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By John Lemley | America's Favorite Classical Music Magazine

Music fit for a pope

Classical music tends to come into its own on festive public occasions: as a vehicle of celebration or commemoration. This is never more true than when the Catholic Church, a cradle of much of Western music, has something to celebrate. So the pope’s impending visit sent music institutions, from …

Christianity

The 10 Greatest Losses to Classical Music

The history of music is littered with 'what ifs' and 'might have beens' but none more tantalising than those composers who died before potentially …

Using Music To Fuel Your Creativity

it’s no secret – music makes everything better. but does it make you a better creative?<p>Often times we find ourselves surrounded by ‘noise’ – blaring …

Review: Michael Barenboim plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

By Laurie Niles: The Beethoven Violin Concerto is a tightrope walk for the soloist, its stratospheric passages leaving not even a fraction of a …

Violin

The Collapse Of American Morality And The Dangers Of Aesthetic Relativism

Advertisement - story continues below<p>In the current culture of moral relativism, what is good and right is often determined by popularity, the excuse …

Ear Supply: Sharing the Spotlight

The traditional view of classical-music genres puts concertos and chamber music at opposite ends of the taste spectrum: flashy, shallow, and …

Not Your Dad's Classical Music! - Mozart Reimagined. | Instinct

Playing the cello for 11 years and remembering the movie <i>Amadeus</i> are the only recollections I have of anything Mozart. Now that's all going to change …

Beethoven, the fine arts essential to successful student life

When Gustavo Dudamel conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Hearst Greek Theatre on Friday as part of Cal Performances’ new Berkeley RADICAL …

The Importance of Music Appreciation

Being a teaching artist, I can present a unique form of aesthetic expression as an integral component to the education of students of all ages.<p>Since …

Here’s 133 Years of Climate Change Data Transformed Into a Haunting Melody for String Quartet

Everybody has a different learning style. For some, simply staring at a spreadsheet of data is enough to convey a sense of just how much this planet …

air’s nicolas godin takes on bach in new album

Cinematic tunes are Nicolas Godin's specialty. As one half of Air, the French electro outfit who soundtracked <i>The Virgin Suicides</i> and the flyer scene in <i>10 Things I Hate About You</i>, there's a fair chance you imagined yourself strutting into a party to one of his songs at some point between the ages of …

Music

Beethoven classic Für Elise gets a 1920s makeover

Pianist "Slava" Svjatoslav Presnyakov gave one of the most famous pieces in classical music, Beethoven's Für Elise, a 1920s twist. He said he wanted …

Watch backstage as Springfield Symphony Orchestra performs with T-Pain at Patriots opening night

SPRINGFIELD - Cultures clashed and veteran videographer Mike Hines had a front row position to see what millions of others only caught a glimpse of …

Mushtari Begum Festival a labour of love for B.C. classical Indian performers

Husband-and-wife duo who play tabla and harmonium founded the annual festival in New Westminster<p>The couple knew they wanted to create a festival, but …

HIS BODY WAS THE SYMBOL OF DEATHLESS BEAUTY

<b>From his tender age he was taught many instruments by his father and the way he mastered them was truly astounding with the violin being his first</b> …

Music, Sense and Nonsense by Alfred Brendel review – a great pianist’s thoughts on his art

From memories of recording in ice-cold mansions to a moving essay on his fading hearing, this is an eloquent volume from a formidable intellect<p>In December 2008, Alfred Brendel played his last public concert at the Musikverein in Vienna. At the age of 78, he had decided he would retire gracefully …

Literature

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Symphonic Superstar

The Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s story is like something out of a movie. At 25 years old, he gets the chance, at the last minute, to conduct an orchestra playing Mahler’s Third Symphony. He’s not familiar with the piece, has almost no time to prepare…and he knocks it out of …

See the supermoon lunar eclipse Sunday night at Griffith Observatory - set to live classical music

Some call it a supermoon lunar eclipse, others call it a super blood moon eclipse. Either way, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will celebrate the celestial trifecta Sunday with live classical music and lots of skygazing.<p>If you miss the moontastic event, the next one won't happen until …

Moon

Princeton group opens world of classical music to all

PRINCETON - Lea Petri was inspired by her love of music to find a way to connect those with special needs to her muse.<p>In June, she launched the …

David Geffen unveils David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York

Officials at Lincoln Center in New York bade farewell to Avery Fisher Hall on Thursday, formally renaming the storied classical music venue David Geffen Hall in recognition of the entertainment mogul's $100-million gift toward its planned renovation.<p>Geffen was on hand at Thursday's ceremony -- …

Los Angeles

Zubin Mehta conducts Saint-Saëns’s “Organ Symphony”

Mind Movies<p>Notes on Works by Franz Schmidt, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Camille Saint-Saëns<p>Opera and film – Franz Schmidt’s opera <i>Notre Dame</i><p>The …

L.A. Philharmonic's Van Beethoven takes virtual reality for a classical spin

Can the technology that set the video gaming world abuzz create classical music fanboys and girls?<p>The Los Angeles Philharmonic has launched a virtual reality project in which people don VR goggles and Samsung headsets that give them a 3-D, 360-degree experience of four minutes of Beethoven's …

Los Angeles

The New Quiet: what's the point of classical music made to sleep to?

London hosts two premieres designed to encourage music and mind to interact in different states of consciousness<p>Classical concerts usually make few demands on their audiences. All you have to do is turn up, shut up and stay awake long enough to clap at the right bits. Two premieres by British …

Music

George Gershwin: VSO's Bramwell Tovey remembers a legend

New seasons opens for VSO on birthday of composer famous for 'An American in Paris.'<p>Bramwell Tovey, music director for the Vancouver Symphony …

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Unique mentorship between conductor and pianist sparks musical fireworks

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> We take a look now at a very different Chinese-American collaboration, this time in the world of the …

Orchestras

Placido Domingo to conduct free concert in memory of sister

Plácido Domingo will take a break from his busy schedule at Los Angeles Opera to conduct a free concert down the street at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sept. 28, in memory of his sister, who died in June.<p>The performance is expected to last 90 minutes and will feature Domingo leading …

Fine Art