Tom Huizenga

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Tania León Wins Music Pulitzer For 'Stride,' Celebrating Women's Resilience

Friday, June 11, 2021

The revered Cuban composer's winning piece was inspired by the life and struggles of Susan B. Anthony and her own poor mother and grandmother in Cuba.


Remembering Christa Ludwig, The Master Singer Of Opera And Song

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Classical music fans are mourning the loss of the celebrated mezzo-soprano, known for her versatility and the warmth of her voice. She died at her home in Austria on April 24 at age 93.


From Norway With Horsepower: Soprano Lise Davidsen Is Conquering Opera

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The young, late-comer to opera is turning heads in the classical world with a powerful voice that can rocket over huge orchestras or pare down to a silvery thread.


James Levine, Former Met Opera Music Director, Is Dead At Age 77

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The gifted conductor who had wielded immense influence in the classical music world, was publicly accused by nine men of sexual abuse. He died March 9 at age 77 of natural causes.


On A Remote Island, A Music School Flourishes

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

The Toki School of Music is the brainchild of pianist Mahani Teave, who gave up a promising international career to return to Easter Island to teach children.


Max Richter: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Friday, January 22, 2021

Watch the composer, in a bucolic southern England setting, play six of his most tranquil, yet probing pieces.


NPR's Classical Music Editor Previews 2 Albums You'll Want To Hear

Monday, January 11, 2021

NPR's resident classical music specialist Tom Huizenga previews two of the albums he's looking forward to spending time with in 2021.


Music And Mayhem: A Diary Of Classical Albums For A Troubled 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020

NPR Music's classical editor traces the high points of a year spent listening to new albums that offered comfort and confrontation in counterpoint with the relentless world outside the headphones.


Beethoven's Life, Liberty And Pursuit Of Enlightenment

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Growing up in a progressive city, Ludwig van Beethoven embraced the ideals of the Enlightenment, the philosophical movement that shook Europe and helped shape the composer's music.


Jan Vogler And Alessio Bax: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Join cellist Jan Vogler and pianist Alessio Bax at the "doctor's office," where they make the case for Beethoven as the liberator of the cello by playing music from his cello sonatas.


Borromeo String Quartet: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Members of the celebrated Borromeo String Quartet – playing it safe with masks – unlock the sillier side of Beethoven in music he wrote late in life.


Jonathan Biss: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Monday, December 14, 2020

To mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, pianist Jonathan Biss explores the solitary side of the composer in extraordinary music written after Beethoven became deaf.


Julia Bullock: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

From her home in Germany, the provocative American soprano delivers songs of introspection and freedom from Franz Schubert's mountaintop epiphany to Billy Taylor's wish for equality and justice.


Copland House: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Friday, November 13, 2020

A trio of musicians gather at Aaron Copland's longtime home. Watch them play the iconic American composer's music at his own piano and beside his own writing desk.


The Unforgettable Jessye Norman, One Year Later

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The celebrated soprano died suddenly a year ago, leaving her fans, including one NPR producer, in grief, but with many fond memories.


Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass, Rebooted For The 21st Century

Monday, September 28, 2020

When young composers explore old musical formulas, exciting things can happen. Mass for the Endangered is a contemporary twist on an ancient tradition.


The Tiny Desk Guide To Rare And Amazing Instruments

Friday, August 21, 2020

From your garden variety barrel cactus and the single-stringed đàn bầu to the slithering sound of the theremin, watch these singular instruments (and more) make music like you've never heard before.


Víkingur Ólafsson: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Watch the rising young pianist, in a final performance from his Berlin home, make the case for two seemingly disparate French composers born nearly 200 years apart.


The Met Opera's Live Streaming Series Sticks To Old Trappings

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

While a valiant endeavor, the Metropolitan Opera's new series of steaming concerts can't seem to shake off opera's fusty, aristocratic traditions.


Leon Fleisher, The Pianist Who Reinvented Himself, Dies At 92

Sunday, August 02, 2020

The beloved pianist was a young lion of his generation until a hand injury forced him to rethink his relationship to music.