classical music

Expert Opinion: The Cliburn Award-Winning Pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Classical Music In the Movies

Expert Opinion: The Cliburn Award-Winning Pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Classical Music In the Movies

Classic composers provide the soundtrack for so many memorable movie scenes–from Strauss in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Beethoven in “A Clockwork Orange.” To get some insight about how classical music can define a movie, or be redefined by a movie, we spoke to Vadym Kholodenko–winner of the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013 and first artistic partner of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He gave us the scoop on pianists in movies, the best classical documentary and which composer is most suited to scores.

Breakdancing to classical music

Breakdancing to classical music

The Internet is liking this video of b-boys Tyson Smalls, Robot Reeve, Nick Pitts, Josh Unice and Murphy Yang breakdancing to classical music by Stephen Anderson. [Via]

Examples of usage of Wagner's music in 10 films

Examples of usage of Wagner's music in 10 films

Jon Burlingame for The Los Angeles Times lists ten different films from 1940s to present that utilize Wagner whose scores have been used by directors to convey and emphasize a variety of moments and sentiments. Burlingame states: Perhaps the most famous modern-day use of “Ride of the Valkyries,” which opens Act 3 of “Die Walkure,”…

Portsmouth Sinfonia: the supremely average orchestra

Portsmouth Sinfonia: the supremely average orchestra

My ears have just been educated and exposed to a cultural artifact from the the 1970s, which had me guffawing. Considered a milestone decade for music, this period also witnessed the birth of the Portsmouth Sinfonia, an orchestra at England’s Portsmouth School of Art that specialized in decidedly unexcellent warbled performances of well known classical…

Arturo Sandoval – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 2)

Arturo Sandoval – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 2)

ARTURO SANDOVAL SHAKING THINGS UP ON PERCUSSION BETWEEN SETS WITH ARTURO SANDOVAL (PART 2): Sundancechannel.com caught up with the legendary Cuban-born trumpeter, composer, pianist, percussionist and, yes, scatter (!) between shows at the world-famous Iridium Jazz Club just north of Times Square in New York City this past Saturday night. Be sure to read Part…