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Classical Classroom, Episode 33: Cracking “The Nutcracker” with Michael Remson and Shelly Power

Posted on · We all know The Nutcracker, right? Wrong! In this episode of Classical Classroom, Shelly Power (director, Houston Ballet Academy) and Michael Remson (executive director, American Festival of the Arts) blow your minds with the history of the ballet and a behind-the-scenes look at the massive undertaking that putting on the show entails every year.

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Classical Classroom, Episode 32: The Making of Handel’s Messiah with Robert Simpson

Posted on · Handel's Messiah is a beloved Christmas favorite. But, as Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of Houston Chamber Choir, tells us, it is oh-so-much more than the "Hallelujah" chorus. Like, 250 pages more. All of which we cover in this half-hour episode. Just kidding!

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Classical Classroom, Episode 31: The Music of Hanukkah (Chanuka? Hanuka?) with Cantor Benjamin Matis

Posted on · Happy Thanksgivukkah everyone! That's right: the Julian and the Hebrew calendars have aligned this year to create a day even more amazing than Hanukkah and more delicious than Thanksgiving. There won't be another until the year 79811! To honor this rare occasion, Cantor Benjamin Matis of the Shelter Rock Jewish Center in Roslyn, NY in Long Island schools us on the history and music of Hanukkah.

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John

Posted on · A little history on this one: Listener John S. has written in a couple of times wanting to know why we weren't covering Beethoven!? When we posted last week's episode, I had a feeling I might hear from him. :) Hey Dacia,   Congrats! I was so excited to find the Beethoven episode. And that was an excellent choice-- the 7th symphony 2nd movement is very famous, and rightly so I think! I'm glad you were able to get a sense of Beethoven's depth, or profundity. I hope there will be many more-- you have so much good music to get to know!!   Regards,   John S. Galveston, Tx PS-- too bad you didn't have more time. The whole 7th symphony is full of wonderful melodies and rhythms, and the last few seconds are like pure joy.

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Classical Classroom, Episode 30: The Rite of Spring in Fall with Ana Maria Otamendi

Posted on · Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring was so revolutionary that its alien sounds literally incited a riot at its premiere. Dr. Ana Maria Otamendi, Venezuelan pianist and professor at the University of Houston tells us why! And btw, we are aware that it's Fall. But we don't even care!

Music from the Movies

Music from the Movies

Posted on · From Noise to Music Join host Brad Sayles this weekend when he talks with Austin based composer Nathan Felix about his journey from punk rock musician to cinematic-symphonic composer. We'll hear excerpts from his 1st symphony titled The Curse, the Cross, and the Lion. We'll also catch some great and unusual music writen for the latest film Gravity. Tune in this Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 5pm. Listen to more music by Nathan Felix at http://thecursethecrossthelion.com/