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September 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 09/15/2016 Chaya Czernowin This new development might not affect Chaya Czernowin’s ability to tweet old fruit watercolors, abandoned places, and absolutely horrifying fish, but it might make attending the premiere of “Infinite Now” next year difficult. We hope she recovers in time to […]

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Awareness of the Present

An Interview with Tommy McCutchon By · Date 09/15/2016 Unseen Worlds, the label behind the new compilation of Carl Stone’s work, has a history of working with unusual composers and performers such as Laurie Spiegel, Philip Corner, Elodie Lauten, Girma Yifrashewa, and Lubomyr Melnyk, to name a few. I asked Tommy McCutchon a few questions […]

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Late Summer Special Part II

Free Favorites from the Archives: Part II Title Image PHOEBE DILL (CC) · Date 09/01/2016 And here’s part two of our Late Summer Special: five more picks from the last nine months, free and outside the paywall. Enjoy! All That Matters Is How Good It Sounds The Venezuelan orchestral training program El Sistema is praised […]

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August 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 08/11/2016 Symphony World Cup The European Soccer Championship, the Olympics, beach-body Instagram, and now BBC Music Magazine’s #SymphonyWorldCup—do we really need more competition this summer? Wherever you come down on that question, you’ll have to admit that in this round Elgar is enjoying […]

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A Pekka Kuusisto Playlist

Shapes and Sounds Title Image KAAPO KAMU · Date 07/28/2016 “Hi VANdals,” Pekka Kuusisto writes to us in the email with this playlist. The Finnish violinist, experimenter, and artistic director of the Meidän Festivaali (“Our Festival”) in Järvenpää, will visit his home country on tour with the Minnesota Orchestra this August, playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto; […]

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A Graham F. Valentine Playlist

Voices of the Past and Present Title Image © Werner Buechler · Date 07/21/2016 “Your voice…is attracting the most discerning audiences.” In the 1994 film “Farinelli,” the actor and performer Graham F. Valentine looks down at the kneeling castrato, delivering faint praise in a nobleman’s reedy French. His normal speaking voice is a bass-baritone with […]

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July 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 07/07/2016 John Adams “What’s in a name?” If it happens to be that of an American president, a lot. Alongside SEO difficulty, you might have to deal with hefty cases of mistaken identity. Benjamin Zander Haters gonna hate. Conductors gonna conduct. That feeling […]

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June Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 06/09/2016 Lola Astanova Of Lola Astanova, the Palm Beach Daily News writes, “the stunningly beautiful pianist is an artist of the highest caliber.” Palm Beach is also the site of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound. Does he own the newspaper? In any case, it’s […]

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May 2016 Bagatelles

What classical music gets up to on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Date 05/11/2016 Gergiev Here is Valery Gergiev conducting a concert in a baseball cap. This seems to have become an unfortunate trend lately. Steinway I Here is a special edition Steinway Mother’s Day piano. Some advice: if you’re going to buy a Steinway, you […]