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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2:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Artistic Director Leaves Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon Ballet Theatre's artistic director, Christopher Stowell, has left his Portland job to return to the San Francisco Ballet as a ballet master, choreographer, and artistic director. What will the Oregon Ballet Theatre do without him? Read on to find out.
Christopher Stowell, Oregon Ballet Theatre's artistic director from July of 2003 to December 2012, is returning to San Francisco Ballet as ballet master and assistant to Helgi Tomasson, company artistic director and principal choreographer, effective August 25. "I'm so happy to officially announce that I'm returning to SFB!
JPR Classics
1:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers of a lockout if a contract deal isn't settled by July 31.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:22 pm

The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.

For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Otherwise, Gelb contends, the company could go bankrupt in two to three years.

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3:56 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Met Opera And Unions Face July 31 Contract Deadline

The Metropolitan Opera has been locked in simmering labor talks in which management asked 16 unions to accept pay cuts.
For months, the Metropolitan Opera has been locked in simmering labor talks in which management asked 16 unions to accept pay cuts, and emails between various factions were leaked to the public. Now, the New York Times reported, Met management has revealed to unions more details about its finances.
3:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Shakespeare, Mayhem and Russians are coming!

The 2014 Oregon Coast Music Festival puts an eclectic touch on classical music
COOS BAY - The three points that make up the crown jewel of the annual Oregon Coast Music Festival are set to shine this week in Coos Bay. The 36th edition of the festival winds down with classical music concerts at Marshfield on Tuesday and Saturday night, and a Pops concert Thursday.
Upcoming JPR Classics Special
10:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra July 25th at 8pm

Conductor David Robertson
Credit Dan Dreyfus

On Friday night, July 25th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the final concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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10:41 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:58 am

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JPR Classics Special Series
5:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

New C&N Series - Center Stage From Wolf Trap

Hosts Bill McGlaughlin and Rich Kleinfeldt

Beginning Sunday evening, July 6th at 7pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast Center Stage from Wolf Trap, a 26-week series of live performances from The Discovery Series of some of today's finest chamber musicians.

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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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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

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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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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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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