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!

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JPR Classics
4:09 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

University of Oregon Honors Rogue Valley Musician Lynn Sjolund

The University of Oregon Alumni Association has selected renowned music educator Mr. Lynn Sjolund as its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor the UO bestows upon alumni.  Sjolund will be recognized at the university’s Commencement exercises on June 16, and at a dinner for Commencement guests on June 15.

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JPR Classics
2:35 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents

The 85 musicians in the Santa Cecilia Orchestra are paid professionals who play with other symphonies and in Hollywood studios.
Courtesy of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 6:53 am

Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. She heard about the orchestra when some of the musicians visited her school.

"I brought my dad, my stepmom," she says, "my sister, my brother and my sister's cousin ..."

That's the thing about this orchestra, says conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega: The children are bringing the parents.

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
2:43 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra May 23rd at 8pm

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Performs Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto May 23rd with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

On Friday night, May 23rd at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

One of Germany's outstanding orchestra brings both a great conductor and soloist on a visit to Carnegie Hall - Conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Symphony with pianist Mitsuko Uchido in a performance of Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto, plus the Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovich.

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JPR Classics
11:14 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Played In Oregon To Feature Britt Orchestra May 17th

Britt's 2014 Classical Season Opens August 1st Under New Music Director Teddy Abrams
Credit Josh Morell

On Saturday, May 17th at Played in Oregon will feature a performance of the Symphony No.5 of Dmitri Shostakovich recorded last August at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville under the direction of then Music Director candidate (and now Music Director) Teddy Abrams.

Played in Oregon, with host Brandi Parisi, celebrates the music and music makers of the live classical music scene in Oregon. The one-hour weekly program airs every Saturday afternoon at 2pm, following the conclusion of our weekly opera broadcast.

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2014 Lyric Opera Season
10:59 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Lyric Opera Of Chicago Returns Sat. May 17th

Marina Rebeka stars as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata on June 7th

Beginning Saturday, May 17th at 10am, JPR welcomes the return of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Live Session Archive
3:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Bela Fleck Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 5-13-2014

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are many who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations.

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JPR Classics
11:06 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with an homage to the sea called Become Ocean.
Evan Hurd Photography

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:55 pm

John Luther Adams, whose music is inspired by — and sometimes performed in — natural landscapes, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his symphonic work Become Ocean.

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JPR Classics
11:26 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Conductor Jeffrey Grogan led a motley — but very happy — assembly of professional, student and amateur musicians at the New Jersey Symphony's #OrchestraYou project in Newark, N.J. Saturday.
Fred Stucker Courtesy of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:24 pm

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
10:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The Atlanta Symphony May 2nd at 8pm

Conductor Robert Spano Leads the Atlanta Symphony

On Friday night, May 2nd at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Atlanta Symphony.

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JPR Classics Special Series
10:38 am
Fri March 21, 2014

New Music from Bowling Green: Sunday Evenings at 7pm

Brad Cresswell hosts Living American Composers: New Music from Bowling Green Sunday evenings at 7pm on the Classics & News Service

JPR's Classics & News Service presents a special classical series from WFMT called Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm through June.

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JPR Classics
12:02 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying."
David Sauer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 12:29 pm

Dolora Zajick discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. "That's when I discovered I had a voice," she tells Fresh Air host Terry Gross, "and I actually had a crack at a singing career. And I decided to take the chance."

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JPR Classics
5:48 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR's Studio 1.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 8:39 am

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.

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JPR Classics
5:42 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Gerard Mortier, A Polarizing Impresario Who Transformed Opera

Belgian opera impresario Gerard Mortier in Germany in 2003. He died Saturday at age 70.
Volker Hartmann AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 10:55 am

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
3:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The English Concert March 21st at 8pm

The English Concert

On Friday night, March 21st at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The English Concert. 

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9:30 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Century-old Music Mystery Solved

Lead in text: 
Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados
Century-old Music Mystery Solved Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados Walter Clark searched for two decades for the original version of the opera "Maria del Carmen" by Enrique Granados. RIVERSIDE, Calif.
JPR Classics
5:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.
Luke Ratray Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:02 pm

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
11:34 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Philadelphia Orchestra Feb 28th at 8pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra Feb. 28th

On Friday night, February 28th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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JPR Classics
7:55 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Fiddler On The Slopes

Violinist-turned-Olympian Vanessa-Mae checks out her fellow skiers in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 10.
Clive Rose Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 2:08 pm

Classical music has managed to take center stage at sports events in the last few weeks. Soprano Renée Fleming sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl two weekends ago.

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JPR Classics
7:48 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the pilot of Mozart in the Jungle as a hyper-charming young conductor on the rise.
Courtesy of Amazon

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 2:08 pm

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
1:19 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Boston Symphony Orchestra Feb 14th at 8pm

Maestro Bernard Haitink conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra Friday night, February 14th at 8pm.

On Friday night, February 14th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bernard Haitink.

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