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10 Jan 2011
Inside the Classics
LA Phil Live, the Philharmonic’s high-definition concert simulcasts, debuted yesterday in nearly 450 theaters across the States and in Canada. Initial reaction seems largely positive, or at least according to the LA Times . I think it’s a geni...
8 Jan 2011
Inside the Classics
Despite the fact that no one in the arts, or even in the journalistic institutions that cover the arts, admits to actually liking top ten lists, or finding them to be in any way a reliable barometer of quality, we seem positively incapable of ge...
5 Jan 2011
Inside the Classics
We generally try to avoid politics on this blog, for obvious reasons. Orchestras are great big institutions that depend on support from many different kinds of people, and not all those people think the same way about, well, anything. Also, I hate...
4 Jan 2011
Inside the Classics
Happy New Year to all out there in the blogosphere! I’m hoping that everyone joyously rang in 2011 – I kept busy with a New Year’s Eve concert with my other orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony. It’s not always tons of fun to be working on da...
29 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
Just because I’ve been really enjoying the sight of an original bit of filmmaking slapped on top of a piece of music I already loved… The music is a well-worn Nico Muhly tune called Skip Town, performed by the composer from his second...
26 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
So this is nice – I opened up my Sunday paper this morning to find that the Star Tribune has named its Artist of the Year, and that it’s none other than Osmo ! Not only that, they snapped a photo of him in his oh-so-trendy new glasses before he...
24 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
A veryextremelyawesome offer from NPR – download 12 tracks of their “Best of 2010? here .
23 Dec 2010
North Carolina Symphony Blog
What to Know About This Concert - December 31, 2010 New Year's Eve Celebration! This year, the North Carolina Symphony's annual New Year's Eve Concert features winners of our first ever Triangle Talent Search! Nearly 100 performers in d...
23 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
Yes, I post this every year, but every year I get asked about “You know, that really whacked-out Messiah clip with the funky ending?”. So, here it is. Funky or jazzy or laugh-out-loud funny, you decide. Awesome-ist ending to the Hallelujah ...
18 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
Oh, Sarah. C’mon. You’re sick of our monthlong parade of Christmas music already? Clearly, I’ve been remiss in not sharing with you my personal secret for recharging the Yuletide batteries. Behold and see… I dare you not to smile at...
15 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
Yes, it’s that time of year; subzero temperatures, Holidazzle, Christmas muzak playing everywhere…Sorry for the prolonged absence – holiday time also brings a deluge of festive concerts which are logistically far more complicated than even your av...
14 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
Back when this blog was still in its infancy, Sarah and I occasionally used to kill time on sleepy winter days by hitting shuffle on our iPods and ruminating on the first five songs to come up. We don’t really do it anymore, though I’m not sure ...
10 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
Well, this is fun. The reviews are in on Osmo’s first ever crack at Handel’s Messiah , and the critical consensus is that… …huh. Apparently it depends what side of the river you come from. The PiPress’s Rob Hubbard thought that Osmo “breath...
8 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
Sorry, I know it’s been a while with nothing new. Basically, it’s the holiday season, and I’ve been trying to decide whether I really want to spend the happiest month of the year dismantling some of the absolutely ridiculous and mindless garba...
3 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of those XtraNormal videos that are flying around the web these days, purporting to explain everything from grammar to Federal Reserve policy. Even when I strongly disagree with the views being espous...
1 Dec 2010
Inside the Classics
It’s annual report time in the non-profit world, when our number crunchers and management team finally put the previous fiscal year to rest, and officially release our budget numbers, fundraising totals, and goals for the future to press and publi...
30 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
A bit belated (this happened in late October), but still great. Members of ensembles of the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center, who are facing a shut-down by the Netherland’s new right-wing coalition government, stage a mambo-ful protest at th...
30 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
So, everyone shaken all the tryptophan out of your systems by now? Everybody live through the Black Friday sales stampedes? Take in the Holidazzle , didja? Very nice. And hey, from the looks of Orchestra Hall last Saturday night , a whole lot of...
18 Nov 2010
Interchanging Idioms
Orchestra will seek many donations to fund creation of a new symphonic work; Judd Greenstein announced as composer; Premiere targeted for March 2012 The Minnesota Orchestra today announced the launch of the Musical MicroCommission project, i...
18 Nov 2010
Inside the Classics
OK, folks, we’ve been alluding to big plans and exciting projects long enough; today we officially announce our Musical MicroCommission project, which will culminate in the creation (and performance) of a symphony-length work by New York-based c...
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