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.
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.