Monday, February 25, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Join us for our 2013 On Air Fundraiser!
Dead White Guys will produce two fundraiser shows: February 10th and February 17th. Enjoy the music, and please consider making a monetary donation to maintain our program's offbeat approach to classical music.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Kraus was born in Germany and moved to Stockholm, Sweden in 1778, where King Gustav III was busy putting an end to the Age of Liberty, a period when the monarchy was minimized and power entrusted to a parliament. Gustav promoted instead the benevolent monarchy, enacting economic and social reforms, and spending lavishly on the arts. Kraus benefited from the King's artistic bent and began composing for the Swedish court. His symphonies were written during his employment there. Many of the symphonies are either lost or mis-attributed. The ones that survive are mostly three-movement works—another difference with Mozart, whose most famous symphonies have four movements—and are not widely known.
I'm on a mission to introduce more classical music fans to the music of Joseph Martin Kraus. Petter Sundkvist and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra have recorded a dozen of Kraus's symphonies, and I will be featuring them in episodes of Dead White Guys that I host on a rotating basis. You can hear Kraus's Symphony in C major, VB 138, in the second hour of the August 19 show.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
No media available for this one, but my Wii reference in the last post came true! RMM had strapped to each arm a Wii controller, used to modify sounds played on and in the piano, through the microphone, and brass singing bowl.
Check out their website, which includes video, at http://www.themindensemble.com/. This particular performance does deserve a description, especially for its spectacular projection work, but later.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The conference is all day Monday-Wednesday, May 21-23, largely held on U-M's North Campus with concerts at the Lydia Mendelssohn theater.I’ll leave you with links to the website and some videos of NIMEs past.