Classical Stories

Communication was not a strong suit for Robert and Clara Schumann. But music surely was.

Pianist Glenn Gould died in 1982 of a stroke. He was only 52 years old. Today he would have turned 80.

The Knabe baby grand did a cartwheel and landed on its back, legs poking into the air. A Lester upright thudded onto its side with a final groan of strings, a death-rattling chord. After 10 pianos were dumped, a small yellow loader with a claw in front scuttled in like a vicious beetle, crushing keyboards, soundboards and cases into a pile.

Take a look at this interesting article about concert hall etiquette.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has filed its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in which it has agreed to pay $5.49 million to creditors. Just over a year after seeking relief in bankruptcy court, the Orchestra has realigned key financial obligations by moving from a defined benefit to defined contribution retirement plan, renegotiating its lease with the Kimmel Center, and ending its relationship with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.

Vera of Las Vegas

Mar 30, 2012

Coming up on Now is the Time...Recent opera by Daron Hagen, commissioned by University of Nevada Las Vegas. This Sunday, April 1st at 10 pm on HD-2 and the classical stream.

Tune in from February 13th to 15th, during classical and jazz hours, for the most romantic music - wrapped with love - from us to you.

Click Here to see our hosts' favorite "romantic" CDs. Bob Perkins, Gregg Whiteside, Jill Pasternak, Dave Conant, Jack Moore, Kile Smith, Maureen Malloy, Bob Craig, Rolf Charlston, Mark Pinto, and Jim Cotter share their thoughts on music they find romantic.

Friday, December 16
Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known.

On December 16th from 6 am to 6 pm, tune in to hear your favorite works by Beethoven on his birthday, including the glorious Symphony No. 9 at noon, piano sonatas, violin sonatas, and less-frequently heard vocal and choral works, concertos, and overtures. It's "Lots of Ludwig" for 12 hours! Please join us.

Jim cotter speaks with soprano Michelle Johnson. The Academy of Vocal Arts Resident Artist is one of five Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Audition Grand Prize Winners.

Susan Lewis looks at opera at the Curtis Institute of Music. The storied Philadelphia conservatory, renowned for the number of great instrumentalists, composers, and conductors among its alums, has also produced many great singers.

Star Soprano Michelle Johnson--Opera at Curtis

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Competitions are such risky, uncertain adventures for young musicians. At every turn there are opportunities for stumbles, public fiascos, ego damage, even humiliation. The rules ensure that most of the terrific players who enter will fail to advance far enough to help their careers or make much of an impression. The best one can reasonably hope for is to play decently despite the many distractions, get a good write-up from a critic and maybe, just maybe, take home a prize, any prize.--from American Public Media