JPR Classics

Best of 2013
7:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013

Classical albums we loved this year.
NPR Denise DeBelius

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 6:42 am

The year may have suffered a couple of black eyes in the form of shuttered opera companies and orchestras in labor disputes, but as far as recordings go, don't let anyone tell you classical music is dying — the music and musicians are thriving.

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JPR Classics Special
9:38 am
Wed December 4, 2013

C&N Special: Keeping Score - 13 Days When Music Changed Forever

Singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega hosts Keeping Score, with help from conductor Michael Tilson Thomas

JPR's Classics & News Service presents a special classical music documentary series from WFMT called Keeping Score - 13 Days When Music Changed Forever.

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New Year's Day Specials
1:13 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

JPR's Classics & News Service Rings In '14 With Live Concerts From Vienna And Boston

On Wednesday, January 1st, at 8am, get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! JPR's Classics & News Service will take you to Vienna for The Vienna Philharmonic's annual salute to the waltz.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
3:59 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Rogue Valley Symphony: Behind The Scenes

A native of Bratislava, Slovakia, Martin Majkut was hired as conductor of the RVS orchestra in 2010.
Christopher Briscoe Photography

Violin cases and coats lay scattered on dozens of empty seats in the recital hall at Southern Oregon University.  Under the bright stage lights, dozens of musicians laugh and greet friends they haven't seen in months. 

The first rehearsal of the Rogue Valley Symphony's 2013-2014 season is about to begin.

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Saturday Morning Opera
9:56 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Metropolitan Opera's 83rd Season Debuts December 7th

Nathan Gunn (left) as Papageno in Mozart's "The Magic Flute."
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

On December 7th at 10am, JPR's Classics & News Service is proud to kick off the Metropolitan Opera's 83rd season of Saturday broadcasts with Verdi's Rigoletto. This year, all broadcasts begin at 10am.

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
4:16 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Carnegie Hall Live: Arcangelo Friday Night 8pm

Friday night at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring the ensemble Arcangelo.

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3:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Composer John Tavener (1944-2013)

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The composer of such memorable pieces as The Protecting Veil, The Lamb, and the beautiful Song for Athene has passed away at the age of 69.
Sir John Tavener, one of the leading British composers of the past 50 years, has died at the age of 69. Sir John was known for music that drew on his deep spirituality. In 1992, The Protecting Veil topped the classical charts for several months and in 1997 his Song For Athene was played at the funeral of Princess Diana.
Live Session Archive
3:54 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Zemlinsky String Quartet Live Session

Zemlinsky String Quartet
Qamuuqin Maxwell

Since its founding in 1994, The Zemlinsky String Quartet has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. The ensemble is named after the Austrian composer, conductor and teacher Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942), whose enormous contribution to Czech, German and Jewish culture during his 16-year stay in Prague was underestimated for decades. His four string quartets (the second one being dedicated to his student and brother-in-law Arnold Schönberg) belong to the basic repertoire of the ensemble.

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10:33 am
Mon November 4, 2013

The Best Insults In Classical Music

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Throughout classical music history, composers haven't always been on their best behavior when referring to other composers. Here are some of the "best" insults.
Discover 21 of the best insults in classical music at Classic FM. Learn more about the best artists, composers and pieces on Discover Music
9:07 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Another Crack in Classical Music's Glass Ceiling

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In September, conductor Marin Alsop became the first woman to conduct "Last Night at the Proms" in their 118 year history. She has led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (the 1st woman ever to lead a major American orchestra) since 2007 and is a frequent contributor to NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Corrine Cox, not a classical musician, has been inspired by Alsop's struggle against the male-dominated world of classical music.
Simply put, Marin Alsop has inspired me. Not to follow some long suppressed dream of becoming a conductor, but something more than that; to pursue my goals no matter what the odds. Because the odds were most definitely not in Alsop's favour.

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