Events & Specials

Justin Holland: The Guitar's Black Pioneer

Jan. 16 at 8pm | Feb. 10 at 8pm

Justin Holland was a Black guitar virtuoso, educator, and activist in the 19th century who did intricate transcriptions of popular operas, songs, and compositions of his own. Holland was born free and worked to help other enslaved Black people on the Underground Railroad. In this special, Professor Ernie Jackson, a Holland expert, talks about his experience as a guitar student and how Holland's music gave him hope and inspiration.

Classical 89 Top 100

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Toward the end of 2022 our listeners sent us the titles of their favorite pieces of classical music. Here's the Top 100 list. We only aired the Top 50 this year, but next year we'll air the full 100!

1- Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World
2 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
3 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
4 - Holst: The Planets
5 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
6 - Handel: Messiah
7 - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
8 - Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
9 - Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
10 - Copland: Appalachian Spring
11 - Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
12 - Debussy: Clair de lune
13 - Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
14 - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade
15 - Barber: Adagio for Strings
16 - Smetana: The Moldau
17 - Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
18 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
19 - Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, Organ
20 - Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas
21 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
22 - Sibelius: Finlandia
23 - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
24 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
25 - Pachelbel: Canon in D
26 - Stravinsky: The Firebird
27 - Grieg: Piano Concerto in a
28 - Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
29 - Respighi: Pines of Rome
30 - Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe
31 - Orff: Carmina Burana
32 - Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
33 - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
34 - Grieg: Peer Gynt
35 - Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
36 - Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker
37 - Bach: Toccata and Fugue in d minor
38 - Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14, Moonlight
39 - Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
40 - Ravel: Bolero
41 - Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals
42 - Satie: Gymnopedies
43 - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6
44 - Khachaturian: Spartacus: Adagio
45 - Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
46 - Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
47 - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
48 - Bizet: Carmen
49 - Borodin: Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances
50 - Mozart: Serenade No. 13, Eine kleine Nachtmusik
51 - Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
52 - Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
53 - Wagner: Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
54 - Borodin: In The Steppes of Central Asia
55 - Brahms: A German Requiem
56 - Handel: Water Music
57 - Mahler: Symphony No. 2
58 - Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
59 - Rossini: William Tell
60 - Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
61 - Bach: Concerto for 2 violins BWV 1043
62 - Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
63 - Copland: Rodeo
64 - Elgar: Enigma Variations
65 - Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony
66 - Schubert: Symphony No. 5
67 - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
68 - Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives & Lazarus
69 - Beethoven: Fur Elise
70 - Delibes: Lakme Flower Duet
71 - J Strauss, Jr : Blue Danube
72 - Mendelssohn: Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)
73 - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
74 - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
75 - Albinoni: Adagio
76 - Borodin: Nocturne
77 - Dvorak: Cello Concerto
78 - Mahler: Symphony No. 1
79 - Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
80 - Mozart: Requiem
81 - Mozart: The Magic Flute
82 - Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
83 - Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
84 - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
85 - Tchaikosvky: Marche Slave
86 - Bach: Little Fugue in g minor BWV 578
87 - Beethoven: Violin Concerto
88 - Brahms: Symphony No. 1
89 - Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a faun
90 - Faure: Requiem
91 - Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhagen
92 - Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
93 - Mahler: Symphony No. 5
94 - Mozart: Symphony No. 40
95 - Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
96 - Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
97 - Puccini: Turandot: Nessun dorma
98 - Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
99 - Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty
100 - Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze

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