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Steve Vogel's The history of the Star-Spangled Banner
The Star-Spangled Banner was written 200 years ago this September. Journalist and author Steve Vogel joins Fred in the studio to discuss how and why our national anthem came to be. More >>

The Parker Quartet In studio with the Parker Quartet
The Parker Quartet performs music by Erwin Schulhoff, and talks with Fred about why they're looking at the future through crimson-tinted glasses. More >>

Jacob Bancks Jacob Bancks' "Rock Island Line"
Every Friday on PT, we feature 21st century music. This week, composer Jacob Bancks joins us to help dissect his 2014 piece, "Rock Island Line." More >>

Fred Child summits Grand Teton PT in Residence at the Grand Teton Music Festival
Recently, PT was on location at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Come listen to music and conversation from PT's live onstage event, plus see photos and video from Fred's outdoor adventures on Grand Teton. More >>



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Today's Program
The Beautiful Blue Danube

Pack your bags, grab your life jackets, and join us for a musical cruise down the Beautiful Blue Danube on Tuesday's Performance Today. We'll head to Austria to hear the Vienna Philharmonic play this classic waltz by Johann Strauss Jr., plus we'll have news about how you can join PT for a trip along the Danube next summer.

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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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