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There's a rumor going around that classical music is hoity toity. At Classical Classroom, we beg to differ. Come learn with classical music newbie Dacia Clay and the music experts she invites into the Classical Classroom. This podcast is produced in partnership with Classical KING FM.

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Classical Classroom, Episode 211: Music for (Sacred) Space with Michael Whalen

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Classical Classroom, Episode 210: Derek Bermel on Travels with Bartok

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Classical Classroom, Episode 206: John Luther Adams Walks Through "Become Desert"

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Classical Classroom, Episode 205: Nicholas McGegan on Rameau and Music that Stands the Test of Time

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Classical Classroom, Episode 204: A Peculiar Harry Partch Primer, with John Schneider

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