Classics For Kids
News from Classics for Kids™ • December 2009

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAN BEHIND THE PERENNIAL FAVORITE, THE NUTCRACKER, PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Radio Shows
Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and while he was a gifted musician early on, that was not considered a proper career so his parent’s make him study law. Eventually he gave that up to study music full time and became one of the most well known composers not only in Europe but even the U.S. In 1891, he came to New York to conduct his work at Carnegie Hall.

The shows in December include:

    1. About Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
    2. Ballet
    3. The Nutcracker
    4. Traditional Christmas Classical Music

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Next Month
Franz Joseph Haydn Franz Joseph Haydn helped change classical music. He helped create new musical forms like the symphony and string quartets. While he struggled initially as a composer, his writing and composing for the Esterhazy family of Austria brought him great fame, even outside the country. He also realized early on that publishing music would allow him great financial freedom.

The shows in January include:

    1. About Franz Joseph Haydn
    2. Father of the Symphony
    3. The Farewell Symphony
    4. Minuets
    5. Patriotic Music by Classical Composers

For Parents

For Parents
Hear Classics for Kids host Naomi Lewin tell the story that inspired Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. What a great way to spend a few minutes with your child during the holiday season!

For Teachers

For Teachers
When your students return after holiday break, how about getting them moving again? Check out music for dancing and find programs about music your students can dance to…all for free…all available any time. Help them shake off those winter blah’s with some danceable classical music!

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Quote of the Month
"The business of music should in some measure lead us to love of the beautiful."

Plato

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