In 1957, the Library of Congress commissioned Francis Poulenc to write a work of music. On Wednesday's Performance Today, hear proof that our tax dollars can be used for something beautiful, something that can last forever: the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Francis Poulenc.
If you're out and about celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend, you're bound to hear the ballad, Danny Boy. Hear an orchestral version in the Irish Rhapsody by Charles Stanford, on Friday's Performance Today.
We recently started tracking how many pieces of music on our program were composed by, performed by or conducted by women. The numbers made it clear: women are underrepresented. Performance Today wants to change that.
Come match wits with Bruce Adolphe - now you can play the Piano Puzzler anytime, anywhere! Every week, we're putting a sneak peek of the upcoming Puzzler online; have a listen, and then send us your best guess.
Who was the first black person to compose an opera that was performed on national television? Who was the first African-American to write an opera that was successfully brought to the stage? Who wrote music for the first Broadway show to feature a racially integrated cast. The answers to these questions and other fascinating artists can be found in our survey of important black figures in classical music.
Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Award, joins host Fred Child in the PT performance studio. He plays two fiendishly difficult pieces of music, and discusses his education and the musical process of constructing a fugue.
Every year a group of friends, who happen to be some of the best brass players in Norway, get together for a fun reunion disguised as a music tour. This year, they stopped by the Performance Today studio.