Airs: Monday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Host: Fred Child
Performance Today is a two hour weekday program which features classical music in concert from American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features.
Fred Child is the host of Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center, the only live performing arts series on television.
Fred also hosted NPR's "Creators @ Carnegie," a program of wide-ranging performers in concert at Carnegie Hall, including Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Randy Newman, Dawn Upshaw, Youssou N'Dour, Caetano Veloso, Emmylou Harris, and others. Before going to NPR, Fred was Music Director and Director of Cultural Programming at WNYC in New York, host of a live daily performance and interview program on WNYC, and for 10 years, a host at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
In recent years, Fred has hosted a series of important live national concert broadcasts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic's first ever concerts from Walt Disney Hall, the 2003 season-opening concert at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic live at Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic's world premiere of John Adams's "On the Transmigration of Souls," the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall in London, New Year's concerts by the New York Philharmonic, Seiji Ozawa's final concert with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and James Levine's debut as Music Director of the Boston Symphony.
Fred's CD reviews appear on All Things Considered, his classical music reports appear on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.