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.
Continuing to celebrate Local Composers Month means we’re also celebrating the completion of our first Student Composer Fellowship by enjoying the pieces our participants have written.
In a 2017 interview in Rolling Stone Magazine, songwriter Billy Joel cited the lasting influence of classical music on his work – specifically the music of Beethoven. He pointed out that Neil Diamond had once said, “I have forgiven myself for not being Beethoven.” And this set off a realization for Joel: “I realized my […]
In celebration of 91Classical’s Local Composers Month, we posed six questions to some of Nashville’s classical music creators. This week, get to know a little more about Nicole Neely, who, as the owner of StringsChick Music Company, is really an all-around musician: she works as a composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and conductor.
Last month, Bill Pursell celebrated his 94th birthday. Over the course of his 60-year career in Nashville, he’s worked with some of country music’s biggest names, including Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash. At the same time, Pursell is a classically trained pianist, has performed as a soloist with the Nashville Symphony, and continues […]
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.
As we head into Local Composers Month, we’re continuing to enjoy the new music our Student Composer Fellows have written during the program.
Local music is always a staple on 91Classical, but during the month of July, we like to shine an extra spotlight on the people creating music right here in Middle Tennessee.
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.
As our inaugural class of Student Composer Fellows completes the program, we’re enjoying some of the music they have written.