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Classical Music for the Workday

I’m often asked about accessible sources for listening to classical music during the workday. Whether you are looking to actively discover new music while working through monotonous tasks, wishing for pleasant sounds to drown out background noise, or all together just want to mix it up a bit at work, the following stations are my tried and true top picks for workday (and weekend!) classical music listening. 1. Capital Public Radio Capital Public Radio is

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Ask Salon97: Classical Music for Rock Fans

Dear Salon97, My dad is really into rock music but doesn’t listen to classical. What piece can I play for him to spark his interest? Sincerely, Out of Rock Dear Out of Rock: I usually recommend loud classical works that are heavy on percussion and brass to people who tend toward rock music (presuming I am unaware of their favorite bands and styles). First, load up a video of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” on

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Ask Salon97: Turn It Off!!

It is Salon97’s goal to make classical music as approachable as possible. At the request of one of our community members, your questions will be answered here, in our new “Ask Salon97” column. Fire away! We’re here to help. And now for our inaugural question: Dear Salon97, I love classical music, but how can I stop my mother from playing it loudly at 7 a.m.? Sincerely, Tired of Mozart Dear Tired of Mozart, Ah, yes.

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Boccherini: He’s a composer, not a cheese.

Recently, details of a UK survey identified how little people seem to know about classical music. Even Sir Edward Elgar, who used to be featured on UK bank notes, was barely recognizable by whoever it was who took this survey. My favorite part of all, however, is that four percent of those surveyed confused composer Luigi Boccherini with Bocconcini–the Italian water mozzarella balls. Wow. So here’s the deal. Bocconcini is that super tasty cheese that is

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10 Reasons Why Classical Music Rocks

Two of the top searches that drove internet surfers to the Salon97 site in the past couple weeks included the following: “classical music” and “what is so great about it.” I was pretty surprised to see this, but I also saw this as a great opportunity to make a top 10 list of things that are great about classical music. We all love lists, right? Please feel free to comment with your own reasons why

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Stop Clapping!!

The most-asked question we encounter when it comes to classical music concert-going is, “When the heck am I supposed to clap?!” Salon97’s default response is that it is generally most acceptable to wait until the end of the piece. If you’re confused, just follow the crowd. But now, this may be starting to change. Alex Ross, classical music guru, gave a lecture in London earlier this week that has the classical music world talking. A

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