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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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It's sad to note that one of Russia's greatest composers, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was also one of its most tragic. Tchaikovsky was quoted to have said, “The greater reason I have to be happy, the more discontented I become. … I suffer not only from torments which cannot be put into words, but from…
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Monday, May 2, 2011

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Under the guidance of Music Director Jamin Hoffman, the Concord Chamber Orchestra will close its season with a concert in a “blue” theme. The program opens with “Blue Rag” by Israeli composer Rami Bar-Niv and continues with Morton Gould's 1939 composition Symphonette No. 2 (“American”)...
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Biography peels back layers of iconic band

Queen was a popular and prolific music factory, selling more than 300 million albums across the planet. With sales numbers second only to the Beatles, Queen ruled the airways and the concert circuits. According to Mark Blake's Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of Queen (Da Capo Press)...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Guest conductor Gilbert Varga leads pianist Kirill Gerstein and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in a wide range of musical flavors. It starts off with Turn the Key, a contemporary work by American composer Steven Mackey, who often draws rock and...
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Monday, April 4, 2011

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Cole Porter, born in Peru, Ind., in 1891, personified sophistication. His parents encouraged him to study music and acting. He chose the violin and piano—and completed his first song at the age of 10. Understanding the boy's talent, his parents...
Classical Music/Dance
Monday, March 28, 2011

In Concert at the Conservatory

Franz Schubert was born in 1797 near Vienna. He learned music at an early age; tutored on the violin by his father, a schoolmaster, he was also taught piano by his older brother. Schubert was an early member of what later was known as the Vienna Boys choir and caught the attention of Antonio Salieri, who undertook...
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Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

American author shares his fascination with Russia

Siberia, on the vast, frozen eastern climes of Asiatic Russia, is the oldest new frontier on the planet—a place of death marches, gulags and exile, with a history of Mongols, fur traders, czars, peasant uprisings, Eastern Orthodoxy and Communism. The challenge of comprehending these living...

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