Classical In The News

By Brian McCreath

Wednesday, Dec. 1

NPR has been on quite a roll lately featuring some pretty interesting stories about classical music.  Here's a roundup:

Ohio composer Jack Gallagher's music has been released on a new CD, and you can read a review of it at NPR Music.  This CD (with the funky artwork from Naxos at the left) was also featured in a previous Host Note, and it was also one of Keith Lockhart's recent choices on Keith's Classical Corner with Laura Carlo, which you can listen to here:

Boston's Lynn Chang, a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and a faculty member of Boston University, has been asked to perform next week at the ceremony honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, who is being prevented by the Chinese government from attending.  More from NPR.

Robert Spano was profiled in recognition of the 10th anniversary of his appointment as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  One hallmark of his time there has been an embrace of new music that has energized audiences and formed a new identity for that orchestra.  Hear the whole story at NPR Music.

Finally, Science Friday devoted a segment to a new book by physicist and composer Dr. John Powell called "How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond."  Check it out at Science Friday.

Take a bit of time and enjoy the stories!  And feel free to leave any feedback or comments below.

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