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. 

  • 10:56am Nov 17, 2017
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Bach's Goldberg Variations

    These days, if you have a tough time falling asleep, you might grab yourself a melatonin, turn in early and hope for the best.

  • 10:26am Nov 17, 2017
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Breaking Down Brahms

    Brahms was composing in the late 19th century, but he worshipped music of the past. In this episode, Peter shows us how Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven all find their way into Brahms' music.

  • 9:59am Nov 17, 2017
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    The American Romantics

    Peter pays tribute to wonderful late 19th century American composers, some of whom were once considered among the best in the world.

  • 12:19pm Nov 16, 2017
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Shedding Light On Claude Debussy's Music

    Claude Debussy's music continues to be described as "impressionistic", even though the composer himself hated the term. Debussy just wanted to be known as a French composer.

  • 10:25am Nov 16, 2017
    Arts Arts Music & Culture

    Béla Bartók: One Of A Kind

    Composer Béla Bartók was the father of ethnomusicology, scouring the villages of Eastern Europe for folk songs.