Recommended Recording: Quincy Porter Complete Viola Works

We’ve decided to launch a monthly recommended recording segment in 2011. Each month we’ll feature a rockin’ classical recording selected especially for our Salon97 peeps. So without further ado, our first monthly pick! Oh, so you’ve never heard of Quincy Porter. He was a super awesome American composer and was featured as a Salon97 Composer of the Week over the summer. Check it out! So now that we’re all caught up, let’s get to the

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Salon97 at SXSW 2011!

I learned late yesterday that my SXSW panel submission, StART-up 101: Core Conversation for New Arts Organizations, is a confirmed presentation for the upcoming March 11-15, 2011 SXSW Interactive Conference. I’m super excited to be a part of it and hope to see you there! More details to follow.

Composer of the Week: George Crumb

b. Oct. 24, 1929 in Charleston, West Virginia George Crumb, American composer extraordinaire, engaged in quite an extensive musical education — he studied at the Mason College of Music in Charleston, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the Berlin Conservatory. Crumb received a Rockefeller grant in 1964 and was a composer in residence at the Buffalo Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Most of Crumb’s music

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Composer of the Week: Bernard Herrmann

b. June 29, 1911 in New York, NY d. December 24, 1975 in Los Angeles, CA Bernard Herrmann began studying composition and conducting at NYU while still in high school. He went on to Juilliard where he remained for two years, however, he found the school to be too conservative. In 1933, Herrmann formed the New Chamber Orchestra, which was comprised of unemployed musicians. He used this group to practice his conducting abilities as well

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Classical Music and Cinema: Pachelbel and “Ordinary People”

Pachelbel’s Canon. Where would weddings, high school graduations or any public celebration of passage be without it? You’ve heard it if you’ve ever played in an orchestra. Heck, you know PC if you’ve ever seen an orchestra. It’s formal name is “Canon in D major”, its composer a German named Johann Pachelbel. But if you say “The song you always hear at weddings” most people will know what you mean. That ubiquity is why I

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