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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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]