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Classical Classroom, Ep 136: Summer Music - Music Academy Of The West! Being Present With ...

In our second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California! The second installment of our MAW series features trumpet player, performance coach, and educator, Bill Williams. Williams initially spent his career as principal trumpet for orchestras like San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Barcelona. But when performances began to induce anxieties and other distractions, he started seeking ways to regain focus. As it turns out, Bill wasn't alone: many musicians perform in spite of the fear of doing so. Williams' research led him to meet sport psychologist Dr. Don Greene. Eventually, Williams honed a series of techniques to help improve musicians' focus, and with it, their performance. In this episode, Williams talks all about common mental blocks that come up for classical musicians and how he now spends much of his time helping people overcome them, one psychological bear at a time. Music in this episode: - "Pipeline" as recorded by the Ventures - Glen Gould: Bach Goldberg Variations - San Francisco Symphony Mahler Symphony No. 5 Audio production by Todd "Triple Lutz" Hulslander with perfect landing by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Many thanks to the Music Academy for their help with this series - especially to Kate Oberjat, whose name rhymes with "clover yacht," and who has helped us an awful lot.

Classical Classroom, Ep 136: Summer Music - Music Academy Of The West! Being Present With ...

Classical Classroom, Ep 135: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Ragging On Jeremy Denk

It's time for the second annual Classical Classroom Summer Music Festival Series! This year, we hit the (sound)waves at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara, California. In the first installment of our MAW series, pianist Jeremy Denk talks about teaching the enormousness of Beethoven to young artists, ragging classical music, whether or not classical music today exists outside the bounds of style, and about what makes the Music Academy of the West unique to him. Throughout the MAW Summer Series, we'll also hear from the Academy's president and CEO Scott Reed, faculty clarinet Richie Hawley, and viola fellow Matthew Sinno about the festival experience from their perspectives. It's going to be rad. Music in this episode: - "Pipeline" as recorded by the Ventures - "Pilgrims Chorus," Tannhäuser, Wagner. (from Youtube) From Jeremy Denk's recital: - Stravinsky, Piano-Rag-Music - Byrd, The Passinge Mesures: the Nynthe Pavian - From My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music - Lambert, "Pilgrim's Chorus" from Tannhäuser (after Wagner) - Bach,English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808, Gigue - Mozart Gigue In G Major, K 574 - Tea For Two by Art Tatum Audio production by Todd "Two-Shirts" Hulslander with overlording by Dacia Clay. Thanks to the Music Academy of the West for their help with this series, especially to Kate Oberjat, the coolest coordinator in the West, for her assistance with basically everything.

Classical Classroom, Ep 135: Summer Music – Music Academy Of The West! Ragging On Jeremy Denk

Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 134: Classical Out Of The Blue, With Jherek Bischoff

How strange (and awesome) it is to be Jherek Bischoff at all. This composer, arranger, performer, and producer began his musical journey playing prog rock on bass guitar. After spending years of his youth on a boat, which his family sailed around the world playing music with locals as they went, he toured and recorded with indie rock and experimental bands. Then one day, he heard a piece of classical music that changed his life forever. Suddenly, he found himself composing for chamber groups and orchestras, learning a whole new musical and cultural language. Hear all about his journey into classical music, his interview with Terry Gross, and his new album (which was born inside of a cistern), in this episode. Music in this episode from Bischoff's upcoming album Cistern (release: July 15, 2016). For more about his new album, visit www.jherekbischoff.com Audio production by Todd "Tiramisu" Hulslander with doggy paddling by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Thanks to George Heathco for the MusicWorks theme music. For more about his music: www.soundcloud.com/george-heathco

Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 134: Classical Out Of The Blue, With Jherek Bischoff

Classical Classroom, Ep 133: Final Fantasy And The Evolution Of Video Game Music

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/29170839/ClassicalClassroom_Show133_FinalFantasy02.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_159244" align="alignright" width="400"][media-credit name="Photo by Sharon Nathan. CC license" align="alignright" width="400"][/media-credit] Composer Nobuo Uematsu[/caption] Video games have come a long way since Pong, and so has their music. The electronic bleeps and blorps of ye olden days have evolved into composed musical scores that have their own fans and are performed by major... Read More

Classical Classroom, Ep 133: Final Fantasy And The Evolution Of Video Game Music

Classical Classroom, Ep 132: Tchaikovsky's Dilemma, With Mei-Ann Chen

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/27180911/ClassicalClassroom_Show132_MAChen02.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_158656" align="alignright" width="667"][media-credit name="Photo credit Rosalie O'Connor" link="http://meiannchen.com/media.html" align="alignright" width="667"][/media-credit] Conductor Mei-Ann Chen[/caption]When you hear the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, pretty much the last thing that comes to mind is self-doubt (Hello?! The man wrote actual cannons into his music!). But as conductor Mei-Ann Chen explains, the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture took him years to... Read More

Classical Classroom, Ep 131: Totally Totentanz With Tamara McCoy

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/20181908/ClassicalClassroom_Show131_TMcCoy01.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_157688" align="alignnone" width="604"][media-credit name="Courtesy of the artist's website." link="http://mccoypianostudio.yolasite.com/" align="alignnone" width="604"][/media-credit] Tamara McCoy[/caption]The Classical Minds Festival and Competition just took place here in Houston, and though the festival is all about classical guitar, Dr. Tamara McCoy was there on piano. She stopped by the Geary Studio at Houston Public Media to record and... Read More

Classical Classroom, Ep 130: The Eye Of The Opera, With David Hanlon

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/13180219/ClassicalClassroom_Show130_DHanlon02.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_156606" align="alignnone" width="1000"][media-credit name="Courtesy of the artist's website." link="http://www.davidhanlonmusic.com/about/" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/media-credit] Composer, conductor, and pianist David Hanlon.[/caption]If you've never lived through one, David Hanlon's chamber opera After the Storm is a good place to begin to understand what "hurricane" really means. The opera premiered with Houston Grand Opera's HGOco via their Song of Houston initiative this May. In... Read More

Classical Classroom, Ep 129: On Countertenors And Gender In Opera - With John Holiday

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/06190618/ClassicalClassroom_Show129_JHoliday01.mp3"][/audio]"All I have is a voice." ― W.H. Auden"I was never particularly fond of my voice." — David BowieCountertenor John Holiday says that he's never wanted to emulate anyone else's voice, and that instead, he's tried to find and be true to his own. And the unique sound that he belts out will make you... Read More

Classical Classroom, Ep 129: On Countertenors And Gender In Opera - With John Holiday

Classical Classroom, Episode 30: The Rite Of Spring With Ana María Otamendi

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/26173245/ClassicalClassroom_Show030_AnaMariaOtamendi_RERUN01.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_154379" align="alignright" width="312"][media-credit name="Courtesy of the artist's website." align="alignright" width="312"][/media-credit] Ana María Otamendi[/caption]Allegedly, as of this posting, there are still about three weeks of spring to go. But in Houston, spring has already died of heat exhaustion. That's why we decided to bring back this episode about Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The episode... Read More

Classical Classroom, Episode 30: The Rite Of Spring With Ana María Otamendi

Classical Classroom, Ep 128: British-style Brass Bands Are Shiny! With Robert Walp

[audio mp3="//www.houstonpublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/23171644/ClassicalClassroom_Show128_BWalp02.mp3"][/audio][caption id="attachment_152661" align="alignright" width="432"][media-credit name="Courtesy of the Houston Brass Band." link="http://houstonbrassband.org/about-the-houston-brass-band/music-director/" align="alignright" width="432"][/media-credit] Robert Walp, Music Director of the Houston Brass Band[/caption]British-style brass bands are of the people, for the people, and by the people. They're made up of unpaid citizens who get together to play classical music just because they love to. They have... Read More

Classical Classroom, Ep 128: British-style Brass Bands Are Shiny! With Robert Walp

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