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

Laurence Vittes | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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 | TED Weekends
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?

Richard Goode's Luminous Beethoven Sonatas

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The first week of May turned out to be something of a Beethoven week at Carnegie Hall, as three pianists, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin and Maurizio Pollini performed several of his piano sonatas.

Blanca Uribe in Bogotá: A Beacon For Beethoven

Laurence Vittes | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

"When one speaks of the music of Colombia," the young conductor Alejandro Posada said recently, "the first person that comes to mind is Blanca Uribe."

Making Music in the Emerson String Quartet

David Finckel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I have told people often, in all seriousness, that I became a cellist in my teens through learning the solo literature, but that I became a musician in my twenties from playing in the Emerson String Quartet.

Vladimir Jurowski Brings the London Philharmonic to New York

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Vladimir Jurowski, visited Lincoln Center this week with solid success.

Carolina Herrera: 'Una Gran Mujer'

Jessica Hoppe | Posted 04.15.2013 | Latino Voices
Jessica Hoppe

The stage was set for high drama at Carolina Herrera with classical music softly filling the grand tent of Lincoln Center and bright red backdrops drawing your eye to the runway entrance.

A Fine Evening of Beethoven at Lincoln Center

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.07.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The New York Philharmonic is a strange creature. Often it is good but a bit bland. Sometimes it's downright boring. And sometimes it makes you sit up in your seat and think what a historical and good orchestra this is.