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21. Classical Classroom, Episode 48: The Texas Tenors Teach Tenor Types

Classical Classroom, Episode 48: The Texas Tenors Teach Tenor Types

How, exactly, does one know that he is a "light lyric tenor" or a "Spinto tenor" or a "dramatic tenor"? Is there like, a Tenor Task Team? Two members of the Texas Tenors - JC Fisher and John Hagen - teach the types of tenor to us. We also learn about "classical crossover" music and why it is a gateway drug, turning innocent classical music newbies into addicts by the thousands. Audio production by Todd "Tenortastic" Hulslander with scads of squillo from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "La donna è mobile", by The Three Tenors, from the Three Tenors in Concert, Los Angeles, 1994 - "Celeste Aida", by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Giuseppe Giacomini - Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Luciano Pavarotti (James Levine on piano) - Otello, by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Placido Domingo - “Principe più non se” from La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini, performed by Juan Diego Florez with Los Angeles Philharmonic - "Vesti la Giubba" from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, performed by Luciano Pavarotti - La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, performed Andrea Bocelli - "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Franco Corelli - "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, performed by the Texas Tenors For more about the Texas Tenors: ww.thetexastenors.com For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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22. Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 134: Classical Out Of The Blue, With Jherek Bischoff

Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 134: Classical Out Of The Blue, With Jherek Bischoff

How strange (and awesome) it is to be Jherek Bischoff at all. This composer, arranger, performer, and producer began his musical journey playing prog rock on bass guitar. After spending years of his youth on a boat, which his family sailed around the world playing music with locals as they went, he toured and recorded with indie rock and experimental bands. Then one day, he heard a piece of classical music that changed his life forever. Suddenly, he found himself composing for chamber groups and orchestras, learning a whole new musical and cultural language. Hear all about his journey into classical music, his interview with Terry Gross, and his new album (which was born inside of a cistern), in this episode. Music in this episode from Bischoff’s upcoming album Cistern (release: July 15, 2016). For more about Jherek and Cistern, go to www.jherekbischoff.com. Audio production by Todd “Tiramisu” Hulslander with doggy paddling by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Thanks to George Heathco for the MusicWorks theme music. For more about his music: www.soundcloud.com/george-heathco

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23. Classical Classroom, Ep. 146: Get Out The Note! Politics In Music With Victoria Bond

Classical Classroom, Ep. 146: Get Out The Note! Politics In Music With Victoria Bond

Waaaay back in episode 102, composer and conductor Victoria Bond taught us about the first woman to run for the U.S. presidency, about whom Bond wrote the opera Mrs. President. On this, the first day of early voting for the U.S.'s 2016 election, Bond is back to teach about what turns out to be a tradition in classical music: music based on true political events. Learn about the pieces throughout history that are... about history, go vote, and then learn about the upcoming performance of Bond's opera. Music in this episode: - By Victoria Bond: --Mrs. President --"Soul of a Nation," from Four Presidents - Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony - Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seventh - John Adams’ Nixon in China - Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and War Requiem - Krzysztof Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima - Georges Bizet's Carmen Audio production by Todd "Electoral College" Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio and yeas and nays from Dacia Clay. Happy voting everyone!

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24. Classical Classroom, Episode 4: Brett Mitchell on Leitmotif in Star Wars (Rerun!)

Classical Classroom, Episode 4: Brett Mitchell on Leitmotif in Star Wars (Rerun!)

In this episode, conductor Brett Mitchell - Assistant Conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra, man of too many accolades to mention, and former Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony - talks about John Williams' use of leitmotif in the score to the original Star Wars movie. Listen, you must. Audio production by Todd "Tatooine" Hulslander, with use of the Force by Dacia Clay. For more about Brett Mitchell: www.brettmitchellconductor.com For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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25. Ep. 100: Shhh, we are throwing Dacia a Surprise Party!

Ep. 100:  Shhh, we are throwing Dacia a Surprise Party!

