I have found that the more I know about and listen to composers such as Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky, the more I appreciate well-crafted and well-performed music of other types.
A remarkable concert debut by a 90 year old pianist
A listener asked and here’s my answer, performances I was privilege to hear and will never forget.
In the world of classical music, little is left to chance. Tempos, dynamics, cadenzas are all well-rehearsed. In Mark O’Connor’s world, things can be a little more fluid.
These days, the musical lines continue to blur. While a well established musician such as Yo Yo Ma can delve into whatever style he wants, musicians who begin in the crossover realm have a tough time moving the other way. 2Cellos seems to have found the answer.
The press has dubbed cellist Joshua Roman a “Classical Rock Star.” He will be in the Classical 101 studio Friday at 9am for a live interview and performance.
On a daily basis, we segregate our cultural intake. Pop music over here, jazz over here, country, hip hop, classical, modern dance and ballet. all of these usually get their own little box. Yet, it is in collaboration that growth, innovation, and change happens.
Musicians hawk their wares on TV-all around the world. I’d buy from them!
Maybe it’s time to rethink having musicians trying to perform in what is almost always going to be extreme conditions in D.C. in January, or at least quit trying to make it bigger and better every four years.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter dead at 103.