Classics For Kids

Copland’s Cowboy Ballets

Saturday, August 10, 2013

If you think ballets are only about nutcrackers, swans or fairy tales, think again. This week on Classics for Kids, find out how Aaron Copland became the composer of not one, but two, cowboy ballets.

The Leonard Lopate Show

George Balanchine, Liidia Ivanova, and Revolution

Monday, July 29, 2013

Elizabeth Kendall tells the story of two key figures in Russian ballet: famed choreographer George Balanchine and his close childhood friend and extraordinary ballerina Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova. Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer traces the lives and friendship of these two dancers from just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine's escape from Russia in 1924, and sheds new light on a crucial point in the history of ballet.


Studio 360

American Icons: Appalachian Spring

Friday, July 05, 2013

In 1942, Aaron Copland was commissioned to write a score for the choreographer Martha Graham. Dance and music in America have never been the same. Their ballet Appalachian Spring looks at the tension between community and individualism through the story ...



Community Voices: The Rock Ballerina, Kimberly Nichole

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Known as “The Rock Ballerina,” singer and songwriter, Kimberly Nichole fuses gospel/soul music with grunge/and alternative sound. In this video, Nichole performs “All Your Love I Miss Loving” in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

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New York Public Radio's Community Engagement & Audience Development department presents Community Voices: A series of inspiring and informative interviews, with luminaries in a variety of disciplines, in honor of Black History Month and beyond.



The Greene Space

Black Swans: Dance Theatre of Harlem's Ingrid Silva and Stephanie Rae Williams perform from 'Contested Spaces'

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Where are all the Black Swans? That question was explored anew when The Greene Space recently invited legends in classical ballet to share their complex journeys in the field and discuss the continued scarcity of African-American ballerinas.

Noting there are still no black female principals at the New York City Ballet or the American Ballet Theater, moderator Charisse Jones asked, "Why has it been so difficult for black dancers, and black women in particular, to break through this art form?

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Showdown @ High Noon

Some Ravel Birthday Reveling

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Thursday is Maurice Ravel’s 138th birthday, so today we're tipping our hat to this master composer. We asked you to tell us whether you'd like to hear Ravel's music for string quartet, piano or the ballet, and we played the winner at noon.

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Bolshoi's Artistic Director Attacked with Acid in Moscow

Friday, January 18, 2013

Russian police say Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre, is being treated in a Moscow hospital for severe burns after a masked man threw acid in his face.

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Classics For Kids

The Story of The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, is a beloved holiday favorite. This week on Classics for Kids, hear the story of The Nutcracker and enjoy its enchanting music.

Classics For Kids

Ballet and Tchaikovsky

Saturday, December 08, 2012

What’s a ballet? What do ballet dancers wear? How is a ballet composed? You’ll hear the answers to these questions this week on Classics for Kids as host Naomi Lewin takes you on a trip through the ballets of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Exploring Music

Incidentally Speaking

Monday, December 03, 2012

For as long as art forms such as theatre, ballet, and other entertainments have graced the stage, composers have been there to enhance the dramatic action through music. This week host Bill McGlaughlin explores some of the not-so-incidental music that has resulted.



Mike Gerle: American Mormon-International Mr. Leather

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Mormon kid becomes "International Mr. Leather"


Albums of the Week

Uncovering Delibes's Vivid Ballet Scores

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has a new recording that pairs Léo Delibes's Coppélia and Sylvia, shedding new light on these vivid and tuneful ballet scores.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Dancer Natalia Makarova

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Legendary ballet dancer (and Tony-winner) Natalia Makarova, considered the best ballerina of the 20th century, talks about her life and career. She defected from the Soviet Union in 1970 and was the first artistic exile to be invited back to perform in the Soviet Union. Makarova will be honored at special tribute evening on April 28 by Youth America Grand Prix, the world's larges student ballet scholarship competition.

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Niche Market | Ballet Pointe Shoes

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. View our slideshow.

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The Takeaway

Home From Battle, An Iraq War Vet Teaches Ballet

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Roman Baca is an Iraq War veteran and the artistic director of Exit 12 Dance Company. He has toured veterans hospitals and military bases around the world with his ballet "The Homecoming," which is about service members dealing with homesickness and the experiences of their loved ones waiting at home. He is heading back to Iraq, but this time as a dance teacher.

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Two Dance Luminaries Take Big Leap with Ballet Next

Monday, November 21, 2011

A new ballet company, directed by two principal dancers of two major companies, made its debut Monday night at the Joyce Theater. WQXR's Janet Babin reports.

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Beatles 2K11: Paul on Pointe

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In what seems like an annual ritual, The Beatles have invaded pop-culture conversations, thanks to a new George Harrison documentary, a John Lennon biography and Paul McCartney’s collaboration with New York City Ballet. In the first of a three-part series, we start with a review of “Ocean’s Kingdom,” McCartney’s first ballet score. We’re joined by Jennifer Homans, dance critic for The New Republic and author of the ballet history “Apollo’s Angels.”

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Paul and Stella McCartney Sell Out City Ballet Season Opener

Friday, September 23, 2011

New York City Ballet had a sellout crowd at its fall season opener on Thursday thanks to the music of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and costumes created by his daughter, the superstar designer Stella McCartney.


The Takeaway

Paul McCartney on His First Ballet, 'Ocean's Kingdom'

Friday, September 23, 2011

Last night in front of a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center in New York, Sir Paul McCartney premiered his first ballet, "Ocean's Kingdom." It's a surprising new chapter from a man who can't read or write music. The ex-Beatle spoke to the BBC about his latest artistic effort.