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Alright, I Have Bad Taste

Anthony Romeo | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Anthony Romeo

It's practically 2015, and we mustn't forget the Tiffany Pollards and Brooklyns of the world. It was the perfectly highlighted and coiffed Todd Chrisley who said, "You don't ever go out of the house with your snapdragon snappin.'" I will buy a round of beer for anyone who can translate that.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Launches in Los Angeles

Rodney Punt | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

Performing arts organizations are complicated enterprises to run. Keeping them afloat prompts ever-new experiments. One of the latest is the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, formed by clarinetist cum entrepreneur Benjamin Mitchell and an ambitious group of L.A. musicians, inspired by NY's Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

What It Means to be an Artist

Tony Woodcock | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Being an artist in all its multiplicities of characteristics and talents, is among the most demanding of all demands that we can make of ourselves. We have entered a universe of complexity and simplicity, discovery and delusion. It will never finish. It will never be entirely revealed.

As Germans Mark 25 Years Since the Fall of Berlin Wall, a Famous Anthem Takes Center Stage

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

In that Christmas season trip to Berlin, Bernstein would famously conduct two performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with an international orchestra and chorus assembled from the four countries that once shared the city -- the U.S., Russia, England and France. And he would change one word, so that the "Ode to Joy" became the "Ode to Freedom."

Gustavo Dudamel Will Conduct His First Ever Complete Beethoven Symphonies Cycle, July 8-12, 2015, in Bogotá

Laurence Vittes | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Since its opening five years ago, this vast arts complex has fulfilled the mission of the Santo Domingo family who imagined and built it, and the vision of Ramiro Osorio who directs it.

Mom And Dad Musicians Come Together For Epic Babywearing Performance

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents

This week is International Babywearing Week and to commemorate the occasion, Wrap Your Baby founder Diana Rosenfield gathered a group of musicians and...

Great Classical Music Festivals of 2014: Music Academy of the West

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

One of the great places to hear chamber music during the summer is at the Music Academy of the West, in the sleepy town of Montecito up the coast from Los Angeles.

Pianist Plays Beethoven's 'Für Elise' In An Airport, Drops Our Jaws In The Process

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts

Passengers who happened to be at the Václav Havel Airport Prague at the same time as one very talented musician were given a rare treat in the form o...

You've Never Heard Beethoven Played Like This

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts

You’ve never heard Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” played like this. In the video above, watch as electric guitarist Michele “D...

From Eve Of Destruction to Already Gone: Conversations with Jack Tempchin and P.F. Sloan, Plus a Godsmack Track

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jack Tempchin: "Then the whole music thing happened with Bob Dylan and the folk era and eventually I started being a blues harmonica player, then I moved in to being a guitar playing songwriter and then full-on head or what they call now a 'hippie.'"

Cooperstown's Mayor on Obama's Visit -- and That Anti-Fracking Protest

Greg Mitchell | Posted 07.23.2014 | New York
Greg Mitchell

Jeff Katz, who won his second term unopposed, is an unusual figure in this town -- as a Jew from Chicago and as one of the first Democrats to serve as mayor in this conservative region. But he's got the baseball fanaticism down, in this home for the hallowed Baseball Hall of Fame.

Musicians in Flight

Tony Woodcock | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Nick Kitchen has found his way into this blog before. He is leader of the Borromeo String Quartet and an extraordinary musician/violinist/scholar whose curiosity is infinite.

The Value of Music

James Ehnes | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
James Ehnes

I went to public school, and remember being assigned to read a few Shakespeare plays, a work or two of the ancient Greeks and several of the notable "coming of age" novels of the 20th century. But never once was I told to listen to a Beethoven symphony.

Here's How The World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.01.2014 | Business

Alas, there are but 24 hours in a day. And when you have a seemingly insurmountable load of work, it can be a quite a challenge to even know where...

20 Classical Music Names You Are Probably Pronouncing Wrong

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.22.2014 | Arts

Everybody wants to be a classical music connoisseur. But when it comes down to it, it's not only difficult to grasp the style and sound of the world's...

A Conversation With Pianist Roman Rabinovich

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.11.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist Roman Rabinovich is currently on a cross-country tour with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. It is the orchestra's first appearance in the United States and is being led by its Principal Guest Conductor, Boguslaw Dawidow.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1968-2014): So Great in the Now Ironically Titled A Late Quartet

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Philip Seymour Hoffman, dead of an apparent drug overdose, was one of my favorite actors. And in A Late Quartet -- and how ironic does that title seem now? -- he gave a great performance. It was a crowd-pleaser at film festivals.

20 Top Picks

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

I found 2013 to be a great year for discovery and experience in the arts, from theatre and music to television, film, and books. I have compiled a top 20 list of my favorites, with the hope that they might resonate with readers.

This Guy Knows What's Up

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 11.19.2013 | Comedy

Two important things we learned from this video: Number one, there's a thing called the Old Time Piano Contest. And two, even Beethoven's "Fur Elise" ...

Elvis van Beethoven

Tony Woodcock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Hearing Kirsten, Damon and Yoojin was like learning to swim all over again. Through them, I was reveling in the music's depths, colours, and warmth, taking joy in what music and these young artists can teach us... particularly me.

All-Star Orchestra: The Made-for-TV Ensemble

Gerard Schwarz | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Gerard Schwarz

Some musical pieces, some moments, are part of us forever. That is why we started the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-television ensemble with some of the greatest classical orchestral musicians from 30 orchestras across the United States.

The Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Every artform has their champion that takes the art to newfound heights. For classical music in Chicago, that person is George Lepauw, Founder of The Beethoven Festival, a multidisciplinary festival inspired by the genius of Beethoven.

Hearing Words In Music

Larry Strauss | Posted 07.26.2013 | Home
Larry Strauss

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI'd never imagined blues like that -- upbeat and exquisite. It seemed somehow to give a nod to all of life's sadness without giving in to any of it.

Interview With PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky

Lisa Chau | Posted 09.05.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky's revised and expanded book of poems, A Superintendent's Eyes arrived in bookstores on July 3rd.

A Day at the Races

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Certainly a performance must be judged on its own merit and will usually be a matter of taste on the part of the listener. But how can one truly be objective in a field that is all about subjectivity?