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Podcast: In The Key Of “D”anzmayr — Unique Concert Ideas Part 2

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David Danzmyer
12:29PM
December 12, 2013

Recent seasons have presented examples of concerts, such as percussionist Colin Currie and recorder soloist Michala Petri, which represent the ongoing mission of ProMusica…to perform the best that Classical music has to offer, while seeking out new works and new ideas to keep the concert experience fresh and interesting.

NYC Street Orchestra Invites Random Passersby to ‘Conduct Us’

11:20AM
December
4, 2013

An orchestra set up shop on the streets of New York City. A music stand on the conductor’s podium held a sign reading, “Conduct Us.” And so they did.

Friday Fun: A Big “Halleluja” for a Canadian Food Court

11:55AM
October
25, 2013

Just in time for the holidays: Sing along with this classical music flash mob.

Playing Musical Instruments Makes You Think Fast, Saves Your Brain

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Musicians make for quick thinkers, according to the results of a new study.
10:18AM
October
2, 2013

Practicing an instrument can make you think faster – for longer.

Not Your Grandmother’s Body Art: Classical Music Tattoos

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Take note: tattoos are for classical music lovers, too.
12:49PM
September 19, 2013

Tattoos too lowbrow for those who dig classical music? Nope.

The Emotional Power of Beethoven’s Music

9:45AM
September
17, 2013

“(Beethoven),” says pianist Jonathan Biss, “can make us feel that he’s reinventing the world.”

Pianist Jonathan Biss on Beethoven As Cultural Hero

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Pianist Jonathan Biss talks with Classical 101's Jennifer Hambrick about Beethoven as Cultural Icon.
9:55AM
September
10, 2013

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.

Ethiopian Nun, 90, Is Newly Discovered “Musical Genius”

1:01PM
August
21, 2013

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.

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Look Good.

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New research confirms that in the world of classical music, looks do matter.
12:36PM
August
20, 2013

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 [...]

At 72, Guitarist John Williams Plans to Retire Soon

6:14AM
August
19, 2013

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.