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Dip Your Toes Into Classical Music By Starting Small

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While it might seem to be of another time, classical music is still alive and well and influences much of the modern music scene.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, we're taking a deep dive into the history and modern role of classical music.

Every Tuesday, Talk of Iowa is hosting an episode meant for learners of all ages who are missing out on summer camp this year. During this episode, we learn about classical music.

The term "classical music" is typically associated with symphony orchestras and arrangements by long-gone composers, but what about artists like The Beatles?

Many music listeners consider them "classic," too. On this episode of Talk of Iowa, we're learning from Orchestra Iowa music director Tim Hankewich about the what classical music means: from how to properly listen to it to how it has evolved.

Want to learn more about classical music but don't know where to begin? Here are some tracks to get you started.

John William's "Main Title Theme" is a great example of classical music's place in the modern music landscape.

Ludwig van Beethoven composed some of the best known classical music of the 19th century. Check out his "Symphony No. 1" to see why.

Looking for a place to start with classical music?


Iowa Public Radio's Chris Fenton created this Classical Music 101 guide for new listeners, with an accompanying Spotify playlist.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa