JPR Classics

Upcoming JPR Classics Special
9:41 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Takács Quartet Jan 24th At 8pm

Carnegie Hall Live features The Takács Quartet on January 24th.
Credit Patrick Ryan

On Friday night, January 24th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring the Takács Quartet.

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More Studies Made On Kids & Classical Music
3:11 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Mozart Effect ... Revisited

Credit Flattop341 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1657626179/

Remember when the original Mozart Effect study came out in the '90s that claimed exposing babies to classical music (even in the womb) would make them smarter? That study has been expanded, but according to a recent article in The Guardian, it's really hard to measure. Read all about it here.

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New Opera
6:53 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan.
Prototype Opera Festival

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 9:53 am

Mukhtar Mai is from a small tribal village in Pakistan. In 2002, her brother was accused of sexually molesting a woman from a wealthy land-owning clan. What happened next was horrifying, says singer and composer Kamala Sankaram.

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11:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

By The Numbers: The World Of Classical Music

Want to take a stab at who the busiest conductor was over the past year? Or the top female in classical music? The folks at BachTrack have been compiling the stats on classical music over the past year, and some of it's pretty fascinating. Well, it's more fascinating than fantasy football league stats! Check it out.
For the fourth year running at Bachtrack, we've taken a look through our extensive database of classical music, opera and dance events worldwide, and drawn together a few of the most interesting statistics to emerge from them all.
Q&A with Lang Lang & Gary Graffman
5:19 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

Pianist Lang Lang sits down with his own revered mentor Gary Graffman, to discuss what makes great teachers — and bad ones.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 9:52 am

The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. A teacher is part mentor, part manager — even a parental figure.

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Recordings
4:13 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Music At The End

When I was a student at university, I earned extra money by singing in a church choir and at a temple. As part of my duties, I often took part in services to mark the passing of a member of the congregation. Sometimes family members had specific music they wanted to hear; when they didn’t know what to choose, the rabbi or minister would select something he deemed appropriate, like Handel’s “The Trumpet Shall Sound” or Copland’s arrangement of “At the River.” The music was beautiful, but mostly I sang to make a little extra money. I didn’t think too much about the deeper meaning of the piece. I was paid to help people honor a life, but it wasn’t personal.

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3:40 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Simon Rattle, Davies, Hough Receive Rare Honors

Three prominent classical musicians, including conductor Sir Simon Rattle, composer Peter Maxwell-Davis & pianist Stephen Hough were recently honored with awards from Queen Elizabeth II.
The outgoing Berlin Philharmonic conductor has been appointed to the Order of Merit in Britain's New Year's Honours List. The OM is restricted to 24 living individuals at any given time. Rattle is the first musician of his generation to be included.
Leon Berliner 1935-2013
12:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Leon Berliner Takes His Last Bow

Leon Berliner in his cd library
Credit North Coast Journal

Jefferson Public Radio lost a longtime listener, supporter, underwriter and friend when Leon Berliner passed away December 15th. But if he were here today, he’d tell you he left this world exactly when he wanted to:  just in time to wish Beethoven a happy birthday.

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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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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)

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

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

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.
San Francisco Opera
4:02 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Saturday Opera Offers Alternative Story Of Jesus and Mary

Yeshua (Nathan Gunn), with Mary Magdalene (Sasha Cooke)

On Saturday morning at 10, JPR will present the radio broadcast premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Mark Adamo, performed by the San Francisco Opera.

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JPR Classics
11:09 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Classical Music's Women Problem?

Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.
Klaus Lefebvre Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:36 am

Close your eyes, and you may think that this is 1913. In the past few days, the classical music community has been set aflame by recent comments from three prominent male conductors who are — steel yourself — actually saying that women are not capable of standing on the podium.

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JPR Classics
9:20 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

It's Been A Really Bad Week For Classical Music

In Minneapolis, demonstrations in support of musicians have drawn regular support during the yearlong Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute.
Euan Kerr Minnesota Public Radio

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 3:36 pm

The world of classical music has had a very turbulent week. Carnegie Hall's labor dispute with its stagehands led to the cancellation of its opening-night gala.

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