Classical 101 Archives For April 2014
Perhaps Franz Schubert is one of the eternally young composers, since he was only 31 when he passed away in 1828. The freshness, vitality, and inexhaustible creativity of his music certainly place him in the pantheon of the eternally great composers. He was born on this date in 1797. Boyce Lancaster, in his recent blog [...]
So much of what gives American classical music its distinctly American sound comes from the rich musical contributions of black American musicians. This Saturday at 6 pm The American Sound begins a month-long celebration of Black History Month.
Some things require very few words. Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet is one of them. In conversation with Jennifer Hambrick, she said it was as though the gods had descended from on high to grace us with a taste of perfection. Perlman, Zukerman, Barenboim, du Pre, Mehta…amazing! Happy birthday Schubert!
Jeanette Vecchione had four-year scholarship offers to play Division 1 basketball for top programs like Tennessee. Then she pretended to be an opera singer. Now, she is one.
You’ve shelled out hard-earned cash to hear a concert of classical music performed by a world-class phenom. The concert hall is sparkling, the audience is all dolled up, the artist is sublime and you dare not even breathe for the noise it would make. Then out croaks a cough and all that ambience vanishes, like Brigadoon, in an instant.
As purveyors of legally licensed music, they have been largely welcomed by an industry still buffeted by piracy. But as the companies behind these digital services swell into multibillion-dollar enterprises, the relative trickle of money that has made its way to artists is causing anxiety at every level of the business.
Why classical music might just be the best thing to listen to while you exercise
A new film reminds us of the Casa di riposo, the home for elderly musicians in Milan founded by Giuseppe Verdi
Maybe it’s time to rethink having musicians trying to perform in what is almost always going to be extreme conditions in D.C. in January, or at least quit trying to make it bigger and better every four years.
If you enjoy music for the classical guitar, join us Saturday evening at 7pm for Fretworks. This week we’re featuring John Williams, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Pepe Romero, and the great Andres Segovia. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet was founded in L. A. in 1980 with the help of Pepe Romero. They are known [...]