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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 100th birthday earlier this year. In a performance of Ravel's Boléro, the orchestra presented a few members of a new generation of players eager to take the music into a new century. They were members of the BSO's OrchKids program, onstage at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to play right alongside regular orchestra musicians.

You often don't think of opera at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. Tonight that changes: Charlie Parker's Yardbird gets its New York premiere there. It's an opera about the jazz saxophonist on the very stage where Parker played in his lifetime.

The opera's Swiss-born composer Daniel Schnyder is a jazz saxophone player himself, who is also classically trained. He wants to combine his two favorite kinds of music.

Featured Works for April – First Concert
(*Indicates April birthday)

Apr 1 F April Fool’s Day Special

Apr 4 M Ernest Chausson*: Poème

Apr 5 - 12 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 13 W William Sterndale Bennett*: Piano Concerto No. 1
Apr 14 T Roy Harris: Symphony No. 6, “Gettysburg”
Apr 15 F Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 23

Meet Cuba's All-Female Orchestra

Mar 29, 2016

The Show-Stopping Singing Of Javier Camarena

Mar 28, 2016

In our jobs, when we're told to redo something, it usually means we've made a mistake. That's not the case for Javier Camarena. Earlier this month at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the tenor had the chance to retake an aria during a performance of Donizetti's Don Pasquale because the audience went bonkers after the first time he sang it.

An Iraq War Opera Finds A Vein Of Empathy

Mar 21, 2016

LA Philharmonic's 'Common Man' For Colbert

Mar 16, 2016

British Composer Peter Maxwell Davies Dies At 81

Mar 14, 2016

Prolific and multifaceted British composer and conductor Peter Maxwell Davies died Monday at age 81 at his home in the Orkney Islands, off the northern coast of Scotland. His death, from leukemia, was reported on the websites of both his publisher and his management company.

Remembering Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Mar 7, 2016

Widely influential conductor and early-music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died at age 86 in the Austrian village of St. Georgen im Attergau, near Salzburg.

Late last year, I received another set of all of Beethoven’s symphonies and a student working here at JPR heard my sighs and asked what prompted them. I explained that we had been given yet another recording in a decades old tradition of one conductor recording all nine symphonies of Beethoven and our space is limited. Being an intelligent young man, he asked how I decide whether it is worth holding on to and since the station has many recordings of the same thing, how I determine what recordings go on the air.

March Featured Works - First Concert
(*Indicates March birthday)

March 1  T  George Frideric Handel:  Concerto Grosso “Alexander’s Feast
March 2  W  Bedrich Smetana*:  Richard III
March 3  T  Federico Moreno Torroba*:  Concierto en Flamenco
March 4  F  Antonio Vivaldi*:  Concerto in D major

Eric Teel

Ana Vidović is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidović has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis and beyond.

This story was inspired by a question at an insanely hard Oscars trivia night in Los Angeles last year: Which family has the most Oscar nominations?

Beginning Sunday evening, March 6th at 7pm, JPR's Classics & News Service presents TALOA - An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers.

On Friday, April 1st at 9am, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast a special one-hour program called Igudesman & Joo: You Just Have To Laugh.

When Franz Liszt wrote The Fountains of the Villa d'Este, he added a Latin quotation from the Gospel of St. John. It says: "But the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life." That composition is featured on the newest album by French pianist Helene Grimaud, called Water.

Britt’s 2016 Britt Orchestra season begins early, with two days of concerts at Crater Lake National Park on July 29 and 30, featuring a world premiere commission by Michael Gordon that is inspired by the Park.

A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music

Feb 8, 2016

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