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Classical Music Indy strives to be a champion for classical music in Central Indiana. From our syndicated broadcasts, to community programs, to our music streaming, we are here to bring you the best of what musicians are doing in Central Indiana to make this such a great arts location!

Classical Music Indy strives to be a champion for classical music in Central Indiana. From our syndicated broadcasts, to community programs, to our music streaming, we are here to bring you the best of what musicians are doing in Central Indiana to make this such a great arts location!


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Classical Music Indy strives to be a champion for classical music in Central Indiana. From our syndicated broadcasts, to community programs, to our music streaming, we are here to bring you the best of what musicians are doing in Central Indiana to make this such a great arts location!






Classical Pairings Drinks in the Atmosphere at Bar One Fourteen

In this episode, host Nicholas Johnson invites Daimien Weems, Cocktail Program Director & Bar Manager at Bar One Fourteen, to show us the ins and outs of Indianapolis's luxe microbar, dining, and listening room. Daimien shares his knowledge of Japanese microseasons and how that plays into his creative vision for the cocktail menu. Tune in to this episode to hear what Nick pairs with this unparalleled listening experience in an environment like no other. Support the show...


Classical Pairings Roams Winterfest

On this special edition of classical pairings, host Nicholas Johnson is joined by Chris Caruso-Lynch, music director of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. On this episode, they embark on a journey to find the perfect beer to pair with two iconic pieces of classical music: Giuseppe Verdi's, Requiem and Louis Vierne's Messe Solennelle, Op. 16. To find these pairings they travel to the 13th annual Winterfest beer festival organized by the Brewers of Indiana Guild. Nicholas and Chris must...


Classical Pairings Dives Into the New Year With Mock-tails

Classical Pairings is Back for 2022! Host Nicholas Johnson invites Jessica Taylor of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits to create some amazing mock-tails to celebrate dry January. Jessica shares two original recipes and invites Nicholas to find the perfect name for the delicious concoctions as well as the perfect pieces of classical music to listen to while enjoying these amazing beverages. Featured Cocktails: The Palm Pilot Because Why Not? Featured Pieces: Batti, Batti – Wolfgang...


The Dean of Black Women Composers - Undine Smith Moore

Angela and Joshua reflect on the inspiring life and work of the brilliant composer Undine Smith Moore. As a woman living through the time of Jim Crow South, Moore's body of work mirrors the deliberate and intentional evolution of her personal worldview. Our co-hosts spotlight three of her most emotive works including Love Let the Wind Cry performed by Aundi Marie Moore, The Allegro from her Afro-American Suite performed by Kate Steinbeck, Tim Holley, and Dewitt Tipton, and Watch and Pray...


Classical Pairings couples up at Gallery Pastry Shop

Host Nicholas Johnson is joined on this special episode by his fiancé Chloe Boelter along with Alex and Sonja Overhiser of A Couple Cooks food website ( They trade tips on how to successfully navigate romantic and creative partnerships before pairing two delicious pastries with some amazing classical pieces. Support the show (


Classical Pairings brews up some fun at the Broadripple Brewpub

Host Nicholas Johnson visits Indiana's oldest operating Brewery and speaks with Billy Hannon and Jonathon Mullens of the Broadripple Brewpub along with Frank Felice of Butler University. They have an amazing conversation about all things brewing and pair some fantastic beer with pieces by Bartok and Elgar. Support the show (


Classical Pairings heads to Brazil

On this special remote episode, host Nicholas Johnson makes the most of a trip to Brazil and pairs authentic Brazilian cuisine inspired by the rainforest with some amazing Brazilian classical pieces. Support the show (


Classical Pairings gets Collected at Newfields

Host Nicholas Johnson speaks with a knowledgeable duo of curators; Philip Ponella of Indiana University and Joshua Ratliff of Newfields. They pair three amazing wines with music from all over the world and discuss how collecting is about much more than just accumulation. Support the show (


Classical Pairings Celebrates Beethoven's 250th with Liter House

Host Nicholas Johnson talks with Classical Music Indy's own program director Michael Toulouse as they enjoy some amazing German-style beer from head brewer Scott Ellis and the folks at Liter House. They wax poetic and pair their drinks with works by one of the most celebrated composers of all time. Support the show (


Classical Pairings gets ‘cured’ with Smoking Goose

Host Nicholas Johnson speaks with Mark Ortwein, a principal bassoonist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Corrie Cook of The Smoking Goose. They talk about finding silver-linings during trying times, before sampling an amazing Charcuterie array from Goose paired with some amazing compositions. Support the show (


Classical Pairings spaces out at Spoke & Steele

Host Nicholas Johnson chats with executive chef Erin Gillum of Spoke & Steele along with experimental composer and musician Rob Funkhouser about creative use of space as organizations and industries adapt to the ‘New Normal.’ Support the show (


Classical Pairings gets ‘sauced’ at The Trap

Host Nicholas Johnson, along with music sociologist and pianist Joshua Thompson and Chef Oya Woodruff of The Trap, have a socially distanced conversation about how artists and entrepreneurs are paving the way forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Support the show (


BONUS: Classical Pairings Live at Chilly Water

Join the Classical Pairings crew as we revisit a live pairing event hosted by Chilly Water Brewing in the fall of 2019. Nicholas Johnson hosted the event and musical selections were performed by Joshua Thompson. Insight into the brewing process was provided by head brewer Dan Krzywicki. Support the show (


Classical Pairings tries out a few brews from Sun King

Host Nick Johnson discusses the importance of being local and creating unique experiences with Jacob Joyce, Associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, co-owners of Sun King Brewing. Support the show (


Classical Pairings gets outside the box at Libertine Liquors

Host Nick Johnson talks with composer Michael Schelle and Neal Brown of The Libertine liquor bar talk about cultural appropriation and fusion foods. Later they'll sample some extremely unique cocktails and avant-garde music. This audio has been updated to include longer musical excerpts. Support the show (


Classical Pairings talks with female leaders

Host Nick Johnson discusses inspirations and currents trends in the hospitality and arts industries with female leaders from both. Jessica Taylor, mixologist for Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, and Janna Hymes, Music Director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, share a few drinks and classical music selections in this episode. Support the show (


Classical Pairings goes international from Vienna

Host Nick Johnson brings you the ins and outs of the cafe and coffee culture in Vienna straight from the source! He's joined by musical guests who live and work in Vienna to discuss composers like Gustav Mahler, Johann Strauss Jr., and Franz Schubert and the relationship they had with coffeehouses. Support the show (


Classical Pairings goes to the movies with the ICO and Just Pop In!

In our second episode of Classical Pairings, host Nick Johnson talks music and popcorn with Matthew Kraemer, the Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Carly Swift and Mandy Selke, the owners of Just Pop In! Support the show (


Classical Pairings relaxes at St. Josephs Brewery

Welcome to Classical Pairings! A podcast exploring connections between music and the food and drink industry. We believe that food and drinks can be just as much of a creative expression as traditional classical music, and so we invite guests from the Indianapolis classical music scene and the food and drink scene (along with some international guests!), to talk about similar experiences and motivations--and sample some fantastic food and spirits. Our very first episode features Ron Smith,...