Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
So aware was Johannes Brahms of Beethoven’s spirit looking over his shoulder, it took him a very long time to get around to completing a first symphony. In fact he was 43 when Symphony No. 1 in C minor premiered in 1876. Three other major works for orchestra had already appeared before the First Symphony: Serenades 1 and 2 (1857 and 1859) and the First Piano Concerto (1858).
We’ll have a concerto for four guitars and orchestra on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101. That’s a lot of guitar strings played by the Romeros in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz.
“The only condition you really need to appreciate music is openness to it,” says pianist Jonathan Biss. “If you go into the experience of hearing a piece or hearing discussion of a piece … with your ears wide open and with a desire to go deeper into it, it doesn’t matter all that much how much knowledge you have already.”
“(Beethoven),” says pianist Jonathan Biss, “can make us feel that he’s reinventing the world.”
Last week I told you about concert pianist Jonathan Biss’ online course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas, offered through Coursera in conjunction with the Curtis Institute of Music. The course has 25,000 participants, who log on weekly to hear one of the world’s foremost pianists talk about one of the greatest composers of piano music.
Today is the first day of school for the nearly 25,000 students enrolled in Biss’ online course “Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.”
What would you prefer to hear in performance? Every note perfectly played or the excitement of an occasional mistake? What would you rather experience? A robotic performance or the blood of an artist on stage?
Think classical music can’t reach kids? One British music writer tells of his twins bopping to Beethoven – in the womb.
Celebrating Earth Day 2013 on Symphony @7 thisÂ evening, we’ll have two works that have an outdoor setting, one with human beings in harmony with their naturalÂ surroundings, and one taking usÂ beneathÂ the ocean and portraying the great whales, whose realm is very much threatened by human activity.
Skiing with Bach, cooking with Beethoven and hunting with Mendelssohn – Columbus author and music teacher Debra Berndt’s novel Hips of Venus has all that and more – and that’s just Volume One.