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For immediate release
April 12, 2000

A Week-Long Look at Turning Kids on to Classical Music
on NPR's Performance Today

Washington, DC-During the week of April 17-21, 2000 NPR's Performance Today® turns attention to its younger audiences, parents and educators across America. For one week, NPR's Performance Today® will take listeners on a classical music journey for youth - exploring how to introduce music to kids and keep them hooked. Voices heard during the week will include National Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin, composer Bruce Adolphe, who has just written a new piece for children, critic Ted Libbey, radio host and pianist Christopher O'Riley, and the author of a new handbook aimed at musical children. Throughout the week, students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia will introduce their favorite pieces of music and speak about their experiences as music students.

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Monday, April 17, 2000 "A KID'S WAY INTO THE CLASSICS:" Steve Metcalf, father of three and music critic for the Hartford Courant will discuss his approach to making classical music interesting for children. He suggests starting them off with Broadway musicals and modern classical music. National Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin will also offer a suggestion about how to make classical music a vital part of life at home.

Tuesday, April 18, 2000 "A YOUNG MUSICIAN'S SURVIVAL GUIDE:" Host Lynn Neary, talks with Amy Nathan, author of a new book full of advice for children who play music. "The Young Musicians Survival Guide: Tips from Teens and Pros," includes interviews with teens and professionals about how to solve problems from boring practice sessions to peer pressure. Teenagers from Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia will also talk about their own musical concerns such as balancing music practice with homework and friends.

Wednesday, April 19, 2000 "TYRANNOSAURUS SUE:" A SNEAK PREVIEW: Composer Bruce Adolphe discusses his latest composition for children, "Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto." Portions of the composition, performed by the Chicago Chamber Musicians, will be previewed on Performance Today.

Thursday, April 20, 2000 BASIC KIDS MUSIC: Ted Libbey, curator of the Performance Today Basic Record Library, recommends recordings of perennial kids' favorites including, "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev and "A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" by Benjamin Britten.

Friday, April 21, 2000 LIVE in STUDIO 4-A WITH PIANIST CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY AND CELLIST CARTER BREY: Christopher O'Riley, host of "From the Top," a nationally-syndicated radio program that features gifted teen musicians joins the New York Philharmonic's principal cellist, Carter Brey for a live performance and discussion on exciting ways to engage kids in music.

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