When Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn recorded their self-titled collaborative album, neither expected a pandemic to cause tension in the relationship between China and the United States. But the combination of Chinese folk music and the tunes of Appalachia flow together beautifully, in an expression of their friendship.
91Classical will transition to HD radio and digital platforms this fall, as Nashville Public Radio launches a new station.
Across Nashville, an entire year’s worth of artistic commissions and performances were planned to celebrate this year’s centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification — and many have been postponed. But one new work, called One Vote Won, is still having its premiere digitally, courtesy of Nashville Opera.
As our first class of Student Composer Fellows completed their program, we found that we were not ready for our relationship with these brilliant young minds to end. So, we have added the role of Student Composer Ambassador.
As school begins in Middle Tennessee, so does a new round of our Student Composer Fellowship.
Browse the Visit Clarksville, Tennessee website and you’ll find the “Clarksville Connections” project. It’s a directory of sorts, showcasing significant people in the city’s history. Among the athletes, authors and inventors is concert violinist and composer Clarence Cameron White, who was born on this day in 1880.
Pianist Leon Fleisher died this weekend at the age of 92, after a lifetime of overcoming physical obstacles. But while the mechanics of his story, including his battle against dystonia, are compelling, it was his music making that truly left us spellbound.
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.