• #ClassicsaDay #NAFTAclassics Week 4

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    The Classics a Day team once again made NAFTA Classics the theme for July. Two of the three countries in North America have significant holidays in the month — Canada Day (July 1), and Independence Day (July 4). As always with this theme, I simply alternated between Canadian, American, and Mexican composers. And the process […]

  • This Saturday: UVA prof talks hip-hop and canonization on Radio Freedonia

    The 9-CD Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap has just been released, and it brings the usual thorny issues that arise around canonization, especially when an august institution canonizes a rebellious cultural phenomenon. How do we define the parameters of the art form? What criteria do we consider for inclusion? Who gets to decide? Join […]

  • New Jazz & Blues News – 7/27/2021

    New Jazz & Blues News – 7/27/2021 Wayne Alpern – Frankenstein (Self-produced): “My musical grammar is neither radical nor experimental. Its vitality lies in the familiarity of genres, recollection of themes, and the unpretentious interpolation of the dance floor, the saloon, and the iPod. It tempers serious music with the social, inviting listeners to come […]

  • Classical Interviews – Robby Brown

    Classical Guitarist Robby Brown has been working at the Heifetz summer institute for four years. He’s currently getting his doctorate in music at Florida State University. He talked to us about what sets the classical guitar apart from what you might hear in a folk or rock act and played Fantaisies by Francesco Da Milano […]

  • Classical Interviews – Maya Buchanan

    Maya Anjali Buchanan has been spending the summer at the Heifetz institute concentrating on chamber music. Hailing from South Dakota, she is currently studying violin at the Curtis Institute of Music. She spoke with us about her very special Guarneri violin and her recent exploration of Indian classical music and its improvisational tradition. For more […]

  • Classical Interviews – Cong Quartet

    Formed at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the US, Cong Quartet is a professional string quartet performing around Asia, Europe, and the United States. They’re currently studying at the Heifetz Institute in Staunton and they stopped by WTJU to perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1, Opus 59 IV. “Théme Russe,” Tchaikovsky’s String […]