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21. Classical Classroom, Episode 64 Preview: Composer Peter Boyer connects the dots & makes a symphony!

Classical Classroom, Episode 64 Preview: Composer Peter Boyer connects the dots & makes a symphony!

Check out this preview of our upcoming Classical Classroom with composer Peter Boyer about the creative process, symphonies, and writing his Symphony No. 1 for Orchestra. It's a hoot AND a holler.

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22. Classical Classroom, Episode 34: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Keith Weber

Classical Classroom, Episode 34: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Keith Weber

In honor of Beethoven's 240-something birthday, Keith Weber, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, and Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc., talks about just who this "Beethoven" guy was, why he was officially excused from having manners at parties, and all about his "Missa Solemnis" mass.

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23. Classical Classroom, Episode 27: The Miseducation of Dacia Clay - midterm exam!

Classical Classroom, Episode 27: The Miseducation of Dacia Clay - midterm exam!

1, 2...1, 2 this is just a test... A classical music test! In this episode, Professor St. John Flynn gives Dacia an oral examination of terms she's (supposedly) learned in the last 26 episodes of Classical Classroom. Has she learned anything?? It's nail-biter!

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24. Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom

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25. Classical Classroom, Episode 69: The Kids Are Alright, With Missy Mazzoli (RR)

Classical Classroom, Episode 69: The Kids Are Alright, With Missy Mazzoli (RR)

Classical music: the future frontier. These are the voyages of the podcast Classical Classroom. It’s mission: to explore strange new music – Sorry. I’ll stop. Where was I? Right! Composer, performer, and Mannes College of Music composition faculty member, Missy Mazzoli talks to us about the future of classical music, from the future, aka, New York. Also talked about in this episode: Beth Morrison, Schoenberg, David Little, pillow fights, Lars von Trier, eighth blackbird, Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner, Victoire, Abigail Fischer, “bands” vs. “ensembles”, operatic voice, and streaming music. PS, If you’re in the Houston area, Missy’s opera, Song from the Uproar, will be making its premiere here at Da Camera in March of 2015. For more info, click here! Audio production of this episode by Todd “Tisk Tisk” Hulslander with buckets of help from Dacia Clay. All music in this episode was composed by Missy Mazzoli. For more about Missy Mazzoli: www.missymazzoli.com

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26. Classical Classroom, MusicWorks Ep. 169: How Music Chased Down Gaelynn Lea

Classical Classroom, MusicWorks Ep. 169: How Music Chased Down Gaelynn Lea

Violinist/fiddle player Gaelynn Lea came to Houston fresh off of performing at South by Southwest and spent some time with the Classical Classroom (and Skyline Sessions - check out her video performances!). She talks about how music has gradually become her life. From first finding an instrument that was right for her body as a kid (she has a rare condition called Brittle Bones Disease that means she's got different physical challenges than others), to meeting and collaborating with Alan Sparhawk (of the band Low), to winning the Tiny Desk Contest and selling her home to go on tour. Music in this episode: - Violin Partita, No 1 in B Minor - "Gentle," by Low from Ones and Sixes - Plus, music performed by Gaelynn Lea Audio production by Todd "Turnt Up" Hulslander with dinosaur acts by Dacia Clay and help from Mark DiClaudio.

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27. Classical Classroom, Ep. 172: Pine On Paganini

Classical Classroom, Ep. 172: Pine On Paganini

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine loves playing challenging music (and apparently, being on Classical Classroom, as this is her third time on the show). So it makes sense that she would want to play the musical equivalent of running a marathon for her latest album: Bel Canto Paganini: 24 Caprices. In this episode, Rachel talks about who Paganini was. As it turns out, he was much more than just a classical music proto-goth with what some thought was a supernatural ability to play the violin. Music in this episode: - Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Nikolai Lugansky, Sakari Oramo City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Breaking The Rules: Pagan Annie Richard Greene, Jon Kurnick, Denny Seiwell - All other music from Bel Canto Paganini by Rachel Barton Pine Audio production by Todd “Sheriff Harry S. Truman” Hulslander with from Dacia Clay.

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29. 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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30. Classical Classroom, Episode 23: Bach's materials - inside an Invention with Kurt Stallmann

Classical Classroom, Episode 23: Bach's materials - inside an Invention with Kurt Stallmann

Bach's Invention No. 1 contains an entire universe of music as we learn in this episode with Kurt Stallmann, Associate Professor of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.  It gets metaphysical up in here, you guys.

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31. Classical Classroom, Episode 65 (PREVIEW!): Getting Classically Creepy with Jerry Ochoa

Classical Classroom, Episode 65 (PREVIEW!): Getting Classically Creepy with Jerry Ochoa

Jerry Ochoa, violinist for Two Star Symphony and director of horror films, makes a disembodied visitation to the Classical Classroom to talk about creepy classical music, including some of Two Star's own work. Eep!

