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We spoke with Scott Wilkinson, who runs and directs the Los Angeles TubaChristmas celebration, a celebration for tuba players of all levels. You only need to know how to read basic music and, most importantly, bring your own tuba! More >>

WindSync selfie In studio with WindSync
Wind quintet WindSync joins Fred in the studio to discuss their approach to playing - and performing - classical music. More >>

Miami String Quartet In studio with Lydia Artymiw and the Miami String Quartet
What does it take to play well with other musicians? The answer is revealed as Lydia Artymiw and the Miami String Quartet join Fred in the studio for music and conversation. More >>

REBEL In studio with REBEL
Early music ensemble REBEL joins Fred in the studio to perform early music and to discuss how they find room for improvisation in written scores. More >>



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Today's Program
Santa and Isolde

What do you get when you combine twelve opera highlights with eleven popular holiday tunes and ten brass players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra? "Santa and Isolde," of course! On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear a performance of Bruce Adolphe's new holiday classic.

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Fred Child is the host of Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America.



The Piano Puzzler®

Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats. Guess the great and the song. Then listen to a piece by the composer in question. The Piano Puzzler® with Bruce Adolphe is available for download and as a podcast.

Piano Puzzlers Sheet Music

Impress your friends at your next party or gathering! Piano Puzzlers gathers together the sheet music to 32 of the best piano puzzlers so that you can be the toast of your next party or gathering. The puzzlers serves as a great icebreaker for any occasion to get the conversation rolling.

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