words. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 34: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Keith Weber

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In honor of Beethoven's 240-something birthday, Keith Weber, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, and Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc., talks about just who this "Beethoven" guy was, why he was officially excused from having manners at parties, and all about his "Missa Solemnis" mass. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking "The Nutcracker" with Michael Remson and Shelly Power

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

We all know The Nutcracker, right? Wrong! In this episode of Classical Classroom, Shelly Power (director, Houston Ballet Academy) and Michael Remson (executive director, American Festival of the Arts) blow your minds with the history of the ballet and a behind-the-scenes look at the massive undertaking that putting on the show entails every year. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 32: The Making of Handel's Messiah with Robert Simpson

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Handel's Messiah is a beloved Christmas favorite. But, as Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of Houston Chamber Choir, tells us, it is oh-so-much more than the "Hallelujah" chorus. Like, 250 pages more. All of which we cover in this half-hour episode. Just kidding! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 31: The Music of Hanukkah (Chanuka? Hanuka?) with Cantor Benjamin Matis

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Happy Thanksgivukkah everyone! That's right: the Julian and the Hebrew calendars have aligned this year to create a day even more amazing than Hanukkah and more delicious than Thanksgiving. There won't be another until the year 79811! To honor this rare occasion, Cantor Benjamin Matis of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY in Long Island schools us on the history and music of Hanukkah. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 30: The Rite of Spring in Fall with Ana Maria Otamendi

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring was so revolutionary that its alien sounds literally incited a riot at its premiere. Dr. Ana Maria Otamendi, Venezuelan pianist and professor at the University of Houston tells us why! And btw, we are aware that it's Fall. But we don't even care! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 29: Wesley Horner on the intimate conversation of Beethoven's 7th

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Beethoven's 7th Symphony (Yes! We finally talk about Beethoven!) is one of independent producer, author, documentary filmmaker, and Peabody Award-winner, Wesley Horner's favorite pieces of music. In this episode, Wes takes us on an emotional journey through this masterful musical conversation. Caution: you may want to dance or weep - or dance and weep - when you listen to this. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 28: Tchaikovsky's musical biography, "Pathetique" - harbinger of doom

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Was Tchaikovsky's Symphony VI (aka "Pathetique", aka "Suicide Symphony") a suicide note or did he die of cholera as was the Official Word? You decide after this intweeging lesson with Rice University's Michael Webster! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 27: The Miseducation of Dacia Clay - midterm exam!

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

1, 2...1, 2 this is just a test... A classical music test! In this episode, Professor St. John Flynn gives Dacia an oral examination of terms she's (supposedly) learned in the last 26 episodes of Classical Classroom. Has she learned anything?? It's nail-biter! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 26: Ragging on Chopin with Richard Dowling

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

How ragtime killed the classical star! Concert pianist and entrepreneur, Richard Dowling illuminates some of Chopin's pieces by "ragging" them on the piano. It's a lesson in classical music and ragtime all rolled up in one, topped with live performances, and served with a side of fries. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 25: Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky join us - from the Afterlife! - for this special Halloween edition of the Classical Classroom. Learn about these giants of classical music in a way never before possible, in this roundtable discussion. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 24: You do what for a living! Chamber music with WindSync wind quintet

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Chamber music, performing live as a group, and how movement informs music! In this episode, WindSync wind quintet talk about all of those things and about life as a touring group. Hotel rooms are trashed (okay, not really)! Miley Cyrus is discussed (very probably)! WindSync gets schooled by tango (definitely)! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 23: Bach's materials - inside an Invention with Kurt Stallmann

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Bach's Invention No. 1 contains an entire universe of music as we learn in this episode with Kurt Stallmann, Associate Professor of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.  It gets metaphysical up in here, you guys. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 22: Classical music is hilarious! With Ira J. Black

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Classical music is seriously funny. Iconoclast Emeritus, professor, and former classical announcer Ira J. Black talks all about just how funny serious classical music can be. There are surprises, Dudley Moore, and um...more in our most hilarious episode yet. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 21: Joel Luks on the fierce and foxy flute

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

All about the flute!! Joel Luks, CultureMap Houston editorial staffer and columnist, and classically trained flutist, teaches all about the history and surprising range of the dainty, lovely, badass, whale-sound-making, beatboxing flute. He takes us from "Carmen" to Mario Brothers (and a few other places in between). …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 20: Pt 2 of 2! Nixon in China & John Adams with Michael Remson

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Hear the second part of our conversation with composer, author, educator, and Executive Director of the American Festival for the Arts, Dr. Michael Remson, about John Adams' minimalist opera, Nixon in China! In this episode: Act 2, wherein we meet the ladies. You don't want to miss Mme. Mao yelling, opera-style. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 19: Pt 1 of 2! Nixon in China & John Adams with Michael Remson

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

All about Act 1 of John Adams' minimalist opera, Nixon in China! In this episode, the first part of our conversation with composer, author, educator, and Executive Director of the American Festival for the Arts, Dr. Michael Remson. World history, music history, and singing politicians?? This episode has pretty much everything you didn't know you'd been waiting for. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 18: Why the clarinet is cat-like, & other facts with Alexandra Doyle

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

All things clarinet! In this episode, clarinetist, radio host, and Classical 91.7 MusicLab intern, Alexandra Doyle talks with Dacia. Among many things, we learn that auditioning may or may not make one pee one's pants. If you like reeds and/or David Bowie, you'll like this one. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 17: Daniel Webbon on the surprising history of the REEEEMIX!!

