Classical Music

Take up the cause of Schmidt

Austria's local hero Franz Schmidt get a rare performance at this year's Proms

The BBC Proms is taking up the cause of Franz Schmidt in a concert on September 10 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A performance of Schmidt’s Symphony No. 2 will be given by the Vienna ...

Wave of the baton creates political intrigue

Daniel Barenboim's global approach has displeased major powers

Politics in classical music is not new. Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Shostakovich, and countless other composers were politically active and, at times, censored. Almost every mid-20th-century conductor, singer, and instrumental soloist was politicized by World War ...

Conceptual art as a reference for conceptual music

Does the conversation determine what is art?

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. This is the title of a piece of art from 1991 by Damien Hirst. The work of art is a tiger shark in a ...

Esoteric, hollow, enjoyable Victorian propaganda

Just because it's charming and lovely doesn't mean you can like Songs of the Sea

Songs of the Sea is the Esoteric Pick of the Week. If you haven’t been spending much time at the beach, you’re missing out. El Niño is here and the water feels so good, you ...

Stellar young cast delivers the Don

Mozart's Don Giovanni à la Point Loma Opera Theater

Point Loma Opera Theater continues to crank out quality concerts. The most recent success was Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Tuesday August, 18 at Pacific Beach Presbyterian and Thursday August 20th at St. Paul’s Cathedral. I ...

Five angry men

Garrett gets a taste of old-school venom for his SummerFest piece

Classical music has been one of the main culprits of “trolling” for centuries. The 19th century was full of factions which went to war in publications regarding the merits of different composers and schools of ...

Lost to history but preserved in legend

Beethoven's Coriolan is the esoteric pick of the week

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture is not an esoteric piece of music. The overture is quite popular, in and of itself. The overture is not a freestanding piece, though. It was written as incidental music for a ...

Eschatalogical SummerFest

The Borromeo Quartet blows at least one mind

Imagine Beethoven standing on top of all his musical accomplishments. He’s at the summit of Mt. Genius. He is a wizard surrounded by a swirling tornado of musical notes with storm clouds racing by in ...

Not enough time for classical music

Even the NFL is losing numbers to the million other distractions

What if this problem of declining audiences in classical music wasn’t really about the appeal of classical music? What if there were larger forces at work here? It struck me that declining audiences are more ...

Tough love at Summerfest

Certain performances may be just beyond our reach

“Besides the Faure, that concert was tough. I’m glad you couldn’t make it. It would have put stress on our friendship.” “Hahaha. Best critique ever. Put that in your review. After the Mainly Mozart introduction ...

Wet Hot Viennese Summerfest

La Jolla Summerfest is going on all month.

I smelled perfume as I walked down Draper Street toward Sherwood Auditorium. It worried me at first. When you're going to a concert, one of the last things you want is to be next to ...

Classical is sexy

New research uses science to confirm what listeners already know

The BBC recently released an article about music and “skin orgasms.” The article claims great music carries with it a sensual element that can become addictive. Science tends to do this with classical music — ...

Comprehensive Mozart

127 hour playlist contains almost every piece in the Köchel Catalogue

Who would like to listen to an hour of of Mozart? How about 127 hours of Mozart? There is a now a playlist which will give you that. Open Culture mentioned this little gem which ...

The music is the music

The Romantic German wrote a choral symphony... or did he?

I’m feeling a tad sheepish here about my classical music knowledge. I did not realized that Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 was written for orchestra, chorus and soloists. I was listening along on Spotify to Mendelssohn ...

Duet for organ and canine

Summer Organ Festival brings a true outdoor flavor to Balboa Park

I try to make it down to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion at least once during summer. There is a concert at the Organ Pavilion every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. through August 31. On Monday ...

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