Tonight NPR's doing something it's never done before: our first ever live classical music webcast. The Russian National Orchestra, pianist Piotr Anderszewski and violinist Nicolai Znaider have agreed to be the guinea pigs for the event. It's all part of the first Festival del Sole in Napa — not a bad place to be at this time of year. The performance starts at 10 p.m. EDT, with Performance Today host Fred Child hosting.
Fred's on a West Coast swing. On Thursday, he emceed a concert featuring the Emerson String Quartet, one of the world's great chamber ensembles. Fred chatted with Emerson violinist Eugene Drucker on stage at the Napa Valley Opera House about everything from the division of labor for the Beethoven quartets to the optimal position for performing. The chamber group's violinists and violist recently went from sitting down to standing up at performances. Standing apparently makes for a more compelling sound.