30. April 2016 · Comments Off on News You Can Use · Categories: News

Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel’s “Bolero”.

I read it here.

I’m assuming it’s true, since everything read on the internet is true. ;-)

24. April 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

J.S. Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225
TENET; The Sebastians; Scott Metcalfe, Conductor/Violin

TENET
Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, sopranos
Virginia Warnken and Geoffrey Williams, altos
Jason McStoots and Donald Meineke, tenors
Dashon Burton and Charles Wesley Evans, basses

THE SEBASTIANS
Daniel Lee and Dongmyung Ahn, violins
Kyle Miller, viola
Ezra Seltzer, cello
Priscilla Herreid, Kathryn Montoya, and Debra Nagy, oboes
Nate Helgeson, bassoon
Jeffrey Grossman, organ

Scott Metcalfe, guest conductor and violin

24. April 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Bach: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig (arr. by ?)
Calmus Ensemble; Lautten Compagney; Wolfgang Katschner

23. April 2016 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Read Online

According to you what is the significance of classical music in today’s age?

Classical music is something which doesn’t fade away. It is not something which comes and goes. It is somehow not for the masses because not many people are fond of devotional, meditative or sacred music. Music is being watched these days and not being listened to, which is very unfortunate. In today’s age, it is important to connect with classical music.

Now I can see many friends nodding their heads to this. Yes?

What you might not know is the person is talking about Indian classical music! :-)

Just found it interesting to read.

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18. April 2016 · 2 comments · Categories: Losses

It’s been reported that the wonderful counter tenor Brian Asawa died today. He was only 49.

18. April 2016 · Comments Off on Good? Bad? What Classical Music Does. Or Not. · Categories: Read Online

Stressed out from a long day’s work, a surprise visit from your mother-in-law, or your upcoming trip to the dentist?

I’m a mother-in-law. Sigh. I don’t like being put in the same sentence as “dentist”! Double sigh.

I read it here.

I have more issues with the article, but I’ll just leave this here for the moment.

But here’s a list of things I’ve read regarding classical music at various times:

It calms dogs down.
It enhances mental alertness and memory.
It makes cows give more milk.
It rids places of loiterers and deter crime.
It comforts and relaxes people.
It punishes students for bad behavior.
It lowers blood pressure.
It helps fight depression and manage pain.
It will improve your sleep quality.
It can make you more at ease and open with yourself.
It might promote honest communication of your emotions.

Oh … and of course goldfish prefer Bach, Beethoven can help crops grow more quickly, and chickens produce bigger and heavier eggs with Mozart.

I’m so confused ….

17. April 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Arvo Pärt: The Beatitudes
Sam Diego Pro Arte Voices: Patrick Walders, Artistic Director

17. April 2016 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Hans Adolph Brorson: Your Little Ones, arr. Matthew Culloton
The Singers; Matthew Culloton, Director

15. April 2016 · Comments Off on Ah, The Beauty! · Categories: Baroque, live performance, Videos

We are so blessed to have access to music so easily, aren’t we? I don’t often think about this, but of course back when compositions such as these were written and then initially performed the only way you could hear it was to go to a performance. Now we can get on to YouTube and find these amazing things!

That being said, there is nothing, and I truly mean nothing like a live performance. Truly. If you’ve not been, you owe it to yourself … and to performing musicians … to go!

I’m sorry to say this particular video is interrupted by commercials at the most unpleasant of times, but, well, that’s what you get for free, I suppose. Be ready to hit mute. Honestly, it’s horrendous! They don’t even wait until the end of a work or movement.

This is Vox Luminis, and I think they are performing with Belgian Baroque group, but I don’t know the name. I’ll investigate further when I have the time, or perhaps someone who reads French will fill me in. I ran it through Google translate, but who knows if I’m getting the correct info?!

For me the sound gets turned way up for things such as this!

14. April 2016 · Comments Off on The Writing Has Been On The Wall … · Categories: Retiring

for quite some time. Still, it’s a huge announcement.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that James Levine, the company’s music director since 1976, will retire at the end of the company’s current season owing to health reasons.
Capping an historic tenure of more than four decades that saw Levine conduct more than 2,500 performances of no fewer than eighty-five different operas—far exceeding any conductor in Metropolitan Opera history—the maestro will assume the new position of Music Director Emeritus next season, the Met announced. Levine will continue as the artistic leader of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and will still conduct some Met performances, but today’s announcement acknowledged the degree to which the progression of Levine’s Parkinson’s disease had made “it increasingly difficult for him to conduct a full schedule of Met performances.” Levine has struggled in recent years with the symptoms of the disease as well as other health issues, including kidney cancer and a spinal injury that left him partially paralyzed and resulted in his withdrawal from performances during the company’s 2011-12 season as well as the cancellation of appearances during the 2012-13 season. This season, Levine withdrew from the company’s new production of Lulu, opting to shepherd his resources in preparation for the company’s revival of Tannhäuser.

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