classical music

Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Bourbon Baroque Aims High With Collaborative Eighth Season

Bourbon Baroque Period Chamber Ensemble performs.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Bourbon Baroque knows how to party like it’s 1699. The classical chamber ensemble devoted to musical works of the Baroque period (roughly 1600-1750) is known for staging works in unexpected venues and forging innovative partnerships, like their wildly popular collaboration with Squallis Puppeteers adapting Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s opera “Les Sauvages” into a kid-friendly yet sophisticated zoomorphic romp.

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Arts and Humanities
12:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

This Week: Pop-Up Outdoor Bourbon Baroque Concert in Willow Park

John Austin Clark and Nico Fortin, co-founders of Bourbon Baroque.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Louisville's hippest classical music chamber ensemble wheels their harpsichord into Willow Park this week for an impromptu free performance. Bourbon Baroque is known for staging the music of the 17th and 18th centuries in unorthodox performance spaces to encourage a more social approach to classical music. The company will announce their 2014-15 season at the free concert,  7 p.m. Wednesday in the gazebo at the small Cherokee Triangle neighborhood park. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:54 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival Celebrates 'Weird' Music

Adam Sliwinski shows off a chordstick.
Daniel Gilliam WFPL News

After a four-year hiatus, Big Ears Festival returned to Knoxville last weekend. The festival is produced by AC Entertainment, the same folks that put on the annual Bonnaroo and Forecastle music festivals. In this family, Big Ears plays the role of red-headed stepchild (albeit one loved enormously by its father/founder, Ashley Capps).

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Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Gianandrea Noseda Conducts Israel Philharmonic in Louisville

Gianandrea Nosreda

The acclaimed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Guest principal conductor Gianandrea Noseda directs the acclaimed ensemble in an evening of French composers April 1 in Whitney Hall.

The program includes Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Fauré's "Pelléas et Mélisande" Suite.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Exploring the Works of Black Classical Musicians

William Grant Still
Credit Library of Congress

Classical music can be easily generalized as a white, European art form. But the last 150 years proves that it's an art that is more diverse and nuanced.

For example, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), the son of a planter and his slave, was a virtuoso violinist and conductor of orchestras in Paris.  And Beethoven wrote for the famous violinist named George Bridgetower, who was of African and Polish ancestry.

In the 20th century, classical music became an art form for anyone who wanted it.

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Strange Fruit
3:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Strange Fruit: African-American Voices in Classical Music

Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Violin Star Midori Plays Brahms with Louisville Orchestra

Credit Greenfield Sanders

When violinist Midori made her debut with the New York Philharmonic, she was only 11 years old, and in the 30-odd years since, she's developed an amazing career in international performance, musical outreach (her 21-year-old nonprofit Midori & Friends brings music education to underserved kids in New York) and higher education as chair of University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music strings department.

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Arts and Humanities
1:06 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Idea Festival | Classical Music for the 97 Percent

Cariwyl Hebert, founder, Salon 97.

Many people learn about classical music as kids, in piano lessons or choir, but drift away from it with time. Salon 97 is a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to making classical music accessible, inclusive and—most of all—fun to folks who might be ready to give it another try.

(The name comes from the rough percentage of Americans who don't self-identify as ardent classical music fans.) 

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Arts and Humanities
11:43 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Brush Up on Your Classics with WUOL's Summer Listening Program

WUOL's Summer Listening program launches Monday on Classical 90.5. The program, modeled on summer reading programs, presents highlights from the classical music canon for listeners of all ages. Younger listeners will have a chance to respond to the music through poetry, drawing or other ways, but anyone who wants to brush up on the classics can participate.

How it works:

Sign-up online at You can sign up and participate anytime between June 3 and August 26.

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7:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

How-To Festival Preview: Appreciating Classical Music

Credit Wikipedia Commons

The most frequent statement made to me, after I introduce myself as someone who works in classical radio is, “I don’t know anything about classical music, but...”This statement is typically followed by an expression of love for classical music, a short story about playing clarinet in band during middle school, or how a parent or grandparent always had classical radio on in the background at home. All three are valid experiences that have nothing to do with actually knowing something about music.

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