Classical 101 Archives For October 2014

Youthful Symphony for Schubert’s Birthday

Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder 1875, after his own 1825 watercolor portrait
Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder 1875, after his own 1825 watercolor portrait
6:55PM
January 31, 2013

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 [...]

The American Sound Celebrates Black History Month Saturday at 6 pm

color photograph of a detail from the Scott Joplin mural at Third and Main Streets in Texarkana.
A detail from the mural celebrating composer Scott Joplin in Texarkana, Texas where Joplin grew up.
1:55PM
January
31, 2013

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.

Celebrating Schubert’s birth anniversary with musical perfection

1:45PM
January
31, 2013

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!

Former basketball star winds up studying voice at Juilliard

6:00AM
January
31, 2013

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.

Classical Audiences Do More Coughing? Statistics Say (Ahem) Yes.

color photoraph of a many bags of cough drops hanging as though in a store display
Research says: take your cough drops with you to your next classical music concert.
10:00AM
January
30, 2013

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.

Musicians getting short end of the streaming stick

6:00AM
January
30, 2013

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.

Exercising to Classical Music Can Improve Your Workout

color photograph of a pair of athletic shoes with a green iPod on top of one of them
Want a good workout? Fire up your iPod with classical music.
12:00PM
January
29, 2013

Why classical music might just be the best thing to listen to while you exercise

Quartet by Giuseppe Verdi and Dustin Hoffman

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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Dustin Hoffman should have called him.
6:00AM
January 29, 2013

A new film reminds us of the Casa di riposo, the home for elderly musicians in Milan founded by Giuseppe Verdi

Is it live, or is it Memorex?

1:42PM
January
28, 2013

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.

L. A. Guitar Quartet, Andres Segovia on next Fretworks

7:40AM
January
26, 2013

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 [...]