In recognition of Native American and Alaska Native heritage month, Classical Music Indy spoke with Steven Alvarez, the Director of Arts & Education at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Alvarez is a classical percussionist and vocalist. Read below where Alvarez highlights four prominent musicians in the Native community.
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For some seniors in our community, every day is a struggle with reduced mobility, lack of transportation, and limited resources, decreasing their social interaction and recreational opportunities. To combat these forces, Classical Music Indy provides the Senior Series, which brings live music directly to residents of nursing homes and assisted living centers.
For Transgender Awareness Week we wanted to highlight a truly innovative individual from classical music, Wendy Carlos. During her 40 year career, she has pioneered new technology and been wildly successful, while also being true to herself and inspiring the LGBTQ community with her openness about transitioning. Read below about her recording career, success as a composer, and reflections on her life.
This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Classical Music Indy is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. We are joining more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries to celebrate #GivingTuesday. And it’s through your genero …
My Music. My Story. is one of CMI’s many new initiatives to feature music, musicians and music lovers in a fun way. We hope you enjoy getting to know a few of your mover and shaker neighbors while learning how they interact with and think about music. …
Indianapolis is filled with vibrant arts organizations, outstanding artists, and stellar partnerships. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Butler University School of Music have teamed up to create their Conducting Fellowship which provides one-of-a-kind professional mentorship opportunities to outstanding students. Meet Dr. James Plenty, the 2016-2018 Conducting Fellow with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Read about Plenty’s experience with the fellowship and what he plans to do with the skills he’s learned during his time with the ISC.
As a special holiday treat, we asked our friend Kyle Long to make a list of eclectic music for Holiday Listening. Kyle hosts Cultural Manifesto on WFYI Wednesdays at 8pm, and again on Saturdays at 12pm on 90.1 HD2, DJs locally, and writes for NUVO maga …
We’ve asked composer Dr. Scott Perkins to write about his experience overseas exploring Silesia, where famed composer Olivier Messiaen was a prisoner of war during World War II. Dr. Perkins writes how Nazi guards encouraged Messiaen’s continued music-making once they realized his stature. Crowds of prisoners and Nazi guards gathered to listen to performances. Messiaen found some semblance of freedom despite the captivity. He continued communicating in the language he knew best – his music.
I really appreciate your music. Those Strauss waltzes really brought memories back to when my mother was teaching us to waltz when I was 12, some 50 years ago! Thank you so much!
Positive mentors help young people develop personally, can boost school attendance and academic performance, and increase the likelihood a child will go to college. Mentors can also provide the confidence to explore and discover interests including mus …
My Music. My Story. is one of Classical Music Indy’s initiatives to feature music, musicians, and music lovers in a fun way. This week we spoke with Marianne Chalmers-Talkovski, a licensed acupuncturist, about the importance of music in her life and in her work.
My Music. My Story. is one of Classical Music Indy’s new initiatives to feature music, musicians and music lovers in a fun way. We spoke with Jason King, Entertainment Manager at The Vogue, to learn how he interacts and thinks about music. What is your …
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Happy Birthday Brahms and Tchaikovsky Playlist
The thought of Johannes Brahms and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky blowing out birthday candles on the same day is enough to make some people’s heads explode. If you love classical music, it’s hard to imagine them doing anything together.
Yet these two composers had a great deal in common–starting, believe it or not, with their reverence for music of an earlier time. Brahms demonstrated that in the finale of his Symphony No. 4, which is based on a Bach chorale. The counterpart to that is Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4, his loving tribute to Mozart, which concludes with a theme that Mozart himself borrowed from Gluck. The unrequited love that Tatiana pours out in her Letter Scene, from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, is balanced nicely by the conflicted feelings in Von Ewiger Liebe, Brahms’s setting of an expression of love in the face of potential shame.
Tchaikovsky and Brahms were also dismissed, now and then, for a certain less-than-adventurous, perhaps even academic, approach to music. Yet the Academic Festival Overture, by Brahms, concludes with a drinking song. And the Slavonic March, by Tchaikovsky, quotes Slavic folk music.
There are more surprising parallels to discover in the lives and works of these composers. All you have to do is listen–and enjoy!
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One of Classical Music Indy’s newest initiatives, Random Acts of Music, features spontaneous opportunities to experience classical music. These pop up events, in addition to many other locations, were recently located at Indianapolis’ Monument Circle a …
Margaret Allison Bonds is an often-unsung master of classical music. Her first-rate works blend styles of African and European origin, and her compositions for voice and piano have profoundly moved audiences. Bonds is best known for her collaborations with the great African American poet Langston Hughes. Read below about Bonds’ life, career, and musical contributions to the American classical music world.