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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
November 6, 2015
November's Featured Composer: Leonard Bernstein
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cfk novemberLeonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and grew up in the Boston area. He studied music at Harvard. He was the 25-year-old assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. At the last minute, he stepped in to conduct a concert in Carnegie Hall that was broadcast live over the radio all across America. The audience loved him, and the event made front page headlines in the newspaper. Bernstein's musical theater works include "On The Town," "Wonderful Town," and "West Side Story."

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October 2, 2015
October's Featured Composer: Edvard Grieg
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GriegEdvard Grieg was born in Norway. Many members of the Grieg family were musical, so Edvard's parents didn't object when he wanted to be a musician when he grew up. Grieg studied at the best music conservatory in Europe -- in Leipzig, Germany, and then spent time in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he met and married his cousin Nina, who was a singer.

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September 12, 2015
September's Featured Composer: Zoltán Kodály
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Zoltan Kodaly in the 1930sZoltán Kodály was born in a small town in Hungary. His father worked for the Hungarian railroad, so the family moved around a lot. This meant that as a kid, Zoltán heard folk music from many different parts of the country. When he grew up, Hungarian folk music became his passion. Kodály spent a large part of his life collecting his native music, and teaching his countrymen about it.

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August 8, 2015
August's Featured Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn was a talented pianist and composer beginning his musical career at only 10 years old. Born in Germany, his family encouraged him to pursue a life of music. They gave him the opportunity to play the piano whenever he liked and hosted Sunday afternoon concerts with his sister Fanny in their home. By the time he was twenty years old, Mendelssohn put together and conducted the first concert of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion since Bach's death.

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July 6, 2015
July's Featured Composer: John Philip Sousa
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sousa-squareJohn Philip Sousa was an American bandmaster and composer who wrote many famous marches during his lifetime. When he was 13, he almost ran away to join a circus band, but his father found out and made him join the United States Marine Band where he found his true calling. Sousa spent twelve years as a conductor of the Marine Band until he decided to start his own band. The Sousa Band was so popular that they toured all around the world to sold-out audiences! 

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June 6, 2015
June's Featured Composer: Franz Liszt
franzlisztWhile Franz Liszt was most famously known for being a pianist, he was also a conductor, composer, critic and teacher! Liszt could walk on stage and keep a crowd entertained for hours with his incredible technique and awesome presence. As a composer, Liszt's works were so difficult that only the best musicians could perform the music as he wrote it. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous musicians in history because of his many talents. 

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