Destination Hong Kong

More so than any other city in China, Hong Kong has long been a symbol of the exotic other. As an English colony, it was a good place for the Westerner to visit because you knew that someone, somewhere would [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 9th, 2018
Paul Wittgenstein All in One Hand

When Ludwig Wittgenstein got word of his brother’s ordeal, he wrote in his diary “frightfully sad business. I keep having to think of poor Paul, who has so suddenly lost his career! How terrible. What philosophy is needed to get [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 7th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Frédéric Chopin

Chopin’s unique way of writing for the piano fundamentally changed how performers and composers thought about the instrument. His legacy was treasured in numerous compositions throughout the 19th century, and it remains colorfully vibrant in the concert repertoire of today. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 5th, 2018
Destination Athens

When Athens was at its height of development in the 2nd century BCE, the rest of Europe was nowhere. When Europe reached its height of development in the 19th century, Athens was nothing – a mere 100 houses huddling below [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 2nd, 2018
Paul Wittgenstein The Travesty of War

During the golden days leading up to the “war to end all wars,” the Wittgenstein family stood at the forefront of the cultured bourgeoisie in Vienna. In imitation of aristocratic mannerisms, they freely dabbled in artistic patronage, financed by the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 31st, 2018
I Am the Very Model: Gilbert and Sullivan and Light Opera III

In their late years, Gilbert and Sullivan weren’t as successful as they had been in their early years. Yet, their legacy still lives on and even over a century later, their music keeps reappearing, often with new lyrics.

by Maureen Buja | January 30th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe Gioachino Rossini II

In 1808 Sébastien Erard registered a patent that fundamentally changed piano construction forever. As hammers had become more massive, they produced a much heavier touch for the performer. As such, the ability to repeat notes was severely impacted and the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 29th, 2018
Destination Moscow

The heart of Russia is its capital, Moscow. Home to some of the most important conservatories in the country, Moscow has been a musical inspiration to both orchestral and choral composers through the ages. As a musical center, it has [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 26th, 2018