Happy Birthday, Ludwig!

Ludwig van Beethoven
Today marks the 344th anniversary of the master composer's date of baptism.
December 17, 2014

A very happy 244th birthday to Ludwig van Beethoven!

YouTube’s Player Piano Turns Gaming Tunes Into Fantasy Videos

17, 2014

Imagine: a classical piano recital performed not in a concert hall, but in a fantasy music video. This isn’t the future of music – it’s happening now on the Player Piano YouTube channel.

Holiday Specials, Tune to Classical 101 All Season Long

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Classical 101 Holiday Specials
17, 2014

Tune into Classical 101 all season long for special programming from all of us at the station! From Handel’s Messiah to a New Year’s celebration, Classical 101 is your one-stop shop to get you in the holiday spirit.

A New Biography of Tenor Roland Hayes

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Roland Hayes: Legacy of an American Tenor by Christopher Brooks and Robert Sims
December 17, 2014

A new biography of the first African America classical musician to have an international career.

From Soaring Heights to Swirling Depths: NPR’s 2014 Album Choices

The Seattle Symphony: John Luther Adams, Become Ocean album cover
The Seattle Symphony: John Luther Adams, Become Ocean was one of NPR's best classical records of the year.
December 16, 2014

Midst the dozens of pop albums and jazz artists recognized on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2014 there stand four classical and orchestral compilations.

ClassicFM’s 6 Best Classical Music Viral Videos of 2014

16, 2014

Give yourself the gift of laughter and amazement this holiday season – ClassicFM’s 6 Best Classical Music Viral Videos are nothing to sneeze at.

Being a Professional Musician Requires More than Talent

Joshua Bell.Photo by Chris Lee
Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music graduate Joshua Bell-now a Senior Lecturer in Music at his alma mater
16, 2014

The music business roadside is littered with talented people. However, new opportunity from Warner Music Group could lend a monetary hand to a few talented, driven professionals in a partnership with the Blavatnick Family Foundation.

Remembering Irene Dalis

Irene Dalis as Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Don't be fooled. She was a nice lady.
December 15, 2014

Mezzo-soprano turned teacher and impresario Irene Dalis has died at the age of 89. I have a personal reminiscence to share.

Opera-As-TV-Series: Is Lisa Bielawa’s “Vireo” the Future of Opera?

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Lisa Bielawa's "Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser" is poised to become the first opera to be performed serially and broadcast on television.
15, 2014

Composer Lisa Bielawa’s innovative new opera “Vireo” has many asking, Is this the future of opera?

Beautiful Life, A Father’s Album After Sandy Hook

Jimmy Greene
Jimmy Greene
December 15, 2014

Out of the the terror of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, Jimmy Greene, father of six-year old victim Ana Márquez-Greene, has used music to heal and to help others heal. The outcome is an album, Beautiful Life, that is deeply-inspired and heart-rending in its sincerity and perspective.