Ohio is at once Rosie the Riveter and the gracious farmer’s wife. (For some reason, I’ve always imagined Ohio as a girl.) Massachusetts, the cut-to-the-chase, it’s-too-cold-to-waste-time-doing-this place for serious people. And if California were a guy, he’d wear one of those loud Hawaiian shirts.
Most of us have favorite pieces of music, or maybe a favorite composer. Something that helps us focus on work, stay calm during the morning commute, or maybe music to help get us through a workout. But is there music that never fails to make you tear up?
Adam Baer says that his deep. dark secret is that there is quite a bit of music he “cannot stand.” He decided to go on a listening diet in an attempt to change his tune.
Think classical music can’t reach kids? One British music writer tells of his twins bopping to Beethoven – in the womb.
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.
Next to a Steinway or a Stradivarius, a classical musician’s most important piece of equipment might now be a smartphone.
You’ve shelled out hard-earned cash to hear a concert of classical music performed by a world-class phenom. The concert hall is sparkling, the audience is all dolled up, the artist is sublime and you dare not even breathe for the noise it would make. Then out croaks a cough and all that ambience vanishes, like Brigadoon, in an instant.
There’s nothing like seeing Lincoln Center all dolled up at night or walking through Central Park on a slightly chilly autumn Saturday morning. And there’s nothing like the city’s rich traditions in classical music and jazz. Join Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick for a program of music inspired by NYC this Saturday at 6 pm on The American Sound.
Grapes at the DeMorgenzon wine estate in Schellenbosch, South Africa, have great taste – at least in music.
Above: video from Monday’s flash mob with performances by Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo- Ma, and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago In a nod to the increasing openness and whimsicality of the global classical music scene, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Renee Fleming and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and [...]