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Each day on 91Classical, amid the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times:  

Kara McLeland / 91Classical

When guitarist Andrés Segovia visited Paris in the 1920s he inspired many French composers who were not even guitarists to write with a Spanish flair. Richard Todd brought a selection of these pieces to Studio C.

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Classical audiences are generally expected to be as inconspicuous as possible: sit still, make as little noise as possible and clap only at the appropriate times. But composer Murray Hidary wants to take audiences from passive observers to active participants with an initiative he calls SilentWalk, which he'll bring to Nashville this week. 

Kara McLeland / 91Classical

Each day on 91Classical, amid the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times:  

  • Breakfast Baroque gets your day off to a light start.
  • Lunchtime Local features composers and performers from right here in the Midstate.
  • 5 O'Clock Waltz celebrates the end of the workday.
  • Evening features take a different tack each night, from music that carries you to a specific spot on the globe to orchestral music first heard in the movie theater.

Here's what's coming up this week:  

Kara McLeland / 91Classical

Nashville Shakespeare Festival has four actors playing double duty at tricking characters into mourning. Don't worry: both The Tempest and Pericles have happy endings. But this particular deceit is set to music by local composers Jodie O'Regan and Rolan Mains.

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A selection of events from the Arts Calendar that caught our eye.

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In celebration of 91Classical's Local Composers Month, we posed six questions to some of Nashville's classical music creators. For the final installment, get to know a little more about Michael Alec Rose, who is also an Associate Professor of Composition at the Blair School of Music.  

How would you describe your compositional style? 

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When you've been playing in a rock band for your whole career the way Ben Folds has, getting in front of a huge symphony orchestra feels completely different. 

Kara McLeland / 91Classical

Each day on 91Classical, amid the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times. Celebrate the final few days of Local Composers Month by tuning in to hear Nashville composers featured during these times (they're marked with a star on the chart below), as well as throughout the day.  

Kara McLeland / 91Classical

Each of the three art songs that local composer David Ragland brought to Studio C were paired with one of his arrangements of a spiritual, a structure that seemed to add meaning to both of the songs in equal measure.

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