If you’re of a certain age, you might remember listening to Karl Haas’ Adventures in Good Music radio program. His program helped inspire generations of new classical music fans thanks to using one the medium of radio, which allowed him to reach people who wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to learn about classical music.
If you aren’t familiar with the program, here’s a tribute article I wrote shortly after his passing in 2005.
Just as his show was coming to an end, the world of culture blogging was just beginning to emerge. It introduced a wave of music appreciation and listening experience outlets, one of which was violinist Timothy Judd’s The Listeners’ Club.
Full disclosure mode, Judd is a client and I’ve known him for nearly two decades and that’s one of the reasons I haven’t mentioned his blog previously. But if it isn’t already on your radar and you’re looking for a community centric online listening guide, this is where you should go.
Each post is like a mini Karl Haas program; in addition to Judd’s exposition, each post includes one or more clips along with links to more. One recent pair of articles examined a new recording from Louisville Orchestra while the next reached back to the orchestra’s past when it was a new music recording powerhouse among American orchestras.
Far from a one man show, you’ll often find Judd reaching out to colleagues to include their insights. Having said that, I asked him about why he decided to jump into the fray.
I started The Listeners’ Club in 2011 as a way of sharing my favorite pieces and performances with my students, their parents, and friends. It occurred to me that many people have not been exposed to great works that I take for granted. While focusing on “classical music,” The Listeners’ Club explores a wide range of music without regard to category. It’s basically anything that catches my ear.
My aim is not to “educate” in terms of focusing on biographical details of the lives of composers. Instead, it’s about helping people experience the music. I point out a few of my favorite details and offer a few thoughts on why I think this music is so great. Then, I encourage listeners to share their own experiences.
It has been gratifying to watch the blog grow in leaps and bounds, and to hear from listeners who have made an exciting connection with the music.
I listed two of my favs above, but I wanted to see what stands out for Judd; here’s his short list: