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Otterbein Humor in Music Festival to Delight, March 27- April 1

color photograph of composer, bassist and music educator Jon Deak leaning against a tree and holding a musical score
Composer, bassist and music educator Jon Deak is guest composer for Otterbein University's Humor in Music Festival, March 27-April 1.
March 27, 2014

Composer and former New York Philharmonic Associate Principal Bassist Jon Deak, Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick and other guests bring laughs at Otterbein University’s Humor in Music Festival, March 27-April 1.

Composer Finds Inspiration in Hockey Sweater

Cam Atkinson
Cam Atkinson #13 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks battle for the puck during the third period on March 13, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
18, 2014

What do classical music and the Vancouver Symphony have to do with hockey, you ask? Everything. Canadians are all about their national game, especially this time of year.

The Way of the Dodo: Long Lost Bird Inspires New Musical Work

color photograph of the atrium of London's Natural history Museum
The Natural history Museum, London, England
13, 2014

You might think writing new music for an archaic instrument like the harpsichord is simply for the birds. But if those birds are the long extinct dodo birds, well, then it’s easy to see what the flap is all about.

Cello Cooperative Blends Classical, Indie Music

The Portland Cello Project
The Portland Cello Project
March 11, 2014

The Portland Cello Project has taken on a life of its own, bringing its unique, eclectic musical mix and collaborations with other types of performing artists to bars, live music venues, loading docks and other places cellos – and classical music – never dreamed they’d go.

Escher String Quartet Live on Classical 101, Friday at 11:30

16, 2014

The New York-based Escher String quartet is one of today’s string quartets to watch. Hear a live performance and interview with Escher Quartet 11:30 am Friday on Classical 101.

Podcast: In The Key Of “D”anzmayr — Music Education

David Danzmayr
David Danzmayr
December 31, 2013

During my ongoing conversation with new ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr and Executive Director Janet Chen, we began looking at the future of Classical music, both in our country and elsewhere. The conversation, as you might expect, turned to children and music education.

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

David Danzmyer
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’

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

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

Color photograph of four round embroidery hoops, each containing cloth embroidered with the profile of a brain
Musicians make for quick thinkers, according to the results of a new study.
2, 2013

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