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October 19   -  

Do You Feel Lucky, Ludwig Van?

“Now his feet begin to tap. A little boy says I’ll take your hat. He’s cought up in the magic of her smile, And leap the heart inside him went, And off acrosse the floor he sent, His clumsey body graceful as a child… He ...

October 19   -  

Classical music: Here are news items. Elusive and eccentric pianist Grigory Sokolov signs with Deutsche Grammophon. Italian maestro Daniele Gatti is named director of the famed Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra remains silent and locked out. And THIS AFTERNOON is your last chance to hear the Madison Symphony Orchestra and pianist Olga Kern in an all-Russian program of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.

ALERT: Today at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall is the final performance of this season’s second concert by the Madison Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John DeMain . Pianist Olga Kern (below) is the soloist in Sergei Rachmaninoff ‘s Piano ...

October 19   -  

i can name that beethoven in 3 notes!

Beethoven Themes: Symphonies 1 – 6 I SEVERELY need to revisit this, and complete it with 7-9, sooner rather than later. Beethoven and I seem like mere acquaintances… I feel fairly comfortable identifying his symphonies, but he wrote so ...

October 19   -  

Brooklyn Rider's Latest Album Capsulizes Their Paradigm-Shifting Sound

For the past few years, Brooklyn Rider have pushed the envelope pretty much as far as a string quartet can go, and in the process have raised the bar for other groups: they transcend any preconception about what serious composed music is all about. ...

October 19   -  

My New Web Series - Terrifying World

Around four years ago, I got the idea to write a show about bubonic plague. Not on just one or two outbreaks or something, but an entire stage show where I just talk about bubonic plague for three hours. Any takers? No? Huh. As a fan of history, I ...

October 18   -  

What are You Trying to Prove? Show-offs on Stage and Off

We called them show-offs, the kids who did anything to capture your gaze. One such, eight years old,

October 18   -  

Challenge: How To Fight Racism

I love this process of correcting my racial biases, at the end of the day I really do feel happy. It’s exciting to know that I am in control of my emotions, feelings, thoughts…this is true power. Very liberating. Updated Post: I was ...

October 18   -  

A Catharsis and a KSO Review

Wednesday of this week was a gray, dreary, depressing day in Knoxville—and I don’t just mean the weather. The rain from the sky that day was no match for the visible and invisible tears that fell from heavy hearts over the closing down of ...

October 18   -  

Classical Music Review: Princess Christina Concours 2

The previous concert at the Nieuwe Kerk The Hague, had featured musicians playing cello, piano, clarinet. (See: Princess Christina 1 ) This time, it was a concert with ms Xenia Evers playing piano, and mr Thomas Dulfer bassoon. The only ...

October 18   -  

life with a voice

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