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Miles Hoffman Virtual Event

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IPR will connect classical music fans with longtime NPR commentator, violist and author, Miles Hoffman virtually from 7-8 PM on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

In this special, online event IPR Classical Music Coordinator and host of Morning Musicale, Steven Turpin will ask Miles about his career as a performing musician, his recent book Inside the World of Classical Music, and, just perhaps, baseball!

There will be a Q&A session after the presentation. Click here to submit a question in advance.



Miles Hoffman is the founder and violist of the American Chamber Players, with whom he regularly tours the United States, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chamber Music at the Schwob School of Music, in Columbus, Georgia.

His radio modules, A Minute with Miles, are a daily feature of Indiana Public Radio, other networks around the country, and NPR Podcasts. How did the piano get its name? Why can’t you “reach” a crescendo? Who invented opera—and why—and how do you pronounce “Handel”? These and countless other classical music questions are answered on A Minute with Miles segments. The segments inform and entertain as they provide illuminating 60-second flights through the world of classical music.

As classical music commentator for NPR’s flagship news program, Morning Edition, he is regularly heard by a national audience of nearly 14 million people. His book, The NPR Classical Music Companion: An Essential Guide for Enlightened Listening, first published in 1997, is now in its tenth printing from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Inside the World of Classical Music: 205 Illuminating Mini-Essays was published in 2019. Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, and in 2003 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in recognition of his achievements as a performer and educator.


Virtual seats are limited so act fast to reserve your seat! General Admission tickets are free, but donations to IPR are welcome.

Make a reservation now

Any gift of $60 or more will receive an autographed copy of Inside the World of Classical Music: 205 Illuminating Mini-Essays. To receive a copy of the book, click here. (If you make a donation, you will be automatically registered for this event.)

Donations for this event support classical music on Indiana Public Radio.


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