Former logo for Performance Today
|Genre||classical music live concert selections worldwide|
|Running time||2 hours, daily|
|Home station||American Public Media St. Paul, MN|
|Syndicates||237 NPR stations|
|Recording studio||APM studio at MPR|
|Air dates||since 1987|
Performance Today is a Peabody Award-winning classical music radio show, currently hosted by Fred Child. It is the most listened-to daily classical music radio program in the United States, with 1.2 million listeners on 237 stations. Performance Today builds its two-hour daily broadcast (some stations broadcast only one hour) on recent live concert performances from around the world.
In addition to live concert performance excerpts, Performance Today also includes classical music information, news, and interviews. The show also airs in-studio recitals, and the weekly "Piano Puzzler," featuring composer Bruce Adolphe. Performance Today also periodically presents a segment called What Makes It Great? with composer and conductor Robert Kapilow.
Performance Today was created by National Public Radio (NPR), and went on the air in 1987. For most of its first two years, under hosts Kathryn Loomans and Liane Hansen, it combined classical music with numerous and wide-ranging arts features. In 1989, the focus shifted exclusively to classical music. Martin Goldsmith then hosted for nearly ten years; he left in October 1999. During Goldsmith's tenure as host the show grew from 40 stations to 230, with weekly listeners reaching 1.5 million.The show won the Peabody Award in 1998.
NPR produced and distributed the program from Washington, D.C., for 20 years. In January 2007 American Public Media took over as the program's producer and distributor and moved the production to Saint Paul, Minnesota.
- Performance Today – About the Program
- "Performance Today". National Public Radio. 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- "NPR's Martin Goldsmith to Step Down as Performance Today Host" (Press release). National Public Radio. 20 Sep 1999. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- Peabody Award – Performance Today
- Vivien Schweitzer; Matthew Westphal (10 Nov 2006). "NPR Performance Today Host Fred Child to Follow Program to American Public Media". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- 2007 Karl Haas Prize
- Performance Today Official site