Musicians have a daunting task ahead of them: facing unprecedented concert hall closures and season delays, there is a sense that the industry as a whole has been crushed. But, as violinist Erin Hall demonstrates, when a musician gets knocked down (or in her case, trips and falls), it is possible to get up again.
One year ago how many of us would have predicted that our spring would be filled with meetings and social calls over video-conference? Even happy hour, the perennial post-work get-together has been transferred, in many cases to Zoom and Google Hangouts. As Classically Speaking continues to document these unprecedented times, it felt like the right moment to consult an expert in happy hours.
While classical music has always been affected by what’s happening in the world around it, never in the industry’s history has it just completely shut down. Until now. In this moment, what is a classical music podcast supposed to do?
While the English horn and the French horn couldn’t be much more different as instruments, the Nashville Symphony has given both their time to shine, thanks to the talents of Roger Wiesmeyer and Leslie Norton.
Here in Nashville, where every genre of music is able to come together, the intersection of classical and jazz is as busy as the rest of our traffic.
The continuation of the life story of famed pianist and composer Clara Schumann, as told by Vanderbilt history professor Jim Lovensheimer during 91Classical‘s Clara Schumann 200th Birthday Festival.
To celebrate the bicentennial of one of the most important musicians of the Romantic Era, 91Classical held a two-week festival of concerts, broadcasts and storytelling in her honor. Join Vanderbilt history professor Jim Lovensheimer to learn all about the remarkable life of Clara Schumann in a special two-part episode of Classically Speaking.
Pianist Stephen Hough can’t stop talking about fire. He treats each aspect of his creative life as a furnace – with all of his many milieu fueling the fire. And when he visited Nashville to perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, he pointed directly to the repeated expression marking – “con fuoco” – in his conversation with host Colleen Phelps for this episode of Classically Speaking.
Banjo. Lavta. Tamborello. Already a collection of instruments that don’t seem to go together at first glance. But Rhiannon Giddens wants you to know that they do. And as she says, “that’s the point of the whole thing.”
Looped and layered rhythmic lines give Cristina Spinei’s music an amazing amount of motion. This is what has put her work in demand with choreographers.