Monthly Archives: January 2009

Opera on Letterman

You may have heard me mention before airing this ensemble piece from the end of Act I of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville that is was performed live on CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman. Proof’s in the pudding: (This … Continue reading

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Blame it on the Rain–Err…Cold

by James Hogan Some of the biggest classical music news last week came–no surprise here–as a result of the Inauguration, which featured a John Williams arrangement of “Simple Gifts” played by renowned musicians Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and … Continue reading

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Where are the Best Small Concerts?

by James Hogan Back not too long ago when I was in college, I would sometimes spend Friday nights in a somewhat Bohemian way. My friend Nick rented a house on the top of a mountain, and I would drive … Continue reading

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Images Direct From the Inauguration

Images of the 2009 Inauguration, direct from The Mall in Washington, DC
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CSO Dazzles Again

This was the last performance under a guest conductor, and I regret I was only able to see two of the eight. Which conductor did you enjoy more? Which conductor might make a better fit for the Charlotte Symphony?
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘A Musical Celebration’

By Benjamin K. Roe Music in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. went far beyond “We Shall Overcome.” You can find the earliest evidence in his boyhood home on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, steps away from the celebrated … Continue reading

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Watch Your Radio III

Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Be patient, it may take this video a moment to load. Keep an eye on the string players. They work together like synchronized swimmers.

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Schulz’s Beethoven: Schoeder’s Muse

by James Hogan I just had to share this article from the New York Times. Remember all those wonderful Peanuts comic strips featuring Schroeder? He would be at his piano, and often in the comic strip panel, the reader would … Continue reading

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