Let it Snow! A Winter Classical Playlist

As we enter a season of darker days and longer, colder nights, we look for ways to warm our souls from within. Add some wintertime joviality to your season with our winter classical playlist! It’s perfect for an evening curled up by the fire or a weekend afternoon with a good book and a warm cup of tea.


Classical Music at the Movies: Aaron Copland, Spike Lee and “He Got Game”

The year is 1998. Filmmaker Spike Lee is ten movies into his career but things have hit a snag.  The writer/director’s last three movies have all been adapted from other people’s material and have done so-so with both audiences and critics. The harsher among them say that Lee–successful, admired, and a long way from earlier films (like Do The Right Thing) which have his stamp on every frame–is now phoning it in. For his next

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Gong Hey Fat Choy! Celebrating the Year of the Rooster.

Happy Year of the Rooster! The most important holiday of the year in China, Lunar New Year is also celebrated all over the world with parades, parties, lion dances, and more. A little trivia before we get started! If you were born in the year of the rooster, here are some things that will bring you good luck according to Chinese mythology: -the numbers 5, 7 & 8 -the directions south and southeast -the colors

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Salon97 Podcast: Martin Luther King Jr. Loved Classical Music

Yes, it’s true! Martin Luther King Jr. studied classical music as a child and had a special place in his heart for the genre. We uncover the details in this podcast and also highlight a famous classical work that played a prominent role in King’s life. Do you know which piece it is?

Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is here and it’s time to party! Get out the King Cake! Get out the streamers! Get out the colorful wigs! Grab your Mardi Gras classical playlist! Wait, what?? Classical likely isn’t the first genre to come to mind when you think of celebrating Mardi Gras. However, many composers have written mardi gras- and carnival-inspired works. So fire up this playlist and get your party started! Ferde Grofe: Mardi Gras from Mississippi Suite

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Classical Music for Black History Month

Here at Salon97, we love to see classical music as bigger and grander than it tends to present itself. And, quite frankly, classical music does a lousy job talking about talented composers and musicians who aren’t dead, white, and male. The African American contribution to classical music is substantial and real. In honor of Black History Month, we put together this short guide of resources on great African American classical composers and music.