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21. Classical Classroom, Episode 82: Branford Marsalis Gives Classical Music Jazz Hands

Classical Classroom, Episode 82: Branford Marsalis Gives Classical Music Jazz Hands

Branford Marsalis' stark 2014 solo album "In My Solitude" includes jazz standards like "Stardust" next to C.P.E. Bach's "Sonata in A Minor for Oboe, Wq. 132". His jazz discography is peppered with classical releases. What's that all about?! Where do jazz and classical intersect? How is playing one different from the other - or is it? Find out in this episode! Audio production by Todd "The Twister" Hulslander with a firm handshake from Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Music in this episode: - Lee Dorsey: "Working In The Coal Mine" (1966) - Murray Perahia & Radu Lupu: Mozart - Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos - Andrew Litton, Branford Marsalis & English Chamber Orchestra: "L'Isle Joyeuse" from Romances for Saxophone - Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra & Jozsef Kiss: CPE Bach - Sonata in A Minor for Oboe Solo, Wq. 132: 1. Poco adgio - ...and from Branford Marsalis' In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral: --- CPE Bach - Sonata in A Minor for Oboe Solo, Wq. 132: 1. Poco adgio --- Hoagy Carmichael/ Mitchell Parish - "Stardust" --- Ryo Noda - MAI, Op 7 --- Improvisation No.1 For more about Branford Marsalis: www.branfordmarsalis.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom Da Camera of Houston is bringing Branford to Houston this month! To learn more, go to www.dacamera.com.

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22. Classical Classroom, Episode 39: Conductor James Gaffigan on Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 (Rerun!!)

Classical Classroom, Episode 39: Conductor James Gaffigan on Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 (Rerun!!)

Producer Todd is off recording Two Star Symphony's new album right now (sweet!), so we have unearthed some old gold for you from the vault. Please enjoy this repeat of our class with conductor James Gaffigan. We'll be back next week with another spankin' new episode. -------------------- Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is dramatic, cinematic, erratic, sarcastic, and full of existential longing - according to Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan. Why is it important to listen to this symphony, the musical expression of Shostakovich's depression and anxiety as he lived under Stalin's thumb? Listen to this episode and find out! Audio production by Todd "Taller than Necessary" Hulslander with inspired napping from Dacia Clay. Music in the episode includes: - Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, New York Philharmonic Orchestra led by Leonard Bernstein To find out more about conductor James Gaffigan, go to www.jamesgaffigan.com To find out more about hilarious comedian Jim Gaffigan, go to a different website. :)

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23. Classical Classroom, Ep 135: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Ragging On Jeremy Denk

Classical Classroom, Ep 135: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Ragging On Jeremy Denk

It’s time for the second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series! This year, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California. In the first installment of our MAW series, pianist Jeremy Denk talks about teaching the enormousness of Beethoven to young artists, ragging classical music, whether or not classical music today exists outside the bounds of style, and about what makes the Music Academy of the West unique to him. Throughout the MAW Summer Series, we’ll also hear from the Academy’s president and CEO Scott Reed, faculty clarinet Richie Hawley, and viola fellow Matthew Sinno about the festival experience from their perspectives. It’s going to be rad. Music in this episode: - “Pipeline” as recorded by the Ventures - “Pilgrims Chorus,” Tannhäuser, Wagner. (from Youtube) - From Jeremy Denk’s recital: -- Stravinsky, Piano-Rag-Music -- Byrd, The Passinge Mesures: the Nynthe Pavian - From My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music -- Lambert, “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Tannhäuser (after Wagner) -- Bach, English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808, Gigue - Mozart Gigue In G Major, K 574 - Tea For Two by Art Tatum Audio production by Todd “Two-Shirts” Hulslander with overlording by Dacia Clay. Thanks to the Music Academy of the West for their help with this series, especially to Kate Oberjat, the coolest coordinator in the West, for her assistance with basically everything.

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24. Ep 111: The Franchomme Episode, With Louise Dubin

Ep 111: The Franchomme Episode, With Louise Dubin

Chances are, unless you happen to be a cellist, you've probably never heard of Auguste Franchomme. But back in the day, he was one of the most celebrated musicians in Paris, he was besties with Chopin, and he hung out with people like Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, and the Rothschilds. He was a teenager when he won the Premier Prix at the Paris Conservatoire, and he was solo cellist in King Louis-Philippe’s Musique du Roi. So, why is it that most of his work hasn't been recorded and is, in fact, out of print? Why do we remember the name "Chopin" and not "Franchomme"? Cellist and Franchomme scholar Louise Dubin, who just put out a CD called The Franchomme Project, discusses this and much more in this episode. All music in this episode from Louise Dubin's The Franchomme Project. Audio production by Todd "Terr-ee-bleh" Hulslander with eating of palmiere by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more about Louise Dubin: www.louise-dubin.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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25. 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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26. Ep 105: Matt Haimovitz On "The Gospel" Of Anna Magdelana

Ep 105: Matt Haimovitz On

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has grappled with Bach's Cello Suites for decades. He first recorded them in 2000. He's dedicated his new second recording of the Suites to Anna Magdalena, Bach's second wife, who copied Bach's manuscripts. Haimovitz talks about how Anna Magdalena's transcriptions became his spirit guide on a quest to gain a greater understanding of the Gospel of Bach. Music in this episode: - Excerpts from J.S. Bach, The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena. Matt Haimovitz. - Excerpts from J.S. Bach, 6 Suites for Cello Solo. Matt Haimovitz. - J.S. Bach, Suite 1. Pablo Casals. - That one sound effect from Law and Order, created by Mike Post. - Philip Glass, Orbit. Matt Haimovitz. Audio production by Todd "Toddtober" Hulslander with smashing of pumpkins by Dacia Clay, and editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more Matt Haimovitz: www.matthaimovitz.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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27. 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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28. Classical Classroom, Ep 136: Summer Music – Music Acad Of The West! Being Present With Bill Williams

