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Musical Dances, a Carnival, and a Chaconne on Fretworks

12:50PM
September
25, 2014

This week on Fretworks, a program devoted primarily to the classical guitar, we’ll start with a lot of mandolins for a Slavonic Dance by Antonin Dvorak with the Toulouse Mandolin Ensemble. Then Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang performs Fransisco Tarrega’s Variations on the Carnival of Venice.

Introducing Essential Classics

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Essential Classics joins Classical 101 Monday nights at 7
12:48PM
September 8, 2014

Essential Classics is a new program, Monday nights at 7 on Classical 101 beginning September 8

Alive Inside: A Very Special Film

Henry, an Alzheimer's patient listens to music as a form of therapy, in a scene from Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory.
Henry, an Alzheimer's patient listens to music as a form of therapy, in a scene from Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory.
10:34AM
September
5, 2014

Alive Inside is a film by Michael Rosato-Bennet, to presenting the work of Dan Cohen, who uses music to stimulate minds lost to Alzheimer’s disease

Catch “the Spirit of the Mountains” on The American Sound

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Catch "the spirit of the mountains" on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday on Classical 101.
1:40PM
August
28, 2014

An Ohio native, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick doesn’t know about mountain climbing. But she does know about the effect that mountains can have on you – and it is unlike anything else.

Let’s Talk About Michael Tippett

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Sir Michael Tippett broke the mold in music and in life
1:54PM
August 27, 2014

Composer Michael Tippett (1905-1998) wrote music of quantity and quality. Seek out A Child of Our Time

Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

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Heitor Villa-Lobos (center) at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
1:19PM
August 14, 2014

This Saturday evening on Fretworks, I’ll have the Guitar Concerto from Brazil’s best-known composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was written for Andres Segovia, who gave the first performance of this popular work in 1956. We’ll hear the Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez in a recording with the English Chamber Orchestra.

A Danish Affirmation of Life from Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva

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Carl Nielsen listening to the rehersal of Saul og David in Gothenburg in 1928.
2:48PM
August 13, 2014

Danish composer Carl Nielsen spoke of the first movement of his Sinfonia espansiva as “a gust of energy and life-affirmation blown out into the wide world,” and called the finale of his Third Symphony “a hymn to work and the healthy activity of everyday life.”

Classical Burnout: Don’t Lose Your Love For Music

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1:46PM
August
13, 2014

Young people are burning out studying music. Must one study music to love music?

A Bilingual Classical Music Experience Saturday On Classical 101

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Join Classical 101 Saturday's at 8pm for Concierto!
1:21PM
August
13, 2014

Listen to Classical 101’s newest program, Concierto, Saturday nights at 8. It’s a weekly celebration of the Latin contribution to classical music. And you can hear it each week in English and in Spanish. This week in anticipation of a historic visit to the US by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, hear the orchestra [...]

Music in the Midst of Conflict

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Soldiers take a banjo break from the fighting.
11:05AM
August
12, 2014

Is there ever a place where music is not welcome?