Monthly Archives: October 2009

Watch Your Radio 10/30/09: Witch Charming

I was looking for something funny from singer and comedienne Anna Russell to post and stumbled across this clip from a stop motion puppetry version of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel . It’s a delight! (Anna Russell’s is the witch’s … Continue reading

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Many Thanks!

WDAV received this note today from Judy Watson of Winston-Salem, our “silver prize” winner in our recent Yo-Yo Ma Monday Giveaway:
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Michelle Obama Makes Room for Classical Music at the White House

Classical music education will get some welcome attention next week when Michelle Obama opens the White House for a special concert, reports David Ng in today’s Los Angeles Times.
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Watch Your Radio 10/28/09: The Uehara Blink

Spend a few seconds watching Ayako Uehara play the piano in the video below. That’s all it takes to see she’s the real thing. Captivating, articulate, genuine. There’s something rare, something special going on here. I think just found my … Continue reading

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Speaking of New Media & New Instruments

So, it’s an ad that uses classical music. Anything new here? Watch the video!
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Symphonies Gingerly Embrace Digital Performers

The Christian Science Monitor’s Mark Guarino posts the following story on classical music’s dance with new media and new instruments. I disagree with several of Mr. Guarino’s assertions about the vitality of classical music, but this article is still worth the read — especially the comments at the end.
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Watch Your Radio 10/22/2009: How the Triumphal Got in the March

As grand as grand opera sounds on the air, to know what unfolds on stage can take the music from grand to glorious. Here’s the Triumphal March from Verdi’s Aida. Lorin Maazel conducts at Teatro alla Scala (Milano):

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Watch Your Radio 10/21/2009: Karelia or Bust

Just look at these images of the landscape swirling in Sibelius’ mind’s eye as he composed his rough-hewn, vigorous, aurora-dappled Karelia Suite . Is it any wonder he chose to spend his honeymoon here?

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