In the end, the final round was not even close. Shelley Hanson’s musical tour of South America, Islas y Montañas, is the winner of this year’s March Music Madness tournament.
Choose your favorite now that we’re down to the final round of March Music Madness.
While our March Music Madness bracket is meant to be fun musical discovery for listeners of all ages, it can be an especially good resource for home enrichment.
There’s a separate poll for each matchup, embedded below. Click the video previews to listen to each piece on YouTube.
All of the quarter-finalists in our March Music Madness tournament were pieces that told fascinating stories. But, only four can continue in the tournament. So today we bid farewell to those not moving on.
It’s the nature of a tournament that eventually good players get eliminated.
What do you get when you put together a tournament bracket, a conductor answering trivia questions, a countertenor and lutenist performing Stairway to Heaven, and craft beer? 91Classical’s first-ever Classical Music Trivia Night.
Round Two is now closed. You can see the results here.
91Classical kicked off our first voting round of March Music Madness last Monday intending it to be straightforward, lighthearted fun. Early Tuesday morning, everything changed. In the wake of the tornadoes, we hoped listening to wind ensemble music and picking which ones should move on in the competition might provide a much-needed, momentary respite. And indeed, listeners still turned out to vote for their favorites— including one that feels symbolic for a city grappling with disaster.
For this year’s March Music Madness tournament, we’ve decided to strike up the band. All 32 pieces in the bracket are repertoire for wind ensemble. Each quadrant of the bracket is themed, and all of the first-round pairings have something in common. But it’s up to you, the listener, to decide which piece of music will be this year’s champion. Voting begins March 2.