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Nina Cardona

Music Director / Host

Nina Cardona holds a degree in music history from Converse College. Just two days after graduation, she started playing classical music as a part-time host on Nashville Public Radio.  She was WPLN’s All Things Considered host for eleven years, during which time her reporting focused on arts and culture stories.

Nina is a classically trained singer and open water swimmer who dabbles in photography and a variety of needle crafts.


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Happy New Year to all our Jewish listeners! 91Classical will mark Rosh Hashanah on Monday by playing music each hour that is either based on Jewish or Israeli themes or written by Jewish composers. 

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For more than 200 years, the musical term "sonata" has essentially meant an instrumental solo piece, generally following a specific pattern of movements. The featured instrument might be accompanied by a piano, but the spotlight is definitely on just one player.

However, when the term first came into use it simply meant there weren't any singers involved. In the Baroque era, composers attached the sonata title to a range of compositions for small groups of musicians.

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Few people have ever known the ins and outs of 91Classical’s music library as well as Will Griffin. He’s worked with this music longer than anyone else at the station, and maintaining and adding to the collection was an important part of his job.

Nashville Opera

The Nashville Opera's next season draws from three centuries of music making and runs the gamut of operatic storytelling, from fanciful escapism to serious treatment of pressing social issues. Here's a look at what's on offer:

October 4 & 6 La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

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The Nashville Symphony Chorus is giving a free concert Sunday afternoon at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ahead of that performance, conductor Tucker Biddlecomb and a portion of the 150-voice ensemble gave us a taste of the music they'll be singing, taken largely from British and American choral traditions.

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A professional, eight-member choir is one of the newest chamber ensembles in Nashville. Singing under the direction of Matthew Phelps, Vocal Arts Nashville brought us selections from their first season, which continues at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at West End United Methodist with music of Bach and Brahms.

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Guitarists Robert Thompson and Joey Butler perform together as Duo Sudeste. The pair recently released an album of music from Latin America called Noviembre. In this performance, they play several selections from that collection, selections for February holidays, and a pair of tunes from other genres given the classical guitar touch.

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The Blair String Quartet is one of Nashville's longest-lived chamber ensembles. Made up of faculty members from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, the current lineup consists of violinists Stephen Miahky and Cornelia Heard, John Kochanowski on viola and cellist Felix Wang. For this performance in Studio C, they brought a stalwart of the quartet repertoire and one of Haydn's least-performed quartets.

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The all-female contemporary chamber group Sound Riot champions new music by living composers. Every year they dial their focus even tighter, presenting compositions of women in their annual "Galentines" concert. This year's performance is at 7pm on February 13 at Nashville State Community College. The ensemble brought us a preview of pieces on that program, including one world premiere.

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Each year, students at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music compete for a chance to perform in the annual student showcase. And once again, we hosted a group of the chosen performers in our studio for a preview of that concert, which takes place at 8pm on January 26 in Ingram Hall on the Vanderbilt campus.