Westward Ho!: The Golden Spike, 6 pm Saturday on The American Sound

color photograph of a brass-plated plaque affixed to a railroad tie half buried in snow.
The Golden Spike plaque at Promontory Summit, Utah, marking the point at which the railroad connected the East and West Coasts.
24, 2014

On May 10, 1869, workers drove the so-called “golden spike”spike through railroad ties joining the Union Pacific Railroad with the Central Pacific Railroad. Saturday evening on The American Sound, hear American composer George Antheil’s “Golden Spike,” inspired by America’s transcontinental railroad.

The Grand Canyon from a Disney Perspective

24, 2014

Something I didn’t know until recently is that Disney made a musical documentary about the Grand Canyon set to Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite.

Grieg’s Holberg Suite for Three Guitars on Next Fretworks

24, 2014

This Saturday evening at 7pm on Classical 101, our hour long program Fretworks has music for the classical guitar. This week we’ll hear a guitar trio, a duo, solo pieces, and a concerto for good measure.

Opera Abbreviated: Cosi fan Tutte

James Levine, back at the Met to conduct Cosi fan Tutte, this Saturday live in HD. The latest Opera Abbreviated gives you all the skinny
April 24, 2014

Cosi fan Tutte, a bittersweet battle of the sexes is the next Met-in-HD presentation and is the subject of the latest Opera Abbreviated podcast. Listen up.

Music Goes to the Dogs…(and Chickens, and Donkeys, and Fish)

On the Trail
Riders on burros head down Bright Angel Trail into the Grand Canyon
April 23, 2014

How well do you know your musical critters? Test your skill!

Atlanta Symphony Cellist Performs for NICU Babies

color photograph of a room in a hospital neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU), with two women employees surrounded by tiny beds and other equipment
A hospital neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU).
23, 2014

You might say the audience for a recent NICU performance by one Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cellist was small. Very small.

Musical One-Upmanship Demonstrates Quirky Quartet’s Talent

23, 2014

“Anything you can do, I can do better.”  So sang Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun.  Whether it’s on ice skates, in Cirque de Soleil, or in a concert hall, clowning around often is more difficult than playing it straight. Victor Borge set the tone for Classical comedy, followed quickly by Peter Schickele’s alter-ego [...]

Holocaust Remembrance Day on Musica Sacra

vad hashem
Yad Vashem Israel's Holocaust Memorial
22, 2014

Musica Sacra commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with Schoenberg’s A Survivor From Warsaw

Listen. Rinse. Repeat: How Repetition Makes Us Enjoy Music

22, 2014

Just like putting on your familiar threadbare sweater again and again, or eating your grandmother’s mashed potatoes and gravy on a winter night, we tend to warm up more to musical works with repetition that makes them seem familiar to us.

Four Legends from the Kalevala on Symphony @ 7

Jean Sibelius in 1913
Jean Sibelius in 1913
April 21, 2014

On Monday’s Symphony @7, we enter the world of Finnish mythology for the Four Legends from the Kalevala by Jean Sibelius.