Time to celebrate our 100th show. It's been quite a "Journey". We toot some horns (mostly our own)and reminisce with some previous show flashbacks. We also meet some of the most famous classical music composers as they join in the festivities. Cause there ain't no party like a Beethoven doing Jagerbombs, party. Party on Ludwig! Party music from the best DJs in the biz: ITALO HOUSE Pavarotti/Bocelli/Jovanotti REMIX #6 2015 by dj SRONYX el toro loco Bach Remix by R.S.D.‬‬ Classical Techno - Vivaldi 2000 (club mix) Mozart - Lacrimosa (DnB Remix) Journey - Open Arms Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (MYNGA Remix)Sensual Musique Audio production by Todd "Me" Hulslander with strange absences from Dacia Clay and editing by Mark "We're number one" DiClaudio. For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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26. Classical Classroom, Ep. 152: Emerson String Quartet. 40.

Classical Classroom, Ep. 152: Emerson String Quartet. 40.

As of 2016, the Emerson String Quartet has been around for 40 years. For comparison, here is a brief list of other awesome things that have been around for 40 years: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Muppet Show, the movie Rocky, the Blues Brothers, Big Red Gum, the game Whack-a-Mole, VHS tapes, and the Ramones’ debut album. In this episode, Emerson violinist Eugene Drucker talks about what it means to play for that long with the same musicians, about what has changed over the years, and about Emerson’s new 52-CD box set. Music in this episode (all from Emerson String Quartet – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon): - String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor. Franz Schubert. - String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor. Ludwig van Beethoven. - String Quartet No. 1. Béla Bartók. - String Quartet No. 17 (“The Hunt”). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. - Symphony No. 15. Dmitri Shostakovich. - 3 Madrigals. Bohuslav Martinů. - Lyric Suite. Alban Berg. - String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major. Franz Schubert. Audio production by Todd “The Arthropod” Hulslander with assistance from Mark DiClaudio and blitzkrieg bopping from Dacia Clay.

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27. Classical Classroom, Ep 85: Mandolin Man, Avi Avital

Classical Classroom, Ep 85: Mandolin Man, Avi Avital

While we are cooking up new episodes for your enjoyment, please enjoy this delicious dish from our archives. Don’t miss Avi’s recent in-studio performances at WQXR, btw! ——————————————- According to Deutsche Grammophon recording artist Avi Avital, while the bass is not bad, it’s more about that mandolin. Which is also what this whole episode is about! Avi tells all: Where did the mandolin come from? Who composes for it? Why does he advocate for such a strange instrument? And how much did he play that one REM song in high school? Learn all of this and more right here! Audio production by Todd “Terrific” Hulslander with electric slides by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Music in this episode: -The Music of Brazil / Jacob do Bandolim, Vol. 1 / Recordings 1949 – 1958. “Choro de varanda”. -Mike Marshall and Chris Thile: “Fisher’s Hornpipe”. From Into the Cauldron. -Hamilton ee Holanda: Choro Caprice for Caprichos. -Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatina for Mandolin and fortepiano in C Major. Diego Fasolis and Duilio Galfetti. -Domenico Scarlatti: Mandolin Sonata in D minor Allegro. Camerata Mandolinos Classico. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni, “Deh vieni alla finestra”. -Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Mandolin Concerto in G major, S. 28. -REM: “Losing My Religion” from Out of Time. -Antonio Vivaldi, from Avi Avital’s CD Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor RV 356 -Largo from Converto in C major RV 443 Concerto in G minor RV 315 “Summer” from The Four Seasons. For more about Avi Avital: www.aviavital.com.

