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
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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JPR Classics
4:36 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) presents the "Hero of Labour" award to conductor Valery Gergiev, head of the Mariinsky Theatre.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:10 am

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JPR Classics
2:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 12:52 pm

"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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Britt Festivals
9:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Britt Announces 2014 Classical Season

Banjoist Bela Fleck performs his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra on August 8th

Britt Festivals' 2014 classical festival will strike out in new and adventurous directions under new Music Director Teddy Abrams, with guests soloists including banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, and a complete performance of Mahler's massive Symphony Number 1.

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JPR Classics
12:15 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal

Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

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10:42 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Marilyn Horne: Opera's Agile Advocate Turns 80

American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 2:44 pm

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9:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Violinist Pays A Huge Price For Failure To Declare Instrument

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Well this doesn't seem right. The Canadian Border Services seized an antique violin from the concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for failing to declare the instrument when flying back into the country. They held on to the instrument for several weeks, and fined him a pretty outrageous sum. It's kind of like someone taking my microphone away.
One of Canada's most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments. Yosuke Kawasaki claims when he was crossing the border into Canada in 2012 the CBSA wrongfully seized his $385,000 violin and three bows worth $90,000, $6,800 and $2,000 each.
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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11:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

By The Numbers: The World Of Classical Music

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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

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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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