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
9:23 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Why The Atlanta Symphony Matters: Five Recordings For The Lockout

Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are currently in a lock out labor dispute.
J.D. Scott Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:50 pm

With just a month to go before opening its 68th season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has gone silent. A bitter labor dispute between the ASO musicians and orchestra management has resulted in a lockout — meaning the players have literally been prevented from entering the Woodruff Arts Center and stripped of their salaries and health benefits.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.
adoc-photos Corbis

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

In the western suburbs of Paris 150 years ago today, a boy was born to an unassuming couple, proprietors of a china shop who had no great taste for music. But that little boy felt otherwise, and grew up to write music of bold color, timbre and harmonic daring.

Claude Debussy ignored the old rules about how to write music and in the process created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:04 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

How Slow Can You Go?

What happens when musicians slow the music way down?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:19 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Agitation In Atlanta, Luck In London And John Cage On The A Train

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is facing budget battles, and the shame of being silenced while backing a pop group.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:27 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
11:46 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Checking Opera's Pulse: A Conversation About The State Of The Art

Can opera survive in an era of shrinking budgets and aging audiences?
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:56 pm

  • Hear The 'Future of Opera' Discussion

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Deceptive Cadence
1:28 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

We Asked For Six Songs, We Got Thousands

Music by the Beatles appeared on many "Six Songs of Me" lists.
istockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:00 am

Last week we asked you to do some musical soul-searching — and boy, did we get responses. In the first day, 250 people commented on the blog post "You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You." Several thousand more comments have since rolled in via social media.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Making A Case For Massenet, The Misunderstood Sentimentalist

French composer Jules Massenet died 100 years ago, leaving the opera world with a wealth of elegantly composed dramas.
Topical Press Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:07 am

Poor Jules Massenet. How could the most successful French opera composer of his generation fall so far out of fashion? Perhaps the new 23-CD box set of Massenet's music, marking the 100th anniversary of his death (yesterday), holds some clues.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:12 am
Thu August 9, 2012

You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You

Why are your musical tastes a reflection of you?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:57 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
12:13 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Magdalena Kozena's Labor of 'Love And Longing'

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená collaborated with a conductor she knows well, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle — who's also her husband.
Mathias Bothor DG

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 12:18 pm

One of the toughest tricks for a singer to pull off is putting a fresh face on each composer in a program. All too often, the Handel starts sounding like the Mozart, which in turn takes on too much of the Verdi and it all becomes indistinguishable.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:30 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums

The young pianist Inon Barnatan plays Debussy and Ravel with striking assurance.
Avie Records

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 5:14 pm

Some people are intimidated by the vastness of classical music. And while the prospect of more than 1,000 years of hits to consider may be daunting, just think instead of how many musical journeys of discovery can be made.

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