Performance Today

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Performance Today
Former logo for Performance Today
Genre classical music live concert selections worldwide
Running time 2 hours, daily
Country United States USA
Language(s) English
Home station American Public Media St. Paul, MN
Syndicates 237 NPR stations
Host(s) Fred Child
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] During Goldsmith's tenure as host the show grew from 40 stations to 230, with weekly listeners reaching 1.5 million. The show won a Peabody Award in 1998.[4]

Fred Child has been the program's host since October 2000.[5] In 2007, the show was awarded the Karl Haas Prize for Music Education by Fine Arts Radio International.[6]

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.[5]

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  1. ^ Performance Today – About the Program
  2. ^ "Performance Today". National Public Radio. 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  3. ^ "NPR's Martin Goldsmith to Step Down as Performance Today Host" (Press release). National Public Radio. 20 Sep 1999. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  4. ^ 58th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1999.
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ 2007 Karl Haas Prize

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