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It’s Just Music

This introspective and honest article by Benjamin F. Carlson has been floating around the classical music community over the past week. For obvious reasons, classical people get really excited when someone from “the outside” gives us a nod and says our music is good, too. That aside, the article is a good read for anyone — no matter what your musical preferences may be. A brief excerpt: … I feel lucky to know the big

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NY Phil’s Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti

The New York Philharmonic recently presented an innovative production of Ligeti‘s Le Grand Macabre. To accompany this brilliant show, the NY Phil’s marketing department put together a series of behind-the-scenes flip cam videos. So many times we wonder what it takes to put together the wonderful concerts we attend, and thankfully, the New York Phil has given us a backstage pass via YouTube. They say the show will be back in 2012, and I can’t

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Salon97 Visits ArtsJournal

We had a new guest at our “Terrible Twos” celebration on Saturday, Chloe Veltman, a musician and freelance culture correspondent for the New York Times. A few days later, Chloe wrote me to ask if we’d submit a guest post for her blog, Lies Like Truth, with the ArtsJournal network of cultural blogs. We are honored! Here’s a segment of her post: At the weekend, I attended an hour or so of a lively Salon97

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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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