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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
August 8, 2015
August's Featured Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn was a talented pianist and composer beginning his musical career at only 10 years old. Born in Germany, his family encouraged him to pursue a life of music. They gave him the opportunity to play the piano whenever he liked and hosted Sunday afternoon concerts with his sister Fanny in their home. By the time he was twenty years old, Mendelssohn put together and conducted the first concert of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion since Bach's death.

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July 6, 2015
July's Featured Composer: John Philip Sousa
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sousa-squareJohn Philip Sousa was an American bandmaster and composer who wrote many famous marches during his lifetime. When he was 13, he almost ran away to join a circus band, but his father found out and made him join the United States Marine Band where he found his true calling. Sousa spent twelve years as a conductor of the Marine Band until he decided to start his own band. The Sousa Band was so popular that they toured all around the world to sold-out audiences! 

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June 6, 2015
June's Featured Composer: Franz Liszt
franzlisztWhile Franz Liszt was most famously known for being a pianist, he was also a conductor, composer, critic and teacher! Liszt could walk on stage and keep a crowd entertained for hours with his incredible technique and awesome presence. As a composer, Liszt's works were so difficult that only the best musicians could perform the music as he wrote it. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous musicians in history because of his many talents. 

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May 2, 2015
May's Featured Composer: Dmitri Kabalevsky

Dmitri KabalevskyDmitri Kabalevsky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He started playing the piano by ear when he was only six years old. Kabalevsky wrote a lot of piano music, including pieces for children. He really enjoyed writing for children. He even wrote a set of songs for solo voice based on some wonderful Russian translations of Mother Goose rhymes.

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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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