Listening to the Past without A Record Player

Before the advent of the phonograph in 1877, it wasn’t possible for people to play sound that had been recorded. The phonograph (a portmanteau word created from two Greek roots: (phone, “sound” or “voice” and graphē, “writing”) was preceded by [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 12th, 2017
Classical Movements II “Moving the Music; Changing the World”

Through the efforts and vision of Neeta Helms, Classical Movements has become an organization of altruism. A large part of the profits, which the organization earns moving orchestras and choirs on their tours, are devoted to Neeta’s pursuit of global [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 2nd, 2017
Classical Movements I “Moving the Music; Changing the World”

Have you ever wondered how entire orchestras and their staff are seamlessly moved from country to country when they are on tour? Neeta Helms and Classical Movements are the behind-the-scenes wizards who organize 55-70 symphony and choral tours each year. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 1st, 2017
Hong Kong Music Series In London

In 2017, Hong Kong is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. To commemorate the transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China, the HK Government is pulling [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2017
Beethoven in China: The Dark Years

The unprecedented suffering inflicted by the relentless and ruthless personality cult of Chairman Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution had a devastating effect on society and on music. Within China’s cultural and intellectual fabric Beethoven had become synonymous with everything [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2017
Operatic Disasters III

When the Teatro Real reopened on 11 October 1997, it quickly became an internationally acclaimed opera house and an important cultural institution in Spain. A leading venue in the field of music and performing arts, its artistic projects, ranging from [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 17th, 2017
Operatic Disasters II

One of the biggest dangers to the wellbeing of operatic theatres throughout history has been fire! As one critic rightly said, “Scenery, stucco, seats and curtains were all highly inflammable. Add to those the wooden structure of the building and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 10th, 2017
Beethoven in China: The Beginnings

The Chinese Buddhist monk Li Shutong—also known by a variety of other names—was a master painter, dramatist, calligrapher, poet, and musician. Born in Tianjin and educated in Shanghai, he went to Japan in 1905 and studied at the Tokyo School [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 4th, 2017