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!

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.

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.

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.

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

Bela Fleck Live Session

Apr 29, 2014
Qamuuqin Maxwell

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.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Apr 19, 2014

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.

In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Mar 27, 2014

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.

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."

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Mar 15, 2014

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.

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. 

Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados

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.

Fiddler On The Slopes

Feb 15, 2014

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.

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.

Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro

Feb 4, 2014

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

Jan 27, 2014

"New classical music is well and alive," Brad Wells, director of the vocal collective Roomful of Teeth, said yesterday as he accepted his Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

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