Category Archives: Classical

Performance Today Overview as shared by Fred Child

We spoke with Fred Child, host of Performance Today, to learn more about the popular classical music program including its origin, mission, and the processes applied in selecting music and artists to highlight. Fred has hosted Performance Today since 2000 and is a lifelong lover of music. 

Fred Child has hosted Performance Today since 2000

What is the origin of the show? Performance Today was founded in 1987 by NPR, National Public Radio.  It was initially conceived as a bridge between the morning news program, Morning Edition, and midday music (then in vogue on many stations that carried both news and music.

How has its mission/focus evolved?  Performance Today is a music program with a clear focus on classical music and those two words:  Performance Today.  In the beginning, and still, the focus is on music in PERFORMANCE – i.e., the presence and vitality found in concert recordings.  And TODAY: the current state of the music scene – contemporary music, diverse talent and the most inventive and enthralling of today’s interpreters of the great works of the past. 

What is your philosophy as host?  To convey a true love of music, to share that joy in an accessible way with listeners and to be an exclusive home for recordings and concert highlights not heard anywhere else – all while providing a certain degree of musical insight and occasional education tidbit for those interested, while not hectoring those who aren’t.

Share the talk:music Ratios:   9.5 minutes of talk and 49.5 minutes of music each hour. (1/0 billboard; .5/4.5 cutaway; 3/18 seg003; 0/1 seg004; 2/18 seg005; 0/1 seg006;  3/9 seg007) Episodes that include a performance interview typically have more talk, but the talk segment in those cases does not exceed 3.5 minutes.

How much “new/contemporary” classical is played per program/per year?   Generally, a new piece of classical music broadcasts on Performance Today once per program, a couple of times each week – or roughly 100-150 contemporary pieces annually of the approximately 1600 featured pieces of music on our show each year (about 5-10% of our music).


How are the new pieces introduced on PT selected?  Our producers listen to live concert recordings after the year 2000 that we receive from around the world.  From those we chose compositions that are musically interesting, have fascinating stories behind them and fit in our programming principle to ‘delight and surprise.’

How are the traditional pieces played on PT chosen?  Producers choose familiar classical pieces to broadcast on the show when the performance is exceptionally outstanding or inclusive or rare performance nuances.

How are the artists/composers highlighted selected?   We feature performers and composers whose artistry we find captivating.

Tell us more about the available ::30 Imaging Spots:  These ::30 second daily promo spots are available to stations to help to encourage listeners who aren’t familiar with PT to familiarize themselves with the show.  In addition, the spots also work to promote specific pieces of music or stories coming up on the next program so as to underscore the program’s capacity for discovery, access and the storytelling within the genre of contemporary classical music.

Specials for summer holidays, milestones and appetites

The latest specials from APM Celebrates honor our nation’s independence, first Moon landing and favorite foods, and the 200th birthday of a classical music prodigy.  

Promote your broadcasts with digital ads for your website, social media and newsletters. Available now in the ‘Marketing Tools’ section of APM Celebrates program pages.

Arts & Culture

Witness History: The Race to the Moon

One hour. Available July 1-31, 2019.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with this moving and memorable new special from the BBC World Service, featuring highlights from its Witness History programs and presenters.

“The Race to the Moon” presents stories and recollections of key moments from diverse voices – all of whom recollect the Moon landing with fondness and pride.

Let’s Be Frank: TBTL Salutes The Great American Hot Dog(Encore)

One hour. Available July 1–September 30, 2019.

Join hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh over a sizzling grill as they celebrate one of America’s most beloved and most ridiculed foods: The Hot Dog.

Perfect for Independence Day, Labor Day and the entire summer grilling season, this lighthearted encore special takes audiences from the grill to the ballpark, and shines a funny, mouthwatering spotlight on an American favorite (and veggie alternatives), with special guest Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table.

