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Jazz Musicians Draw a Crowd…Milk the Audience

18, 2011

Does sweet music make for sweeter milk? World’s musicians mourn passing of “instrument doctor”; Musician squabble means Kentucky Opera to perform with piano

Classical Headlines for May 27, 2011

Video game art installation by Cory Arcangel
Video game artists Cory Arcangel's project for The Curve, co-commissioned by Whitney Museum of American Art, is an installation of 14 bowling video games from the 1970s to the 2000s.
27, 2011

More video game art, the Asian Festival at Franklin Park Conservatory and more fallout from a recent decision by the NYC Opera to shrink their season and move from Lincoln Center.

Serenata Makes the Art Song Cool

British Tenor Marc Padamore
This week Serenata will feature selections for British tenor Mark Padamore's recent recording of Schubert's song cycle Die schoene Muellerin.
25, 2011

Serenata, a weekly program of thirty minutes with the art song, returns to Classical 101 on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. The program runs every Saturday through November.

Gregor Huebner: A Gypsy Violinist in Harlem

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Gregor Huebner's gypsy past infuses his new recording, El Violon Latino, with energy.
19, 2011

Gregor Huebner may not be a name you recognize, but if you listen to his new recording, El Violon Latino, I think he’s someone you’ll want to get to know.

Classical Haiku: George Gershwin

April 14, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku is devoted to George Gershwin, whose music reminds us that music lives not in concert halls or honky tonks, but in our souls.

Changes Coming to the Grammys, How Will They Affect Classical?

Esperanza Spalding sings and plays bass.
Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding performs at a concert in Italy in 2009. Spalding won this year's Best New Artist Grammy.
7, 2011

The Grammy Awards is pairing down their categories, putting everybody in the same contest for “Best” (… Album, Artist). What does this mean for classical music?

Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding Wins Best New Artist Grammy

Esperanza Spalding sings and plays base.
Esperanza Spalding sings and plays bass at the Veneto Jazz Festival 2009.
15, 2011

2010 Grammy award for Best New Artist stunned many observers because it didn’t go to crowd-favorite Justin Bieber. The Grammy instead went to jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz artist to ever win the award.

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ProMusica Swings and Sings with Jane Monheit

5, 2010

Yehudi Menuhin once said he couldn’t “swing” unless he was playing alongside jazz great Stephane Grappelli.  They would go on to record some eleven releases together.  The swing was in high gear last Friday night as ProMusica Chamber Orchestra was joined by amazing jazz vocalist Jane Monheit in the Southern Theatre.  If you haven’t ever [...]

Terry Teachout’s New Biography of Louis Armstrong

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong  book cover
Armstrong modeled a lot of his phrasing on the opera singers of his youth
January 21, 2010

Terry Teachout has written a new scholarly, footnoted and highly enjoyable biography of the great Louis Armstrong

Igor Stravinsky’s Jazz Sides

drawing of Stravinsky by Picasso
Stravinsky felt that the jazz musicians would have a hard time with his various time signatures
November 29, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Igor Stravinsky’s foray into jazz, the Ebony Concerto (1945) and the Concerto in E-flat, a.k.a. Dumbarton Oaks (1937–38).