Lady Day at 100

Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday, aka Eleonora Fagan, aka Lady Day
April 7, 2015

Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday. Lady keeps singing the blues.

How Long Should a Conductor Stay?

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
6, 2015

I would think that there are few things more exciting and fulfilling than being at the helm of so revered an orchestra as the New York Philharmonic.

National Poetry Month: Exploring ‘Follow, Poet’

Mohammed Fairouz
Mohammed Fairouz, composer of 'Follow, Poet' embraces poetry in music, not as a second thought, but as a catalyst for composition.
April 6, 2015

National Poetry Month kicks off on Classical 101 with an album review to be followed by special programming on air and a world premiere in Indianapolis.

You Can Join a Musical Sit-in

Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, head of the guitar department at Cleveland Institute of Music, teaches students the world over online.
6, 2015

Ever wish you could sit in with a group of professional musicians and play Mozart? Now you can.

Critic Andrew Porter Dies

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Andrew Porter
April 3, 2015

The British music critic Andrew Porter died on April 2nd at the age of 86.

Mozart Minute: A Pianist Talks Shop with Mozart

color image of a portrait of Mozart in which he wears a bright red coat
Catch The Mozart Minute every Friday at noon during the Amadeus Deli, and listen to The Mozart Minute podcast at
April 3, 2015

Find out what one pianist of Mozart’s day had to say about Mozart’s playing – and what Mozart had to say about his.

Joaquin Rodrigo’s Final Guitar Concerto on Next Fretworks

Ricardo Gallen playing guitar
Music by Ricardo Gallen on this Saturday's Fretworks.
April 2, 2015

For the next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7, I’ll have this relatively unfamiliar concerto for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo with soloist Ricardo Gallen and the Asturias Symphony conducted by Maximiano Valdes.

Haydn Symphony and Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto on Symphony @ 7

Ben Ben in London
London is calling tonight on Symphony @7.
April 2, 2015

Thursday evening on Symphony @ 7, the two musical works for the hour are Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in Bb and the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Carbon Fiber Beats Wood at Instrument Competition

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Mexxo-forte's award-winning carbon fiber violin.
1, 2015

Carbon fiber composites have strengthened aircraft and spacecraft for many years, as well as sailing vessels competing for the America’s Cup. Now it has entered the concert hall.

St. Matthew Passion on Good Friday, Only on Classical 101

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
March 30, 2015

Listen to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Rene Jacobs, this Friday evening at 7, on Classical 101.