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There’s a rumor going around that classical music is hoity toity. At the Classical Classroom podcast, we beg to differ. Come learn with classical music newbie Dacia Clay and the music experts she invites into the Classical Classroom.
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Classical Classroom, Episode 21: Joel Luks on the fierce and foxy flute

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).

September 6, 2013

Fan Ideas!

Here's a letter from Joanie in Lakewood, Ohio:

Hi Dacia,

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 30, 2013

Classical Classroom, Episode 19: Pt 1 of 2! Nixon in China & John Adams & minimalist opera (oh my!) with Michael Remson

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.

August 23, 2013

Trombonists make good suggestions, too!

Listener Matt W., a trombonist from Lousiana writes:

Hi Dacia!
I love your podcast, Classical Classroom.  It is excellent, excellent stuff.  
I think you would really like Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique.  The fourth and fifth movements are like the Alice Cooper and Gwar of the nineteenth century.  Plus it has a great background story that I think would work well on the program.
I would like to make a small request, too.  I wish you would give credit to the orchestra, conductor, or other performers directly on the show.  The Saint Saens and the Debussy podcasts were great because your guests brought up the musicians themselves.
Keep up the great work!
Matt W.

August 13, 2013

Hey there! Glad you made it.

There are no dumb questions here – only uninformed ones asked with inexplicable confidence. And panache!


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