Tom Huizenga

Tom Huizenga appears in the following:

Guest DJ Jessye Norman: From Augusta To Valhalla

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

After decades of performing, the celebrated soprano's enthusiasm for music is irresistible. She chooses some of her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.


Roomful Of Teeth: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, November 10, 2014

Watch the vocal group sing new music with yelps, yodels and fine harmonies tightly spun.


Sax Ed: The NPR Music Saxophone Quiz

Thursday, November 06, 2014

From classical and rock to jazz and world music, the saxophone has invaded many cultures and styles. Try this quiz celebrating the bicentennial of the instrument's inventor, Adolphe Sax.


Ghosts In The Music: A Spooky Songs Quiz

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Think you know your musical ghouls and ghosts? From country and classical to rock and jazz, try this hair-raising Halloween puzzler.


Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Danish String Quartet doesn't live on Brahms and Beethoven alone. Watch the versatile group play Danish folk tunes, from centuries-old Fanø wedding dances to traditional Roskilde reels.


After 200 Years, A Schubert Song Still Resonates

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.


Everything You Wanted To Know About Classical Music (But Weren't Afraid To Ask)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Every Friday, the proprietors of NPR Classical and their Twitter followers gather for a half-hour speed session to share great recordings and discuss the music.


If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

Friday, September 19, 2014

Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it's time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.


Gotta Know Mexico: A Mexican Music Puzzler

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From Pre-Colombian sounds to hip-hop, Mexico's musical heritage is eclectic. To celebrate Mexican Independence Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month, test your knowledge of Mexican music.


Listen To The Atlanta Symphony While It's Locked Out — Again

Friday, September 12, 2014

In music from Giuseppe Verdi to Jennifer Higdon, celebrate the sound of the venturesome Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.


Enduringly Dramatic Italian Soprano Magda Olivero Dies At 104

Monday, September 08, 2014

The intensely expressive Italian singer had an unusually long career. "I always have the sense that when I hear her recordings that she's singing just for me," says soprano Renée Fleming.


Great Expectations: A New Season of New Music

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Mozart and Beethoven aren't going anywhere, but U.S. orchestras, opera companies and chamber groups are also presenting dozens of compelling premieres.


A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Three centuries ago, Domenico Scarlatti churned out 555 keyboard sonatas. Today, pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough. Hear a clutch of new recordings.


Enigmatic Endings: A Farewell To Summer Quiz

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations.


Masters And Disasters: The Met Opera Quiz

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera's labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America's largest performing arts organization.


Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets.


First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind'

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The organist aims to rescue his instrument from its church-bound traditions. With his new album, which includes Bach and Bacharach alike, Carpenter could land a multitude of converts.


Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer.


Drum Fill Friday: Classical Headbanging Edition

Friday, August 08, 2014

In classical music, percussionists go wild with drums of all shapes and sizes. Can you guess which pieces spotlight the timpani, snare and bass drums?


Ask Us Anything About Beethoven

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Author Jan Swafford has just published a Beethoven biography — and he's sharing surprising facts he learned while writing his book. See some here and join us Thursday for a session on Reddit.