Classical Music

To Honor and Inspire: U.S. Military Bands Special

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Andrea Blain hosts this uplifting, patriotic new special featuring performances by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands, including marches by Sousa, Jewell and Gould, and classical works by Copland, Saint-Saens and Holst. 

Let Freedom Sing (New for 2019)

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Join Julie Amacher for this new Independence Day celebration with traditional, patriotic choral music performed by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

Clara Schumann: ‘A fallen, abominable, wicked girl’

One hour. Available September 1-30, 2019.

September 13, 2019 is the 200th birthday of world-renowned performer and composer Clara Schumann.

Classical concert pianist and storyteller Jade Simmons hosts this celebration of Schumann’s extraordinary life and inspiring musical achievements, and the challenges of being a female prodigy in the 19th century.

New spring fundraising tools

As you look forward to warm spring days and member drives, we’re here to help with new fundraising assets to raise your audience engagement and revenue.

Segments are available now on ContentDepot. Subscribe to individual fundraising program pages now to receive all future updates.

New for spring 2019:

 All programs

  • Updated talking points for your live pitches are available now on ContentDepot (following each rundown on fundraising pages) and on our website (under ‘Fundraising’ on program pages).
  • New fundraising promo options (excluding BBC World Service and The Daily) include general, sustainer, sustainer upgrade, and thank you messages from our hosts; new spots are between 0:25 and 0:59.

 Live from Here

  • Fundraising episode with 13 interchangeable segments featuring Chris Thile and a variety of artists: David Crosby, Jon Batiste, Lindsey Buckingham, John Prine, Meshell Ndegeocello, Emmanuel Ax, St. Vincent, Jonathan Biss, Dessa, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Vulfpeck, Tuneyards, Jeff Tweedy, Sylvan Esso, Snarky Puppy, David Rawlings, Willie Watson & the Fairfield Four, Parker Millsap, The Knights, Rachael Price, Gaby Moreno, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins, Punch Brothers, Tracy K Smith, The Sklar Brothers, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Gethard, Joey Ryan, and Tom Papa.

 Performance Today

  • Long-form, in-studio segments with a variety of classical artists.

Visit the ‘Episodes’ section of the pages below to find new fundraisers, with suggested pitch points following each rundown:

News

BBC World Service (generic promos and pitch points)

The Daily (generic promos, pitch points and listener testimonials)

 Marketplace

Arts and Culture

Live from Here (fundraising episode, pitch points)

The Splendid Table (6 promos with Francis Lam, pitch points)

Classical Music

Classical 24 (11 promos with C24 hosts, pitch points)

Performance Today (7 promos with Fred Child, 5 in-studio segments with guest artists, pitch points)

Pipedreams (6 promos with Michael Barone, pitch points)

SymphonyCast (6 promos with Alison Young, pitch points)

Custom Promo Requests

We encourage you to use our new fundraising promos, but we’re here to help if you need a custom spot. Please complete our custom promo form.

Due to ongoing production schedules, please allow 3-4 weeks for custom promo delivery, and up to 6 weeks for BBC World Service spots. Note: BBC World Service is prohibited by British law to make direct asks to listeners for monetary support.

New spring fundraising tools

As you look forward to warm spring days and member drives, we’re here to help with new fundraising assets to raise your audience engagement and revenue.

Segments are available now on ContentDepot. Subscribe to individual fundraising program pages now to receive all future updates.

New for spring 2019:

 All programs

  • Updated talking points for your live pitches are available now on ContentDepot (following each rundown on fundraising pages) and on our website (under ‘Fundraising’ on program pages).
  • New fundraising promo options (excluding BBC World Service and The Daily) include general, sustainer, sustainer upgrade, and thank you messages from our hosts; new spots are between 0:25 and 0:59.

