Tom Huizenga

Tom Huizenga is a music producer, reporter and blogger for NPR Music. He hosts NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence.

A regular contributor of stories about classical music on NPR's news programs, Huizenga regularly introduces intriguing new classical CDs to listeners on the weekend version of All Things Considered. He contributes to NPR Music's "Song of the Day."

During his time at NPR, Huizenga spent seven years as a producer, writer and editor for NPR's Peabody Award-winning daily classical music magazine Performance Today, and for the programs SymphonyCast and World of Opera. He produced the live broadcast of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess from Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, concerts from NPR's Studio 4A and performances on the road at Summerfest La Jolla, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and New York's Le Poisson Rouge.

Huizenga's radio career began at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 1986. During his four year tenure, he regularly hosted several radio programs (opera, jazz, free-form, experimental radio) at Ann Arbor's WCBN. As a student in the Enthnomusicology department, Huizenga studied and performed traditional court music from Indonesia. He also studied English Literature and voice, while writing for the university's newspaper.

After college Huizenga took his love of music and broadcasting to New Mexico, where he served as music director for NPR member station KRWG, in Las Cruces, and taught radio production at New Mexico State University.

Huizenga lives in Takoma Park, MD, with his wife Valeska Hilbig, a public affairs director at the Smithsonian. In his spare time he writes about music for the Washington Post, overloads on concerts and movies and swings a tennis racket wildly on many local courts.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:19 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Marches Madness: Freshly Squeezed Oranges In 4/4 Time

For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.
Alexey Stiop iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 8:34 am

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Deceptive Cadence
8:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Tell Us: Are Ballet And Opera Elitist?

In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?
Carolina K. Smith iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:10 pm

It's a question virtually as old as the art forms themselves: Are ballet and opera elitist?

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Deceptive Cadence
10:16 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Marches Madness: Walk Like An Egyptian

Verdi's opera Aida, set in the time of the Pharaohs, is known for its extravagance, yet its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.
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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 8:51 am

Elephants, Egyptian palaces, politics and love triangles — now we're talking grand opera!

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First Listen
11:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

First Listen: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt, 'Night'

Simone Dinnerstein (left) and Tift Merritt's new album, Night, comes out March 19.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:49 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

Those steeped in radio-station jargon know all about "dayparting" — knowing when to program what depending on the habits of listeners during any given part of the day.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:40 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Marches Madness: Off With His Head!

In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he imagines his own march to the guillotine.
Rischgitz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 8:27 am

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

'Funeral March of a Marionette': Puppet Music Promoted By Hitchcock

Charles Gounod's quirky march about marionettes found new life as the theme music to Alfred Hitchcock's suspense show on TV.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 2:17 pm

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:54 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Benedict And Beethoven: The Outgoing Pope's Musical Life

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the audience at Milan's La Scala opera house where he heard a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Daniel Dal Zennaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 8:18 am

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Deceptive Cadence
10:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

The Operatic Potential Of DSK, A Modern Don Giovanni

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves court in Paris Tuesday after attending a hearing regarding his seizure request for a new book by Argentinian-born Marcela Iacub detailing their liason.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 3:45 pm

If I wrote operas, my next work would be called DSKNY. That's a snazzy abbreviation for Dominique Strauss-Kahn New York. The idea came last night when colleagues invited me for cocktails at the Sofitel Hotel, the site of DSK's alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in 2011, and the beginning of his fall from grace.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
Johansen Krause Peter Lieberson

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 11:21 am

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Deceptive Cadence
9:31 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Classical Grammys 2013: Same Old Winners, Bold New Music

Members of eighth blackbird performing at the pre-telecast Grammy Awards Sunday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 11:23 am

Ah, the joys of Monday morning quarterbacking, classical style.

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