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Four hundred years ago this year, the first African people were taken from their homelands and brought to colonial America – thus instituting slavery in... [Read More]
The dancing hippos, flying ponies and misbehaving brooms of Disney's 1940 film Fantasia are indelibly etched into the minds of generations. For that reason, last... [Read More]
For many instrumentalists, the idea to "sing through your instrument" is just a figure of speech. But for Cleveland-based Ogni Suono saxophone duo, it's an... [Read More]
Earlier today in the Classical 101 studios, madness reigned supreme. [Read More]
It's been a few years since my first list of " 10 Great Children's Books About Classical Music ." Just in time for the new... [Read More]
Over the last few months, during Classical 101's Bernstein Summer , you've enjoyed our Bernstein Minutes on-air and online, along with countless performances of Leonard... [Read More]
Like many people in the 1940s, Leonard Bernstein was a fan of actress Bette Davis. And, as Bernstein's conducting and composing careers skyrocketed, the feelings... [Read More]
Even if you've never seen the 1957 hit musical West Side Story , I'll bet you can hum the tune from "Tonight," "Maria," "America" or... [Read More]
Lawrence of Arabia is, hands down, one of the classics. [Read More]
A violin with a past is fated to keep dooming the present. [Read More]
John Sturges' 1960 Western remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic film Seven Samurai features an intense musical score by one of the great composers of film... [Read More]
Ah, the joys of summer — sunshine, long days, grilling on the patio — and movies. [Read More]
Here's the story of one of Leonard Bernstein's college capers. [Read More]
You could say that Pluto is the Rodney Dangerfield of planets. [Read More]
It's always a good time in the Classical 101 studios — but it was an especially good time recently when things here got a little... [Read More]
Leonard Bernstein was there at the beginning of Yo-Yo Ma's career. And in a special way, Yo-Yo Ma was there at the end of Bernstein's... [Read More]
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the mother and mother-in-law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the music lover. And, thanks to the... [Read More]
The year is 1941. War is raging in Europe. Here on the home front, Leonard Bernstein is 23 years old, a student at Philadelphia's Curtis... [Read More]
For more than a decade, Leonard Bernstein brought young people to classical music through his televised Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic .... [Read More]
He was pivotal in reviving the American musical genre of ragtime. He has composed music in a range of styles that all but erases the... [Read More]