Are concerts “too long”?

British pianist Stephen Hough sparked a lively debate recently by suggesting that classical concerts could be “shorter” to attract younger or new audiences, or to allow venues and musicians to offer two concerts in one evening. He also hinted that [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 17th, 2016
Sir Neville Marriner: Reminiscences

The world recently lost Sir Neville Marriner, a man who had a worldwide impact on music and musicians. Those of us who were lucky to know him and work with him have been forever enriched.

by Janet Horvath
November 12th, 2016
“Through discipline comes freedom” ( Aristotle )

The world of classical music is driven with conventions from the way we dress to the manner in which music is presented in public and when it is acceptable to applaud. Many of these customs developed in the second half [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 10th, 2016
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Choirs

Our Musical Giants of the 20th Century series have so far looked at some of history’s finest musicians – string players like Heifetz and Hubermann, pianists including Richter and Rubinstein and conductors from Kleiber to Karajan. We now turn our [...] more >>

by William Cole
November 6th, 2016
A Week in The Life at the Tanglewood Music Festival

The verdant hills of the Berkshires beckon not only for the exceptional scenery but also because of Tanglewood—the eight-week music festival and school, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from June through early August. I had the privilege of experiencing [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
November 5th, 2016
It’s Wedding Season Again – Some Exposure

A ‘destination’ wedding sounds like a terrific idea for romance and adventure but it can cause snafus for musicians. My friend Diane’s string quartet was booked to play at the historic lodge Stouts on an island in Wisconsin—a gorgeous location. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
October 30th, 2016
Life Inside the Gilded Cage

An attitude still prevails today that classical musicians, and perhaps mostly especially pianists, exist in some kind of gilded cage or ivory tower, where, separated from the humdrum demands of everyday life, they hone their art and craft in glorious [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 25th, 2016
Musical Giants of the 20th Century: Violists

Sadly the viola has been unjustly maligned. The following five consummate violists have put the viola on the map as a solo instrument, and without them we wouldn’t have the outstanding world-renown players we hear today.

by Janet Horvath
October 23rd, 2016