Tom Huizenga appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Watch the composer, in a bucolic southern England setting, play six of his most tranquil, yet probing pieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.