Jefferson Public Radio lost a longtime listener, supporter, underwriter and friend when Leon Berliner passed away December 15th. But if he were here today, he’d tell you he left this world exactly when he wanted to: just in time to wish Beethoven a happy birthday.
The year may have suffered a couple of black eyes in the form of shuttered opera companies and orchestras in labor disputes, but as far as recordings go, don't let anyone tell you classical music is dying — the music and musicians are thriving.
Violin cases and coats lay scattered on dozens of empty seats in the recital hall at Southern Oregon University. Under the bright stage lights, dozens of musicians laugh and greet friends they haven't seen in months.
The first rehearsal of the Rogue Valley Symphony's 2013-2014 season is about to begin.
In September, conductor Marin Alsop became the first woman to conduct "Last Night at the Proms" in their 118 year history. She has led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (the 1st woman ever to lead a major American orchestra) since 2007 and is a frequent contributor to NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Corrine Cox, not a classical musician, has been inspired by Alsop's struggle against the male-dominated world of classical music.
Many musicologists point to Beethoven's tempo markings as ridiculously fast. Over the years, debate as raged as to whether or not the composer's metronome was simply calibrated incorrectly, providing a convenient explanation for the rapid tempos. What do you think?
There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of Anna Nicole, the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.
Spring can really hang you up the most, you know? But that doesn't stop me from loving this season of growth, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, re-everything, and crazy, crazy weather. Oh how I love spring.
You may find this hard to believe, but I did actually study music in my youth. It was the principal focus of my academic work until I was in my late teens, and I played first violin in the school orchestra. So significant was music in my life at that time that, when I set off for university, my parents believed that I was training to be a music teacher. I wasn't. I went to read English, and I have never played in an orchestra or lifted a violin in anger since.