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In the Key of ‘D’anzmayr: Variety is the Spice of (Musical) Life

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr
3, 2014

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.

Holocaust Survivor George Horner’s Special Night

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George Horner with Yo-Yo Ma, in concert in Symphony Hall earlier this week
October 24, 2013

A remarkable concert debut by a 90 year old pianist

My Unforgettable Performances

10, 2013

A listener asked and here’s my answer, performances I was privilege to hear and will never forget.

Mark O’Connor Presents Improv Concerto Style

4, 2013

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.

Two cellists appeal to both classical and crossover crowd

25, 2013

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.

Cellist Joshua Roman on Classical 101 Friday morning

18, 2013

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.

Can A Self-Described ‘Venture Culturalist’ Fix The Arts?

11, 2013

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.

You Can Hum Along to These TV Commercials

Rise Stevens selling cigarettes in the 1950s.
Rise Stevens selling cigarettes in the 1950s
April 4, 2013

Musicians hawk their wares on TV-all around the world. I’d buy from them!

Is it live, or is it Memorex?

28, 2013

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

6, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter dead at 103.