The comment I hear most often, from both longtime classical music listeners and those who are either new or occasional listeners, is, “I don’t really know a lot about classical music, but…”
When 26-year-old Russian pianist Igor Levit signed a contract with Sony Classical, he quickly decided to begin at the what for others is the finish line…Beethoven’s final five sonatas.
In America, when your child comes home and says “I want to play an instrument,” it usually means buying a student version or, if you’re lucky, playing one provided by the school. What if you and your child had to build whatever instrument they wanted to play? There would probably be a lot of percussionists [...]
James Rhodes has put in the requisite time and effort to become one of the world’s finest musicians. Daily practice sessions lasting six hours coupled with lessons from, as he put it, “Edoardo Strabbioli, a crazy, angry, almost psychotic Italian teacher.”
“It’s really not about whether a certain piece of music has the “it” ingredient that will improve someone’s mental faculties. Rather, listening in and of itself improves those faculties, and it also does a whole lot more—it makes us better people.”
Test your knowledge about one of classical music’s best known composers…Ludwig van Beethoven
Yes, another Monday has arrived. Beaker has just the formula to make it a little easier to face.
Winner of the Naumberg International Chamber Music Competition, the globetrotting Trio Cavatina has performed with some of the esteemed classical musicians and on some of the most revered stages in the world. Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick interviews Trio Cavatina violinist Harumi Rhodes Saturday at 7 pm at the Southern Theatre.
In our busy lives, music is an accompaniment, a familiar friend. Once in a while, however, it pays to pay a little closer attention to the familiar you just might hear something new
Robot composers? Really?; Different styles no problem for soprano Patricia Racette; Masur on Beethoven