JPR Classics

JPR Classics is a place to come for all things classical in the State of Jefferson.  We'll honor our rich classical heritage while looking to the future, showcasing inspired performances by the next generation of classical musicians. The classics live on JPR!

The last time New York's Metropolitan Opera presented a work written by a woman was 113 years ago. It's a drought that lasted longer than the years between the Cubs' World Series victories. That situation has finally been rectified this week with the New York premiere of the opera L'Amour de Loin by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

Andrew Norman Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

Nov 30, 2016

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

Dec 1 T Franz Xaver Richter*: Trumpet Concerto
Dec 2 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2

Dec 5 M Francesco Geminiani*: Cello Sonata in D minor
Dec 6 T Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker
Dec 7 W Hermann Goetz*: Waldmärchen
Dec 8 T Jean Sibelius*: Belshazzar’s Feast
Dec 9 F Nicolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 3

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

On December 3rd at 10am, JPR's Classics & News Service will kick off the Metropolitan Opera's 86th season of Saturday broadcasts with Puccini's Manon Lescaut. All broadcasts begin at 10am.

Joyce DiDonato is one of the most acclaimed opera singers of her generation; this year, she won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Her latest album, In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music, is a collection of baroque arias from the 17th and 18th centuries divided into two sections — one addressing war, the other, peace.

Dario Acosta

On Saturday morning, November 5th, world renowned soprano Deborah Voigt dropped by the JPR studios for a conversation with Eric Teel during the first intermission of the JPR Saturday Morning Opera.

Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto.

As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he wrote his concerto with and for. (More on that later.)

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

Nov 1 T Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from Mlada
Nov 2 W John Foulds*: Music-Pictures Group III
Nov 3 T George Frideric Handel: Suite in A major
Nov 4 F Hector Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from “Les Troyens”

A Listener's Guide To The Ghosts That Haunt Opera

Oct 31, 2016

Do you believe in ghosts? The age-old question pops up this time of year when Halloween looms — the answer for opera composers seems to be a resounding "yes." Many of them, from Mozart to Corigliano, have given ghosts a few choice moments on stage. Operatic apparitions arrive suddenly in the middle of the night, crash dinner parties or do their ghostly duty simply by playing tricks on the minds of the living.

Eric Teel

The Danish String Quartet is at the core of the classical music world. On a daily basis they delve deeply into works by great masters such as Beethoven and Mozart, but also the occasional folk gig. Over the years they've been fortunate to study in many different places in master classes with renowned teachers and have had opportunities to perform in major concert halls across the world.

The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of Peter Allen, their radio announcer for 29 years. Peter became the host of the Metropolitan Opera Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts on January 4, 1975, succeeding Milton Cross, who had been the series’ announcer since its inception in 1931. With his deep knowledge and love of opera, Peter was the enlivening host for our broadcasts until his retirement in 2004. In addition, he was a beloved colleague and friend to all the members of the company who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music

Oct 12, 2016

Brian Eno. David Bowie. Kraftwerk. Radiohead. Aphex Twin. The National. These are just some of the contemporary artists and bands who have looked up to American composer Steve Reich.

First Listen: John Adams, 'Scheherazade.2'

Sep 27, 2016

Violence against women is no modern tragedy. Composer John Adams found that out when he saw an exhibition about the tales of the Arabian Nights — ancient stories in which Scheherazade tells her murderous husband a new tantalizing tale each night for 1001 nights, thus sparing her life a day at a time. The composer, writing in Scheherazade.2's booklet notes, says he was surprised by how many of the stories included women suffering brutality.

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

Oct 3 M Franz Schubert: Rondo in A major
Oct 4 T Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Oct 5 W Domenico Cimarosa: Concerto for Two Flutes
Oct 6 T Karol Szymanovski*: Violin Concerto No. 2
Oct 7 F Franz Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan

Talk to nearly any classical music critic about heroes of the trade and one name usually comes up: Virgil Thomson. Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times advises: "Every practicing and aspiring critic today should read Thomson's exhilarating writings."

From Trash To Triumph: The Recycled Orchestra

Sep 15, 2016

When you think of an orchestra, you're probably picturing refined woodwoods, brass, and strings. But one ensemble I recently met is made up mostly of kids who play instruments made out of literal trash. This is the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, and their group is the subject of a new documentary film.

First Listen: Pretty Yende, 'A Journey'

Sep 9, 2016

As a 16-year-old, Pretty Yende was sitting with her parents in their rural South African home watching TV when a British Airways ad came on. As the sweet music swelled and voices intertwined, Yende was mesmerized. The only problem: She had no idea what to call the beautiful music she'd just heard.

Beginning Sunday evening, October 2nd, JPR's Classics & News Service will begin airing the new season of weekly programs called Concerts from the Library of Congress.

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

Sep 1 T Johann Pachelbel*: Chaconne in F minor
Sep 2 F Alphons Diepenbrock*: Lydian Nights

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