A bit of beauty for your day:
The Young People’s Concert series put on by our Wichita Symphony Orchestra featured Billy and the Carnival this fall. I had never heard the piece before, but it’s a wonderful, fun musical work! Here’s an excerpt from the concert this morning:
Interested in catching a Carnegie Hall concert but can’t quite make the trip to New York City for the occasion? No problem! After last year’s success, Carnegie Hall Live returns this year so that you can listen to twelve world class concerts from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana tonight and then mark your calendars for the rest of the season!
Classical New England has launched a 24-hour Kids Classical Channel with classical music programs specially designed for kids. I was listening to it for a while the other day and caught a broadcast of “The Instruminute” – a short clip of music and information about a musical instrument. This was followed by a rousing performance of The William Tell Overture. What a great resource for parents and kids – and all of us who enjoy listening to and learning about classical music!
What do you get when you merge the instant accessibility of YouTube with the interface of iTunes with the music library of the whole internet? Spotify!
I had heard rumblings about Spotify for a while, but recently decided to check it out. I kid you not when I say this has now become my personal and teaching go-to resource for music listening. You can instantly search through millions of tracks; listen to specific albums, artists, or pieces; create custom playlists; and even check out what your friends are listening to! And you get all this for free – and without having to download the music to your own hard drive. Plus, the mobile app lets you listen to streaming radio on the go, and a Premium account gives you full access to the complete library.
If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out this incredible new resource! And for a fun, new recommendation, try checking out the Nostalgias Argentinas album by pianist Mirian Conti, featuring “works that are undeniably rich but rarely heard outside Argentina. Interweaving the influences of folk traditions, classical music, popular songs and, of course, the tango, these deeply evocative, often bittersweet pieces…”