classical music

    In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss Beethoven, the Kreutzer Sonata, George Bridgetower, and how one comment can change a life.

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  Audiences are accustomed to watching musicians perform, it is part of the concert experience, and while you can close your eyes and still relish the music, part of the enjoyment of a live concert is seeing the music played.

But for the visual artist, the creation is a private affair, the final product, though a piece of art, is a presentation only. And though composers must rely on instrumentalists and their interpretation to deliver the musical arts, a visual artist relies only upon his or her own inanimate medium of canvas or clay.

  The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its 85th Anniversary Season on Saturday, September 6th.

Joshua Bell’s breathtaking virtuosity makes its return to Albany that night with a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto, arguably the most famous concerto in the repertoire.

Plus, there will be the twists and turns of the theme in Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the award-winning, riveting and rich composition from the orchestra’s Andrew W. Mellon Composer Educator, Clint Needham. Grammy Award winner and ASO Music Director David Alan Miller joins us this morning for a preview.

  The Wizard of Oz was a technical marvel for the MGM studio in the late 1930s. MGM has stunningly re-mastered this timeless classic, and in a version, produced by John Goberman, the brilliantly restored images are accompanied by a the Boston Pops playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen's brilliant lost scores.

The Boston Pops' conductor, Keith Lockhart, joins us to talk about the challenges and wonders of this special presentation which will be in The Shed at Tanglewood on 8/22.

    On Friday, August 15, SPAC and The Philadelphia Orchestra will present the New York premiere of composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. A multimedia tour de force which made headlines around the globe at its China premiere this spring, Nu Shu is an exploration – through film and music -- of an ancient Chinese language secretly created by women in the remote province of Hunan, China, and passed through generations of mothers and daughters by reading, writing and singing.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Orchestra for the performance and principal harpist Elizabeth Hainen is the featured soloist.

  SPAC’s new summer residency with The Chamber Music Society is a major milestone for both organizations. Artistic directors and husband and wife team David Finckel and Wu Han have defied the trends, growing their audience by 30 percent over the past six years even as classical audiences declined as a whole.


   The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then has offered the region more than 100 performances, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids’ concerts.

  “The Grand Italian Tour” is the theme of the fifth edition of the Catskill High Peaks Festival: Music with Altitude!, hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation, August 10–20 and presented by Close Encounters With Music, the Berkshire-based chamber music organization.

    Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon for Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D at the heart of a concert devoted to the Classical period and the Austro-German tradition.

We speak with him and with the Artistic Director of the BSO, Tony Fogg.


    Founded by Lee Elman and the late Albert Fuller, the Aston Magna Music Festival, now under the musical direction of Daniel Stepner, is America’s oldest annual summer festival devoted to music performed on period instruments.