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Start off the kids' Saturday morning with Classics for Kids. Naomi Lewin brings classical music's great composers to life through music and stories.

Awards and Honors for Classics for Kids
Classics for Kids® has been honored with a National Community Impact Award for Engagement by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in recognition of its innovative on-air and online services for children.

In 2004, Classics for Kids® received a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications. The Clarion Awards is a renowned competition recognizing the best works from all communications fields. Classics for Kids® was honored for excellence in the category of Radio Regular Feature Program. 

Program Schedule
April 4, 2015
April's Featured Composer: Giacomo Puccini

PucciniWhen Puccini inherited his father’s positions as choirmaster and organist, he was only six years old! Eventually Puccini became a very successful opera composer – he’s even regarded as the successor to Verdi. Puccini’s genius lay in his ability to write beautiful melodies. He also was able to create operas that audiences responded to. His characters are very human and the stories in his operas are easy to follow.

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March 7, 2015
March's Featured Composer: Johannes Brahms

BrahmsFor a long time, Brahms didn't want to write a symphony because he was afraid his work would not be as good as Beethoven's. Brahms ended up writing four symphonies, and he became so famous that he's now known as one of the 3 B's -- Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms -- of classical music.

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February 7, 2015
February's Featured Composer: William Grant Still

William Grant StillWilliam Grant Still has been called the Dean of African-American composers. Still's Afro-American Symphony was the first symphony by a black composer to be performed by a major orchestra, and he was the first African-American to conduct a major American orchestra. In addition to symphonies, Still's classical compositions include chamber music, operas, and ballets.

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January 3, 2015
January's Featured Composer: Franz Schubert

SchubertFranz Schubert wrote his first symphonies for his school orchestra, and for friends of the family who used to get together to play -- the whole Schubert family was very musical. Schubert also wrote piano, choral, and chamber music, but he is probably most famous for composing over 600 songs.

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November 1, 2014
November's Featured Composer: Antonin Dvorak

Dvorak Antonin Dvorak was born in a village just north of Prague. Dvorak grew up with a strong Czech identity and that came out in his music. The last of Dvorak’s nine symphonies was written in the United States, though, and is nicknamed “From the New World.”

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October 4, 2014
October's Featured Composer: Modest Mussorgsky

Mussorgsky Modest Mussorgsky was born in the Russian village of Karevo. His mother gave him his first piano lessons, and it was clear early on that Mussorgsky was a very good pianist. 

When he was a kid growing up, Modest Mussorgsky learned Russian fairy tales and folk stories from the family nurse. Those fairy tales put in an appearance in the music he wrote later on.

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