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32. 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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33. 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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34. Classical Classroom, Episode 40: Simone Dinnerstein Goes Bachpacking

Classical Classroom, Episode 40: Simone Dinnerstein Goes Bachpacking

Simone Dinnerstein just came out with a new album called Mozart in Havana. While we weren’t able to sync up our interview schedules this time around, we had to at least give her a shout out with this rerun because she is awesome. She may be coming to a city near you! ———————————————————- Pianist Simone Dinnerstein talks all about her educational initiative, Bachpacking, and her community initiative, Neighborhood Classics, Bach Inventions, and how Led Zeppelin is more like Bach than Jay Z. Music in this episode: - Bach Inventions, played live by Simone Dinnerstein, and from her new album, J.S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias - “Suit and Tie“, from the 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay Z - “Misty Mountain Hop“, from untitled album by Led Zeppelin Audio production by Todd “Toddsy Turvy” Hulslander with yips of joy from Dacia Clay.

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35. Classical Classroom, Ep. 170: Fabien On Felix (Mendelssohn, That Is)

Classical Classroom, Ep. 170: Fabien On Felix (Mendelssohn, That Is)

Conductor Fabien Gabel came to Houston to conduct the Symphony in a program of pieces by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. In this episode, he gives a primer on Mendelssohn, talks about what a “Fingal’s Cave” is, and gives the world’s first audible eye roll at the use of the term “Suicide Symphony” (re: Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique). Also discussed: the difference between love and obsession with regard to Mexican food. Music in this episode: - Mendelssohn, The Hebrides, Op. 26 “Fingal’s Cave,” Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra - Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Rudolf Serkin - Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B Minor Op. 74, TH.30 (Pathetique), Czech Philharmonic Audio production by Todd “Todd’s Cave” Hulslander with Indiana Jones-ing by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio.

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36. Classical Classroom, Episode 52: The World Inside A Boléro With Howard Pollack

Classical Classroom, Episode 52: The World Inside A Boléro With Howard Pollack

Ravel's Boléro. Next to most of the soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi, it's possibly the most repetitive piece of music ever written, amiright (respect, Philip Glass)? As it turns out, I am wrong, so wrong. In fact, Boléro is a piece built entirely around change. Howard Pollack, professor at Moores School of Music, author, lecturer, and guest on BBC specials and NPR shows like Morning Edition and Fresh Air, is our tour guide through this amazing piece of music by a very subtle and sneaky composer. Audio production by Todd "Treble Clef" Hulslander with bass clef by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Boléro by Maurice Ravel as performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Charles Dutoit For more about Howard Pollack: www.uh.edu For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom We're also on iTunes and Stitcher Radio!

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37. Classical Classroom, Episode 78: George Gershwin is Alt Classical, with Simone Dinnerstein

Classical Classroom, Episode 78: George Gershwin is Alt Classical, with Simone Dinnerstein

"Indie-Classical", "Alt Classical", "Nonclassical"... whatever you want to call it, George Gershwin may have been one of the first people to do it. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein explains Gershwin's sound, its French influences, and what makes it uniquely classical. Audio production by Todd "Teeny" Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio, and one giant leap by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin, from Simone Dinnerstein's new album, Broadway-Lafayette. - "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin. For more about Simone Dinnerstein: www.simonedinnerstein.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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38. Classical Classroom, Episode 47: 500 Megatons of Tuba with Øystein Baadsvik

Classical Classroom, Episode 47: 500 Megatons of Tuba with Øystein Baadsvik

Learn 100% more about the tuba in this episode than you've ever known! Norwegian tuba soloist and chamber musician Øystein Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso in the world to make a career exclusively as a soloist. He is also the only tuba player in the world to have a great story about touring with a punk band. He joins us all the way from Norway to tell us about this shadowy instrument: its size, its repertoire, and its fnugg. For more about Øystein Baadsvik: www.baadsvik.com. For more about Classical Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom. Audio production by Todd "Tall Texan" Hulslander with slings and arrows by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor, 1st mvmt, by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra 1st mvmt, by John Williams. Performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Fnugg from The Front Row - Reserved (a Houston Public Media compilation CD). Performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Fnugg from YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q19Kcgvgjs - Blood Sweat and Tears tuba solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciPI7U1VEhE - The Cod Lovers - Encounters II for solo tuba, performed by Roger Bobo - Csárdás by Vittorio Monti, performed by Øystein Baadsvik. - Ordner seg (It'll Be All Right) from Ferry Tales by Øystein Baadsvik. - Winter from the Four Seasons Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, performed by Øystein Baadsvik. PS, The title for this show was inspired by a great band called 500 Megatons of Boogie. You can find out more about them here: www.reverbnation.com/500megatonsofboogie

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39. 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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40. Classical Classroom, Episode 79: The Women of Classical Guitar with Valerie Hartzell

Classical Classroom, Episode 79: The Women of Classical Guitar with Valerie Hartzell

It's Women's History Month, and all month, we are bringing you amazing women in classical music! In this episode, guitarist Valerie Hartzell, creator/director of the Classical Minds Festival and Competition, talks about the ladies of classical guitar. Who are they? Why did their numbers diminish over time? And what can we do about it?? Audio production by Todd "Not Tony Danza" Hulslander with editing by Mark DiClaudio and bossing by Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - "Rosita" by Francisco Tarrega. Played live in studio (also available on Valerie's Ex Tenebris Lux CD). - Chaconne in G Major by George Frideric Handel. Played by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya. For more about Valerie Hartzell: www.valeriehartzell.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom

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