This Saturday evening on Fretworks, I’ll have the Guitar Concerto from Brazil’s best-known composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was written for Andres Segovia, who gave the first performance of this popular work in 1956. We’ll hear the Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez in a recording with the English Chamber Orchestra.
If one of the primary aims of jazz improvisation is the creation of melody, could there be a more inspirational concentration of examples than in Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C?
Danish composer Carl Nielsen spoke of the first movement of his Sinfonia espansiva as “a gust of energy and life-affirmation blown out into the wide world,” and called the finale of his Third Symphony “a hymn to work and the healthy activity of everyday life.”
Young people are burning out studying music. Must one study music to love music?
Listen to Classical 101’s newest program, Concierto, Saturday nights at 8. It’s a weekly celebration of the Latin contribution to classical music. And you can hear it each week in English and in Spanish. This week in anticipation of a historic visit to the US by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, hear the orchestra [...]
For some reason, however, people seem surprised when they hear that classical musicians don’t spend their down time listening to classical music.
The ProMusica Summer Concert Series, presented by PNC Arts Alive,continues Friday and Saturday, August 9-10, at 8pm each evening on the grounds of the Franklin Park Conservatory.
Call it the can-do spirit run amok, or call it an extra dose of chutzpah – whatever name you give it, a thread of defiance has always run through the American psyche.
The next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7pm will feature British guitarist Nicola Hall as the soloist for an arrangement of Niccolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor in a recording made in 1992.