classical music

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Musicians of Ma'alwyck - Kona Coffee Contata

    Contemporary Hawaiian composer Jerre Tanner parodies Bach's Coffee Cantata in the Kona Coffee Contata - a hilarious and charming voice and chamber orchestra piece. The presentation by the Musicians of Ma'alwyck - on June 7 at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, NY - will be semi-staged and feature vocalists Tim Reno and Sabrina Manna with a ten-piece ensemble directed from the keyboard by Tom Savoy.

They've partnered with Ambition, The Daily Grind, and Liquid Assets who will provide coffee for the event.

12:00 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

Charles Joseph, Skidmore College - Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" 100 Years Later

Skidmore Professor Emeritus Charles Joseph
Credit Skidmore College

When Igor Stravinsky’s work “The Rite of Spring” made its debut in Paris on May 29, 1913, it was called by some one of the most scandalous events in music history. So much so that the theater erupted in a riot. Fast forward 100 years to this coming Wednesday, 100 years to the day since that debut, when the work will be performed in a new arraignment by The Five Browns at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. 

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #110

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss playing music in a time of crisis.

To learn about Yehuda's Close Encounters with Music Series in Great Barrington visit

Read more
Commentary & Opinion
3:31 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Dan Ornstein: Music As Preschool Teacher

Each year in May, my synagogue hosts the Albany Symphony Orchestra's Tiny Tots concert series for preschool, kindergarten and first grade students from across the capital region.  Over three days, Maestro David Allan Miller, the ASO's beloved conductor, demonstrates his passion for classical music and his devotion to educating young people with a varied program of famous pieces that engage kids and their teachers in serious fun.  Dressed,  as always, as the irrepressible Cowboy Dave, he and members of the orchestra lead students on a wild musical adventure of the imagination, along with a 

Read more
Arts & Culture
10:40 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Octavo Singers

    The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is an 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. The group was founded by the Schenectady Recreation Department with WPA funds during The Great Depression.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Albany Symphony's Trip to Carnegie Hall

  The Albany Symphony Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall on May 7th. But, they will be giving a sneak preview tomorrow night at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Their Carnegie Hall Preview is an all-American program celebrating the infusion of jazz in orchestral music – featuring Gershwin, Gould and Harbison – with Kevin Cole on piano. 

Lets face it, the ASO is one of the finest orchestras in the country led by one of the nation’s finest conductors – Maestro David Alan Miller.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Albany Symphony's March 9th and 10th Presentations

   This weekend the Albany Symphony Orchestra will present two quite different concerts at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY.

On Saturday March 9th, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and a recent violin concerto entitled “Fire and Blood” by Michael Daugherty. Then on Sunday, Cowboy Dave rides again in a program called “Compose Yourself with Cowboy Dave!”

Maestro "Cowboy Dave" David Alan Miller joins us now to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #109

  In this week’s “Classical Music According to Yehuda,” Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the cultural education of Yehuda’s Asian students before hearing the theme from Paganini’s Moses variations.

6:00 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Yehuda Hanani - The Life and Death of Van Cliburn

American Pianist Van Cliburn receiving the Russian Order of Friendship in 2004.
Credit Wikimedia Commons / Press Service of the President of Russia

World renowned American classical pianist Van Cliburn died this morning at his home in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 78.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with international recording artist and WAMC classical music commentator Yehuda Hanani this afternoon for some insight into Cliburn’s death and life.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #108

Dmitri Shostakovich

    In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Dr. Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss a recent trip Yehuda made to China and how art can be restricted there.

They also hear a movement from Shosatakovich’s Trio Number 2 in E minor, Opus 67.

Read more