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Kids and Classical music - they do co-exist!

Every day in the U.S. we struggle to keep music and the arts in schools.  Some even say that children don't like or listen to classical music.  Here are some really, really small children in Korea who look really happy playing classical music.  Enjoy!

YouTube Symphony Orchestra

It was two years ago this month that more than 90 musicians from over 30 countries travelled to Carnegie Hall to perform in the first ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

Meet the Composer: Chris Van Hof

Get to know another side of WXXI-FM 91.5s afternoon host, Chris Van Hof.  Chris will be making several appearances wearing another of his many hats - that of composer. 

On Wednesday, March 23rd on WXXI's Live from Hochstein, Gibbs & Main will present the world premiere of Caravan Tone Poem by Chris Van Hof, along with other new works. 

Garrison Keillor announces his retirement from "A Prairie Home Companion"

Garrison Keillor, host of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" announced that he plans to retire from the show in spring of 2012.  However, he has lots in store to keep him busy.  Check out this interview with AARP.,pxbg,dv,3zw4,2n0n,6rg2,2hf3

National Music Museum in South Dakota

A listener wrote in to tell us of this jewel in South Dakota.  If you love music, you'll love taking the online tour of the National Music Museum.  It is amazing.


Want to know more about the Classical Music World?

If you're like me, you don't have time to be searching all over for the latest events and news in the classical music world.  So I love it when two magazines bring the news right to me.  Check out LISTEN magazine and Opera News.  Sure, I can read some of their articles on line, but I sti


The Metropolitan Opera announces its 2010-2011 Season.

The Metropolitan Opera just released info on its 2010-2011 season.  Here are the headlines...


The future of the arts is YOU!

Like WXXI, the RPO, Geva, MAG and so many arts organizations are looking to develop and nurture younger audiences to help take us into the future. 


Where is Classical music going?

Classical pianist James Rhodes just signed with the Warner Brothers Record label - a label that usually handles groups like Metallica, R.E.M., Linkin Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Rhodes has a unique perspective on the future of classical music and how today's musicians can break the mold that has been tradition for decades.  Check out an interview with him and let us know what you think.


WGBH is looking for blind and low vision adults to participate in online survey about audio description.

WGBH is looking for blind and low vision adults to participate in online survey about audio description.

IBM Research in Japan and WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media are soliciting adults who are blind or have low vision to participate in an online survey regarding the use of synthesized voice in audiodescription. The survey, which will be accessible via screen-reading software, should take no longer than 30 minutes....

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