#Classical Music

Lil Nas X Isn’t a Fad. He’s the Future of Pop.

One of the great mysteries of our lifetime is how the banjo loop and fake drawl of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” blew up into one of the biggest hits ever. The common explanations for its popularity just don’t suffice. Yes, Montero Lamar Hill is a marketing genius and meme master, but jokes alone don’t get auditoriums of children to sing your song. Yes, he linked up country and rap, but other artists blend genres all the time without scoring the longest-running No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single in history.
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University of West Florida receives estate gift valued at $8.5 million

The University of West Florida in Pensacola has announced an estate gift valued at more than $8.5 million from the late Herman and Valerie Rolfs in support of the School of Music. The gift includes an Imperial Bösendorfer piano, which Rolfs purchased a month before his death in August 2020...
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Digital Music News

English Touring Opera Drops Half of Its Musicians in the Name of Diversity

The English Touring Opera company has dropped half of its musicians in the name of diversity. A report suggests at least 14 musicians have been told they will not be booked for the 2022 ETO tour. Many of those musicians were long-standing members of the ETO orchestra. The ETO says it is prioritizing “increased diversity in the orchestra” that is in line with “firm guidance of the Arts Council.”
The Quietus

Reissue Of The Week: Great Noises That Fill The Air

A collection of Arts Council Of Great Britain documentaries featuring music, poetry and performance, originally made between 1976 and 1996, have just been compiled by BFI. Kevin Mccaighy appraises films whose gaze meet our own. This archival DVD release of 13 arts documentaries commissioned and produced by the Arts Council...
Inside Indiana Business

ISO, Musicians Reach New Agreement

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra says it has reached a three-year agreement with the ISO musicians ahead of the beginning of a new season of concerts. The agreement includes an increase in the number of musicians to 76 by the third year and for the first time, two musicians will join the ISO's board of directors.

Preview: Ear Taxi Festival Is baaaaack!!!

The long-anticipated return of the Ear Taxi Festival started this week with a series of concerts and happenings at several venues around Chicago. The first festival in October 2016 showcased an amazingly robust and talented contemporary music community with 32 concerts, lectures, and multimedia displays spread over six days. This included performances of music by 87 living Chicago composers and the world premieres of 54 works.

Solem Quartet

Solem Quartet is Amy Tress (violin), William Newell (violin), Stephen Upshaw (viola) and Stephanie Tress (cello) Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?. None of us was born into a...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At gala concert, Pittsburgh Symphony revs up for Sept. 24 season opener

There are certain moments in music that just sound impressive. A singer holding a note for an absurdly long time. A trumpet player nailing a piercing, high note. A pianist demonstrating uncanny dexterity in scale runs. At the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Friday gala, guest violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter drew impressed murmurs...

Boston Artist, Klark Songs, Dives Into His Stand Out Single

(Switching Fashion Editorial):- Boston, Massachusetts Sep 18, 2021 ( – “My Music Sucks has a very special place in my heart. I was watching Downfalls High, the music video movie that Machine Gun Kelly made for his Tickets to My Downfall album, and was instantly inspired. I had an instrumental that this Italian producer named Tofu sent me, and I knew that I wanted to make an alternative song paying homage to MGK’s new style. It only took me an hour or two to write. I felt like lately, since people found out that I started making my own music, they constantly had the need to put their two cents in and tell me what to do in terms of presenting myself since I dove headfirst into completely different styles of music after starting out in opera. That’s why my first line of the song was, “Don’t tell me who to be, you don’t know my life, I get bad dreams, I don’t really sleep at night”. Also the day before, I got in a small fight with my brother in which he punched me in the lip, after which we smoked a joint to make peace and my lip was still bloody so it left a little red stain on the tip of the paper. That’s why I say, “I just bloodied up my lip, I kissed the j and left a stain no lipstick, red on white, misfit, win the fight”. Then the hook reiterates my first statement in the song because people kept saying I fell off because I started making modern music which they referred to as “less sophisticated” than the classical music I sang before.

A Musical Journey Enhanced by the Alliance’s Tuning In To Music

I recently had the pleasure of bringing Armin Ohadi, a recent Greenwich High School graduate and 8 year participant in the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Tuning In To Music program to have lunch with Mary Radcliffe. Mary, as most of our community knows, was the President of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra (GSO) for 37 years and made it possible for GSO musicians to teach Master Classes to our Tuning In To Music students in 2017 and 2018. I wanted Mary and Armin to meet because they both love music and deeply value music education and the opportunities it has offered to each of them. I also knew they would appreciate sharing their personal music stories – and I was right. Mary beams when she speaks of her beloved Oberlin College in Ohio. I am sharing Armin’s musical journey in this article. It certainly highlights Greenwich Public School’s extensive music offerings, the Alliance’s gift of lessons and the joy music can bring. Enjoy!

‘SinfónicAs’ arrives at the Agüimes Auditorium after its resounding success at the Alfredo Kraus

With all the seats sold, SinfónicAs became a true show of music, voices, lights and sound that made the audience at the Alfredo Kraus vibrate for almost two hours of performance. Moneiba Hidalgo, Marieme Abdouyale, Almudena Hernández and Dunia Santana were indisputably the soul of a unique musical evening and, together with the classical music orchestral group, they offered a delicious repertoire that recalled authentic icons of female music of the last century.

Help Your 6-Month-Old Thrive with These 4 Activities

At six months, your child will be growing rapidly. While you will see the baby girl or boy clothes beginning to shrink fast, you will also witness several strong infant growths and development milestones. About halfway through their first year, they may begin to recognize familiar faces, string vowels together while babbling, and start to sit without support from a hand or chair. To help your baby to thrive, there are several activities that you can engage in with them as you go about your day. Work on these activities regularly, and you will see them growing and learning rapidly, right before your eyes.

Park City Institute announces 2021-22 Main Stage lineup

PARK CITY, Utah — On Wednesday, the Park City Institute (PCI) unveiled eleven acts in the 2021-2022 Main Stage lineup. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. “The upcoming year of programming is a true reflection of what we do best: highlighting talent from around the world and providing the Park […]

Jimi Hendrix Remembered

It was 51 years ago Saturday (September 18th, 1970) that Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, about two months shy of his 28th birthday. Nearly five decades later, the events surrounding his death remain sketchy at best, with the only clear fact being that the coroner report stated that Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, which mainly consisted of red wine. Monika Dannemann, his girlfriend at the time, has long contended that he was alive when placed in the ambulance.