Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Next Fretworks

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in performance
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in performance.
November 20, 2014

This week on Fretworks, we’ll hear the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in their arrangement of music from the Renaissance by Giovanni Gabrielli.

Kung Fu Piano from the World’s Fastest Pianist: Lubomyr Melnyk

Lubomyr Melnyk in Berlin kitchen_photo by Martyn Heyne
Lubomyr Melnyk
17, 2014

In what may, or may not be a dubious distinction, Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk claims to be the fastest pianist alive.

Debussy, Lindberg, and Bartok on Classical Showcase

Claude Debussy ca1908
Claude Debussy (1908)
November 14, 2014

Friday evening at 7 on Classical 101, Classical Showcase continues with a series of concerts featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alan Hovhaness, Mozart, and Mandolin Concerto on Fretworks

Alan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness, circa 1970
November 13, 2014

This week on Fretworks, I have some music out of the ordinary guitar repertoire. We’ll hear part of a big guitar concerto by Alan Hovhaness, a piano sonata by Mozart arranged for flute and guitar, and a mandolin concerto from the 18th century. Listen on Classical 101, Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

El Sistema Gets Bum Rap From UK Academic

12, 2014

Here we go again. Recently fiddler Mark O Connor trashed the Suzuki music instruction method by claiming its founder was a fraud.

Second Lockout in Two Years Ends For Atlanta Symphony

Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 10/27/12.
10, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is back in business, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Thursday November 13.

Los Angeles Philharmonic on Classical Showcase

7, 2014

This evening on Classical Showcase, we begin a series of concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with music director Gustavo Dudamel. Several performances will be with former music director Esa-Pekka Salonen and a couple of other guest conductors between now and the end of December.

Sharon Isbin Featured on Next Fretworks

Sharon Isbin with a guitar
Sharon Isbin
November 6, 2014

One of the world’s premier classical guitarists, Sharon Isbin will be featured on the next Fretworks, airing Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 on Classical 101.

Adolphe Sax: Inventor of the Saxophone’s 200th Birthday

5, 2014

Happy 200th birthday to Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, born on November 6, 1814. When I think of the Belgian musical instrument designer and musician’s most famous creation, I have to admit it’s American jazz that first comes to mind for me.