December 4, 2013 5:21 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 32: The Making of Handel's Messiah with Robert Simpson
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!
November 27, 2013 1:12 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 31: The Music of Hanukkah (Chanuka? Hanuka?) with Cantor Benjamin Matis
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.
November 22, 2013 5:22 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 30: The Rite of Spring in Fall with Ana Maria Otamendi
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!
November 15, 2013 3:33 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 29: Wesley Horner on the intimate conversation of Beethoven's 7th Symphony
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.
November 8, 2013 4:38 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 28: Tchaikovsky's musical biography, "Pathetique" - harbinger of doom?
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!
November 1, 2013 5:03 pm
Classical Classroom, Episode 27: The Miseducation of Dacia Clay - midterm exam!
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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November 22, 2013 6:10 pm
John <3's Beethoven
A little history on this one: Listener John S. has written in a couple of times wanting to know why we weren't covering Beethoven!? When we posted last week's episode, I had a feeling I might hear from him. :)
Congrats! I was so excited to find the Beethoven episode. And that was an excellent choice-- the 7th symphony 2nd movement is very famous, and rightly so I think! I'm glad you were able to get a sense of Beethoven's depth, or profundity. I hope there will be many more-- you have so much good music to get to know!!
PS-- too bad you didn't have more time. The whole 7th symphony is full of wonderful melodies and rhythms, and the last few seconds are like pure joy.
November 15, 2013 4:05 pm
Classical Music in the News
John Tavener, a classical music composer who recorded on the Beatles Apple label, passed away earlier this week.
November 6, 2013 3:14 pm
Election day was yesterday. Results are still trickling in from some polling locations, and run-off elections are in motion. Candidate yard signs are everywhere. The news is chock full o' who won what office and who lost. It all makes me wonder: What would Beethoven do? Or Mozart? Or Tchaikovsky? What does classical music have to say about poltics? As it turns out, a lot. Check out these resources to find out more!
October 18, 2013 5:03 pm
Spoooky Classical Music!
Happy Halloweeeeen everyone! Here at Classical Classroom, we really get in to the holidays. We just love this time of year. Mostly because it is no longer 100 degrees outside and we can wear long sleeves again. But also because everybody gets so festive. It's so awesome to see everyone get into the spirit of things that it makes us want to listen to music! I found some great articles about spooky classical music for Halloween that will help you get your creep on. Check it out!
October 9, 2013 5:45 pm
Really, I just think it's cool that we have a fan in Argentina
I'm from Argentina and just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your podcasts about classical music. Isn't the internet great?
August 30, 2013 5:06 pm
Here's a letter from Joanie in Lakewood, Ohio:
A possible future program might be an interview with a Mozart-Lover. I've heard that Mozart's works were often understood by him complete in his head all-at-once and that he hurried to write them down, no corrections. Wow. Also Baroque music, some say, seems to put your head together in an orderly way. Why? Is this mathematical? Physiological? Might be a great show.
Thanks for your podcasts, Dacia. (Are you listening to any classical music now that you have interviewed all the experts? Or is it still Rock music all the way?!!!!)
August 21, 2013 5:27 pm
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