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Beethoven, Again? How Pianist Richard Goode Makes It New Every Time

Michael Levin | Posted 02.02.2017 | Arts
Michael Levin

Ludwig von Beethoven wrote exactly five piano concertos. Tchaikovsky, three. Brahms, two. Grieg, one. Okay, Mozart, the outlier, wrote 23, but if ...

Making Music From Jefferson To The Beatles At One Day U

Renee Fisher | Posted 10.01.2016 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Lest you think that Life in the Boomer Lane is beating you over the head with her enthusiasm for One Day U, you are absolutely correct. She attended her second One Day U yesterday. Once again, she is swooning from the experience of being back in the classroom.

Meet Stewart Goodyear, Who Takes Beethoven's Piano Works To Olympian Heights

Michael Levin | Posted 09.22.2016 | Arts
Michael Levin

Stewart Goodyear likes Beethoven sonatas. He more than likes them. He loves them in a way that you and I can never imagine. If you're keeping score...

The Dog-Friendly Days Of Summer

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Randee Mia Berman

We've got wag the dog, dog day afternoon, a dog's age, raining cats and dogs...and then there's just plain Fido, the pet dog. We're all dog tired fr...

Angels and Molecules

John David Mann | Posted 08.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John David Mann

The other day my wife, Ana, and I went out for a few hours. When we came back, we parked the car, entered through the downstairs garage door, came up ...

The Old Ball and Chain: "Fidelio" and Beethoven Lieder at Caramoor

Opera Teen | Posted 08.03.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

I am always pleasantly surprised that Fidelio (1814), Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera and one that some consider a slog, runs less than three hours ...

During Its Fifth Season, Jessica Lang Dance Returns to the Joyce Theater

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.21.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Julie Fiorenza stands stationary -- completely frozen, stuck in an eternity of (dis)quiet. In the silence of her body lies a secret tension, a brooding psychology paradoxical to the simplicity of her one-legged stance, and her stillness begs for movement.

Ten Essential Picks for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Los Angeles, May 13-21

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.13.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

If you want to understand what the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky was like as a man and a cellist, and most profoundly, as a musician, you'll have t...

Yeethoven Is The Kanye And Beethoven Mashup You've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts

When Kanye West released his sixth solo album, titled "Yeezus," in 2013, he --with a single turn of phrase -- fused his identity with that of the cent...

Beethoven, Martinů and Scarlatti Thrill at San Francisco Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.14.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Christopher Wheeldon's Rush© at San Francisco Ballet. (Photo: Erik Tomasson) Baseball season opened with a bang o...

I've Got What? Meniere's Disease? Speak Up! I Can't Hear You!

Roz Warren | Posted 03.31.2016 | Fifty
Roz Warren

My new ear, nose and throat specialist thinks I've got something called Meniere's Disease. Here, for all of you hypochondriacs, are the symptoms: Fu...

The miraculous Diabellis of Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky

Dionysios Dervis-Bournias | Posted 02.23.2017 | World
Dionysios Dervis-Bournias

How many recordings make you feel that one single performer practically owns a musical work? Schubert's waltzes 'belong' to Marcelle Meyer, Brahms's I...

Really? We're Sitting With the Orchestra?! Beethoven's Fifth: From the Inside Out

Jack Meyer | Posted 01.31.2017 | Arts
Jack Meyer

On the subway after work one night, Mathilde noticed a fellow passenger carrying a violin case. "Do you play?" she asked. "Yes, I'm on my way to an ...

WATCH: Swarm Of Drones Dance To Beethoven's 5th In The Night Sky

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.12.2016 | Technology

A swarm of drones dance across the night sky as an orchestra plays Beethoven's dramatic "Fifth Symphony." It may sound like the heavily-CGI'd intro of...

Test Your Knowledge Of Beethoven's Music With This Fun Google Doodle

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts

“Symphony No. 5,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Für Elise,” “Symphony No. 9” -- Ludwig Van Beethoven composed some of the most beloved and end...

Beethoven, Handel and Papa Francesco

Dr. Michael S. Brophy | Posted 11.21.2016 | Education
Dr. Michael S. Brophy

With Beethoven's Ode to Joy and Handel's Messiah triumphantly playing before "Papa Francesco" arrived at the Vatican's auditorium today, I was not alone among my Catholic higher education colleagues in feeling renewed about our important work.

Is This the Right Time to Study Music?

Alan Fletcher | Posted 11.19.2016 | Arts
Alan Fletcher

I think my over-all view is that what we do has such importance and relevance that it will prevail, in a way analogous to the way that young love has such importance that it will always find a way.


Tony Woodcock | Posted 10.15.2016 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Many of the great composers who were also great performers were well known for championing the works of others. Mendelssohn, as conductor, was essential in restoring the nearly forgotten legacy of J.S. Bach. Similarly, he re-introduced Schubert who had all but disappeared to audiences in the mid-19th century.

Are You Playing Comfortably?

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 10.07.2016 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

In terms of time, human beings are very simple creatures. We work according to set rhythms and timings; even the speeds with which our hearts beat are familiar, regular. Working outside of what we consider to be a "comfortable" tempo, is something utterly unsettling.

Gustavo Dudamel, It's Okay: El Sistema's Kids Can Take It

Laurence Vittes | Posted 09.30.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

A grave firestorm of controversy surrounds Gustavo Dudamel's muted support of the Maduro regime in Venezuela. Sound familiar? It's the product of the youth orchestra program from which Dudamel rose, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic of which he is now Music Director.

The Magic of Serendipity

Tony Woodcock | Posted 09.29.2016 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

My wife and I were recently in Amsterdam revisiting the major art museums and enjoying that wonderful freedom which makes this city so extraordinary. The weather had been really hot, and on this particular day, the heat had joined forces with a great tumult of humidity.

CultureZohn: Ode to Dudamel

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.29.2016 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Dudamel has become the embodiment of the cultural renaissance of Los Angeles. I never tire of watching the dip in his knees when a particularly pungent musical passage comes along and then the way he rises on his toes for a fanfare. His solidarity with the youth of his troubled native country is commendable and this is where he feels his focus should be. But is the Ode to Joy Dudamel's sotto voce answer to his critics who decry his silence on Venezuela? Beethoven may have been deaf, but Dudamel is not.

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Musicians and Helpers

Stanley Ely | Posted 08.24.2016 | Arts
Stanley Ely

The BSO packs everyone, musicians, instruments and helpers, hundreds of folks and tons of equipment, and moves them to the Berkshire Mountains for two months in the summer. A tradition going back decades, the orchestra performs a packed schedule of outdoor concerts.

Tracing Beethoven's Steps in Bogotá: Gustavo Dudamel

Laurence Vittes | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

From July 8-12, Gustavo, his Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar from Caracas, and audiences at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, will trace together the steps of Beethoven's genius.

Gustavo Will Conduct All 9 Beethoven Symphonies for First Time Ever

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

For the first time ever in his career, Gustavo Dudamel will conduct all nine Beethoven symphonies on successive nights, in numerical order.