Classical Music

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Beyond the score and in the spirit

“I promise you that any of the sinful things you say or do can be forgiven, no matter how terrible those things are. But if you speak against the Holy Spirit, you can never be ...

Illicit drugs work better with classical

Research confirms that classical music is the best music to listen to while tripping balls

For those of us who grew up in the “just say no” era, the research that is being done on psychedelics at John Hopkins is puzzling. I thought drugs were the enemy. Turns out that ...

A few preferences for Schubert's Winterreise

Further along the winter journey

It’s time to return to Winterreise. When it comes to Schubert’s “Winter Journey,” I prefer bass-baritones to tenors for one simple reason. The type of tenor who would sing Winterreise isn’t a voice type of ...

Bearded beta males of the Pleistocene

Not much has changed around campfires in the last 40,000 years

The number of prehistoric instruments that have been found around the world is astounding. There is even evidence of instruments being found in neanderthal sites. These instruments are almost all based on the pentatonic scale ...

Three great San Diego moments of music from 2015

...those moments where the hall disappears, the audience disappears, and even the musicians disappear

Instead of making a list of best concerts from 2015 we’re going with a few of the best moments. The best moment of 2015 was soprano Emily Magee singing Marietta’s Lied at the San Diego ...

Tchaikovsky joins the gang

Return of the fifth playlist

Since Christmas is done we’re going to return to our Beethoven Five playlist. We’re using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 as a loose reference point for a curated playlist. It’s something like six degrees of Beethoven’s ...

A gloomy winter journey with Schubert

Desperate new year

With the New Year coming I feel as though it's time to take an intellectual inventory. The inventory reveals that I’m in need of some new ideas. The one’s I have right now are solid ...

Gloria isn't limited to Christmas

An esoteric pick of the week — 1800 years in the making

We haven’t had an “esoteric pick of the week” for a while so let’s take a look at a seasonal piece. The Gloria has a long and complicated history concerning its inclusion in the Catholic ...

Blow off the promises to keep and miles to go before you sleep...

Time to pause

Whose woods these are I think I know.His house is in the village, though;He will not see me stopping hereTo watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queerTo stop ...

Dudamel awakens the force

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a guest conductor

A post by Gustavo Dudamel started running around Facebook on Tuesday morning. Back in October John Williams contacted Dudamel and asked him to conduct the opening and closing credits of the upcoming Star Wars: The ...

Brahms and Berlioz at San Diego Symphony

Musical and then spectacle

Brahms once again proved to be the go-to composer for Maestro Ling and the San Diego Symphony. I can’t think of another composer whose music has been so consistently excellent within the confines of the ...

A winter rose

One more for the playlist

Time for the depressed Disneyland-dad at Christmas when his ex has the kids playlist — also known as "a brief contemplation on the mysteries of solitude at Christmas playlist." We’ve got Es Ist Ein Ros ...

Why is sex banned from the concert hall?

Opera may titillate and shock, but classical music as a whole is quite Victorian

Conductor John Mauceri just wrote an excellent piece in the Huffington Post which explores some of the themes we’ve touched upon here in this column/blog. A few of those themes are sports versus classical music, ...

The best way to experience Handel’s Messiah is at a sing-along

Be a part of the music, don't just consume it

I’m feeling like the best way to experience Handel’s Messiah is at a sing-along. My kids (ages 11 and 8) and I went to the Greater San Diego Music Coterie Chamber Orchestra and Chorus sing-along ...

It's all about the femme

Overcoming, brooding, and human sacrifice at San Diego Symphony

A gentle snow falls at dusk in a pristine Finnish forest. The long arctic night is descending near the winter solstice and a solitary figure wanders the wood, lost in the trees. And so the ...

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