 Live from Here

  • Fundraising episode with 13 interchangeable segments featuring Chris Thile and a variety of artists: David Crosby, Jon Batiste, Lindsey Buckingham, John Prine, Meshell Ndegeocello, Emmanuel Ax, St. Vincent, Jonathan Biss, Dessa, Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, Vulfpeck, Tuneyards, Jeff Tweedy, Sylvan Esso, Snarky Puppy, David Rawlings, Willie Watson & the Fairfield Four, Parker Millsap, The Knights, Rachael Price, Gaby Moreno, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins, Punch Brothers, Tracy K Smith, The Sklar Brothers, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Gethard, Joey Ryan, and Tom Papa.

 Performance Today

  • Long-form, in-studio segments with a variety of classical artists.

Visit the ‘Episodes’ section of the pages below to find new fundraisers, with suggested pitch points following each rundown:

News

BBC World Service (generic promos and pitch points)

The Daily (generic promos, pitch points and listener testimonials)

 Marketplace

Arts and Culture

Live from Here (fundraising episode, pitch points)

The Splendid Table (6 promos with Francis Lam, pitch points)

Classical Music

Classical 24 (11 promos with C24 hosts, pitch points)

Performance Today (7 promos with Fred Child, 5 in-studio segments with guest artists, pitch points)

Pipedreams (6 promos with Michael Barone, pitch points)

SymphonyCast (6 promos with Alison Young, pitch points)

Custom Promo Requests

We encourage you to use our new fundraising promos, but we’re here to help if you need a custom spot. Please complete our custom promo form.

Due to ongoing production schedules, please allow 3-4 weeks for custom promo delivery, and up to 6 weeks for BBC World Service spots. Note: BBC World Service is prohibited by British law to make direct asks to listeners for monetary support.

Winter specials from APM Celebrates

New specials celebrate winter holidays, history months and remembrance days.

Promote your special programming with digital ads for your website, social media pages, and newsletters. You’ll find them under ‘Marketing Tools’ on the APM Celebrates program pages.

NOTE: You must subscribe to ContentDepot pages for this year’s specials, even if you aired the same title last year.

Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (Encore)
One hour. Available now through May 16, 2019

 Mindy Ratner hosts this powerful, 2017 encore special, with first-person stories by survivors, and works by composers affected by the Holocaust. The program offers thoughtful reflections for International Holocaust Memorial Day (Jan. 27) and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 1-2).

Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII
Three one-hour episodes. Available January 28-March 31, 2019

Order 9066 chronicles the history of World War II incarceration with first-person accounts of those who lived through it. Hosted by Sab Shimono and Pat Suzuki, veteran actors who were both incarcerated at the Amache camp in Colorado, this three-episode series offers a moving tribute for Japanese American Remembrance Day (Feb. 19).

Love is on the Air: A TBTL Valentine’s Day Special
One hour. Available February 1-March 1, 2019

 Too Beautiful to Live (TBTL) podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh share stories of puppy love, first crushes, and misadventures of the heart. This lighthearted new special is perfect for Valentine’s Day and winter weekend programming.

Witness: Black History Month
One hour. Available February 1-28, 2019

The BBC World Service presents a new special edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. This year’s special includes interviews with civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, Superbowl quarterback Doug Williams, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music
One hour. Available February 28-March 31, 2019

Host Andrea Blain presents this celebration of the lives and achievements of Irish female musicians and composers. Perfect for Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day.

Witness: Women’s History Month
One hour. Available March 1-31, 2019

The BBC World Service presents this new edition its Witness program to celebrate women’s lives and stories. Audiences will hear interviews with Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter, a woman who ran a secret school for girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and the astounding journey of the remains of Eva Peron, one of Latin America’s most popular politicians.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of holiday programs and more.

Celebrate the new year with new specials

New specials celebrate winter holidays, history months and remembrance days.

Promote your special programming with digital ads for your website, social media pages, and newsletters. You’ll find them under ‘Marketing Tools’ on the APM Celebrates program pages.

NOTE: You must subscribe to ContentDepot pages for this year’s specials, even if you aired the same title last year.

Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words (Encore)
One hour. Available January 3-May 16, 2019

 Mindy Ratner hosts this powerful, 2017 encore special, with first-person stories by survivors, and works by composers affected by the Holocaust. The program offers thoughtful reflections for International Holocaust Memorial Day and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII
Three one-hour episodes. Available January 28-March 31, 2019

Order 9066 chronicles the history of World War II incarceration with first-person accounts of those who lived through it. Hosted by Sab Shimono and Pat Suzuki, veteran actors who were both incarcerated at the Amache camp in Colorado, this three-episode series offers a moving tribute for Japanese American Remembrance Day.

Love is on the Air: A TBTL Valentine’s Day Special
One hour. Available February 1-March 1, 2019

 Too Beautiful to Live (TBTL) podcast hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh share stories of puppy love, first crushes, and misadventures of the heart. This lighthearted new special is perfect for Valentine’s Day and winter weekend programming.

Witness: Black History Month
One hour. Available February 1-28, 2019

The BBC World Service presents a new special edition of its Witness program, with incredible, first-person interviews about the African-American experience. This year’s special includes interviews with civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, Superbowl quarterback Doug Williams, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Irish Inspirations: Women in Irish Classical Music
One hour. Available February 28-March 31, 2019

Host Andrea Blain presents this celebration of the lives and achievements of Irish female musicians and composers. Perfect for Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day.

Witness: Women’s History Month
One hour. Available March 1-31, 2019

The BBC World Service presents this new edition its Witness program to celebrate women’s lives and stories. Audiences will hear interviews with Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter, a woman who ran a secret school for girls in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and the astounding journey of one of Latin America’s most popular politicians.

Contact your Station Representative to learn more about APM Celebrates, our unique package of holiday programs and more.

Holiday programming schedule

Here’s what audiences will hear on our regular programs next week.

Additional details, and/or programming changes, will be shared via ContentDepot.

Marketplace

  • Marketplace Morning Report: Live broadcasts
  • Marketplace Tech: Monday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 shows will include replays of this year’s favorite interviews on automation in the workforce, regulating tech companies, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and battling fake news.
  • Marketplace (p.m.): Live broadcasts. Interview with Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp about the economics of subscription boxes (date TBD).

BBC World Service

  • Newshour:
    • Monday, Dec. 24-Friday, Dec. 28: Reports on the war in Yemen and its affects on the women who live there. 9 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET editions.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 25 editions include the annual quiz. James Coomarasamy tests Newshour presenters on their knowledge of 2018 events and newsmakers. Available for download on ContentDepot through Monday, Dec. 31.
    • Friday, Dec. 28: Correspondent’s Look Ahead 2019.  Lyse Doucet hosts this year’s discussion with BBC senior correspondents, who share their predictions for the big news stories of the new year. Available for download through Thursday, Jan. 3.

The Daily
Pending programming changes due to the potential government shutdown, audiences will hear encore episodes next week:

  • Monday, Dec. 24: Korea
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25: Climate change
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26: Family separation
  • Thursday, Dec. 27: Trump taxes
  • Friday, Dec. 28: Kavanaugh reaction, with new content, including reactions from teenage boys

Performance Today

  • Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25: Holiday-themed music

The Splendid Table

  • Saturday, Dec. 29: Michael Solomonov, Philadelphia chef and author of Israeli Soul and Zahav, talks about Israeli food and disaster stories, and takes questions from callers with Francis.

Live from Here

  • Saturday, Dec. 29: Year-end compilation show with 2018 highlights

Winter specials make the season bright

Give your audiences moments to relax and reconnect this season with specials that satisfy curiosity and celebrate good taste:

Arts & Culture

Marketplace: Divided Decade
One hour. Available November 1, 2018-January 7, 2019.

