Introducing our new video series! Mozart Does Stuff.

The often-sensationalized Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is back with a vengeance in the 21st Century. He’s more virtuosic than ever but faces a large bit of difficulty dealing with the modern world. In Salon97’s new video series, watch Mozart find his way though the trials and tribulations of life in 2012. Up first, Mozart does the… Continue reading Introducing our new video series! Mozart Does Stuff.

Composer of the Week: Arvo Pärt

Previously heard at Salon97’s “Living Composers in the Dead of Winter” and “Terrible Twos” events, Arvo Pärt is a truly one of a kind and amazing composer, and he’s our Composer of the Week! b. September 11, 1935 in Paide, Estonia Arvo Pärt began studying music at an early age and had already worked as… Continue reading Composer of the Week: Arvo Pärt

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… Continue reading NY Phil’s Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti

Composer of the Week: Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky wrote some wonderfully iconic additions to the classical repertoire, and that is why he is our Composer of the Week! b. March 21, 1839 in Karevo, Russia d. March 28, 1881 in St. Petersburg, Russia Modest Mussorgsky began studying piano with his mother at age six and went on to become one of… Continue reading Composer of the Week: Modest Mussorgsky

Composer of the Week: Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy, a composer at the forefront of French Impressionism, wrote some awesome preludes and many other great Composer of the Week-worthy pieces! b. August 22, 1862 d. March 25, 1918 A prominent and very talented French composer at the turn of the 20th century, Claude Debussy’s iconic compositions bridged Late Romantic Era music with… Continue reading Composer of the Week: Claude Debussy

Classical Continues to Find Innovative Ways to Use YouTube

Late last week a member of the Salon97 community sent me a link to: http://wwww.inbflat.net/ This site is so cool that I wish I could embed the whole thing into this post. Basically, it’s a page constructed of several YouTube videos. Each is a video of someone playing a tune in B flat. They all… Continue reading Classical Continues to Find Innovative Ways to Use YouTube

Composer of the Week: William Grant Still

Because composers rule, we’re starting a new tradition of publishing a post honoring a different composer each week. First up is William Grant Still, an African-American composer and Salon97 fan favorite! b. May 11, 1895 in Woodville, Mississippi d. December 3, 1978 in Los Angeles, California The first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra… Continue reading Composer of the Week: William Grant Still