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How Long Should a Conductor Stay?

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
6, 2015

I would think that there are few things more exciting and fulfilling than being at the helm of so revered an orchestra as the New York Philharmonic.

You Can Join a Musical Sit-in

Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, head of the guitar department at Cleveland Institute of Music, teaches students the world over online.
6, 2015

Ever wish you could sit in with a group of professional musicians and play Mozart? Now you can.

Joaquin Rodrigo’s Final Guitar Concerto on Next Fretworks

Ricardo Gallen playing guitar
Music by Ricardo Gallen on this Saturday's Fretworks.
April 2, 2015

For the next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7, I’ll have this relatively unfamiliar concerto for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo with soloist Ricardo Gallen and the Asturias Symphony conducted by Maximiano Valdes.

Haydn Symphony and Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto on Symphony @ 7

Ben Ben in London
London is calling tonight on Symphony @7.
April 2, 2015

Thursday evening on Symphony @ 7, the two musical works for the hour are Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in Bb and the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Carbon Fiber Beats Wood at Instrument Competition

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Mexxo-forte's award-winning carbon fiber violin.
1, 2015

Carbon fiber composites have strengthened aircraft and spacecraft for many years, as well as sailing vessels competing for the America’s Cup. Now it has entered the concert hall.

Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto with Sharon Isbin on Fretworks

26, 2015

Join me for Fretworks for music of the classical guitar this Saturday at 7 pm on Classical 101.

Pierre Boulez Turns 90 Today, Featured on Symphony @ 7

Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez
March 26, 2015

Pierre Boulez will be featured as conductor on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101. He’s 90 years old today and is regarded as the most important French composer of his generation.

Navigating 20th Century Music: California Mavericks

John Cage Prepares A Piano
Artists such as John Cage, Henry Cowell, and Lou Harrison forged new concepts in American music and paved the way for many of today's composers and alternative musicians. Their contributions and experimentation are what make them the California Mavericks.
23, 2015

Composers John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Henry Cowell have been dubbed the ‘California Mavericks.’ Here is a brief look at their music context and personal histories in preparation for Wednesday’s FREE concert at the Short North Stage.

Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for 3 Guitars on Fretworks

Berta Rojas playing guitar
Berta Rojas
March 19, 2015

Spring is upon us, and this week’s Fretworks features music of the vernal season including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and a work honoring Bach’s birthday.

Music from Caramoor Festival on Classical Showcase

19, 2015

Classical Showcase will present music from the Caramoor Summer Music Festival for the next two broadcasts, Friday evening at 7 on Classical 101. The festival was founded in 1945 and is held on the 90-acre estate of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Inc., about 50 miles north of New York City.