Practicing an instrument can make you think faster – for longer.
Tattoos too lowbrow for those who dig classical music? Nope.
“(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.
A cloistered Ethiopian Orthodox nun has been brought into the spotlight after an Israeli musician discovered reams of her original musical compositions, many of which will be premiered today in Jerusalem.
We’ve seen it coming since at least the advent of the “Live in HD” age several years ago, but now it’s official. How a performing classical musician looks seems to be even more important than how he or she sounds, according to the Harvard Gazette. Chia-Jung Tsay, a former graduate student at Harvard University and [...]
It’s being reported that Classical guitarist John Williams, who is 72, plans to retire soon. Apparently, he has not made an official announcement yet, but I am a little surprised to hear the news since he is still playing at such a high level.
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.