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Young Russian Pianist Tackles Beethoven’s Toughest Sonatas First

27, 2013

When 26-year-old Russian pianist Igor Levit signed a contract with Sony Classical, he quickly decided to begin at the what for others is the finish line…Beethoven’s final five sonatas.

14-Year-Old Guitarist Rocks Vivaldi

14, 2013

A young guitarist who is comfortable playing everything from Vivaldi and Carulli to Van Halen appears to have a bright musical future ahead.

(Re)Discovering Jerome Moross

Jerome Moross
Jerome Moross
August 1, 2013

Oftentimes I will mention a composers name to someone and see not the first hint of recognition.  I should not be surprised.  Most people who share my love of music do not have the luxury of digging into the lives of composers and performers that is part of my daily routine.  Nothing increases the pleasure [...]

How Can You Find the ‘Best’ Recordings?

29, 2013

Whether you’re shopping for a new recording, or just love to debate the merits of one over the other, there’s a lot of thought-provoking entertainment to be found in the music section of

Glenn Gould on Canada Day

1, 2013

For this Canada Day, some great music from Canada’s most famous classical artist, Glenn Goul.

Could the Rite of Spring happen today?

7, 2013

While I am not advocating a riot, throwing a punch, or even booing, I do wonder if we are a bit TOO polite – not just when we don’t like something, but even when we DO.

100 Years Later, Igor Stravinsky Still Rocks The House

30, 2013

Though the composer may no longer live, the music does…and when musicians begin to unlock what has been written, the music becomes a living, breathing entity, communicating across cultures and times to speak to us.

Richard Wagner had a lot of brass

9, 2013

Imagine Richard Wagner in the age of social media. Here’s a composer whose Ring Cycle, 20 years in the making, takes 15 hours over four days to perform. Two decades of minute-by-minute updates, telling the world in minute detail of the progress being made on his operas.

Cellists David Finckel and Luis Biava in the Classical 101 studios

4, 2013

Classical 101 listeners get a special sneak peek as David Finckel, along with NASO conductor/cellist Luis Biava will be in the studio with me on Friday morning at 9am for music and conversation.

Good Friday and Easter specials on Classical 101

Listen to Classical 101 for Good Friday and Easter music from First Community Church.
March 28, 2013

Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music and Liturgy at First Community Church, leads a diverse program of hymns in both traditional and new settings, along with sacred classics, including works by J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms.