Practical Advice: Chris Kiver

Learn to appreciate classical music with Chris Kiver’s podcast picks.

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cover of Classical Fix podcastIntro to the Classics

The BBC’s Classical Fix is a fun way to introduce people to a wide variety of classical music. The host sends guests a playlist in advance of the show, then discusses listeners’ reactions—positive or otherwise—to each piece.


cover of Composer's Datebook podcastPast Meets Present

The Composer’s Datebook podcast informs listeners about significant musical events in history and pairs historical works with recent compositions.


cover of Classical Mixtape podcastSounds of Silence

A daily 30-minute compilation from the BBC, Classical Mixtape is music without any spoken comments and is a great way to unwind.


cover of Piano Puzzler podcastPiano Puzzler

In Performance Today, a weekly podcast from American Public Media, composer and pianist Bruce Adolphe takes a well-known melody and disguises it within the style of a famous classical composer.


cover of This Classical Life podcastA Classical Take

In the 30-minute show This Classical Life, British saxophonist Jess Gillam and guest classical musicians share and discuss music of all styles.


Grammy-winning choral director Chris Kiver conducts Penn State’s Glee Club and Concert Choir.