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Bach on Mandolin and Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

Chris Thile holding a mandolin.
Chris Thile
December 4, 2014

On the next Fretworks, we’ll hear Bach played on the mandolin by Chris Thile, music from the first ever guitar concerto recording from the New York Philharmonic with Sharon Isbin, and music of the holidays from guitarists Giovanni De Chiaro and John Stover.

“Herbei, o ihr Gläubigen!” with the Columbus Maennerchor

The Columbus Maennerchor
This Sunday the Columbus Maennerchor, Damenchor, Kinderchor, and Jugendchor will perform at St. Mary's Catholic Church in the German Village at 4:00 pm.
2, 2014

The longest active German choir in North American, the Columbus Maennerchor is hosting a concert this Sunday at St. Mary’s in German Village.

The Five Browns Go Spelunking with a Steinway

Five Browns desert
Have Piano...Will Travel - The Five Browns
26, 2014

This is the reason itinerant musicians played smaller instruments.

Is Classical Music Dying–Again? Or Not?

25, 2014

The articles and stories keep coming: classical music is dead, it’s on its way out, it’s passe, not relevant, boring, and perhaps worst of all “elitist,” whatever the person flinging that accusation might actually mean by it.

Ives, Salonen, and Sibelius Tonight on Classical Showcase

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
November 21, 2014

Friday evening at 7 pm, Classical Showcase continues with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of music by Charles Ives, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jean Sibelius.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Next Fretworks

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in performance
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in performance.
November 20, 2014

This week on Fretworks, we’ll hear the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in their arrangement of music from the Renaissance by Giovanni Gabrielli.

Boy Wonder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Turning 70

Michael Tilson Thomas
18, 2014

While there is something to be said for the fresh perspective and energy provided by a visiting conductor, there is also an argument to be made it is more important for an orchestra to have a long term goal beyond just playing concerts.

Kung Fu Piano from the World’s Fastest Pianist: Lubomyr Melnyk

Lubomyr Melnyk in Berlin kitchen_photo by Martyn Heyne
Lubomyr Melnyk
17, 2014

In what may, or may not be a dubious distinction, Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk claims to be the fastest pianist alive.

Debussy, Lindberg, and Bartok on Classical Showcase

Claude Debussy ca1908
Claude Debussy (1908)
November 14, 2014

Friday evening at 7 on Classical 101, Classical Showcase continues with a series of concerts featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alan Hovhaness, Mozart, and Mandolin Concerto on Fretworks

Alan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness, circa 1970
November 13, 2014

This week on Fretworks, I have some music out of the ordinary guitar repertoire. We’ll hear part of a big guitar concerto by Alan Hovhaness, a piano sonata by Mozart arranged for flute and guitar, and a mandolin concerto from the 18th century. Listen on Classical 101, Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 pm.