It says right in the chorus that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tale of woe. But according to conductor JoAnn Falletta, so was the war experience of Maurice Ravel, and that turmoil is found in his piece La Valse.
As the musical world faces the trials of 2020’s upheaval, Classically Speaking continues to bring you the voices of leading classical musicians. In this case, a look at the future of the orchestra – broadcast live via YouTube and Facebook Live on August 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Joel Thompson’s choral/orchestral work The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed is an example of music facing a societal conversation and traumatic event head-on. The piece was performed in Nashville two seasons ago, and it hasn’t become any less relevant in the meantime.
Evening and overnight classical music hosts Scott Blankenship and Garrett McQueen do a lot of interviews together, and are often asked how they started their radio careers. So, to shake things up a bit, we asked them to each describe the other’s start in the profession.
While protests overnight in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, Garrett McQueen and Scott Blankenship had the task of getting to work and hosting overnight classical music on the radio in nearby St. Paul.
Classically Speaking host Colleen Phelps was joined by a panel of musicians, activists, teachers, and clergy to discuss Joel Thompson’s choral work The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.
Our podcast Classically Speaking will be hosting a digital panel with performers, activists, clergy, and composer Joel Thompson next week, focused on Thompson’s choral/orchestral work The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.
In a world of music that none of us would have predicted five months ago, many musicians are making technology their new virtuoso skill. Others are ready to take this moment to reshape the classical canon.
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 […]