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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.
Classical Classroom, Episode 14: What’s a “Nico Muhly”? Chris Johnson on Indie Classical
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!
More orchestral instruments, please!
Hi there Dacia!
I found this production on iTunes. One episode I liked in particular was Episode 10 with Alecia Lawyer in which she guides us through several passages important to the oboe. I think it would be neat to have a many more episodes like this for all of the major orchestral instruments. Are there any more episodes like this in the pipeline?
– Matthew F.
Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Why we listen to Russian music on an American holiday
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.
Classical Classroom, Episode 13: A lesson from a real live professor! Timothy Hester on Brahms
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.
Query from a Canadian on Canada Day!
I just want to say THANK YOU from Toronto, Canada. I recently found your podcast and absolutely love the sessions! I'm not sure if this is possible but I think it would be really useful to know what piece we'd be learning about next time. That way I can prepare as you do.
Looking forward to your sessions!
Classical Classroom, Episode 12: The Continued Education of Tracy Jacobson – Debussy’s piano works
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!
Classical Classroom, Episode 11: Mendelssohn, “love potion”, and Shakespeare with Catherine Lu
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".
Classical Classroom, Episode 10: Oboe playing as an x-treme sport with ROCO’s Alecia Lawyer
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.
Classical Classroom, Episode 9: Amy Bishop goes on a tone poem journey through Bohemia, death, and 1920’s Paris
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.
Classical Classroom, Episode 8: Wesley Horner on Bach’s B Minor Mass, the sound of Heaven, and classical music mosh pits
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.
Classical Classroom, Episode 7: Sayles on Sayles – a composer’s creative process
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.
Hey there! Glad you made it.
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