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Chris Botti

Chris Botti: Grammy-Winning Trumpeter Hits the Road This Fall [Exclusive Interview] >>

Read our exclusive interview with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti. Botti will be hitting the road with his band this fall, and he plays at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey, on Friday, October 21, at 8:00 p.m.

Agnes Obel

Life in a Glass House: Singer Agnes Obel, Hyaloid Inhabitant [Exclusive Interview] >>

Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel is preparing to release her third album, 'Citizen of Glass.' The Classical Arts spoke to Obel about the record's first singles, "Familiar" and "Golden Green," and her process in creating the affecting new album.


primephonic: Finally a Quality Digital Audio Service for Classical Music >>

In search for high-quality digital downloads of the best classical music, Classicalite has stumbled upon a goldmine: primephonic. Check out all the greatest classical music in audiophile WAV, FLAC or DSD format via their service. Free compilation download inside.

Rolando Sanz

EXCLUSIVE: Strathmore's Rolando Sanz on 'I Am Harvey Milk / Anne Hutchinson' Concept Opera >>

The conversation regarding the LGTBQ community has become pervasive in today's public debate. It hasn't just become a driving force in the deciding this election's presidential nominees but it's become a thesis for human rights.

How 'primephonic' is Changing Classical Music Downloading, All for the Better

primephonic: Classical Music's Service for All Seasons >>

Until now, alas, classical musical had been more than a little late to the revolution. No, not a televised one; the online revolution--that digi-revolt against all the real, tactile records (and tapes) of some 1000 years of performance practice proper. Blame the medium, not the message, though. Lo, about an hour south of Amsterdam, one dutiful Dutch downloading distributor would soon oblige: primephonic.

Joyce Yang

EXCLUSIVE: Joyce Yang on New York Philharmonic's 'Spanish Nights' Concerts >>

Premiering tonight, March 30, pianist Joyce Yang and the New York Philharmonic under maestro Bramwell Tovey will take to David Geffen Hall to perform iconic pieces from Falla and Massenet.

David Harrington of Kronos Quartet

EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with David Harrington of Kronos Quartet on 'Fifty for the Future' Premiere >>

With so many innovative composers now edging into the mainstream, navigating the forms and structures of the new musical landscape can seem a daunting task, for listeners and young composers alike. To be sure, modern works have enjoyed an increase in visibility, but while there is no shortage of outlets for these pieces to be judged, there are precious few opportunities for them to be studied. Forever straddling the "cutting-edge" or the "ultra-contemporary", much of the 21st Century repertoire has been anxiously awaiting induction into the western---if not, global---music canon. To remedy this, David Harrington, Artistic Director of the Kronos Quartet, has recently flung open a new door, embarking on a project that has the potential to fundamentally transform the way music is taught in the 21st Century. Welcome to the Fifty for the Future Project.

EXCLUSIVE: Gity Razaz & Saad Haddad on ACO Undergound's 'Eastern Wind' Concert

EXCLUSIVE: Gity Razaz & Saad Haddad on ACO Undergound's 'Eastern Wind' Concert >>

This week, the American Composers Orchestra premieres its Middle Eastern and Indian inspired Orchestra Underground: Eastern Wind program at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, led by music director George Manahan, on Friday, April 1.

Watch New Minnestoa Opera Piece 'The Shining' in Preview Before it Premieres May 7

EXCLUSIVE: Minnesota Opera Previews Campbell and Moravec's 'The Shining' >>

This year, the Minnesota Opera will define what it means to adapt a novel to stage. Stephen King's best-selling text, The Shining (and let's be clear we're not talking about Kubrick), is a risky endeavor, one in dealing with enough psychologically-based thematic concepts that it could have driven librettist Mark Campbell insane just to write.

Watch David Lang, Netia Jones & Louis Langree Unveil Mostly Mozart's 50th Program

EXCLUSIVE: David Lang, Netia Jones Talk Mostly Mozart Fest's 50th Anniversary >>

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival is a staple of New York's classical music summer programming. More than likely a contributing factor to the city's summer influx of residents, Mostly Mozart is celebrating 50 years of concerts this year with a unique commission from Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oscar-nominated classical giant David Lang.

Brian Dennehy

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Brian Dennehy >>

An interview is a complicated, intoxicating beast. You rarely ever know who will be presented in front of you. Sure, you know their name, seen their film, read their book or listened to their CD but these are flesh and blood human beings we are talking about. They are only predictable in their unpredictability. I knew deep down in my bones my newest interview Brian Dennehy would, well, be Brian Dennehy. Star of stage and screen, Mr. Dennehy could be anyway he wants to be and who could blame him? He's Brian Dennehy. He has chased Rambo, wandered through a Peter Greenaway film, found the fountain of youth in Cocoon and its sequel.

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club with Rev. Shawn Amos

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club with Reverend Shawn Amos Q&A, "Will You Be Mine" [LIVE] >>

A blues artist in today's musical conversation may have a difficult time finding their place. The blues, of course, is one of America's traditions, one that is deeply rooted in the soil of Americana and music history as a whole. But in the case of the Reverend Shawn Amos, discovering the blues was not only a way of locating his voice but finding his seat in the musical conversation, too.

EXCLUSIVE: Jean Derome, Scott's Trombone and 'Art of the Fugue' -- Kurt Gottschalk's Weekend in Montreal

EXCLUSIVE: Jean Derome, Scott's Trombone and 'Art of the Fugue' -- Kurt Gottschalk's Weekend in Montreal >>

A weekend in Montreal--at least one like that of November 20, into which I was fortunate enough to air-drop--can seem like a build-your-own festival. Canada loves its fests. And Montreal has more of them than any other city in the country, with over 100 arts, comedy, food and fashion fêtes across the year. While the premiere of the Opéra de Montreal's production of Elektra was the reason for my visit, I was also able to attend the opening concert of the city's Bach Festival and a couple of concerts in the city's fertile (and under recognized) jazz scene. Most everything happens within walking distance of downtown. And meal breaks at Foodlab in the impressive Société des Arts Technologiques building (an excellent gnocchi with roasted Brussels sprout leaves) and the tasty Qing Hua Dumpling in nearby Chinatown, a weekend in downtown Montreal proved to be as enjoyable as it was easily navigable.

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Cahill on Mamoru Fujieda's 'Patterns of Plants,'  Noguchi Museum Recital

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Sarah Cahill >>

Life extends outward in unusual patterns here on planet Earth. Perhaps existence is rooted in plant life and the way it communicates with the modern world. Mamoru Fujieda and his chilling post-minimal magnum opus Patterns of Plants, the electrical activity of plants has become the basis, and composition, of his seminal 1997 recording.

Robert Mugge

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Robert Mugge >>

Independent filmmaker and documentarian Robert Mugge is one of the greatest chroniclers of American roots music working today. For more than thirty years, he has carefully preserved and documented pieces of American culture that may have otherwise been lost in the foggy haze of time. To coincide with the release of three new DVDs that explore Louisiana cultural music on DVD - Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities, The Kingdom of Zydeco, and Rhythm N Bayous: A Road map to Louisiana Music March 25, Mr. Mugge sat down with Classicalite to talk about the blues, film making and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina -

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