Beginning tonight Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. is the New York Philharmonic's next concert, one in dealing with all the virtuosic compositions associated with Dvořák and Bartók. Led by Christoph Eschenbach with Baiba Skride on violin, the New York Philharmonic's next gala should be intimate.
Béla Fleck's thrilling new documentary film, Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto, follows that instrument's trailblazer (and, lest we forget, 15-time GRAMMY winner) through one of his most challenging musical journeys--down deep into the heart of the symphony orchestra. And Classicalites will be equally thrilled to know the doc is now available on iTunes.
Where the status of classical music is subject to a much-heated debate among listeners, it should be noted that someone, somewhere, is still appreciating and contributing to the classical zeitgeist.
Songwriting comes from a variety of instruments, the basis of songs never being dependent on one set medium (in this case, medium being the instrument the song derives from). For me, that is an acoustic guitar.
The American tradition of folk music stems from regional sects of the country, where acts like The Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers trumpeted their old style country (and yoddling Appalachian "cowboy" anthems) to become some of the most popular musicians of their time.
The Chinese piano superstar has a very different take on the classical masters.
It's too late now to order a classical music CD or DVD for Christmas, but why not take the New Year as a cue to freshen up your musical tastes?
What qualifies as classical music's scariest works and recordings?
"I have been thinking incessantly about composing this opera for 25 years now. The Tiszaeszlár Affair becoming a present day hot political issue finally helped me." -- Iván Fischer
In a tragedy worthy of opera itself, the New York City Opera has breathed its last.
"I can play in the gypsy style, and I love it." -- Barnabás Kelemen
Due to a fracture in his shoulder, Pierre Boulez will not be able to not hold a baton to conduct his two scheduled concerts at September's Lucerne Festival.