Programs Classical Music


APM is the nation’s leading producer of classical music programming, with nearly 3 million weekly listeners. Whether your listeners crave calm, choral or concert halls, world-renowned conductors and composers, or just incredible performances, we have a classical program and host for every member of your audience


Our nationally syndicated classical music service offers the best music programming, 24 hours a day.

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Composers Datebook®

In just two minutes, 365 days a year, host John Birge presents an entertaining snapshot of composers past and present.

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Performance Today®

Hosted by Fred Child, Performance Today and Performance Today Weekend feature exclusive live concert recordings, as well as in-studio performances and interviews with local and world-renowned artists.

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Hosted by Michael Barone, Pipedreams spotlights extraordinary instruments and performers in stirring works that display the variety and wonder of the pipe organ.

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Each week, host Julie Amacher presents a full-length concert from Europe's premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Public Radio Classical Music Audience Profile

Public radio classical music attracts people with a variety of interests and values. These listeners are engaged in their communities, and they enjoy an assortment of activities.

In general, public radio classical music listeners are:

  • 47% female, 53% male.
  • Well educated. 63% have earned a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Married (63%) – 17% more likely than the general U.S. adult population.
  • More than twice as likely to go to live theater.
  • 89% more likely than the average U.S. adult to attend a music performance other than rock, country, or classical.


  • 7 in 10 vote in federal, state, or local elections – 48% more likely than the general U.S. adult population.
  • 21% have called or written to a local, state or national level politician in the last year, more than twice as likely as the general population.
  • 22% attended a public meeting on town or school affairs – 56% above the national average.
  • 15% served on a committee for some local organization, more than twice as likely as the general population.

Curious and Cultured

  • 32% enjoy cooking for fun (26% more likely). 47% entertain friends or relatives at home (31% more likely).
  • 26% more likely to exercise on a regular basis.
  • 46% engage in gardening of some kind (37% more likely).
  • 68% flew domestically in the past year (32% more likely); 41% traveled abroad in the past three years (69% more likely).
  • 66% more likely to play a musical instrument.

Sources: Audience estimates are copyright Nielsen Audio Nationwide, Spring 2016; Profile 2016, GfK MRI Doublebase 2015. Base: Total U.S. Adults. Produced by NPR Audience Insight and Research.

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