While this episode of Classically Speaking was prepared in a tumultuous time, we never could have predicted how many more shocking things would happen before its release. That being said, Leila Adu’s Mahakala Oratorio still might be the right piece of music for this exact moment.
In honor of Nutcracker Season we’re bringing a well-loved episode of Classically Speaking out of the archive this week.
While many Christmas traditions have been disrupted this season, the international audience that tunes in annually to hear “Carols from King’s” can carry on this year.
As we celebrate the sesquicentennial year of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, conductor Giancarlo Guerrero joined us for a look at all nine of his symponies.
Classical music loves a milestone, and with the approach of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we had a big one coming in 2020. But, our plans were all thrown thanks to COVID-19.
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? OK, how about this one: the music or the instrument? Musician Parker Ramsay saw no issue with one or the other when he prepared J.S. Bach’s Golberg Variations for harp.
Did you sleep OK last night? How about the night before?
It’s not often that three conductors are in the same room – virtual or otherwise. But 2020 isn’t a typical year.
Diversity as an intrinsic part of your organization, rather than a goal. Building a new canon. Mourning what we lost this year. These topics and more were in focus during our look at the future of orchestras with Mei-Ann Chen, JoAnn Falletta, and Jeri Lynne Johnson.
Composer Jennifer Higdon has built one of the most diverse and exciting catalogs of music in our time. She has written tone poems, operas, choral works, and band music. But her concerto list is by far the most varied and creative.