Classical 101 Archives For March 2015

Reuben Reuben

Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964) murdered in Martinique in the midst of a hot career in theater and film
September 28, 2012

Reuben Reuben by Marc Blitzstein was a famous flop in 1955, but the songs go on as did the careers of Blitzstein, Evelyn Lear, Eddie Albert and Kaye Ballard. But why did audiences walk out?

Classical 101 By Request: Alleluia

Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
September 28, 2012

Randall Thompson’s Alleluia opened the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood in 1940- another commission from famed conductor Serge Koussevitsky.

Slideshow of Armonia Celeste’s Live Performance on Classical 101

Armonia Celeste performs in the Classical 101 studio.
Armonia Celeste performs in the Classical 101 studio.
28, 2012

Armonia Celeste performed live in the Classical 101 studio. View photos of the performance.

Columbus Collaborates

Columbus, Ohio: The arts are thriving here
September 28, 2012

Columbus is blessed with performing arts organizations dazzling us separately, and together.

Chicago, Atlanta Symphony Orchestras Reach Contract Agreements

photograph of balconies in Chicago's Orchestra Hall (Symphony Center)
Chicago's Symphony Center is once again alive with the sound of music after Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians ratified a new three-year contract Monday evening.
27, 2012

Musicians and administrators of the Chicago and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras recently on strike have ratified contract agreements that will keep the music playing – at least for a while.

George Gershwin’s Music is Here to Stay

George Gershwin in1937
George Gershwin in1937
September 26, 2012

George Gershwin was born on this date in 1898, and his music is still embraceable by lovers of both jazz and classical music.  It’s brash, suave, seductive and exciting.  Maybe this was the first “crossover” music?  If it was, it’s still the best. From smash hit musicals on Broadway to Carnegie Hall, Gershwin’s music seems [...]

Armonia Celeste Live on Classical 101 Thursday at 1 p.m.

photograph of the members of the early music ensemble Armonia Celeste
Armonia Celeste performs live on Classical 101 Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.
26, 2012

Early music ensemble Armonia Celeste – “Celestial Harmony” – gives an otherworldly performance of Italian Renaissance love songs Thursday at 1 p.m. – live on Classical 101.

Trial of Stradivarius Dealer Now Underway

photograph of a violin in its case
Instrument dealer Dietmar Machold admits to embezzlement, stands trial for fraud for what has been called the "largest fraud case in the history" of fine instrument dealing.
September 25, 2012

German Instrument dealer Dietmar Machold admits to embezzlement, stands trial for fraud for what has been called the “largest fraud case in the history” of the fine instrument trade.

Newly On Strike: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

photograph of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing in Chicago's Orchestra Hall
Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians went on strike Saturday, forcing the orchestra's Saturday evening concert to be cancelled.
24, 2012

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike Saturday evening less than two hours before their first Saturday evening concert of the 2012-13 season was scheduled to begin, and on the eve of the orchestra’s October tour to Carnegie Hall and Mexico.

Remembering Kathleen Ferrier in a Major Key

Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953) is celebrated 100 years after she was born.
September 22, 2012

Beautiful, funny and gifted, contralto Kathleen Ferrier was born 100 years ago.