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    Celebrating Guitar Virtuoso Sharon Isbin

      PBS documentary and 5-CD box set celebrate the career of classic guitar virtuoso Sharon Isbin.  Sharon Isbin is widely regarded as one of the foremost guitar players in the world. Though she's primarily known as a classical guitarist, she's collaborated with and cultivated the respect of ...

    Feeling the Power of Art

    Celebrating the art that pulls us in and doesn’t let go.This past February, I had the opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams since high school: experience a live performance of Richard Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser. That may not sound like much of a dream to most people, but that piece of ...

    JumboTrons for Concert Halls

    Whether it’s an effluvient violin or a somber cello, a bombastic crescendo or pianissimo sonata—there’s a little something for everyone in classical music. Despite its near universal appeal, casual listeners don’t often have the technical knowledge or avid curiosity to keep the ...

    Film Music, the Kiss of Critical Death

    For today’s classical composer wishing to be taken seriously, writing a film score is a step in the wrong direction: Critics tend to snub those who engage in such lowbrow pursuits. Writing in the classical music magazine Listen (July-August), Damian Fowler assesses what he calls “The ...

    Did Beethoven Kill Black Classical Music?

    A review of the new book of poems by Pulitzer-winning poet Rita Dove tells the story of a man who could have changed the history of classical music. Instead he disappeared. Here’s Teresa Witz reviewing the book for The Root:Way, way back in the day, there was an Afro-Polish violinist, a ...

    Chickasaw Composer on the Ethos of Traditional Music

    Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate uses traditional Native American tunes as raw material, fusing them with old-fashioned classical forms like the fugue and the sonata.In an interview with New Music Box, Tate discusses his approach to composition and his place in the history of ...

    Watch Obama Narrate Copland's Lincoln Portrait

    Aaron Copland’s rousing Lincoln Portrait is on several orchestras’ programs for the weeks surrounding the inauguration.The piece, scored for symphonic orchestra and narrator, integrates text from Lincoln’s speeches and writing with musical material that celebrates the American folk ...

    Wordless Music

    In their efforts to lower the age of the average listener to under 60, classical music ensembles have tried everything from pre-concert happy hours to marketing performers like pop stars to offering ringtones for download on their websites, with limited success.As a grant writer with the ...

    Penny for an Etude?

    What could be harder than taking your guitar or sax out on the street and trying to get people to listen? Writing in Miami New Times, Arielle Castillo offers one fairly persuasive answer: doing the same thing with an upright piano. — Steve Thorngate Image by Jean-Etienne ...

    Maestra At the Baltimore Symphony

    The last year or so has played host to several milestones for U.S. women—in politics, of course, but also in academia, religion, and nuclear physics.Here’s one you may have missed: This fall, Marin Alsop became the first woman to lead a major U.S. orchestra. The Baltimore City Paper has ...

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