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Adolphe Sax: Inventor of the Saxophone’s 200th Birthday

3:37PM
November
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

2:10PM
October
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

1:33PM
October
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

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
1:48PM
October
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

12:49PM
October
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

6:33AM
October
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
3:46PM
October
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

1:45PM
October
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
8:13AM
October
17, 2014

Have we killed creativity?

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on Classical Showcase

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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
1:57PM
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.