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9:59 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Schoenberg Doesn't Suck: Serialism Demystified

Vi Hart explains twelve-tone serialism on YouTube.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 8:44 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Electric Guitars Amp Up New Classical Music

Some of the 200 guitarists who took part in Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival in August 2009.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 9:12 am

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Classical Spotlight
7:56 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Heats Up With Strings

Pianist James Winn and Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
courtesy of the artist

More concerts and outreach events are on tap for the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 17th annual season this week. 

Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:58 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Music Is The Mission, Not Money

The Benedict Music Tent in Aspen.
Alex Irvin courtesy of the Aspen Music Festival and School

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 2:45 pm

One of the great summertime classical gathering spots in America is the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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July 4th
6:08 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Fourth Of July: When The Piccolo Gets To Shine

Jim Walker plays the piccolo. (www.jimwalkerflute.com)

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 3:47 pm

Fourth of July means we’ll be hearing a lot of John Philip Sousa’s famous military march “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The big highlight comes toward the end, when the piccolos in the orchestra stand and let loose over the rest of the orchestra.

But imagine being the piccolo player who has to play that part over and over.

“The first time I played it was in the seventh grade,” Jim Walker, the retired principal flutist and piccolo player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic told Here & Now.

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Author Interviews
2:09 am
Thu July 4, 2013

For 'Star-Spangled Banner,' A Long Road From Song To Anthem

American lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a boat about 8 miles away.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:48 am

All over the country on Thursday, fireworks will light up the sky. In many places, those fireworks will come with a patriotic soundtrack — one that wouldn't be complete without "The Star-Spangled Banner." The song officially became America's national anthem in 1931, but it's been around since the early 19th century.

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Author Interviews
5:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Tragic Story Of 'Traviata' Muse Marie Duplessis

Ross MacGibbon Collection of Musee de la Dame aux Camellias

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:12 pm

You may not know the name Marie Duplessis, but odds are you know some stories about her. She inspired a French novel, which was turned into a successful play, several movies (including one starring Greta Garbo), a ballet and, most famously, a great Italian opera — La Traviata.

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Classical Spotlight
11:30 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Dreams Up New Programs

Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, founder and artistic director of Cactus Pear Music Festival
Credit courtesy of the artist

The seventeenth season of the Cactus Pear Music Festival gets underway Wednesday afternoon in Boerne with a children's concert. The theme this year is "Dreams & Prayers." 

"When my trio was putting together the Jalbert [Piano Trio], I kept thinking of the Messiaen [Quartet for the End of Time] - we worked on it two years ago - so it's interesting that somehow I put the two pieces together. They make great bookends to the "Into the Mystic" program!" says Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.

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Classical Music
10:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Singing Nuns Top Classical Charts

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:50 am

Angels and Saints at Epheseus” has topped Billboard’s classical charts for weeks.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:13 am
Tue July 2, 2013

In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich?
Bill Swerbenski San Francisco Symphony

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 12:53 pm

Critics and fans love a good debate over the great American novel or great American movie. But what about the great American symphony?

Is there one? If not, why? If so, which symphonies are good candidates for the title? (Check out our Spotify list for some contenders.) And in the land of the melting pot, what does it mean for a symphony to be "American" in the first place?

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