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.
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.