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.
As the end of the summer approaches, two performing arts groups in Nashville have announced their plans to reopen, albeit with protective measures in place.
According to Pulitzer and Grammy-winning composer Christopher Rouse, titles sound better when they’re in another language.
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.
For some musicians, entering the field seems predestined. Multiple generations of talent combined with growing up around an impressive set of performances can set one on the path to a fruitful career. For John Wesley Work III, three generations of professional music-making led to a comprehensive collection of spirituals recorded for posterity, as well as […]
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 […]
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.