Classical 101 Archives For March 2015

Philadelphia Orchestra Gives Student New Trombone

photograph of the bell of a trombone
The Philadelphia Orchestra has offered to replace Aidan Milligan's trombone, which went missing last week.
17, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra has offered a 9-year-old trombone student with special needs a replacement instrument after his trombone went missing last week.

Tango with a Miami City Ballet Flash Mob

17, 2012

Miami City Ballet dancers surprised the crowd at the Miami Art Walk Saturday with a flash mob tango.

What’s a Musician Worth?

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer
October 17, 2012

Every day, there seems to be some new story about a struggling orchestra.  Based on recent reports, no one is exempt. A cultural organization…cannot save its way to success

Sleepless in Seattle: Musicians Approve Strike Authorization

night photo of the Seattle skyline
The Seattle Symphony and Opera Musicians' Organization has approved a strike authorization.
16, 2012

In the midst of a global economic crisis that has brought some of America’s most venerable classical music organizations to their knees, the musicians of the Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization (SSOPO) have authorized a strike.

Getty Donation, Opera Production Raise Questions

photograph of the facade of the Wales Millennium Centre
The Wales Millennium Centre, in Cardiff, Wales, is the home of the Welsh National Opera.
16, 2012

The Welsh National Opera has come under scrutiny for funding a production of Gordon Getty’s Usher House with part of a $2 million gift from the Getty family, according to BBC News. The Getty family donation will fund a series of productions of new operas, including the one by Gordon Getty. Welsh National Opera artistic director David [...]

Classical 101 By Request: Oobla-di Oobla-lo

Eduard Lalo (1823-1892)
October 12, 2012

Classical 101 By Request is heard Fridays from 1-3 PM. Lalo’s Piano Trio in c is featured this week.

James Levine Returns

James Levine, it's great to be back on Broadway!
October 12, 2012

Conductor James Levine emerges from medical leave to conduct again.

Is Germany Trying to Balance Its Budget By Seizing Instruments?

Yuki Manuela Janke
Dresden State Orchestra Concertmaster Yuki Manuela Janke
October 11, 2012

German customs officials have seized the 1736 Stradivarius of a member of one of their own orchestras; Progress in Classical downloads

Sibelius Second Symphony From One Who Should Know

10, 2012

Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund, who died in January of this year, recorded the symphonies of fellow countryman Jean Sibelius no less than three times.  He is a good example of an artist who had a special insight and knowledge of the music of Finland’s greatest composer.  This evening on Symphony @ 7, we’ll have his [...]

Today is Verdi’s Birthday

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
October 10, 2012

Giuseppe Verdi was born on this date in 1813. Today’s birthday is a warm up to a bicentennial bash next year. Here are some of my favorite Verdi moments. What are yours?