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Meet the Classical Orchestra

Let’s meet the Classical orchestra. It’s the big night: You show up at the concert hall. But holy smokes, there are almost 100 people up on that stage. Here’s what they’re playing: [more…]

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Timeline of Classical Music

You may think that nobody writes classical music anymore — but they do! New “classical music” is being written all the time. Here are some of the most famous pieces of orchestral music, along with rough [more…]

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Classical Music For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The world of classical music becomes quite a bit less mysterious when you know the names and functions of all the musical instruments, and a basic timeline of the music itself. This Cheat Sheet can help [more…]

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How the Classical Concert Experience Is Changing (and How You Can Expect It to Change Still Further)

The orchestra world is a slowly evolving beast. At its heart, a classical concert is the same animal that your grandparents may recognize. However, the past two decades have seen developments that have [more…]

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What It Takes to Send a Classical Orchestra on Tour

Nearly every classical orchestra belongs to one particular city — and as such, it spends the vast majority of its season performing for people in that community. But now and then, an orchestra gets the [more…]

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