Classical Americana


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What’s the defining sound of American classical music? What people, stories, sights and sounds throughout American history built our unique classical tradition, and where does it go from here? On the premiere season of Classical Americana, iconoclastic pianist Lara Downes drives you down the highways and byways of American music, with roadside discoveries and detours to the crossroads where musical traditions merge and transform.

Host - Lara Downes

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Pianist Lara Downes was named 2022 Classical Woman of the Year by Performance Today. A sought-after performer, Billboard Chart-topping recording artist, producer, curator, activist, and arts advocate, she has been called “an explorer whose imagination is fired by bringing notice to the underrepresented and forgotten.” She’s Classical California’s Resident Artist, and the Evening Host from 8PM to Midnight on KUSC-Los Angeles and KDFC-San Francisco.


Friday at 9:00 p.m.