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James Ehnes

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.

In Defense of Violin Music

James Ehnes | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
James Ehnes

There is a double-standard in the music world when Liszt's E-flat piano concerto is played regularly but Wieniawski's D-minor violin concerto is not; where Bellini and Donizetti are heard year after year at the Metropolitan Opera but Sarasate's Ziguenerweisen is not heard next door at the New York Philharmonic for 40 years.

How Do People Listen?

James Ehnes | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
James Ehnes

As for what is "best," passive or active listening, that is entirely up to the individual. While I prefer to be actively engaged when listening to music, music plays very different roles in the lives of different people.

Fanfare for the Uncommon Manitoban

Brian Horay | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Brian Horay

This weekend, Portlandia's ultimate cover band ended their program with Aaron Copland's Symphony #3 - a composition whose well-known brassy chorales of American triumph made it an easy dedication to the recently terrified people of Boston.