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Chicago Tribune

Georg Solti's golden legacy lives on in full CSO recordings set
Chicago Tribune
Solti the seasoned man of the theater brings a remarkable feel for the drama in Handel's “Messiah” and J.S. Bach's B minor Mass and “St. Matthew Passion.” These remain among the finest big-orchestra, big-chorus versions of these baroque masterpieces in ...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 13:44

Slate Magazine (blog)

Advocates Have Found Five Qualities Associated With Sexual Violence. The Classical Music World Hits Four of Them.
Slate Magazine (blog)
Classical music institutions like the Met don't have to dig very deep in order to understand where things went wrong. Through decades of research, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center—which rose out of the feminist rape crisis movement of the ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:01

Classical-Music.com

Free Download: JS Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor by Sonya Bach
Classical-Music.com
This week's free download is the Largo movement of JS Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, performed by pianist Sonya Bach with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Mills. The disc it appears on features Bach's Keyboard Concertos Nos ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 07:34

WOSU

The Gift of Music: Holiday Gift Ideas for the Classical Music Fan in Your Life
WOSU
For years, the Boston Symphony, my hometown band, was marketed as "The Aristocrat of Orchestras." (Would such a brand be possible in these more cynical times?) Certainly, they sounded sublime; the term "elegant" comes to mind in the acoustically ...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 16:59

Oregon ArtsWatch

Christina & Michelle Naughton reviews: sister act
Oregon ArtsWatch
As purist as we'd like to be, a stage performance is never only the music. Aside from their stunning dresses and fresh faces, they wore four-inch spike heels and took turns pumping the piano pedals. It's true: Two pianos and four hands in the last hour ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:38

Common Dreams

Wedding Cake Bigotry: "We Don't Serve Gays"
Common Dreams
J.S. Bach used to sign most of his scores with, “Soli Deo gloria,” Latin for “Glory to God alone.” His religious convictions are unquestioned. Neither is his art. If he was cantor at a Lutheran church in Lakewood, Colo., and Charlie and David were to ...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 09:36

San Francisco Classical Voice

Masaaki Suzuki Brings Bach's Christmas Glories to Davies
San Francisco Classical Voice
This was after he had founded the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, served on the choral conducting faculty at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2009–2013, and received the Leipzig Bach Medal ...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 23:38

Belleville Intelligencer

Community Listings (Dec. 11)
Belleville Intelligencer
Briggs will improvise, and perform organ works by J.S. Bach. A reception will follow. Admission by donation. FEB. 27: The Belleville Weavers and Spinners Guild meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from September to May, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p ...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 14:07

Pacific Standard

The Brains of Jazz and Classical Musicians Respond Differently to Surprising Sounds
Pacific Standard
Electronic monitoring revealed these players have "markedly different neural sensitivity to unexpected musical stimuli," the researchers write. These musicians are trained not only to anticipate unpredictable turns, but also to engage with them in a ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 11:10

Common Dreams

“We Don't Serve Gays”
Common Dreams
It doesn't work that way in the public square. Or shouldn't, because it's no different than placing a sign in the window that says: we don't serve gays. (The fact that he is willing to serve them anything but custom-made cakes is a difference à-la ...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 09:23

The SunBreak

For Advent, Pacific MusicWorks Captivates with Bach Cantatas
The SunBreak
The plangent sound of the Baroque oboe, more nasal than modern ones, added color in often florid obbligato accompaniments to many of the different sections, but using different combinations of this small group of instruments gave variety to the whole ...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 19:32

Variety

There Will Be Greenwood: The Radiohead Rocker on Scoring 'Phantom Thread'
Variety
After their much-acclaimed collaboration on “There Will Be Blood,” as well as lesser-known projects “The Master” and “Inherent Vice,” director Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead's multi-instrumentalist savant Jonny Greenwood have teamed up for the ...

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Monday, December 11, 2017 - 14:05

Cleveland Scene Weekly

The Orchestra Does "Nightmare Before Christmas" and Six More Festive Classical Music Events for the Holidays
Cleveland Scene Weekly
Christmas takes over the classical music agenda for the next two weeks. Here's a selection of concerts that venture outside the usual. Want to sing Handel's Messiah without having to join a choir? Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland invites you to ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:23

Classical-Music.com

Six of the best pieces to celebrate winter
Classical-Music.com
This two-act ballet is a winter classic. The top US ballet companies earn around 40% of their yearly ticket revenue from this work! It was premiered on 18 December 1892, and was judged harshly by its first audiences. However, with its entrancing ...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 07:34

Seattle Times

Here's a chance to hear an all-female orchestra and chorus perform Vivaldi's works
Seattle Times
Vivaldi taught music to girls and young women, off and on, between 1703 and 1740 at the Ospedale della Pieta — a convent, orphanage and music school in Venice, Italy. He originally wrote most of his influential Baroque compositions to be premiered by ...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 17:48

Jezebel

Here's a Trailer for Mozart in the Jungle, That Classical Music Soap ...
Jezebel
And now, the trailer for the fourth season of Mozart in the Jungle, a prestige-adjacent television show that I have not watched yet but have considered at least three times before settling on yet another episode of Rupaul's Drag Race!

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Monday, December 11, 2017 - 14:03

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