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YourClassical Adventures

30 EpisodesProduced by American Public MediaWebsite

Liz Lyon hosts YourClassical Adventures, a presentation of classical music for kids (and their grown-ups), produced by Melanie Renate. Join us as we ask questions that will help families explore classical music together!

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The Rich and Vibrant Cello

November 19th, 2022


Episode 104 playlist

J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prélude —

Performed by Yo -Yo Ma


The Changing Season

November 5th, 2022


When you picture your perfect day in the fall season, what does it look like Does it include crisp fall leaves, sweater weather and cooler …

Something Spooky

October 29th, 2022


Halloween is a great time to explore the most mysterious music ever composed.

Episode 58 playlist

Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre — Music about ghosts and spirits coming alive in a graveyard to dance in the moonlight.

More Buried Treasures

October 22nd, 2022


Sometimes composers and their work can get buried in time. Join producer Melanie Renate as we uncover and learn more about composers who aren’t as well known in the traditional classical world.

Episode 96 playlist

Gerald …

Calming Sounds

October 15th, 2022


Enjoy peaceful music that can help you feel calm and relaxed.

Episode 62 playlist

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending — Sometimes music can help …

Xuefei Yang - The Musical Pioneer

October 9th, 2022


When Xuefei Yang was a young girl, she became the first Chinese guitarist to enter an international competition. It was one of many firsts for her as she paved the way for future female guitarists from China.

Episode 68 …

The Road to The Guitar

October 2nd, 2022


The modern guitar is a popular instrument, but did you know there are many different types of guitars? Join host Liz Lyon as we take a trip around …

Will You Play With Me?

September 24th, 2022


Working and collaborating together is a great way to build a friendship. Join two friends, host Liz Lyon and producer Melanie Renate, as they explore …

Practice Makes Perfect

September 10th, 2022


When you are learning any subject, is it helpful to have small assignments to work on in order to practice your skills? Join host Liz Lyon as we …

Navigating Changes

September 3rd, 2022


Which classical pieces go with big things that happen in your life such as moving or living with quarantines? Join host Liz Lyon and producer Melanie Renate and listen to music that deals with change.

Episode 54 playlist

Let's Get Loud

August 26th, 2022


How do musicians know when to play loud? Join host Liz Lyon and producer Melanie Renate as we explore classical music that loves using the loud dynamic called "forte."

Episode 56 playlist

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance …

Let's Go to the Carnival

August 20th, 2022


Carnivals are a celebration of culture and community. Join host Liz Lyon as we share some classical music inspired by carnivals from around the world.

Water and Waves

August 13th, 2022


Just like classical music, water can be found in many different forms. When in its liquid form water can be smooth flowing and calm or it can be fast-moving and rough. Join host Melanie Renate as we navigate water in …

The Bright Mandolin

August 6th, 2022


What do classical music pieces sound like when they include a mandolin? Join host Liz Lyon as we explore a bit of the history of the mandolin and …

Let’s Get Movin'

July 22nd, 2022


Classical music and dancing have been dance floor partners for hundreds of years. Join host Liz Lyon as we explore different forms of dance and the classical music that pairs with them.

Episode 95 playlist

Peter …

Get Into the Rhythm

July 16th, 2022


Music can still be music without a melody or harmony, but you can’t really have music without some sort of rhythm. Join host Liz Lyon as we explore the musical concept of rhythm.

Episode 94 playlist

George Gershwin: I’ve …

Gimmie More Mallets

July 9th, 2022


The percussion instrument family is massive. In a previous episode, we shared pieces of music featuring a few different percussion instruments including the xylophone. Did you know that the xylophone has siblings? Join …

Musical Fireworks

July 2nd, 2022


Fireworks have been used in many cultures for hundreds of years as a way to celebrate. Join host Liz Lyon and producer Melanie Renate as we …

Let's Add a Layer

June 25th, 2022


Harmony in music is when more than one note or chord is layered on top of one another. It creates an often pleasing and sometimes interesting sound. Join host Liz Lyon and producer Melanie Renate as we explore the …

Violists in the Spotlight

June 18th, 2022


The viola often plays a supporting role in the orchestra, but these three viola players bring the instrument into the spotlight. Join Host Liz Lyon …

The Warmth of the Viola

June 11th, 2022


The viola plays an important role in the string section of orchestras, and it has a unique, rich sound and history. What does the viola sound like? …

Here Comes the Sun

June 4th, 2022


What do you love about summertime? The sun is out all day long, so the days feel longer. It can really help to put you in a good mood. In this episode, producer Melanie Renate shares classical music inspired by the sun.

The Strong and Mellow Saxophone

May 28th, 2022


The saxophone is a unique instrument that has found itself played within classical to jazz music genres. Join host Liz Lyon as we explore the history of the saxophone and listen to examples of where the instrument …

Comfort for Your Head and Heart

May 21st, 2022


What do you do when you are stressed, mad or sad? Do you go for a run to pound your feet on the ground, or maybe you pick up a paintbrush or an instrument? Join host Liz Lyon and producer Melanie Renate as we explore …

Keep the Beat

May 15th, 2022


A metronome is a musical device that produces a clicking sound to help you keep a certain tempo. You can snap your fingers or tap your foot to keep tempo, too. Join host Liz Lyon as we listen to classical music pieces …

Stormy Weather

May 8th, 2022


This time of year can bring a lot of interesting storms. Join host Liz Lyon as we use our imagination to picture thunderstorms while discovering classical music that was inspired by the rain, wind and rumbles of these …

Video Games and Classical Music, Part 2

May 1st, 2022


Part 2 of a two-part episode: Video game music has evolved over time from simple 8-bit tones to classical-music masterpieces. Join host Liz Lyon as …

Video Games and Classical Music

April 24th, 2022


What sort of relationship do video games and classical music share? Join host Liz Lyon for an exploration of video-game music and how it has developed a deep relationship with classical music.

Episode 82 playlist

Koji …

The Legendary Nobuo Uematsu

April 17th, 2022


Nobuo Uematsu composed music for the Final Fantasy video-game series. The music has become so popular that orchestras have performed it on tour. …

The Mysterious Glass Armonica

April 9th, 2022


There is a strange instrument that was once believed to have magical powers. Join host Liz Lyon as we learn a little about the history of the glass armonica and listen to music composed for this unique instrument.

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