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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!

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.

Umoja Men’s Chorus Brings Beautiful Music From Inside Prison Walls

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A new CD from Umoja Men's Chorus, conducted by Catherine Roma
9:50AM
January 9, 2013

The Umoja men’s chorus consisting of inmates at an Ohio prison has just issued their third CD, called Extend a Hand

In spite of turmoil, Classical music lives and grows

7:18AM
January
2, 2013

Composers and musicians are determined to make music, and music lovers are determined to hear it.

A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico

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The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass.
7:03AM
December
18, 2012

Hear the acclaimed British choral group in concert at the acoustically rich St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass tonight at 7 pm on Classical 101.

Top 10 Classical Alleluias that aren’t by Handel

6:00AM
December
12, 2012

Handel’s Messiah, specifically his Hallelujah Chorus, is a perennial favorite this time of year.  However, there are other great “alleluias” which would certainly serve to make your season bright if we set aside Handel for a moment.

No more Christmas music?

10:41AM
December
3, 2012

What that headline actually means is no more new Christmas music, at least if one musician has his way.

Great Opera in Columbus This Saturday

Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme
Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme
3:00PM
November
28, 2012

Two magnificent archival broadcasts form the Metropolitan Opera on Classical 101, this Saturday at 1 pm.

What are your “Desert Island” recordings?

9:21AM
November
21, 2012

Most “Desert Island” recording lists seem to rotate the same 20 or so artists and composers, which means I don’t bother to look at them. However, this list is quite interesting by what it doesn’t do…it doesn’t limit the musical genre.

Beating a dead warhorse

11:56AM
November
20, 2012

In our busy lives, music is an accompaniment, a familiar friend.  Once in a while, however, it pays to pay a little closer attention to the familiar you just might hear something new