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28. Classical Classroom, Ep. 156: Words And Music, With Dale Trumbore

Classical Classroom, Ep. 156: Words And Music, With Dale Trumbore

Music and poetry go together like inhaling and exhaling, or like gasoline and matches, or like Sherlock and Watson, or like Parker and Stone, or like a hammer and a nail. Et cetera, et cetera. In this episode, composer Dale Trumbore talks about setting poems and prose to music, and about the relationship between poetry and music. There are exercises within, so get out your paper and your pencils. Music in this episode: - As Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending (The King’s Singers, Royal Rhymes and Rounds) - The Road Home (Dale Warland Singers, Harvest Home) - Threshold of Night (Conspirare, Threshold of Night) - In the Middle by Dale Trumbore - Timor et tremor (The Sixteen, The Earth Resounds) - Spiritus Mundi, by Dale Trumbore Audio production by Todd “Twitty” Hulslander with indispensable input from Dacia Clay and assistance by Mark DiClaudio.

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29. Classical Classroom, Episode 76: MusicWorks - How Sonya Got Her Opera On

Classical Classroom, Episode 76: MusicWorks - How Sonya Got Her Opera On

We're excited to share our new subseries, MusicWorks! It's a show where you'll learn about what classical music is doing in the world right now. You'll hear inspiring artist stories, plus we'll go into the sometimes unexpected places we've discovered classical music thriving while we've been learning about it on the Classical Classroom. We hope you dig it! In our first MusicWorks episode, soprano Sonya Yoncheva tells the story of how she happened upon her passion - singing opera - by being true to herself (and listening to her mother) and by practicing her buns off. This put her in a position to be ready when she got that call from the Met to fill in at the last moment. And the rest, as they say, is in the podcast. Audio production by Todd "Totally" Hulslander with awesomeness by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme - Donde lieta usci - Charles Lecocq: Les Cent Vierges, Act III, No. 10 Je soupire et maudis le destin - Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata - Sempre libera - Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea - "Pur ti Miro" (Sonya Yoncheva & Max Emanuel Cencic) - W. A. Mozart: Il Re Pastore - "L'Amero saro costante" (Sonya Yoncheva & Marc Minkowski) - Charles Gounod - Faust Final Trio - Anges Purs - Sonya Yoncheva, Joseph Calleja & Bryn Terfel For more about Sonya Yoncheva: www.sonyayoncheva.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom Learn about composer George Heathco's piece, "ReGifting Lions", part of our MusicWorks intro, and oh-so-much more about him at www.georgeheathcomusic.com.

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30. Classical Classroom, Episode 56: A Very Verdi Classroom With Eric Skelly

Classical Classroom, Episode 56: A Very Verdi Classroom With Eric Skelly

Giuseppe Verdi: composer of Aida, La Traviata, Falstaff, and haver of an adorable Italian accent. But as Eric Skelly - cohost of the Opera Cheat Sheet podcast and Buffy the Vampire Slayer superfan - tells us, Verdi was so much more. He was an innovator who changed opera forever. Learn about how he did this and who he was in this episode! Audio production by Todd "With a T" Hulslander with nervous pacing by Dacia Clay. All music in this episode by Giuseppe Verdi. For more about Opera Cheat Sheet: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/shows/opera-cheat-sheet/ For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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31. Classical Classroom, Episode 91: Wu Man, Pipa Ambassador

Classical Classroom, Episode 91: Wu Man, Pipa Ambassador

Wu Man, world-renowned pipa player, stopped by the Classroom while she was in Houston to teach all about the French horn. JK! She taught all about the pipa, of course! In this episode, she talks about the pipa's origins, its repertoire, about how she began playing it, and she plays some sweet tunes to illustrate the instrument's range. Music in this episode played live in the Geary Performance Studio by Wu Man. Audio production by Todd "Totaled Todd" Hulslander with bobblehead bobbling by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more about Wu Man: www.wumanpipa.org For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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32. Classical Classroom, Episode 68: The Secret Formula with Kenneth Goldsmith

