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August 26   -  

A Classic Case of #Addiction? - #Channel4 documentary investigates

A new Channel 4 documentary that brings together classical musicians whose careers have been derailed by drug and drink problems will be shown tomorrow (August 27th, 11pm). Addicts Symphony “aims to highlight how addiction is blighting the lives ...

August 26   -  

Classical music: The new early music, a cappella vocal group Voces Aestatis (Voices of Summer) makes an impressive debut with many Renaissance composers and works. Plus, the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival opens to acclaim.

ALERT: Perhaps you didn’t make it to the opening of the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival last Saturday night or Sunday afternoon (below is a photo of the renovated barn concert hall). The festival runs through this coming Sunday afternoon and ...

August 26   -  

"Pavane pour une infante defunte" by Maurice Ravel

Composed in 1902. Performed here by Therese Dussaut in 1976.

August 25   -  

'I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky'

Review: Long Beach Opera gives ‘Looking at the Ceiling’ a shake. Los Angeles Register, Aug. 24, 2014. Photo: Keith Ian Polakoff’

August 25   -  

The Swan by Saint-Saëns

According to ancient beliefs, swans spend most of their lives in silence gracing the world simply with their elegance and beauty. There comes a time when they sing their first beautiful song; it is the final moment before their death to convey their ...

August 25   -  

A Forgotten Genius

This is a portrait by Gainsborough of John Joseph Merlin, born in Belgium, a brilliant inventor & mechanician who built one of the most beautiful pieces of automata, the silver swan now in the Bowes museum. He worked with Charles Burney on ...

August 25   -  

"Amazing Aragón": A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Spain By Joerg Daiber (2014)

“Amazing Aragón” is a cinematic tilt-shift time-lapse short film in Aragón, Spain directed by Joerg Daiber. Filmed and Directed by: Joerg Daiber Music composed by: Nicolo Paganini – Violin Concerto No.4 Allegro Maestoso ...

August 25   -  

Back to School

It is nearing the end of August, and every mother of school age children I see has that desperate look in their eye that says, “Is it September yet?”. The beginning of a new school year is nearly upon us, marked by the back to school sales ...

August 25   -  

#MirthMusicMon - Classical Doesn't Mean Boring

I know, I know. I said that there would hopefully be another blog post last week. But I have a good reason… I blame my husband. Ha. You see, about 3 weeks ago my husband started writing what he thought would be a 3-ish page story. He was wrong. ...

August 25   -  

Sunday Night Music: A Mozart Violin Concerto On The Double Bass

I found a very cool video on YouTube of a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A m
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