WXXI Classical Blog

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis awarded the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize for Music and Dance

Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis will be awarded the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize for Music and Dance on June 28th at the 51st annual awards ceremony at the Gartner Auditorium at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Guitar heroes

Hooray for Google!  By placing a virtual guitar at the fingertips of computer users, the powerful search engine inspired millions (billions?) of people to make music. Look below for three creative uploads from the two-day global music fest.  If you miss it, the Google Guitar has a permanent home here.  What can you play?

Luna moth

There’s a fine line between passion and compulsion. German composer Robert Schumann walked it.  

Galactic Sunburst

This week on WXXI-FM, Memorial Art Gallery curator of education Marlene Hamann-Whitmore offers an overview of the Fiberart International Show at the MAG. 

The more things change . . .

Next month, the longest-serving music director in the RPO’s history retires.  Christopher Seaman will become the orchestra’s first conductor for life, and his departure sets the stage for the next artistic leader, Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit. 

Crested Butte Music Festival

Check out the new takes on classical performances at:

http://www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.com/

Watch "From the Top" on You Tube

This week you are in for a treat!

 

Death of a Peep

Last week, Mike Carnahan put a leftover Easter peep in the microwave after hearing the suggestion on Classical 91.5 that a nuked peep might squeal before imploding...

Eric Whitacre virtual choir

It is amazing what technology and social media have done for classical music lovers worldwide. 

This is just one amazing video of composer Eric Whitacre and what he's doing to unite music lovers via social media.  What do you think?  http://www.wimp.com/choirvoices/