Kai Ryssdal hosts this year-end retrospective of Marketplace’s coverage on the 2008 financial crisis’ impact on housing, jobs, inequality, and finance, along with listener stories, and historic interviews with those tasked with saving and reforming the U.S. economy.

Brains On! The Science of Cooking
One hour. Available November 1, 2018-January 4, 2019.

Hosts Molly Bloom and Nantene Ba break down four elements essential to cooking: Mix, Chop, Heat and Chill. Special guests include The Splendid Table’s Francis Lam, and America’s Test Kitchen hosts and contributors: Molly Birnbaum, Dan Souza, Tucker Shaw, Katie Leaird, Kristin Sargianis and Elle Simone.

Happy(ish) Holidays from Terrible, Thanks for Asking
One hour. Available November 16, 2018-January 4, 2019

Some people celebrate the holidays with cheer and eggnog; others endure them with forced smiles and heavy hearts. Host Nora McInerny knows holidays can be hard. With special guests and stories from listeners, Nora offers an honest look at why some people aren’t so jolly this time of year.

Classical Music

Candles Burning Brightly (Encore)
One hour. Available November 22-December 31, 2018.

 Mindy Ratner hosts this 2017 encore celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. “Candles Burning Brightly” explores Chanukah foods, traditional activities, and plenty of music.

All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

 Give audiences a break from the fa-la-la with an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music. Hosted by Lynne Warfel, this new special features Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Carols & Cheer
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

Sing along with this year’s mix of holiday classics and contemporary hits. Host Scott Blankenship shares his favorite Christmas carols of the season, performed by today’s leading artists and ensembles.

Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir presents rich arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

Hollywood Holiday
One hour. November 29-December 31, 2018.

Enjoy a holiday blend of silver bells and silver screens! Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel presents a unique musical retrospective of some of Hollywood’s most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

Welcome Christmas!
One hour. Available November 29-December 31, 2018.

 New for 2018, this perennial Christmas favorite features VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. John Birge hosts an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

A Chanticleer Christmas
One hour. Available December 13-31, 2018.

Brian Newhouse presents unforgettable choral music and commentary, with performances by Chanticleer, the 12-man “orchestra of voices.” Audiences will be captivated by this year’s live concert of holiday classics and new favorites.

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Two hours. Available December 13-31, 2018.

 Host Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of one of the nation’s most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity, and features more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
90-minute and two-hour versions. Available December 24-25, 2018.

Michael Barone hosts this live service of spoken word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King’s College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

 

New Specials Celebrate Fall and Winter

Wrap up your holiday programming early with new APM Celebrates specials from October through December. Explore the decade since the financial crisis and the science behind all that holiday cooking, offer culinary and emotional support, and share the season’s most joyous music.

Visit individual program pages for details, marketing tools and more:

Arts & Culture

Classical Music

NOTE: You must subscribe to ContentDepot pages for this year’s specials, even if you aired the same title last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 BBC Proms Programming

APM is thrilled to showcase the most memorable performances of the 2018 BBC Proms, the UK’s annual celebration of classical music from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Available to all stations:
SymphonyCast will broadcast 10 concerts, in their entirety, excluding the last night of Proms, which will be cut for time. All concerts will follow the standard SymphonyCast clock (1:59).

View our detailed list of broadcasts, from Monday, July 23 through Monday, September 24.

Hosted by Alison Young, these 10 programs are available to all APM affiliate stations, free of charge via ContentDepot. These are regular weekly feeds, and open for all Proms concerts. Promo spots will be also available via ContentDepot.

Available to BBC stations:
BBC World Service will broadcast 7 highlight programs of Proms concerts, from Saturday, July 28 through Friday, September 14. Each hour-long episode will be hosted by a BBC Radio 3 classical music presenter. These highlight programs make great complements to the full concerts from SymphonyCast.

These programs are available for broadcast to all current BBC World Service affiliate stations through APM.

Details and downloads for all 7 programs are available on the BBC Partners Site.