Observer: 8VA Named One of the Most Powerful Entertainment and Media PR Firms of 2018

Observer: 8VA Named One of the Most Powerful Entertainment and Media PR Firms of 2018

One of the planet’s few PR firms specializing in classical music, 8VA deserves an ovation for mellifluous work on clients like Lang Lang, The Cliburn, organist Cameron Carpenter, Anne Akiko Meyers, more. Bonus fact to make you smarter: 8VA also means a “musical notation used to instruct the musician to play the note an octave higher than written.”

The Strad: Postcard From China

The Strad: Postcard From China

The 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition showcased so many impressive performances that the scoring was a s tight as could be. Charlotte Smith attended the finals.

Classical Classroom: On Discovering Hidden Classical Gems with Marc-André Hamelin

Classical Classroom: On Discovering Hidden Classical Gems with Marc-André Hamelin

In this Classical Classroom episode, Marc-André Hamelin talks about how (and why) he finds music that’s new to him, about a few pieces he’s found that he loves, and gives advice on how you, too, can go a-(record)hunting.

Violin Channel: Julian Schwarz – 'Considerations for Preparing the Rococo Variations'

Violin Channel: Julian Schwarz – 'Considerations for Preparing the Rococo Variations'

In a VC exclusive guest blog, American cellist Julian Schwarz shares his top considerations for preparing Tchaikovsky's 'Variations on a Rococo Theme'

Blogcritics: Marc-André Hamelin at Carnegie Hall Review

Blogcritics: Marc-André Hamelin at Carnegie Hall Review

Marc-André Hamelin opened his Carnegie Hall program with a sober and thoughtful performance. His approach showed an awareness that the music needs no excess. All the magnificence is there in the score.

San Francisco Classical Voice: Taiwan Philharmonic Offers A Fresh Perspective on Orchestral Music

San Francisco Classical Voice: Taiwan Philharmonic Offers A Fresh Perspective on Orchestral Music

How different the same hall feels with another orchestra onstage. For starters, at Monday’s Taiwan Philharmonic concert, women not only outnumbered men — they were extraordinarily well-represented even in the sections (double bass, brass, and especially, leadership positions) that remain male-dominated in this country’s orchestras. There was no concertmaster entrance; in fact, the orchestra entered the Davies stage en masse. And the applause, after every movement, didn’t feel wrong.

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.