Classical Classroom, Episode 68: The Secret Formula with Kenneth Goldsmith

What makes creativity? Is it money? Is it a gift from the Powers That Be? Is it won through trials and tribulations? Shepherd School of Music Professor of Violin Kenneth Goldsmith unveils the ancient formula. He looks at how Haydn, Grieg, and Ravel - composers from different life circumstances and different times - all used their mysterious powers of creativity to explore the same theme. Audio production by Todd "Tether Ball King" Hulslander with a really good try at defense by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Josef Haydn: Symphony #6 “Le Matin” - Edvard Grieg: Morning Mood from Peer Gynt Suite #1 - Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite #2 For more about Kenneth Goldsmith: www.music.rice.edu/facultybios/goldsmith.shtml For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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33. Classical Classroom Episode 60: How Haydn's Trumpet Concerto Changed the Trumpet with Mark DiClaudio

Classical Classroom Episode 60: How Haydn's Trumpet Concerto Changed the Trumpet with Mark DiClaudio

We're back with a new episode! Whooo! How did the trumpet change from a simple horn that announced kings and queens into the sophisticated, nuanced instrument it is today? Monumental Brass Quintet trumpet player, public school music teacher, and inventor of the Buzz Clip brass player training tool, Mark DiClaudio tells how Haydn's Trumpet Concerto and a guy named Anton Weidinger literally poked holes in the instrument and changed it - forevah! Also, thoughts on music education, and SO MUCH MORE. Audio production by Todd "Tiny" Hulslander with belated but no less meaningful birthday wishes from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E Flat Major, by Franz Joseph Haydn. Played by Wynton Marsalis and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. For more about Mark DiClaudio: www.diclaudiostudios.com For more Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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34. Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 121: John From Downton Abbey

Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 121: John From Downton Abbey

Masterpiece's "Downton Abbey" came to an end last night after six seasons. In this tell-all exposé, Scottish composer John Lunn talks about his years with the Crawley family, what Lord Grantham really thought of Branson, and his thoughts on Thomas Barrow's perpetual bad attitude. Okay, okay — not exactly. But Lunn DOES talk about how he got into writing for TV, how it's different than writing operas and violin concertos, and about being part of the "Downton" team for six seasons. Past (and future!) secrets are revealed. All in a lovely Scottish accent. All music in this episode (except for the Bach) from the CD, "Downton Abbey: The Ultimate Collection": - Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B Minor BWV 893. JS Bach. Angela Hewitt. - The Suite - Such Good Luck - Escapades - End of An Era Audio production for this episode by Todd "Lord of Toddington" Hulslander with pregnant pauses by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio. For more about John Lunn: www.jlunn.com For more about Downton Abbey: www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey

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35. Classical Classroom, Episode 2: Angela Schmidt teaches Bel Canto Aria

Classical Classroom, Episode 2: Angela Schmidt teaches Bel Canto Aria

In this episode, Dacia Clay talks with Angela Schmidt about bel canto aria and sleepwalking, wrongly-accused hussies.

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36. Classical Classroom, Ep 131: Totally Totentanz With Tamara McCoy

Classical Classroom, Ep 131: Totally Totentanz With Tamara McCoy

The Classical Minds Festival and Competition just took place here in Houston, and though the festival is all about classical guitar, Dr. Tamara McCoy was there on piano. She stopped by the Geary Studio at Houston Public Media to record and teach about Franz Liszt’s Totentanz. As it turns out, the only thing harder than playing the piece was writing it — it took Liszt almost 20 years. Learn all about the piece, the inspiration behind it, and…Steve Holt! Download Tamara McCoy’s performance of the piece (used in this episode and produced by Todd Hulslander) on our website: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom Audio production for Classical Classroom by Todd “Totentodd” Hulslander with Lisztomania by Dacia Clay. Many thanks to the awesome Valerie Hartzell for her help in making this episode happen! For more about Tamara McCoy: www.mccoypianostudio.yolasite.com

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37. Classical Classroom, Ep 137: Summer Music - Music Acad Of The West! The 2nd Nature of Matthew Aucoin

Classical Classroom, Ep 137: Summer Music - Music Acad Of The West! The 2nd Nature of Matthew Aucoin

