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American Classical Orchestra

ACO Presents "As the Masters Heard It," Music by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert >>

The American Classical Orchestra will be presenting “As the Masters Heard It” which focuses on music by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. World-renowned soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Sarah Craft, Marc Molomot, and Michael Kelly will sing along with The American Classical Orchestra Chorus.

Claude Frank

Claude Frank, Pianist and Interpreter of Beethoven, Dead at 89 >>

Timeless American pianist Claude Frank, one of the greatest interpreters of Beethoven, died in his home in Manhattan Saturday, Dec. 27, three days after his 89th birthday. The cause of death is said to be complications due to dementia, according to his daughter, Pamela Frank, a violinist and his only immediate survivor. Frank was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1925. His family, which was Jewish, moved to Paris once the Nazis came to power, and it was there where he studied at the Paris Conservatory. As the political situation in Europe worsened, he escaped by way of a hide-out in the Pyrenees Mountains and then Lisbon, where, with help from the Brazilian embassy, he made it to the United States. Frank studied under Austrian-born master Artur Schnabel in New York in the 1940s, but his studies were interrupted by military service. He became an American citizen in 1944. As a performer, He concentrated on the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, but Frank was not only a world-renowned performer. As a teacher, whose students included veteran figures like Richard Goode and rising artists like Benjamin Hochman, he was encouraging of a wide-ranging repertory, including contemporary music.

Robert Spano Leads Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night, Substitutes Show Consequence of Lockout

Robert Spano Leads Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night, Substitutes Show Consequence of Lockout >>

In the days following the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's collective bargaining agreement, the company kicked off the season with a performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, led by ASO music director Robert Spano.

Wrap Your Baby

[WATCH] Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' Featured in Wrap Your Baby Commercial, Babies Included >>

Harps with a hump; a flutist with a second head. Sound like a Halloween costume? More like a commercial for Wrap Your Baby, a, well, baby wrap company. Dubbed the "Babywearing Orchestra," the group — conductor included — dons a baby in wraps to perform Beethoven’s "Ode to Joy."

Pot Prevails: Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Cannabis Promoters, Edible Events, Team Up for Fundraiser at Denver's Space Gallery

On Edibles at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's 'Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series' Red Rocks Concert >>

The Colorado Symphony has ended its run of its invite-only "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series" concerts last month. To recap: The CSO now allows the partaking of marijuana and alcoholic drinks during their performances. To wit, the musicians themselves are no longer required to wear tuxedos. Fittingly for a regular pot smoker, the OC Weekly's Chris Walker posted their review of their end of summer Red Rocks performance a month late. To join in the festivities, proper, Walker first went shopping for edibles at a local dispensary: the Denver Wellness Center.

American Classical Orchestra

Live from Lincoln Center: American Classical Orchestra 30th Anniversary Concert with Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn on September 23 at Alice Tully Hall >>

The American Classical Orchestra will showcase music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven at their opening night 30th anniversary concert on September 23 at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

Bart Simpson

Classicalite's Five Best: The Simpsons Music Episodes >>

These past twelve days seem like a yellow smear as all 552 episodes of animated culture criticism The Simpsons aired on FXX.

[WATCH] Bach to The Beatles: Paul McCartney Strums Classical Concerto and 'Blackbird' with Carlos Bonell for New Guitar Composition

WATCH: Paul McCartney Picks Classical Bach and 'Blackbird' with Carlos Bonell for New Guitar Concerto >>

It wouldn't be the first time the comparison is drawn--but Bach and The Beatles share an uncanny resemblance between the notes. Classes have been taught on Beethovenian consistencies with John, Paul, George and Ringo but McCartney now tells us the classical implication of the song "Blackbird."

René Pape Returns to Metropolitan Opera for Solo Recital

René Pape Returns to Metropolitan Opera for Solo Recital of Beethoven, Dvořák, Quilter and Mussorgsky on September 28 >>

Renowned operatic bass René Pape will return to the Metropolitan Opera--for a solo recital this time--performing the works of Beethoven (Gellert Songs), Dvorák (Biblical Songs), Roger Quilter (Shakespeare Songs) and Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 28.


PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant Idolizes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony With 9 Elite Low Nike Basketball Sneaker >>

Kobe Bryant clearly has a man crush on Beethoven. We all remember when he serenaded us with Beethoven’s "Moonlight" sonata. And how could you forget that time Kobe made his own piano, complete with his own logo. But this is different. This one starts from the bottom.

Ben Folds Talks Piano Concert, Bartok and the Babysitter Next Door in His Latest at Gramophone

Ben Folds Talks Piano Concerto, Bartok and the Babysitter Next Door with Gramophone >>

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.

Myriad Beethoven: 167 Japanese Theremin Players Perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Perfect Synchronization

167 Japanese Theremin Players Perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Perfect Synchronization >>

Beethoven may not have envisioned such a modern approach to his works so far into the future. Towards the end of his career, he may not been envisioning much at all, either.

Santa Fe Opera Preview: the American Premiere of ‘Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,’ Plus a Rare Production of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’

Santa Fe Opera Preview: the American Premiere of ‘Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,’ Plus a Rare Production of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ >>

Santa Fe Opera's 2014 season, which begins on June 27, contains much to look forward to: the American premiere of 'Dr. Sun Yat-Sen'; an ingenious pairing of Mozart’s 'The Impresario' with Stravinsky’s 'Le Rossignol'; as well a new production of 'Fidelio.'

UPDATE: BBC Young Musician 2014 Finalists Announced, Jazz Contest Added

BBC Supersize on Classical Music >>

It was always likely that the BBC's still-quite-new Director General -- former Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall -- would prioritise music. And today the corporation announced a slew of initiatives designed to put music back at (or close to) the center of the Beeb's world. Most eye-catching of these is a nationwide educational initiative called "Ten Pieces"

VIDEO: Otters from the National Zoo Play Keyboard, Masters Program Offered to As Part of Animal Enrichment Program

WATCH: Asian Small-Clawed Otters from National Zoo Play Piano, Better Than an Orangutan Plays the Xylophone? >>

If you put a thousand otters in a room and give them a keyboard, one is bound to write Beethoven.

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