| Jan 7, 2015
| 6:17 PM
The Lehigh Valley has fine choirs, and the Touring Choir of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, one of the youngest in the area, ranks up there with the best of them.
A 30-voice mixed choir with students chosen by audition, the touring...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 9:18 AM
The new year is bringing several shifts of administrative authority at the top of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's food chain. The possibility of exciting new ideas, new directions, is in the air. On stage at Orchestra Hall this week, a different sort...
| Jan 9, 2015
These Rolling Stones imitators wear college sweaters and Converse shoes and like to comb their hair.
But while they dress more conservatively than Keith, Mick and the gang, they nonetheless are likely to get the same sort of satisfaction when they...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:22 PM
Eric Jacobsen has made his name by challenging people's ideas about classical music.
He co-founded The Knights, a New York-based orchestra in which open-minded musical friends expand upon traditional works with new compositions. And he is a founding...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:29 PM
Mica Levi’s score for “Under the Skin,” the eerie 2013 film about alien seduction, leaves more of a sonic imprint than the voice of the unnamed protagonist who guides the action. The young British songwriter-composer, known to pop...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Though she isn't yet 30 and has made only a limited number of professional forays outside of Europe, conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla is already creating a stir in the classical music world for her buoyant podium style and intense approach to demanding...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 1:46 PM
It's not all snow drifts and resolutions – January has its fun side. Read all about it here.
Comedian Kyle Kinane has had an interesting career, the kind that gets cobbled together online and in small clubs. He was a founding member ("...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 9:05 AM
It's the season to take stock of the year's musical blessings — also those people and performances that made 2014 not quite so blessed. In that spirit, we present our 38th annual Rheingold Awards. The envelopes, please.
Operatic triumph of the...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 12:47 PM
For the young musicians attending Kenwood Academy High School, at 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., the band room was a sanctuary. Inside its walls, only good things happened: rehearsals, horsing around, laughter, music.
No matter what was occurring in the...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 8:06 AM
A Cole Porter line popped into my head throughout Friday night's deeply fulfilling Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert: "How strange the change from major to minor."
Harmonic shifts, both subtle and startling, provide a key structural and emotional...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 3:08 AM
In Jonathan Glazer's 2013 art-horror film, "Under the Skin," Scarlett Johansson plays a flesh-dissolving alien seducing desperate, lonely men. While writing the film's score, 26-year-old composer Mica Levi looked to a similar real-life setting for...