Classical 101 Archives For March 2015

Recent Ivory Ban Is Cause for Concern for Some Classical Musicians

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A new federal ban on ivory and the tiny ivory tips of some string instruments are giving musicians cause for concern.
30, 2014

A new federal rule is giving some musicians pause about traveling internationally with their instruments.

The Newest Classical Music Concert Venue: Your Living Room

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The next venue for classical music performances: your living room.
30, 2014

Would you host a classical music concert in your home?

In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr – Composer personalities

David Danzmayr in the Classical 101 studios with Boyce Lancaster
29, 2014

How much do you need to know about the personal life of composers before you try to interpret their music? ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr has some thoughts.

“Super” Composer Michael Daugherty is 60 Today

28, 2014

Contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty is 60 years old today. To celebrate the occasion, this evening on Symphony @ 7, we’ll have music that’s faster than a speeding baton and able to leap tall octaves in a single bound, the Superman comics-inspired Metropolis Symphony will be our featured offering.

Ben Heppner Retires

Ben Heppner (center) as Tristan is joined by Ryan McKinny (left) as Melot, and Franz-Josef Selig as King Marke (right) in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2013 production of Tristan und Isolde.
Ben Heppner (center) as Tristan is joined by Ryan McKinny (left) as Melot, and Franz-Josef Selig as King Marke (right) in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2013 production of Tristan und Isolde.
April 25, 2014

Canadian tenor Ben Heppner has announced his retirement from singing.

Mozart Minute: Mini Mozart

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April 25, 2014

In this episode of The Mozart Minute, learn about the four-year-old Mozart’s very first musical work.

Get Your Silly on with Classical Music Comedy Group Salut Salon

25, 2014

Note: this is not your grandmother’s violin concerto.

Westward Ho!: The Golden Spike, 6 pm Saturday on The American Sound

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The Golden Spike plaque at Promontory Summit, Utah, marking the point at which the railroad connected the East and West Coasts.
24, 2014

On May 10, 1869, workers drove the so-called “golden spike”spike through railroad ties joining the Union Pacific Railroad with the Central Pacific Railroad. Saturday evening on The American Sound, hear American composer George Antheil’s “Golden Spike,” inspired by America’s transcontinental railroad.

The Grand Canyon from a Disney Perspective

24, 2014

Something I didn’t know until recently is that Disney made a musical documentary about the Grand Canyon set to Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite.

Grieg’s Holberg Suite for Three Guitars on Next Fretworks

24, 2014

This Saturday evening at 7pm on Classical 101, our hour long program Fretworks has music for the classical guitar. This week we’ll hear a guitar trio, a duo, solo pieces, and a concerto for good measure.