Garrett Harris

Garrett Harris
Garrett Harris covers the classical music scene for the Reader.

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Five classical music clips in the movies

Some lesser known classical music appearances in the movies

With the massive celebration of pop culture over (Comic Con), I’ve been inspired to take a look at the best use of classical music in movies. This is not about original motion picture scores but ...

The Legend of Zelda at the San Diego Symphony

Symphonic video game music at Symphony Hall

I will admit that I missed the phenomenon that is The Legend of Zelda. The reason I missed it is clear. I’ve never had a Nintendo. In spite of my non-participation in the Nintendo world, ...

Female composer Clara Schumann let her opinions be known

"I despise Liszt to the very depths of my soul."

The next woman in our line of female composers is Clara Schumann. She might be the most famous of the early women pioneers in classical music. Nannerl Mozart was not allowed to play in public ...

The other Butterfly

Mascagni's tale of a Japanese girl destroyed by circumstances

Before Madama Butterfly there was Iris, the tale of a young and exploited Japanese girl. The opera was written by Pietro Mascagni, the king of verismo. Mascagni is the composer of the quintessential verismo masterpiece ...

Final Symphony at San Diego Symphony

Comic-Con's collaboration with the San Diego Symphony continues

I feel like an idiot saying this, but Comic-Con is coming. If you didn’t know that then, in reality, you’re the idiot — or maybe just new to San Diego. Comic-Con has had a running ...

The Proms are for the people

The BBC Proms are the most extensive classical music festival on the planet

If the Bayreuth Festival is for the elite or at least the very dedicated then the BBC Proms in London is the summer festival for the literal masses. The Royal Albert Hall seats 5544 and ...

A brief history of the Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth opens on July 12

We took a brief look at the Bayreuth Festival when conductor Andris Nelsons bowed out of the opening night. Almost 60,000 people shuffle through Bayreuth every summer paying homage. However, as big a number as ...

Free stream of Meistersinger

Glyndebourne is offering a seven day window to view Wagner's magnum comedia

Starting on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. (Glyndebourne time) Wagner’s Die Meistersinger will be available to stream online at the Glyndebourne Opera site and at the Telegraph site. This is one of three productions ...

CDs are still around and they sound better than YouTube or Spotify

Classical music releases of note coming out July 8

Orchestral ReleasesJohn Corigliano is an American composer who should be more famous than he is. His most notable compositions are the opera The Ghost of Versailles, commissioned for the Metropolitan Opera’s 100-year anniversary, and the ...

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