GUITAR HEROES

Cincinnati Pops guitarist and arranger, Tim Berens and Craig Wagner perform Gershwin’s classic Rhapsody in Blue in a wild and virtuosic version for two guitars and orchestra, along with brilliantly scored jazz standards by Ellington, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock.   Tim Berens is a guitarist, an orchestrator, and a

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SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS: GERMAN ROMANTIC MASTERS

The shy, young Brahms came to worship at Schumann’s–and Clara’s–feet.   At age 29, Shen Lu is already an accomplished international performer. In addition to performances at Beijing’s Central Conservatory Music Hall, Culture Center, and City Hall in his native China, he has appeared in Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New

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SCHUMANN AND BRAHMS: GERMAN ROMANTIC MASTERS

The shy, young Brahms came to worship at Schumann’s–and Clara’s–feet.   At age 29, Shen Lu is already an accomplished international performer. In addition to performances at Beijing’s Central Conservatory Music Hall, Culture Center, and City Hall in his native China, he has appeared in Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New

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TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH: TCHAIKOVSKY’S SYMPHONY NO. 5

Don Giovanni is lost but Tchaikovsky’s Fifth pulls itself back from the brink.   Newly appointed as Associate Professor and full-time Violin Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with

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TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH: TCHAIKOVSKY’S SYMPHONY NO. 5

Don Giovanni is lost but Tchaikovsky’s Fifth pulls itself back from the brink.   Newly appointed as Associate Professor and full-time Violin Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with

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FATE AND VICTORY: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

The most famous four notes in classical music.   Arvo PärtCantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Arvo Pärt possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary classical music, the product of eclectic influences from the “official” Soviet aesthetic to Renaissance polyphony. Born near Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, Pärt began his

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BERNSTEIN AND SHOSTAKOVICH

  Shostakovich’s Soviet trauma reveals the reality of Voltaire’s Utopian fantasy.   Leonard BernsteinOverture to Candide During the McCarthy era of the early 1950s, Leonard Bernstein and playwright Lillian Hellman decided to use Voltaire’s satirical novel Candide as a vehicle to make a political statement. According to Hellman, the novel attacks “all

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FATE AND VICTORY: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

The most famous four notes in classical music.   Arvo PärtCantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten Arvo Pärt possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary classical music, the product of eclectic influences from the “official” Soviet aesthetic to Renaissance polyphony. Born near Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, Pärt began his

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