Kairoff at the Keyboard

First Fridays during Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Performance Today.
Hosted by David Ford

Steinway recording artist and Wake Forest University Professor of Music Peter Kairoff has performed as piano and harpsichord soloist all over the world, and he brings his talent, knowledge, and accessible style to 88.5 WFDD during the monthly segment Understanding Classical Music with Kairoff at the Keyboard.

Peter makes classical music engaging, easy to understand, and his passion for the music is infectious. What makes Romantic music romantic? Who was Bach, and what made him so great? What exactly is musical form? Find out the answer to these questions and everything else you ever wanted to know about Classical music but were afraid to ask with Kairoff at the Keyboard, weeknights during Performance Today on 88.5 WFDD.

  • 10:54am Jan 13, 2017
    Arts Arts

    The Baroque Dance Suite: United Nations Of Music

    When you think back on the 1700s, images of stuffy aristocrats standing around in uncomfortable clothing may leap to mind. But you know what they enjoyed even more than powdering their wigs?

  • 10:27am Dec 09, 2016
    Arts Arts

    Happy With Harpsichords

    What if you were to take a metal string, stretch it out taught, and then pluck it with a feather quill? Well, you'd probably hear a soft, twangy sound like a banjo.

  • 3:13pm Jul 31, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Erik Satie

    Pianist and WFU professor, Peter Kairoff, guides us through Gymnopédie No. 3 by French composer Erik Satie.

  • 2:27pm Jul 31, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Edward MacDowell

    Steinway performer and WFU professor, Peter Kairoff, sheds light on the American composer Edward MacDowell.

  • 2:18pm Jul 31, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Franz Schubert

    Peter Kairoff discusses the many genres for which pianist and composer Franz Schubert wrote during his brief life. 

  • 11:38am Jul 31, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Domenico Scarlatti

    Pianist and WFU professor, Peter Kairoff, explores the life and music of Domenico Scarlatti. 

  • David Ford
    10:30am May 17, 2013
    Arts Arts

    Frederick Chopin

    This week Peter Kairoff explores the powerful simplicity of Frederick Chopin's Prelude in E minor, one of the twenty-four preludes he wrote in homage to J.S. Bach.

  • 3:08pm Mar 06, 2013
    Arts Arts

    The Baroque Era

    In this episode of Understanding Classical Music, Steinway Artist Peter Kairoff reveals the best of the Baroque: ornamentation, polyphony, and the father of the mighty piano: the harpsichord.