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Performance Today features the best live performance recordings from concerts halls around the world, as well as in-studio performances and interviews with an eclectic mix of guests. Hosted by Fred Child, this daily, two-hour program is frequently on the road, with special broadcasts from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Performance Today is available as a weekday show (M-F) or weekend offering (Performance Today Weekend).

In addition to sharing great performances, Fred and composer Bruce Adolphe test listeners with a weekly Piano Puzzler, and PT's Young Artist in Residence program shines the spotlight on young soloists from American conservatories. Previous young artists have represented a variety of music schools and students, including pianists Orli Shaham, Jeremy Denk, and Jonathan Biss, guitarist Jason Vieaux, and violinist Colin Jacobsen.

Host

Fred Child

See Host Bio and Photo

Length

01:59:00

Program Feeds

Performance Today is available via ContentDepot. File Transfer: Monday-Friday 6:00 ET

Performance Today Weekend is available via ContentDepot. File Transfer: Friday 16:00 ET. Air window begins at 12:00a Saturday.

Performance Today Weekend is available via ContentDepot. Stations must subscribe to Performance Today Weekend Hour1 and Performance Today Weekend Hour2. File Transfer: Friday 16:00 ET. Air window begins at 12:00a Saturday.

Producers

Brad Althoff, Managing Producer
Suzanne Schaffer, Senior Producer
Avital Rabinowitz, Associate Producer

On-Air Promos and Fundraising

Daily promos are available via ContentDepot at 11:00 ET for the next day's program.

Fundraising segments and promos are available on ContentDepot.

You can request your own custom promo. Please complete the custom promo form.

Station Visits

Interested in hosting a visit from Fred Child? Please complete our station visit form.

Resources

Program Website
Performance Today on ContentDepot

Social Media

Fred Child, Host

Fred Child is the host Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. Fred is also the commentator and announcer for Live from Lincoln Center on PBS, the only live performing arts series on television. He also co-hosted Carnegie Live, a three-year series of national broadcasts from America's premier concert venue. Fred has hosted numerous live national broadcasts, including significant events from New York, Los Angeles, London, Boston, and the Aspen Festival.

Fred also hosted NPR's Creators @ Carnegie, a program of wide-ranging performers in concert, including Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Dawn Upshaw, and many 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.

Fred has reviewed music for NPR's All Things Considered, and has reported on the music scene for NPR's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He's been a contributor to Billboard magazine, and a commentator and co-presenter for BBC Radio 3.

He made his acting debut in a performance and video collaboration with composer Philip Glass and violinist Timothy Fain in 2011, and has performed as an actor and narrator for the Aspen Festival, the Virginia Arts Festival, the U.S. Marine Band, and on a best-selling 2016 recording of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale.

While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Fred studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion, and the bagpipes. His percussion band opened for the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum. His rare musical performances include percussion with guitarist Sharon Isbin, and piano four-hands duets with Andre-Michel Schub.

Fred loves baseball (throws right, bats left) and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist, and a licensed private pilot and certified scuba diver.

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Program Open/Billboard

01:00-6:00
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06:00-59:00
Program

The same clock is used for Performance Today and Performance Today Weekend

Program Clock

Performance Today is heard by 1.1 million listeners each week:

The Performance Today audience:

  • 53% female, 47% male.
  • Median age of 65.
  • 64% hold bachelor's degrees or higher.
  • 37% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

Source: Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Sp16/F16

Available to all American Public Media affiliate stations. Stations may delay the programs until 5 a.m. local time the day following the feed. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement. Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.

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