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Classical Music News

From our friends at NPR, PRX, and PBS Member Stations from around the country

Rainn Wilson: All About That Bassoon

Friday, August 11, 2017

Nerdette host Greta Johnsen reveals that she has a secret nerdery: she used to play the bassoon. So this week, in one, grand, bassoon-filled extravaganza, Johnsen and co-host Tricia Bobeda bring back the bassoon. First, they talk with culture writer and bassoonist Eileen Reynolds about the history of the bassoon. Then, they call up the self-proclaimed “Bassoon King” Rainn Wilson. Plus, Chicago Philharmonic Principal Bassoonist John Gaudette plays a familiar tune.

Forebears: Maria Callas, The Divine Voice Of Classical Music

Monday, August 7, 2017

Known as La Divina — "The Divine One" — Callas was an indelible presence whose artistry made her the icon and envy of performers across many genres.

Chopin In The Shadows: The Supernatural Adventures Of Byron Janis

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The famous 89-year-old pianist has spent a lifetime perfecting Chopin. Along the way, the composer has reached out from the great beyond in a few startling ways.

Rediscovering The Music Of Polish Composer Szymon Laks

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Laks was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War II, and became a conductor for the Auschwitz orchestra.

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