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Mozart activates your dorsolateral prefrontal cortex

6:00AM
March
27, 2013

“It’s really not about whether a certain piece of music has the “it” ingredient that will improve someone’s mental faculties. Rather, listening in and of itself improves those faculties, and it also does a whole lot more—it makes us better people.”

Who’s listening to contemporary music?

8:06AM
March
13, 2013

Someone who composes with no consideration of their audience can’t reasonably be surprised or disappointed when they don’t have one.

Improvisational Artist Crosses Barriers, Blends Worlds

7:19AM
March
11, 2013

There are a number of musicians today who seem to defy categorization, appealing to a broad spectrum of listeners from all musical walks of life.  Of course, variations on a theme have been a part of music as long as there has been music, but the lines now being crossed seem to get blurrier by [...]

Michala Petri to perform with ProMusica at Josephinum; Southern

Michala Petri og Lars Hannibal, okt. 2006
Michala Petri plays with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra this Saturday and Sunday
6:00AM
February
22, 2013

When most of us think of recorders, we have flashbacks to music class in elementary school as we were given our first opportunities to make music. When you hear Michala Petri, you’ll realize just how far this is from your 2nd grade music class.

Musicians getting short end of the streaming stick

6:00AM
January
30, 2013

As purveyors of legally licensed music, they have been largely welcomed by an industry still buffeted by piracy. But as the companies behind these digital services swell into multibillion-dollar enterprises, the relative trickle of money that has made its way to artists is causing anxiety at every level of the business.

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

Conductors guilty pleasures

6:00AM
January
8, 2013

What do orchestra conductors and musicians in general, for that matter, listen to when they’re not preparing to conduct?

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.

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.