In honor of Veteran’s Day Weekend, All-Star Orchestra kicks off collaboration with U.S. Marine Band

In honor of Veteran’s Day Weekend, All-Star Orchestra kicks off collaboration with U.S. Marine Band

A unique collaboration: the All-Star Orchestra’s Gerard Schwarz conducts the U.S. Marine Band – America’s oldest continually performing musical ensemble – founded by an act of Congress in 1798, and dubbed “The President’s Own” by no less than Thomas Jefferson.  Three programs feature the most famous concert band masterpieces, including works by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, William Schuman, and of course John Philip Sousa.

Classical Post: Olga Kern's Life On And Offstage

Classical Post: Olga Kern's Life On And Offstage

Like so many key figures of classical music history (Bach, Mozart, and the Schumanns, to name a few), music is in Olga Kern’s blood. Coming from a family of musicians and a childhood filled with music, Olga could not imagine her life any other way, and sees it remaining the same even ten years from now - with all roads leading back to the piano.

Miroirs CA: Mirror in Mirror by Anne Akiko Meyers

Miroirs CA: Mirror in Mirror by Anne Akiko Meyers

Mirror, mirror on the wall, guess who released one of the most intriguing recordings of them all? Anne Akiko Meyers, of course. This boutique style CD features arrangements of works by composers of our time that contain a satisfying amount of spirituality and pathos. While Ravel is a composer for all time, the disc includes Tzigane, one of her go to pieces, and for good reason.

Gramophone: Nancy Zhou Wins Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

Gramophone: Nancy Zhou Wins Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

The winner of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition – which carries the highest monetary prize of any music competition of its type – has been won by American violinist Nancy Zhou.

Pizzicato: 35 Years of Shanghai Quartet: Beethoven forever

Pizzicato: 35 Years of Shanghai Quartet: Beethoven forever

35 years ago, one of today's foremost chamber ensembles, the Shanghai Quartet, was formed at the Shanghai Conservatory. Since that year they have played around 3000 concerts and recorded 35 albums. Remy Franck met First violinist and founding member Weigang Li in his native Shanghai.