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Classical Music Posts
When Duke Ellington famously coined the phrase “beyond category,” he was talking about freedom — of choice, of expression, of belonging. He meant following your heart and your instincts into an artistic territory without borders. And that’s the place where violinist Regina Carter makes her home. Continue Reading A Melting Pot Of Traditions: Violinist Regina Carter Talks With Lara Downes
This hour-long special of StoryCorps Northwest highlights some of the moving and inspiring stories from friends and neighbors in the Inland Northwest. Continue Reading Collecting Stories Together, In A Year Spent Apart: A StoryCorps Northwest Special
With its dirt roads and drab dwellings, the camp can be a bleak place. But the beat of a daf, a drum sacred to Yazidis, throbs underneath loud, energetic singing, rising over shouts of children in a trash-strewn playground. Continue Reading ‘We Will Never Break’: In Iraq, A Yazidi Women’s Choir Keeps Ancient Music Alive
Joseph Haydn – often called the father of the symphony and the string quartet, teacher to many and an all around good-natured man. To this day, he still wears the nickname “Papa Haydn” – but where did it come from? Continue Reading Where Did ‘Papa’ Haydn Get His Nickname?
No lautenwerks survived the 19th century. Picture extremely delicate harpsichords — in fact, lautenwercks are alternately called lute-harpsichords. Their strings are made of guts, originally from sheep (like lutes), which gives lautenwercks a warm, intimate tone distinct from brassy, metal-strung harpsichords. Continue Reading Bach’s Favorite Instrument You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: The Long-Lost Lautenwerck
The chamber music impresaria Toby Saks became a legend in the music life of the Pacific Northwest. She began her career in New York: she earned awards as a teenage cellist; she played in the New York Philharmonic in her 20s. She moved out west to join the faculty of the University of Washington School of Music, and soon gathered a group of classical music supporters to launch the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Toby Saks