The new way to consume classical music.
Classical Pairings brings together two leaders from a city’s creative economy – a top classical music artist paired with an innovator in the craft food or beverage industry – to blend two different cultural experiences into one delightful listening and palatable pleasure.
July 31, 2020
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 (acouplecooks.com). They trade tips on how to successfully navigate romantic and creative partnerships before pairing two delicious pastries with some amazing classical pieces.
July 24, 2020
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.
July 17, 2020
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.
July 10, 2020
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.
July 3, 2020
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.
June 26, 2020
Classical Pairings gets ‘cured’ with Smoking Goose
Host Nicholas Johnson speaks with Mark Ortwein, assistant 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.
June 20, 2020
Classical Pairings Spaces Out at Spoke & Steele
June 19, 2020
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.
April 3, 2020
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. To learn more about future Classical Pairings Live events, contact [email protected]
Pairings from this event include:
The Chilly Water Radler paired with In the Bottoms by Robert Nathaniel Dett and Ringplay by William Grant Still.
The Moonlight Sonata Vienna Lager paired with The Adagio in Fminor by Chevalier De Saint-Georges.
The One-Hop-Wonder IPA paired with Africa Suite: Land of Romance by William Grant Still.
The Breakfast in America Oatmeal Stout paired with the Three-Fours Waltz Suite by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
The Blood on the Tracks IPA paired with 24 Negro Melodies by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
The Wall Berliner Weiss paired with The Single Petal of a Rose by Duke Ellington.
November 14, 2019
Classical Pairings tries out a few Brews from Sun King
October 30, 2019
Classical Pairings Samples Music and Cocktails that are Outside the Box
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
The audio and video versions have been modified to include longer musical excerpts.
October 16, 2019
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.
October 2, 2019
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.
September 17, 2019
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!
August 30, 2019
Classical Pairings relaxes at St. Josephs Brewery