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

The history of the remix! In this episode, composer, jazz musician, lecturer, MusicLab intern (et cetera, et cetera...) Daniel Webbon chats with Dacia. As it turns out, Mozart was into remixing waaay before Run-DMC came along. This one's got everything from Gregorian chant to Shostakovich. You'll probably want to take notes. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 16: From Schubert to Gaga, the Unfinished Symphony with Jade Simmons

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Artists as entrepreneurs, Lady Gaga, horror movies, and Schubert! In this episode, concert pianist, author, lecturer, Huffington Post contributor, and probable superhero, Jade Simmons chats with Dacia about how Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony changed her life. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 15: Keith Weber on Agee's existential crisis in Knoxville

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915", as sung by - no, not Bryan Adams - Eleanor Steber. In this episode, Keith Weber, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, and Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc., teaches Dacia about this all-American commissioned piece. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 14: What's a "Nico Muhly" - Chris Johnson on Indie Classical

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Nico Muhly, indie classical, and the future of classical music! In this episode, Classical 91.7 announcer Chris Johnson - our first returning instructor! - comes back to the Classical Classroom.  This one isn't for the faint of heart: there are banjos! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 13: A lesson from a real live professor! Timothy Hester on Brahms

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Brahms' Opus 118 - plus the first two Intermezzos live! In this episode, Associate Professor Timothy Hester from the University of Houston Moores School of Music, teaches Dacia a bonafide lesson.  Don't miss Prof. Hester waxing nostalgic about his childhood love of Steppenwolf. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 12: The Continued Education of Tracy Jacobson - Debussy's piano works

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Debussy's piano works! In this episode, Windsync bassoonist, Tracy Jacobson, takes Dacia on her journey to continue musical education as a professional musician. She steps outside of her comfort zone and into Debussy. Come with us to Paris, talk in your museum voice, and have some wine. It'll be awesome! …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 11: Mendelssohn, love potion, and Shakespeare with Catherine Lu

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Suite from Incidental Music! In this episode, Classical 91.7 announcer and producer, and Cheeto the cat's person, Catherine Lu chats with Dacia. Learn about scherzos, nerds, and Dacia's totally plausible theory about Puck's "love potion". …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 10: Oboe playing as an x-treme sport with ROCO's Alecia Lawyer

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's Artistic Director, founder, and principal oboist, Alecia Lawyer takes Dacia inside the mind of an oboe player. In this strange world, people grow their own (bamboo), enjoy fame alongside Willie Nelson, and live on the edge without all of the annoying parachutes and bungee cords. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 9: Amy Bishop's tone poem journey through Bohemia, death, & 20's Paris

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Classical 91.7's Saturday Morning Music host and contra dancer extraordinaire, Amy Bishop takes Dacia on a journey with Smetana, Strauss, and Gershwin to learn about tone poems, invoking a surprising number of mermaids and mimes. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 8: Wes Horner on Bach, the sound of Heaven, and classical mosh pits

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, independent producer, author, documentary filmmaker, Peabody Award-winner (et cetera, et cetera...), Wesley Horner chats with Dacia about Bach's B Minor Mass and bringing classical music to people who hate wearing tuxedos. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 7: Sayles on Sayles - a composer's creative process

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Classical 91.7's Senior Recording Engineer, host of Music from the Movies, and Emmy-nominated composer, Brad Sayles talks to Dacia about his own work and the creative process of a classical music composer. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 6: Keith Weber teaches Camille Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, and Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc. Keith Weber teaches Dacia about Camille Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 5: St. John Flynn teaches Strauss' Four Last Songs

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Classical 91.7 program director St. John Flynn teaches Dacia all about Richard Strauss' "achingly beautiful" work, Four Last Songs. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 4: Brett Mitchell teaches Leitmotif in John Williams' Star Wars Score

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Brett Mitchell (former assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony) teaches Dacia all about John Williams use of leitmotif in the score to the original Star Wars movie. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 3: Daniel Webbon teaches Steve Reich's "Piano Phase" & Minimalism

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Dacia Clay talks with MusicLab intern and Moores School graduate student, Daniel Webbon, about Steve Reich's "Piano Phase" and classical music minimalism. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 2: Angela Schmidt teaches Bel Canto Aria

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Dacia Clay talks with Angela Schmidt about bel canto aria and sleepwalking, wrongly-accused hussies. …

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Classical Classroom, Episode 1: Chris Johnson teaches Vivaldi's Autumn

2014-03-10 :: Classical Classroom

In this episode, Dacia Clay talks with Chris Johnson about Vivaldi's "Autumn", and rich people having picnics. …

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Classical Classroom

Classical 91.7 audio librarian, Dacia Clay has a secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! In each episode of the Classical Classroom, classical music pros give her "homework assignments." You'll learn about everything from bel canto aria to the use of leitmotif in the score to Star Wars. Come learn with us in the Classical Classroom.

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