Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

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Heitor Villa-Lobos (center) at the end of a concert in Tel Aviv, 1952
1:19PM
August 14, 2014

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.

Franz Schubert: A Jazz Inspiration?

5:46PM
August
13, 2014

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?

A Danish Affirmation of Life from Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva

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Carl Nielsen listening to the rehersal of Saul og David in Gothenburg in 1928.
2:48PM
August 13, 2014

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.”

Classical Burnout: Don’t Lose Your Love For Music

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1:46PM
August
13, 2014

Young people are burning out studying music. Must one study music to love music?

A Bilingual Classical Music Experience Saturday On Classical 101

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Join Classical 101 Saturday's at 8pm for Concierto!
1:21PM
August
13, 2014

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 [...]

In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr: Giving the Ears – and Mind – a Break

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PMCO Music Director David Danzmayr
10:54AM
August
13, 2014

For some reason, however, people seem surprised when they hear that classical musicians don’t spend their down time listening to classical music.

Music in the Midst of Conflict

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Soldiers take a banjo break from the fighting.
11:05AM
August
12, 2014

Is there ever a place where music is not welcome?

In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr: Lowell Liebermann’s American Sound

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The John F. Wolfe Palm House provides a beautiful backdrop for the ProMusica Summer Concert Series, presented by PNC Arts Alive
8:19AM
August
9, 2014

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.

American Attitude on The American Sound, 6pm Saturday

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American music with pluck on The American Sound, 6 p.m. Saturday, on Classical 101.
1:40PM
August 7, 2014

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.

Paganini Concerto for Guitar with Nicola Hall on Fretworks

1:19PM
August
7, 2014

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.