About the program
Performance Today is America's most popular classical music radio program. The show is broadcast on 292 public radio stations across the country, and reaches more than 1.4 million listeners each week.
Performance Today features live concert recordings that can't be heard anywhere else, as well as in-studio performances and interviews. Also, each week composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical music game, the Piano Puzzler
. Performance Today is based at the APM studios in Saint Paul, Minn., but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country.
The list of concert performers and studio guests on Performance Today is a Who's Who of the classical music world: the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Martha Argerich, Gil Shaham, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Pierre Boulez, John Adams, Simone Dinnerstein, Stephen Hough, Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Cecelia Bartoli, the Emerson Quartet, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Ravi Shankar, Emanuel Ax, Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode, to name just a few.
Performance Today also highlights young American soloists with the potential for great careers as "Young Artists in Residence." PT is proud to count pianists Orli Shaham, Jeremy Denk, and Jonathan Biss, guitarist Jason Vieaux, and violinist Colin Jacobsen among our many former Young Artists.
About the host
Fred Child is the host of APM's Performance Today
, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center
, the only live performing arts series on television. And he's co-host of Carnegie Hall Live
, an annual series of a dozen live national radio broadcasts from America's premier musical venue.
Fred also appears at classical music festivals and events around the country, from PT's annual residency at the Aspen Music Festival and School, to special events at the Savannah Music festival, Marlboro Music, the Spoleto Festival USA, Summerfest La Jolla and many more.
Beyond the world of classical music, Fred hosted NPR's innovative "Creators@Carnegie," a program of wide-ranging performers in concert, including Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Dawn Upshaw, Youssou N'Dour, Caetano Veloso, Emmylou Harris and others. Before going to NPR, Fred was Music Director and Director of Cultural Programming at WNYC in New York, host of a live daily performance and interview program on WNYC, and for 10 years, a host at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
For several years, Fred's pre-concert talks were a popular feature for the Washington Performing Arts Society, in Washington D.C., and for the Baltimore Symphony. He has given concert talks for Lincoln Center, the Aspen Festival, Summerfest La Jolla and many other venues across the country.
In recent years, Fred has hosted a series of unique live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic from Walt Disney Hall, the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, New Year's concerts by the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony at their summer home of Tanglewood, the ground-breaking "Spring for Music" concerts from Carnegie Hall, and the "Americana" series for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff.
Fred's music reviews have appeared on NPR's All Things Considered
, and his music reports have appeared on NPR's Morning Edition
and Weekend Edition
. He's been a contributor to Billboard
magazine, and a concert host and commentator for BBC Radio 3.
While growing up in Portland, Ore., Fred studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion and bagpipes. His percussion band opened for the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum. He has narrated works at the Aspen Festival, with the Virginia Symphony, with the U.S. Marine Band and at the Round Top Festival-Institute. His rare musical performances in public include percussion with guitarist Sharon Isbin, and piano four-hands duets with Andre-Michel Schub. He appears as an actor in a video commissioned for the Partita for Solo Violin by Philip Glass.
Fred loves baseball (throws right, bats left) and soccer (he's a fan of North London's Tottenham Hotspur), and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist, and a licensed private pilot and certified scuba diver.