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The Changing Sounds of Orchestras

12:51PM
July
10, 2014

Recently, one of the premier American orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, underwent another personnel change that may affect, even if subtly, the sound of that esteemed ensemble.

Concerto of the South on Next Fretworks

10:44AM
July
10, 2014

Mexican composer Manuel Ponce wrote his Concerto of the South, which features native Mexican rhythms and harmonies combine with the composer’s own original themes will be featured on Fretworks Saturday night at 7pm on Classical 101.

Monster Pianos

1:53AM
July
9, 2014

Playing piano with your feet…your teacher would have been appalled!

Farewell to Stromness for Four Guitars on Next Fretworks

1:39PM
June
26, 2014

On the next Fretworks program Saturday evening on Classical 101, we’ll hear the Divertissiment for Plucked Instrument Orchestra and Farewell to Stromness.

Bach on Banjo plus Concerto for Four Guitars on Fretworks

12:57PM
June
19, 2014

We’ll ring in the official start of summer on the next Fretworks program with banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck and his arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Prelude from the Violin Partita No. 3, a dazzling piece for any instrument. For a calmer musical experience, guitarist David Leisner will have American composer Lou Harrison’s lovely Serenade.

The 10 Worst Things About Playing the Oboe

9:51AM
June
19, 2014

To paraphrase a famous line, friends don’t let friends play the oboe.

Apple iPad Commercial Spotlights Classical Composer

Piano keys and music composition on an Apple iPad
A new Apple iPad advertisement spotlights conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as he used the device to write and score music
6:00PM
June 17, 2014

Composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has created an app so people from all walks of life, casual listeners and newbies to seasoned music lovers can enjoy classical music in a more satisfying, and much cooler, way.

Today is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Richard Strauss

1:25PM
June
11, 2014

June 11th is the 150th birthday of German composer and conductor Richard Strauss. Born in 1864, he lived until 1949. He was important in the musical developments of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He expanded the range of orchestral writing by both increasing the size of the orchestra and by enriching the complexity of harmonic language.

Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

By
3:20PM
June
10, 2014

Watch the celebrated pianist play Bach’s Two-part Inventions, which can zing with the speed of a sewing machine, or unfold slowly like a gentle aria.

Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony This Evening on Classical 101

4:11PM
June
9, 2014

This evening on Symphony @ 7, I have one of the really grand works of the Late-Romantic Era, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, the Resurrection, by Gustav Mahler. It’s part of our Mahler Monday presentations on Classical 101, airing from now until August 1.