Tom Huizenga

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Serbian Composer Djuro Zivkovic Wins Grawemeyer Music Prize

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Hear On the Guarding of the Heart, an ethereal work for chamber orchestra that earned the award for the 38-year-old Serbian-born composer. He thinks of this music as a discourse about inner transformation.


First Listen: Hilary Hahn, 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores'

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them. Hear fascinating works by 27 contemporary composers, written especially for Hilary Hahn.


Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner searches for clues to uncover what the great composer's life and personality were really like. He finds a man full of contradictions and unfathomable music — even "a great guy to go out and have a beer with."


Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Sunday, September 08, 2013

From a new concerto by Béla Fleck to established concertos by Béla Bartok, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden spin a wide variety of new classical recordings.


Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mesmerized by the Caruso records he heard on the streets of lower Manhattan as a poor kid, Richard Tucker took to singing and never looked back. New York honors its native son with arias and corned beef.


Daniel Hope's Earth And Sky Expedition

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Watch the celebrated violinist play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights with jazz bassist Ben Allison. Hope ponders the cosmos, bringing together music and time, with works by composers from different centuries who might not always be found, he says, "in the same galaxy."


Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Conductor David Robertson decodes America's orchestral anxieties, from nurturing new works to playing the classics. "I'm seen by many people as having horns and a forked tail," he says, "because I actually love to discover something that has not been played before."


First Listen: Anna Netrebko, 'Verdi'

Sunday, August 11, 2013

For her first studio album in five years, the celebrated soprano reveals a newly darkened, larger-sounding voice in a tribute to Guiseppe Verdi.


Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90

Friday, August 09, 2013

An American singer began her long career as a soprano in her home country, then thrived as a mezzo in Europe. She also directed opera and documentary film, working with both her husband and son. She died in her native New York.


And in This Corner: A Baritone Fights For Opera On The BBC

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The celebrated singer Thomas Hampson found himself in a verbal boxing match, defending opera and classical music from an unusually contentious host on a recent British talk show.


5 American Symphonies You Should Know

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Five acclaimed American conductors and composers — from Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Higdon and David Lang to the Atlanta Symphony's Robert Spano — pick their favorite homegrown symphonic works.


Time For Three: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, July 27, 2013

In person, the members of Time for Three come off as just three dudes in a band. But with their staggering technique and freewheeling genre-crossing, it's hard not to be swept up in the force of their contagious energy. Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform in the NPR Music offices.


Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hear excerpts from three albums of recent symphonic music, each telling a distinctly different American story — from Michael Daugherty's Toscanini-obsessed symphonic fantasy to a special preview of Kevin Puts' majestic symphony of clashing cultures.


Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

Monday, July 22, 2013

The beloved star of the Metropolitan Opera is revered for her portrayals of Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly. Her service to opera includes creating the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which supports emerging singers.


In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony? Join the conversation in our summer-long exploration of the American symphony. Who writes symphonies in the U.S. these days? And who hears them?


Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

Sunday, June 30, 2013

From an intriguing East meets West merger to Vivaldi played with velocity, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden explore a wide range of new classical releases.


Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best festivals, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls.


Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

From the sweet melodies by Bach to the quiet sound world of Morton Feldman, sample three fascinating new albums by today's top fiddlers.


'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

For a film built almost completely from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama — especially between a stage director and his charismatic star, French soprano Natalie Dessay.


Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Imani Winds' members play David to Igor Stravinsky's imposing Goliath, as they shrink the massive Rite of Spring down to size in a rendition for just five wind instruments. The result is an epic in miniature — and a performance perfect for a Tiny Desk.