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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 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

Classical Music in Pop Culture

In Episode 11: Mendelssohn, "love potion", and Shakespeare with Catherine Lu, we asked for you to send in examples of classical music that's deeply engrained in our cultural fabric. Listener Josh W. wrote in with a ton of examples. If you have more, let us know!

July 30, 2013

Great topic ideas from a listener, and why I should be more like Terry Gross

Ideas from listener Jim:

OK, here's a couple of ideas:
– Perfect pitch
– What's the latest on our understanding of the secrets of Stradivarius violins?  Materials, construction, techniques…
– Current trends in classical music
– Mozart's complex simplicity
– History of the Houston Symphony

Thought: I have never been able to figure out what your first name is.  A lot of the NPR announcers are playing 'branding' games with the way they say their names and/or the names of their shows – the most notable example being the stylistic way Gross says 'Fresh Air.'  Maybe consider how quickly you do (or do not) say your name and the name of your show.

– Jim

July 15, 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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