Five of our favorites from 2017 so far.

By VAN-Team · Title Image das_sabrinchen (CC BY-ND 2.0) · Date 05/04/2017

This week, instead of new articles, we’re offering you five of our favorites from 2017 so far, completely free and outside the paywall. Why? One, so that those of you who are still on the fence about purchasing a subscription can have a more detailed look at what you’ll be getting. Two, we’re taking a short breather to figure out the best way for us to get you new and surprising classical music stories regularly. We hope you enjoy these selections from our contributors. We certainly did.

Performance Paralysis

Ellen McSweeney described how the concert stage became a trigger for trauma, and what musicians can learn from her experience.

Classical Music Isn’t Cool

Linda Shaver-Gleason explained why that’s OK.

Exile Aria

As Donald Trump attempted to implement his travel bans against Syrian refugees, Zoë Madonna reported on the Refugee Orchestra Project.

Music For The Thinking Ear

Mark Berry, a.k.a. The Boulezian, was at the opening of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Would the serialist master have approved of the new hall that bears his name?

Queer As In Fuck Yeah

Brin Solomon profiled Alex Temple, a trans composer whose works exude a polystylistic exuberance.