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Violinist Joshua Bell has followed the lead of symphony orchestra conductors since he turned 7 and made his orchestra debut. But now he's the one waving the baton — or at least waving his violin bow. Bell recently took over the music directorship of the venerable Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

This year is the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth. The man widely called the greatest living Wagnerian tenor is marking the occasion in style — and asking listeners who may have turned away from the German composer to give his music another chance.

Can You Learn To Like Music You Hate?

Feb 15, 2013

You hear some music you hate. That's fair. We all do on occasion. But can you learn to love — or at least not loathe — that music? Can you intentionally transform the visceral response you have to certain pieces and styles, or does that happen at some more incalculable, subtle level?

Researchers at Australia's University of Melbourne say that the more dissonance (which they describe as "perceived roughness, harshness, unpleasantness, or difficulty in listening to the sound") that we hear in music, the less we enjoy said music. Seems obvious enough, right?

Jailhouse Bach

Feb 15, 2013

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Ah, the joys of Monday morning quarterbacking, classical style.

Concerts Canceled As Spokane Symphony Strikes

Nov 12, 2012
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Audio Pending...

Classical musicians in Spokane stood outside their theater this weekend, lifting picket signs instead of instruments. Musicians with the Spokane Symphony are entering week two of a strike over pay cuts. Five concerts have been canceled so far.

A New Season Of Classical Concerts

Sep 6, 2012

Northwest symphonies and chamber groups are gearing up for an exciting 2012/2013 season! Here are just a few of the great classical music performances you can enjoy in coming months around the region:

Moscow: Chanticleer, the American male vocal ensemble dubbed an "Orchestra of Voices," (pictured left) is coming to Moscow, in October as part of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series.

Classical Countdown - Top 50 Montage

May 31, 2012

You can relive this spring's Classical Countdown, with this audio montage!

Click to hear the streaming audio above, or download the file (48 mb) here.

 

The winners' playlist, in order:

 

Here's what you've heard on Northwest Public Radio's Classical Countdown so far....

#50 - Arvo Part - Spiegel Im Spiegel

#49 - Nino Rota - Music from the Films of Federico Fellini

#48 - Ariel Ramirez - Missa Criolla (Creole Mass)

Valentine's Day Dedications

Feb 8, 2012

Unleash your inner Romeo or Juliet!  Recognize a special person in your life this Valentine’s Day with an on-air dedication. E-mail your short (100 words or less) dedication by Sunday, February 12th at midnight and yours could be included during my Valentine’s Day show from 9:00 am to Noon. 

Frédéric Chopin was known for his piano works, and famous for solo piano pieces. But he also composed a number of piano concertos (pieces to be accompanied by other instruments). One of his first was Piano Concerto No. 1.

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