Classical 101 Archives For April 2015

The Next Fretworks Features Viola with Guitar and Romance by Anon.

30, 2013

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 is 90!

Ned Rorem, ninety years young
September 29, 2013

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.

The Return of James Levine

James Levine
September 26, 2013

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.

Podcast: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
Opera Abbreviated Podcast by Classical 101
September 25, 2013

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.

Russian Symphonies at 7 This Week on Classical 101

24, 2013

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.

Pianist Jonathan Biss: Classical Music Can Be for Anyone

24, 2013

“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.”

Classical Music Dying? Don’t Believe It.

23, 2013

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.

Cavatina by Stanley Myers on Fretworks

19, 2013

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.

Not Your Grandmother’s Body Art: Classical Music Tattoos

black-and-white photograph of an eighth-note tattooed behind someone's ear
Take note: tattoos are for classical music lovers, too.
September 19, 2013

Tattoos too lowbrow for those who dig classical music? Nope.

Anna Nicole Opens in New York

New York City Opera's Anna Nicole
New York City Opera's Anna Nicole
September 18, 2013

A new opera by Wayne Turnage is based on the sad life of Anna Nicole Smith