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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.

Fiddler Mark O’Connor Claims Suzuki Method Founder a Fraud

28, 2014

Recently the British magazine Classic FM published an article in which American violinist Mark O’Connor claims that the founder of the Suzuki string teaching method was a fraud for lying about his credentials and being friends with Albert Einstein.

Music From the Heart

27, 2014

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans is a group whose primary interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world, through performances and education.

Classical Showcase Features the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
23, 2014

Classical Showcase continues its series of concerts from the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland on Friday evening at 7 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons.  They’ll play a program of music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Ravel.

A Mandolin Concerto and Iberia Suite on Fretworks

23, 2014

Fretworks usually features the classical guitar, and there is plenty of that on the next program, but this week, I’ll also have a mandolin concerto from the end of the 18th century by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Hummel was a student of Mozart for two years as a youngster and later a friend of Beethoven Vienna.

Sleepers Awake to J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata

21, 2014

If you think you get cranky when you miss that first morning cup of java, how about this: “If I couldn’t, three times a day, be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee, in my anguish, I will turn into a shriveled-up roast goat.”

In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr-Beethoven: Making Music by Force

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr
20, 2014

Much of Beethoven’s music seemed to have been driven into the page with a hammer and chisel…

Concierto Madrigal for Two Guitars by Rodrigo on Fretworks

17, 2014

Our next Fretworks program on Classical 101 will feature the Concierto Madrigal by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. It’s a concerto for two guitars, not quite as well-known as the more famous Concierto de Aranjuez. The Concierto Madrigal was written in the form of a suite and is based on the Renaissance madrigal “Felices ojos mios” (Happy Eyes of Mine).

Was Beethoven Good or Bad for Music?

Musikinstrumente: Graf-Flügel
One of Beethoven's pianos, on display at the Beethoven-haus Bonn
17, 2014

Have we killed creativity?

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on Classical Showcase

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
October 16, 2014

On our Friday evening broadcast of Classical Showcase this week, we’ll hear the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim conducting a program that includes two contemporary works and a concert performance of the second act of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.