Classical music from South America often gets overlooked, but you can remedy that with events this week, while still getting your Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.
Our own Kile Smith debuts a special commission that completes a Mozart mass, alongside other events as the new season of music gets started.
The stuffiness of the modern classical concert must end, but the music must also be heard. Our best model would be rock performances in dive bars.
The title of The War of Art, a little book on how to break through creative blocks and finish projects, is apt because author Steven Pressfield doesn’t pull any punches.
Nice music mimics the past, thrives on expectations, and never breaks ground. It won’t make you think, though it might make you feel nostalgic or sentimental. It never makes you listen, since there’s nothing to hear.
Calvin Hampton dared to take musical chances. While the results are uneven, his better compositions deserve a place in the repertoire.
You haven’t lived until you’ve heard 200 farmers sing chorales unaccompanied.
Robin Williams didn’t just make people laugh, he made them think, as we see in his best roles, when he played wise mentors.
It is fashionable and therefore easy to appreciate "Howl," but this volume, however inconsistent, is filled with gems that belong in the western canon.
Townes Van Zandt was all artistry, and if he wasn’t popular, he nonetheless influenced many other musicians who were.