It’s that time of year again,’tis the spooky-music-for-Halloween season! Here are three classical Halloween hits, complete with fun facts and cocktail party-worthy trivia. Which is your favorite?
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… Continue reading Classical Music at the Movies: Aaron Copland, Spike Lee and “He Got Game”
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… Continue reading Gong Hey Fat Choy! Celebrating the Year of the Rooster.
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-… Continue reading Happy Mardi Gras!
Summertime Listening: Summer Classical Music
Summer classical music! From the glistening piano music of Ravel; to summery songs by Berlioz, Barber, and Gershwin; to Mahler and beyond.
Happy birthday, Stravinsky!
Once again the world is aflutter with all things Stravinsky. This time we celebrate his birthday!
Pi Day: Music and Math
On Pi Day, perhaps the geekiest of holidays, March 14 (3/14) is a day to celebrate all things numbers (irrational or not) and … pie. In celebration of this wonderfully nerdy holiday, we continue our Music and Data Viz collection with a special Music & Math edition!
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.
The Star Wars Music, or, The Best Film Score Ever
It happens to be Oscar season, but we love film scores anytime of year! In this month’s podcast, we discuss a soundtrack designated “the best film score ever” along with its influences.