Classical 101 Archives For May 2014
This week on Fretworks Saturday evening at 7, we have the famous anonymous short piece, Romance, arranged for guitar and orchestra. There will be contemporary works for viola and guitar and for guitar quartet and also, a big early 19th century Italian guitar concerto, along with music for solo guitar from Paraguay.
Ned Rorem, a Quaker from Chicago out of Richmond, Indiana, he of the exquisite choral music and art songs, he of the sexually explicit published diaries, of some of the best music criticism ever, is tuning 90 on Oct. 23.
James Levine, born 70 years ago in Cincinnati has been music director of the Metropolitan Opera for decades. He is recognized as one of the world’s great conducts.
In the first episode of the Opera Abbreviated podcast, Christopher Purdy takes a look at Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which will appear in movie theaters starting October 5 as the opening of The Met’s 2013-14 Live in HD season.
Yesterday evening on Symphony @ 7, we had Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the Pathetique as our main musical offering. For the rest of the week, we continue with other great Russian symphonies. Still to come are works by Alexander Glazunov, Dmitri Shostakovitch, Alexander Borodin and Sergei Prokofiev.
“The only condition you really need to appreciate music is openness to it,” says pianist Jonathan Biss. “If you go into the experience of hearing a piece or hearing discussion of a piece … with your ears wide open and with a desire to go deeper into it, it doesn’t matter all that much how much knowledge you have already.”
We live in a community which values the arts in such a way that one would be hard pressed to take advantage of everything that is available.
Join us Saturday evening at 7 p.m. for music of the classical guitar on Fretworks on Classical 101, with music ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and Nicolo Paganini, to Astor Piazzolla, Alexander Tansman and Stanley Myers.
Tattoos too lowbrow for those who dig classical music? Nope.
A new opera by Wayne Turnage is based on the sad life of Anna Nicole Smith