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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 6, 2016
August's featured composer: Johann Strauss, Jr.
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Johann Strauss Jr.Johann Strauss, Jr. was the son of a very successful violinist and orchestra leader. Eventually, Johann, Jr. was in competition with his father, conducting an orchestra of his own. When the older Strauss died, people began to realize that the son was an even better musician and composer.

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July 3, 2016
July's featured composer: Aaron Copland
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Aaron CoplandAaron Copland is one of the most famous American composers of all time. Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, and went to France as a teenager to study music with Nadia Boulanger, who helped Copland create his own style.

Copland wrote music with a very “American" sound. Many of his works were inspired by the landscape of America, including his ballets -- Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring. Billy the Kid and Rodeo are about the Wild West.

One of Copland's best known compostions is Fanfare for the Common Man. Copland wrote it after the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra asked several composers to write fanfares during World War II. Copland’s music has become a great part of American history.

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June 4, 2016
June's Featured Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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Giuseppe VerdiGiuseppe Verdi was born in the Italian town of Le Roncole. When he showed early talent, a music-loving grocer paid for his music education. 

His music became associated with political movements. When Italy was not yet a country and under Austrian rule, one of his earliest operas, Nabucco, included a chorus of Hebrew slaves longing for their country "so beautiful and lost." Italians latched onto Verdi's "Chorus of Hebrew Slaves" as an unofficial anthem.

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May 6, 2016
May's Featured Composer: Frédéric Chopin
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cfk-mayFrédéric Chopin was born on March 1, 1810 in a town just outside of Warsaw, Poland. He was one of the greatest pianists of his day. His mother introduced him to the piano and by the time he was six, Chopin played extremely well and was starting to compose. He gave his first concert at the age of eight. When Chopin was 20, he left Poland to seek fame and fortune in other European cities. When Chopin got to Paris, he decided to stay.  

There's a story that when Chopin left his native country, his friends gave him some Polish soil, which he carried around with him for the rest of his life. While the story is unlikely, Chopin did continue to be passionatly patriotic about Poland, even though he never went back there. Chopin was never healthy, and was only thirty-nine when he died of tuberculosis. When he was buried -- in France -- a special box of earth was brought from Poland to sprinkle on his grave. But Chopin's heart is in Poland -- literally. His heart was put in an urn and taken to the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.

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April 6, 2016
April's Featured Composer: Benjamin Britten
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cfk-brittensquareBenjamin Britten was born in Great Britain in 1913. He was an expert in three different musical fields -- conducting, composing and playing the piano. From the moment he started playing the piano, Britten knew he wanted to earn his living as a composer. His first paying job was writing music for films. 

Britten was a pacifist -- he didn't believe in fighting wars. So when it became obvious that England would go to war with Germany in 1939, he left for America. Britten later returned to his native country in the middle of World War II. When the war was over, the biggest opera company in England held a gala reopening, and commissioned Britten to write a new opera for the occasion. Britten was also asked to compose an opera when Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England.

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March 7, 2016
March's Featured Composer: Georg Philipp Telemann
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ck-marchGeorg Philipp Telemann was born in Magdeburg, Germany. He learned to play several musical instruments, and taught himself to compose.  When Telemann went to the university in Leipzig, he was supposed to study law and forget about music. But his music-loving roommate found out that Telemann was a composer, and arranged to have one of his pieces performed. The next thing Telemann knew, he was writing music for the biggest church in town. Unlike many composers, Telemann was famous and appreciated in his day. He was friends with most of his fellow composers, and was godfather to one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has his middle name!

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