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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Exploring the Works of Black Classical Musicians

William Grant Still
Credit Library of Congress

Classical music can be easily generalized as a white, European art form. But the last 150 years proves that it's an art that is more diverse and nuanced.

For example, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), the son of a planter and his slave, was a virtuoso violinist and conductor of orchestras in Paris.  And Beethoven wrote for the famous violinist named George Bridgetower, who was of African and Polish ancestry.

In the 20th century, classical music became an art form for anyone who wanted it.

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Strange Fruit
3:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Strange Fruit: African-American Voices in Classical Music

Commentary
7:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

How-To Festival Preview: Appreciating Classical Music

Credit Wikipedia Commons

The most frequent statement made to me, after I introduce myself as someone who works in classical radio is, “I don’t know anything about classical music, but...”This statement is typically followed by an expression of love for classical music, a short story about playing clarinet in band during middle school, or how a parent or grandparent always had classical radio on in the background at home. All three are valid experiences that have nothing to do with actually knowing something about music.

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