The Classical Hour started as a series of Sunday afternoon concerts in the lobby of the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville in December, 2009. In an effort to make classical music available to all, the Classical Hour has grown to a regular concert series and a radio program.
This series of performances are free and donations will be accepted. See the calendar for additional dates.
A United States citizen of Lebanese/Hungarian descent with a French education, Nada is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. Her piano training was hampered by the unrelenting civil war and terrorism, which also cost her mother’s life in a mortar explosion in their home in Beirut. Her family had escaped to the mountains during the beginning of the war where Nada was mainly self-taught with a few books of music—the Bach inventions and the Chopin waltzes and polonaises. After only seven years of playing the piano, Nada was admitted to the Paris Conservatory where she became the first woman from the Middle East to take first prize.
Reviews of her early performances in Beirut describe her as “a musician to her fingertips,” and are hailed as “a pure moment of grace that would not soon be forgotten.” Her career evolved in the U.S. with outreach programs in schools and concerts in intimate settings in the European salon format. She traveled with a piano on a truck, introducing classical music to rural and mountain communities, hospital patients, and prison populations, through solo and ensemble performances. As for her work as a pioneer, her mentor, the late master Gyorgy Sebok wrote: “a hero of the arts.”
Nada organizes, hosts and performs in her own concert series The Classical Hour, in Louisville, KY, where she has nurtured a large following of listeners over the years.
She hosts a radio program every Sunday at 4 pm ET, Nada’s Classical Hour on Crescenthillradio.com / WCHQ 100.9FM. The concerts of the Classical Hour are broadcast and streamed live on the web, and are available for download later as well.