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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
February 5, 2016
February's Featured Composer: Scott Joplin
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cfk-160205Scott Joplin's father was born into slavery in North Carolina; his mother was a freeborn woman from Kentucky. Both his parents were musical. When his parents separated, Scott's mother supported the family by cleaning houses, and he was allowed to use the piano in one of those houses. He taught himself to play. As a teenager, Joplin started traveling. In Missouri, he played piano in saloons; for the 1893 World's Fair, he headed to Chicago, and played cornet in a band. After spending some time in college, Joplin moved on to St. Louis, the hotbed of ragtime music. Eventually, he wound up in New York City. Scott Joplin wrote some songs and stage works, but he's best known as one of the greatest composers of piano rags. In 1976 -- almost 60 years after Scott Joplin died -- his opera Treemonisha was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

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January 2, 2016
January's Featured Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
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Franz Joseph HaydnFranz Joseph Haydn was known as the "Father of the Symphony" during his time. He helped develop new musical forms, like the string quartet and the symphony. Born in the tiny Austrian town of Rohrau, Haydn went to Vienna to sing in the choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral and attend the choir school at the age of eight. Though he was not a focused student in his youth, he went on to compose symphonies, operas and other music. Haydn spent more than 30 years working as music director for the Esterhazy family. By the end of his life, Haydn was both rich and famous, and worked well with his employers, which was unusual for a composer of that time.

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December 26, 2015
December's Featured Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piotr (or Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, Russia. His family moved to the the capital city of St. Petersburg when he was 8 years old. His parents did not consider music to be an "acceptable" profession, and made him study law instead. But even in law school, Tchaikovsky continued to study music. Eventually, he gave up his legal job and went to the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Tchaikovsky traveled all over Europe for performances of his music. In 1891, he even came to America for the opening of Carnegie Hall, where he was invited to conduct his music.

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November 6, 2015
November's Featured Composer: Leonard Bernstein
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cfk novemberLeonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and grew up in the Boston area. He studied music at Harvard. He was the 25-year-old assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. At the last minute, he stepped in to conduct a concert in Carnegie Hall that was broadcast live over the radio all across America. The audience loved him, and the event made front page headlines in the newspaper. Bernstein's musical theater works include "On The Town," "Wonderful Town," and "West Side Story."

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October 2, 2015
October's Featured Composer: Edvard Grieg
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GriegEdvard Grieg was born in Norway. Many members of the Grieg family were musical, so Edvard's parents didn't object when he wanted to be a musician when he grew up. Grieg studied at the best music conservatory in Europe -- in Leipzig, Germany, and then spent time in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he met and married his cousin Nina, who was a singer.

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September 12, 2015
September's Featured Composer: Zoltán Kodály
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Zoltan Kodaly in the 1930sZoltán Kodály was born in a small town in Hungary. His father worked for the Hungarian railroad, so the family moved around a lot. This meant that as a kid, Zoltán heard folk music from many different parts of the country. When he grew up, Hungarian folk music became his passion. Kodály spent a large part of his life collecting his native music, and teaching his countrymen about it.

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