classical music

classical music

By Trent Gilliss August 31, 2014

A sneak preview of Krista Tippett's scintillating conversation with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

By Trent Gilliss July 08, 2014

With the dulcet tones of the Copenhagen Phil, commuters find a moment of unexpected musical joy in this flash mob scene. You will too.

By Trent Gilliss April 07, 2014

Our executive editor Trent Gilliss brings you his weekly column on articles worth reading, visuals worth seeing, music worth hearing. Including a remarkable story of curiosity and persistence, a mesmerizing rumination on Dante's Purgatorio, lessons to live by from Bertrand Russell, and some poetic twitterings with artist Dario Robleto.

July 02, 2012

This unexpected, public performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on a plaza in Spain is an absolute visual and aural feast.

January 22, 2012

Isolate the musical notes of the first violin playing the fourth movement of Ferdinand Ries' second symphony. Then create a visualization that gives the most untrained ear an idea of the sweeping undulations and dynamic energy of the German composer's piece. What you get is this smart, real-time look at the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (Zürcher Kammer Orchester) in the shape of a roller coaster:

December 26, 2011

Fred Child and the producers of Performance Today are offering up some true gems (yes, for free!) from the live concerts and in-studio performances they broadcast during the year. This exquisite piece by Chanticleer is a great way to start the day.

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September 06, 2011

A surprise rehearsal at St. Paul's Chapel from the Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra! Bach at One for our Tuesday's evening melody!

August 26, 2011

You can become submerged in beauty within moments, this classical flashmob is a perfect reminder.

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July 27, 2011

Fred Child, host of Performance Today, offers a brief view on the selection.

November 12, 2010

The symphony, Henryk Gorecki wrote in 1976, is centered on three texts — including a prayer inscribed by a teenager on a cell wall of a Gestapo headquarters — which the composer turned into haunting laments, backed by simple, slowly churning surges of beautiful music.

March 21, 2008

What happens when an opportunity to trace an interesting story intersects with the rebroadcast of a popular program? Producer Colleen Scheck tells her story.

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