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! The third installment of our MAW series features composer, conductor, and pianist, Matthew Aucoin. Aucoin is a resident at that Music Academy of the West, and a sort of serial residentialist elsewhere (like the Peabody Essex Museum and soon, the Los Angeles Opera). He talks about what a “residency” is, and how it informs a composer’s creative process; plus, he gives us a sample of what he’s been busy creating while at the Music Academy. Music in this episode: - Selections from Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature, performed at the Music Academy of the West Audio production by Todd “The Bartered Todd” Hulslander with pirouettes by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio. Thanks to the Music Academy for their help with this series, and special thanks to Kate Oberjat (oh-bur-yacht) without whom this series simply would not.

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38. Classical Classroom, Ep 139: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! With Thomas Hampson

Classical Classroom, Ep 139: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! With Thomas Hampson

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! Library of Congress “Living Legend” and Grammy Award-winning baritone Thomas Hampson has reached a point in his life and career at which one might use the term “venerable” to describe him. “Wise” is another word that music journalists probably throw down when talking about him. And they would not be wrong. But even Thomas Hampson got his start somewhere. In this interview, he talks about his classical music beginnings at the Music Academy of the West, and about conveying the grand meaning of music as a teacher to young people in master classes there now. Music in this episode (all performed by Thomas Hampson): - Three Songs Op. 10: No. 1, Rain Has Fallen by Samuel Barber - Sechs Lieder aus “Lotosblatter,” Op. 19, 6 Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt by Richard Strauss - Vier Lieder, Op. 27: 3. Heimliche Aufforderung by Richard Strauss. Audio production by Todd “Toddsong” Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio and lipsyncing by Dacia Clay. Thanks to the Music Academy of the West for their help with these interviews, especially to Emma Levine and Kate Oberjat, who’s quite frankly, done a lot.

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39. Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Why we listen to Russian music on an American holiday

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Why we listen to Russian music on an American holiday

In this special 4th of July edition of Classical Classroom Research Presentations, Dacia ponders why Americans listen to Russian music on their Independence Day. She uncovers the [not really that] secret history of how one man and his love of pyrotechnics made Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture the theme music for America's most patriotic celebration. Written, produced, and otherwise manhandled by Dacia Clay, with thanks to Todd "Twilight's Last Gleaming" Hulslander. Music used in this episode includes: - Pyotr Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Boston Pops Orchestra, RCA 63516 Go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom for more information about David Mugar, Tchaikovsky, and more!

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40. Classical Classroom Episode 145 Cartoon Classical Confidential with Richard Scerbo

Classical Classroom Episode 145 Cartoon Classical Confidential with Richard Scerbo

This is serious, people. Classical music has a long and meaningful history in cartoons that is no laughing matter. Just kidding! There is a really long history, but it is hilarious, and so is this episode. Richard Scerbo, Director of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival and founder and artistic director of the DC-based and Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra, takes us on a tour of that history. Find out the practical, social, and financial reasons behind Looney Tunes use of classical music, and how cartoons both poked fun at the music and made it fresh for new audiences. Hear examples of the classical music the cartoons draw from and examples of how the music was rearranged to suit the needs of Porky and Bugs. And, um, that’s not all, folks. Music in this episode: - The Bartered Bride (Dance of the Comedians) by Bedrich Smetana - “Zoom and Bored” (Warner Bros. cartoon featuring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner) - Hungarian Rhapsody No2 by Franz List - “Rhapsody in Rivets” (Warner Bros. cartoon) - “A Corny Concerto” (Warner Bros. cartoon narrated by Elmer Fudd) - The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II - Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss II - “Ride of the Valkeries” from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner - “Kill the Wabbit” from What’s Opera, Doc? (Warner Bros. cartoon featuring Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny) Audio production by Mark “The Martian” DiClaudio and Todd “Tweety” Hulslander with onomatopoeia by Dacia Clay.

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