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July 5   -  

Classical music: The Harlem Renaissance opera “Voodoo” is rediscovered and resurrected in performance. Plus, “Music as Medicine” will be streamed LIVE today from the Chazen Museum of Art at 12:30 p.m.

A REMINDER: Today at 12:30 p.m., the early music choral group Eliza ‘s Toyes (below) will perform “Music as Medicine” at the Chazen Museum of Art. The concert is FREE to attend. It will also be streamed LIVE as a replacement (first ...

July 4   -  

Classical music: Here are four for the Fourth.

By Jacob Stockinger Yesterday The Ear asked readers for suggestions about classical music that would be appropriate to post and play today, Independence Day or the Fourth of July . I got some good answers. Some of the suggestions were great music ...

July 3   -  

Classical music: Tell The Ear what music he should post on the Fourth of July?

By Jacob Stockinger Today, the stock markets, banks and many businesses are closed in observance of the Fourth of July . But Saturday is the real Independence Day for the United States of America. Now, The Ear has some ideas about what classical ...

July 2   -  

Classical music: Here are the winners of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition. You can stream the winners’ concerts LIVE tonight and Friday night for FREE with a link that is here.

By Jacob Stockinger The major event in the world of classical music for the past several weeks has been the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition that was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg . (Below is American pianist Van Cliburn , who won the ...

July 1   -  

Classical music: Lesson 1 from the 2015 season of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society: Chamber music transcriptions, arrangements and reductions of large orchestral works deserve a wider hearing.

By Jacob Stockinger The Madison-based Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society finished up its three-week, 24th annual season this past weekend. The populist chamber music group used local and imported artists to perform six programs over three weekends in ...

June 30   -  

Classical music: YOU MUST HEAR THIS: The “Air in F Major” from the Trumpet Suite by Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli.

By Jacob Stockinger I had never heard this work or even heard of the composer, the Baroque Italian composer Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726, below) who traveled to Paraguay to part in what amounts to genocide of the indigenous natives and ended up bringing ...

June 29   -  

Classical music education: The Green Lake Festival of Music opens the 17th year of its Chamber Music Camp, with FREE public concerts, this week.

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear’s friends at the Green Lake Festival of Music write to tell us of an important program to music education – which means an important program to the future of classical music: Here is the press release: On ...

June 28   -  

Classical music: Can you think of performers and performances that help explain the music?

By Jacob Stockinger French writer Andre Gide (below, 1869-1951) won the Nobel Prize for literature. He was also an avid amateur pianist. He collected and published his “Notes on Chopin,” which The Ear was reading the other day. The Ear ...

June 27   -  

Classical music: The Ear celebrates marriage equality or same-sex marriage with a piece by Francis Poulenc and a list of LGBT composers. What music would you play to celebrate the occasion? And how many composers can you name?

By Jacob Stockinger Less than 50 years ago, you could go to prison or jail for being gay . But now, given Friday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is legal across the country — IS indeed The Law of the Land under ...

June 26   -  

Classical music: Get reacquainted with the harpsichord as a modern instrument through a story on National Public Radio (NPR).

By Jacob Stockinger Harpsichord (below) or piano? Historical or modern music? Well, you don’t really have to choose. Certainly one young performer sees the benefits in both. (Below is a photo of Trevor Stephenson of the Madison Bach Musicians ...
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