Classical Classroom, Ep 136: Summer Music – Music Acad Of The West! Being Present With Bill Williams

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 second installment of our MAW series features trumpet player, performance coach, and educator, Bill Williams. Williams initially spent his career as principal trumpet for orchestras like San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Barcelona. But when performances began to induce anxieties and other distractions, he started seeking ways to regain focus. As it turns out, Bill wasn’t alone: many musicians perform in spite of the fear of doing so. Williams’ research led him to meet sport psychologist Dr. Don Greene. Eventually, Williams honed a series of techniques to help improve musicians’ focus, and with it, their performance. In this episode, Williams talks all about common mental blocks that come up for classical musicians and how he now spends much of his time helping people overcome them, one psychological bear at a time. Music in this episode: - “Pipeline” as recorded by the Ventures - Glen Gould: Bach Goldberg Variations - San Francisco Symphony Mahler Symphony No. 5 Audio production by Todd “Triple Lutz” Hulslander with perfect landing by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Many thanks to the Music Academy for their help with this series – especially to Kate Oberjat, whose name rhymes with “clover yacht,” and who has helped us an awful lot.

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29. Classical Classroom, Episode 25: Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky

Classical Classroom, Episode 25: Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky

Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky join us - from the Afterlife! - for this special Halloween edition of the Classical Classroom. Learn about these giants of classical music in a way never before possible, in this roundtable discussion.

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30. 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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31. Classical Classroom, Episode 3: Daniel Webbon teaches Steve Reich's "Piano Phase" & Minimalism

Classical Classroom, Episode 3: Daniel Webbon teaches Steve Reich's

In this episode, Dacia Clay talks with MusicLab intern and Moores School graduate student, Daniel Webbon, about Steve Reich's "Piano Phase" and classical music minimalism.

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32. 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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33. 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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34. Classical Classroom MusicWorks, Ep. 165: Amanda Gookin – Activism In Classical Music (Part 1)

Classical Classroom MusicWorks, Ep. 165: Amanda Gookin – Activism In Classical Music (Part 1)

“When somebody shows you who they are, believe them.” That’s one of cellist Amanda Gookin’s favorite quotes. And through the Forward Music Project, she’s decided to show people who she is, and who women and girls are. Learn Amanda’s story (which includes many digressions from, and returns to, the classical music world), and learn why she decided to aim all of her disparate passions at one target. Hear the innovate pieces that she’s commissioned in what she calls a “giving project,” which seeks not only to bring awareness to causes that benefit women and girls, but to donate money to those causes. Music in this episode (all from the Forward Music Project): “For Edna,” by Leila Adu “Stray Sods,” by Amanda Feery “Swerve,” by Jessica Meyer “Memories lie dormant: they are reviled before they are revealed,” by Morgan Krauss Audio production by Todd “Take 5” Hulslander with pick up sticks by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio. Thanks much to George Heathco for the use of his music in our intro!

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35. 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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36. Ep 99: Daron Hagen On Britten And His Budd

Ep 99: Daron Hagen On Britten And His Budd

The opera "Billy Budd" was written by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by E.M. Forster and based on a short novel by Herman Melville, PLUS there are a lot explosions and pirates! Okay. Not really pirates, but close! Composer Daron Hagen teaches all about Britten and this opera with an all-star cast of creators. Music in this episode all from Britten Conducts Britten: Operas, Vol. 1 - Albert Herring / Billy Budd / Owen Wingrave / Peter Grimes on Decca. Audio production by Todd "Tim Riggins" Hulslander with clear eyes and full heart by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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37. 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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38. Ep 103: Yundi. Chopin. Preludes.

Ep 103: Yundi. Chopin. Preludes.

This Classroom teacher needs only one name: Madonna! JK! But he's also a world-famous musician: Pianist Yundi teaches about Chopin's preludes, all of which he recently recorded on his new album, aptly entitled "Frédéric Chopin: Complete Preludes". Where did these preludes come from? Why are they each so different? Yundi teaches all of this and more in this episode. All music in this episode from Yundi's new album. Audio production by Todd "A Confederacy of Todds" Hulslander with cries of "Opa!" from Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more about Yundi: www.yundimusic.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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39. Classical Classroom, Episode 65: Getting Scary With Jerry Ochoa

Classical Classroom, Episode 65: Getting Scary With Jerry Ochoa

It's getting close to midnight. Something evil's lurking in the dark... AAACK! It's a special Halloween edition of Classical Classroom! Last year for the holiday, we exhumed some composers from the dead. This year, we kidnapped a living composer, violinist, and maker of scary movies and forced him to introduce us to spooky tunes. Then, we ordered him to tell us why it is that creepy music creeps us out. Jerry Ochoa of Houston's Two Star Symphony does a wicked good job of explaining it, too. Which is why, at the end of the episode, we let him go*. Audio production by Todd "Terrifying" Hulslander with snargling from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: By Two Star Symphony - "Goblin Attack", from Love and Other Demons - "Feast", from Titus Andronicus - "Dawn Dipple", from Love and Other Demons By others - Camille Saint-Saens: Danse macabre, Op. 40, played by the New York Philharmonic - Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain, played by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Bernard Hermann: Psycho Suite - Franz Liszt: Totentanz, played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra - Bela Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, played by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra For more about Two Star Symphony: www.twostarsymphony.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom *No Jerry Ochoas were harmed in the making of this episode.

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40. 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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