Do You Like Paganini? Do You Like Cats? Then You’re Going To Love This

Cat and the Fiddle

Adorable pets can sell anything and during a time when the cat video is king, it makes perfect sense to bring those together to help promote classical music; in this instance, Paganini. Violin soloist Augustin Hadelich has an upcoming album of Paganini Caprices and part of that project included making an animated short featuring his cartoon doppelganger performing Caprice No. 17 for a group of adorable kitties. Hadelich worked with director Paul Glickman and …

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#TBT How To Succeed At Artistic Planning Without Really Trying

Orchestra Artistic Planning Visualized 2018

I can’t begin to express how satisfying it is to see so many readers connecting with Rob Deemer’s guest author article earlier this week announcing the official release of the Women Composers Database. I have no doubt it will go a long way toward improving the representation of women composers in mainstream artistic programming. Hopefully, it will help the field see less programming that resembles artistic decision making along the lines of …

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Here It Is, Your Holiday Moment Of Zen

Holiday Moment Of Zen

You know it, you love, it, and it just isn’t the holiday season without it: The Messiah Organist Meltdown. If this holiday classic is new to you, give it moment and hang in there until the end; I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s 0:43 of unfiltered Messiah goodness.

100 Years Ago In The World Of American Classical Music: Musical Reputations

Adaptistration People 200

In addition to providing a window into the classical music community from 100 years ago, the December 1917 edition of The Etude magazine plants some fascinating seeds of irony. Case in point, one of the lead articles by Genry T. Finck is titled “Music Reputations and How They are Achieved” (page 791). A Prominent lawyer once said to me that “a professional man usually spends the first ten years of his life …

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