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Music For The Mind

Kretzer Piano Music Foundation’s popular MUSIC FOR THE MIND concert series will return next month with From Baroque to Bruno Mars performed by acclaimed violinist Gareth Johnson. Dr. Robin Arrigo will accompany him on the piano for an unforgettable night of music performed by two charismatic and energetic musicians. The concert will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 pm, in the Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace in West …more…

Chamber Music, Back at the Barn

(Classical Music, Wichita) The reason why the cross-country road trip will never die, even if when we run completely out of fossil fuels and all cars are electric and silent and made of plastic, is that there is so damned much stuff to see in this country that you have to make a point of seeking it out. ...more...

Jacobs Will Play With the Kauffman’s Organ

(Classical Music, Kansas City) HA HA, that is an entendre, yes? Anyway: Pipe organs are mesmerizing things. ...more...

Delaware Symphony Orchestra Suspends Operations

(Classical Music, Wilmington) Another in a seemingly endless litany of American orchestras that are doing EHHHHH not so well with the money these days, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra is going to take a breather for 2012-13, with the intent of rethinking its business model and, yep, trying to figure out some way to make more money. ...more...

The Gentle Chaos of the World Choir Games Will Be in Cincinnati Soon

(Classical Music, Cincinnati) The World Choir Games are still a fairly new competition, and, quite honestly, less a competition than a chance for choirs from all over the world to get together and lift their voices in cheer and harmony ...more...

Cleveland Orchestra Concludes Severance Hall Season with ‘Vivid Picture of Death’

(Classical Music, Cleveland) Doesn’t seem very nice of them, the Cleveland Orchestra, sending us off into the heat of summer – which is a time when things GROW, dammit – with a vivid picture of DEATH in our heads, what gives? ...more...

Chihuly’s Sets Add Glitter to Seattle Symphony’s ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’

(Visual Art, Classical Music, Seattle) Bluebeard’s Castle is one of Bela Bartok’s masterpieces, and that barely matters in this case. ...more...

Portland Cello Project Brings Weezy, Kanye Covers to Bay Area

(Classical Music, San Francisco/Oakland) Gradually, very gradually, we’re starting to see more groups like the Portland Cello Project springing up from the ground, groups whose members see nothing wrong with adapting Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for cello and flute. ...more...

Stockton Chorale Turns a Healthy 60 on Saturday

(Classical Music, Stockton) In 1952, Hank Williams was still alive, and there was no such thing as a sock hop. (Incidentally, how many people got injured, on average, at a sock hop, do you think? Bunch of teenagers sliding around a gymnasium in their socks? I’m going to go with – eight. Let’s say eight.) ...more...

Laurie Anderson is EMPAC’s First Artist-in-Residence

(Classical Music, Visual Art, Albany) Laurie Anderson was NASA’s first artist-in-residence, in 2003, which made a lot of people very, very angry – not because it was Laurie Anderson but because why does NASA have an artist-in-residence, exactly? – and seems destined to never happen again. ...more...

This Weekend, The DSO Might Play ‘Bawitdaba’

(Classical Music, Detroit) Have it in your heads now, too! DE BANG DE DANG DIGGY DIGGY something something UP JUMP THE BOOGIE. ...more...

Prefatory to Tanglewood, Berkshire Lyric Undertakes Jenkins’ ‘Requiem’

(Classical Music, Berkshire Co.) All right, it’s the ninth of May, and Tanglewood doesn’t get going until late June, so calling this prefatory is maybe just perhaps a slight exaggeration, but: Karl Jenkins’ Requiem is a big, monolithic beast of a work attended by all sorts of messianic and apocalyptic overtones ...more...

The Colorado Symphony Is Going Walkabout This Summer

(Classical Music, Denver) You are in luck if you have ever wanted to hear the Colorado Symphony Orchestra play “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” at the Clyfford Still Museum, because that is a thing that might just happen this summer. ...more...

Leonard Slatkin’s Brother Will Guest with the DSO This Weekend

(Classical Music, Detroit) Ah, the threads that tie generations together. This is so neat and compact, it’s like a Russian nesting doll. Follow: Leonard Slatkin is the conductor and musical director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; his brother, Frederick Zlotkin, is an eminent cellist; their mother, Eleanor Aller, was also a preeminent cellist and founded the Hollywood String Quartet with their father, Felix Slatkin, who was Sinatra’s concertmaster in the ’50s and did all manner of other notable musical things which you can feel free to Wiki. ...more...

DSO Will Have a New Concertmaster Soon, Maybe

(Classical Music, Detroit) Every incremental step away from the precipice of disaster is in itself a victory, but when things get as dark as they did for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra last year, the road to recovery is ill-mapped and shady and covered in obstacles; even for that, things are much better now than they were last year, which gives you a decent example of what the DSO has been through in the last year. ...more...

Apollo’s Fire Plays Lots of Bach at Lots of Churches

(Classical Music, Cleveland) And a music hall. Look, of course Cleveland is obviously and justifiably proud of the Cleveland Orchestra, which remains monumental and acclaimed and revered and in demand wherever it goes, be it Severance or Miami or Vienna. This is a tremendous thing; Franz Welser-Most and his charges deserve all of the applause and hosannas that they attract. ...more...

‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’ Honors Motherly Devotion

(Theater, Classical Music, Los Angeles) Mona Golabek’s musical and theatrical tribute to her mother is at the Geffen Playhouse beginning tonight. ...more...

New Classical Collective Aims to Shake Things Up a Little

(Classical Music, New York) The Declassified, a forty-some member strong collective ensemble of elite young classical musicians, is working on reinventing the nature of classical performance. ...more...

Afghanistan’s Youth Orchestra Plans U.S. Tour

(Classical Music, National) The plan calls for the orchestra to play a pair of concerts next February in Washington and New York. ...more...

Milwaukee’s ‘Early Music Now’ Offers World Premiere Tomorrow

(Classical Music, Milwaukee) This week’s installment of the series sees QNG and Calmus Ensemble Leipzig debuting a selection of new works by Pulitzer winner Paul Moravec. ...more...

Smith Center Might Sound Familiar to Cleveland Orchestra

(Classical Music, Las Vegas) The Cleveland Orchestra makes its initial stop in Vegas this weekend. ...more...

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Will Play a Requiem For Last Year’s Storm

(Classical Music, Birmingham) On just about the first anniversary of the devastating Tuscaloosa tornadoes of 2011, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra debuts Joseph Landers’ Sinfonia da Requiem at 7 p.m. on April 23. Beethoven, too, after that. ...more...

Uchida Joins Cleveland Orchestra for a Wealth of Mozart

(Classical Music, Cleveland) Mitsuko Uchida is back in Cleveland, tonight and tomorrow, very rapid-fire, to play a trio of Mozart’s piano pieces. ...more...

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Will Offer $5/Month Passes

(Classical Music, Twin Cities) The experiment in ticket pricing sees greater flexibility, a reduced price and, the SPCO hopes, increased attendance from, presumably, the under-50 set. ...more...

Dover Strings Cap Birmingham Chamber Music Society’s Season

(Classical Music, Birmingham) Yep, the Birmingham Chamber’s closing for another season. Not a bad way to go out, though, with the Dover String Quartet. Tuesday night. ...more...