Classical

New Release
11:14 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Two Sides Of Mozart With Pianist Alessio Bax's New CD

Courtesy of the artist

Two concerti plus variations make up this new Signum Classics disc

Pianist Alessio Bax is one of the most exciting young pianists today. His accolades include first prizes in the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Alessio has just been named the 2013 recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:34 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Marches Madness: Freshly Squeezed Oranges In 4/4 Time

For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.
Alexey Stiop iStockphoto.com

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Deceptive Cadence
2:02 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going

The final four
SAIPC

It is nerve racking to compete head to head. In sports this is a fairly normal part of the job, but when it comes to artists, especially pianists, it is a big shift from the norm.

A musician's routine is quiet and predicable. You generally practice alone and it is here that you polish and learn, working on your fingering, phrasing and the little things that mean so much to you, but might not be even noticed by an audience.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:40 am

How do classical artists grab attention these days? Simple — or, actually, not so simple at all. They build their fan bases on YouTube, one page hit at a time.

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Metropolitan Opera
12:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Riccardo Zandonai’s 'Francesca da Rimini,' Live

Finally together... in hell.
Gustave Doré Wikimedia Commons

Few single cantos of poetry have ever given as much to the world as Dante’s Canto V from the Inferno and the brief telling at the close of the love, death and afterlife of Francesca da Rimini.

Beginning with Dante in 1308 among the painters, musicians, painters , playwrights inspired by the tale can be included: Mercadante, Leigh Hunt, Ingres, Rodin, Rossini, Rachmaninoff, Doré (whose illustrations are reprinted to this day), Foote and of course Tchaikovsky, whose tone poem has done much to popularize the theme . 

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Deceptive Cadence
11:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:56 am

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Classical Spotlight
10:39 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Leaders Visit San Antonio

David Finckel and Wu Han
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Husband and wife duo present romantic sonatas

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Deceptive Cadence
2:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Breaking: Pope Francis I Loves Opera

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 9:38 am

Here's a quick side note to today's big news ...

Immediately after the announcement of the papal election result and the name the new pope had chosen, Brian Williams of NBC News asked New York's Cardinal Edward Egan about the new pontiff, Francis.

"Your Eminence?" Williams said.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:43 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Marches Madness: Patriotic Pandemonium

"Putnam's Camp," by Charles Ives, depicts a small town Fourth of July fantasy.
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