Performance Today's Classical Critters is a sixty-minute romp through classical music about and inspired by our animal friends: how they sound, how they move, who they are and what they do. Host Fred Child and a group of co-host kids tell stories, spark creativity, share ideas and feelings, and listen to music together. It's a fun, friendly, family-oriented frolic, put together by the same music-lovers who bring you Performance Today. See you there, in our musical zoo!

Encore from 2020


Fred Child

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.


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Preview audio available: January 5, 2021
Program playlist available: January 12, 2021
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Broadcast Window

January 12, 2021 - May 31, 2021

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before June 1, 2021. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

Leroy Anderson: The Waltzing Cat
St. Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor

George Gershwin: Promenade (Walking the Dog)
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; John Mauceri, conductor

Camille Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals – Aviary
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Hagai Shaham, violin; New Queen's Hall Orchestra; Barry Wordsworth, conductor

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Minnesota Orchestra; Eiji Owe, conductor

Mark O'Connor: The Cricket Dance
Mark O'Connor, violin

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Sharon Bezaly, flute; Residentie Orchestra of the Hague; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

Agustin Barrios: Las Abejas (The Bees)
John Williams, guitar

Anton Sanko: Great Migrations: Monarch Butterflies
National Geographic Studio Orchestra

Julius Fucik: The Grumpy Old Bear
Alan Pendlebury, bassoon; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pesek, conductor

Leopold Godowsky: The Java Suite: Chattering Monkeys
Esther Budiardjo, piano

Traditional Mongolian, arr. Quartet San Francisco: Toroi Bandi
Quartet San Francisco

Camille Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals: The Swan
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Georges Bizet: Children's Games: Leap Frog
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West, conductor

Camille Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor

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