Fred Child is host of Performance Today. He has an incredible music library, which reflects his appetite for fascinating compositions and unforgettable performances. Fred has chosen his absolute classical favorites from his library for this stream.
There is an ancient curse, popularly attributed to the Chinese, "May you live in INTERESTING times!" The French composer Etienne-Nicolas Mehul, who was born on this date in 1763, certainly lived and worked in an "interesting" time, politically and musically speaking.
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What makes for the perfect encore? If the audience is already on its feet, do you want fast music? Or do you want to quiet the house down a bit with something introspective? On Thursday's Performance Today, violinist Hilary Hahn talks about her quest to find the perfect encore.
Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including for the massive trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings.' These days, Shore is writing more concert music. Shore's new recording features two of them, including a piano concerto on which Lang Lang is the soloist. Hear about the new recording, and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.
We all have our favorite pieces of classical music and our favorite composers, and we probably all have musical moments we'll never forget. Have you ever wanted to share those moments with other classical music lovers? Well, here's your chance!