Musical Giants of the 20th Century—All That Jazz!

A discussion of Musical Giants would not be complete without naming the towering artists of twentieth century jazz: Clark Terry, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Quincey Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
March 26th, 2017
What We Love About

There are certain things that catch our ear, catch our eye, and then become the focus for why we like things. What we love about: The clarinet: its warm tone

by Maureen Buja
March 25th, 2017
Ten Tips For Playing Music In Nursing Homes

We all know that the world can be a dark and lonely place. But remember: as a musician, you have the power to shine light into dark corners. I belong to an adult amateur string orchestra, and every holiday season [...] more >>

by Emily E. Hogstad
March 23rd, 2017
Musicians in the blogosphere

In recent years, the blog (a truncation of the expression ‘web log’) has become a popular means of sharing information and opinions, and there are thousands of blogs across the web on the myriad aspects of classical music and music [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
March 21st, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Walter Gieseking

Walter Gieseking (1895-1956) had a family that travelled frequently and so his first performances at the piano were without formal training. It wasn’t until 1911 that he was able to start formal study at the Hanover Conservatory. His budding career [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
March 20th, 2017
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Trumpets

Maurice Murphy (1935-2010) was born in west London, but spent his childhood in Yorkshire, in the north of England. He grew up playing in local brass bands, and in 1956 became the principal cornet of the internationally renowned Black Dyke [...] more >>

by Oliver Pashley
March 19th, 2017
Nearly a Meisterstueck: Kaspar Holten’s Meistersinger von Nuernberg

In his farewell production after a six year tenure as Director of Opera at Covent Garden, Kasper Holten managed a veritable hat trick. He turned Wagner’s notoriously overlong opera (at nearly five hours it is possibly the longest single opera) [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
March 18th, 2017
More please! The Art of the Piano Encore

The concert is complete, the applause is given generously. The performer bows, acknowledging the audience and their applause, and leaves the stage. The applause grows more enthusiastic and the performer returns once again to take a bow and thank the [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
March 16th, 2017