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Classically Speaking

Classical music in West Virginia and Beyond

Dissonances: Quatuor Ebene's Mozart

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · October 18, 2011

You may have heard people talking about the "Dissonances" Mozart recording by Quatuor Ebène that is one of the thank you gifts when you donate to WV Public Radio this week. Check out the videos to hear a preview.


So good. Or you could also get the COMPLETE works of Beethoven, or the 100 Best Classics samplers (nice intros to classical music), as a thank you gift when you donate.

Check it out. Thank you for continuing to make WV Public Radio possible with your support!

More classical internet silliness

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · October 14, 2011

We have some good, substantive interviews to post for you here soon, but for now, while we're busy raising money to support WV Public Radio and this site, I have just a few more short silly things to hopefully make you smile.

If Carmen and her friends were on Facebook..., well her drama would fit right in.

When practicing playing Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble-bee, I bet some musicians have wished they could eliminate a few of those notes!

Raid Flight of Bumblebee

Another classical music product placement -- someone just let me know of a whiskey commercial that makes good use of Saint-Saens's Danse Macabre (very appropriate for this time of year):

The Hawk of Achill

And then some radio fun...with George Hrab's "Symphonic Call-In Show":

Finally, in honor of the WV Symphony's upcoming Beethoven Symphony No. 5 concert, here's a classic from P.D.Q. Bach -- New Horizons in Music Appreciation: 

P.D.Q. Bach (Peter Schickele) - "New horizons in music appreciation"

WV Classical Calendar -- October

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · October 1, 2011

Ocotber 2011

Happy fall! Here's a busy month of concerts to enjoy. Let me know if I've missed anything!

Oct. 1: Tiberius String Quartet (Charleston Chamber Music Society)

Oct. 1: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (Hurricane)

Oct. 1: Shenandoah Conservatory Symphonic Wind  Ensemble

Oct. 2: ASHU (Fairmont Chamber Music Society)

Oct. 2: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WV State University)

Oct. 2: John O'Conor, piano (Shenandoah Conservatory) (interview)

Oct. 3: Mikylah McTeer, violin; Peter Amstutz, piano (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 4: WVU Wind Symphony

Oct. 5: Wendell Dobbs, flute; John Ingram, piano (Marshall University Faculty Recital)

Oct. 5: Betsy Billock, piano (West Liberty University)

Oct. 5: Josh Meredith, baritone; Nathan Moheebi, tenor; Ron Neal, piano (Kanawha Forum)

Oct. 6: Marshall University Wind Symphony

Oct. 7: WVU New Music Recital

Oct. 8: Huntington Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 9: Montclaire String Quartet

Oct. 9: Magnets Project Brazilian Student Recital (Marshall University)

Oct. 9, 2pm: Juan Jaramillo, violin; Robert Troeger, keyboards; Jose Puentes, bass and cuatro (St. Matthew's, Wheeling)

Oct. 10: WVU Chamber Winds

Oct. 11: Glenville State College Music Fest: Bluegrass, Choir, Band, Percussion, and More!

Oct. 11: Aubrey Ford, tuba masterclass (WV State University)

Oct. 11: Tuesday with Fran: Mozart (Carnegie Hall Lewisburg)

Oct. 12: Marshall University Orchestra

Oct. 12: Ryan Anthony, trumpet; Gary Beard, organ (West Liberty University)

Oct. 12: Cara Escue; soprano; Madeline Southall, soprano; Allie Sargent, mezzo-soprano; Ron Neal, piano (Kanawha Forum)

Oct. 13: SAI Musicale (Fairmont State University)

Oct. 14: WVU Percussion Concert

Oct. 14: Fairmont State University Collegiate Singers and Chamber Choir

Oct. 14: Wheeling Symphony Pops: Richie Cole and Five by Design

Oct. 15: WVU New Music Concert

Oct. 15: Alderson-Broaddus Brass Choir, Chamber Ensemble, and Concert Choir

Oct. 15: Alderson-Broaddus Quartets, Jazz Ensemble, and The West Virginians

Oct 15: Met Opera Live in HD: Donizetti's Anna Bolena (Morgantown, Barboursville, Lewisburg, Nitro, other locations in surrounding region)

Oct. 18: Nina Assimakopoulos, flute (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 19: Rob Barron, Trombone Masterclass (Shepherd University)

Oct. 19: Alderson-Broaddus Afternoon Recital

Oct. 19: Timpani Chamber Music Ensemble (Kanawha Forum)

Oct. 19: Juan Jaramillo, violin; Robert Troeger, keyboards; Jose Puentes, bass and cuatro (Wheeling Jesuit University)

Oct. 20: Clyde English Memorial Organ Recital (West Virginia University)

Oct. 20: West Liberty University Bands

Oct. 20: Rebecca Rischin, clarinet; Youmee Kim, piano (Marshall University Guest Artist Recital)

Oct. 21: Shepherd University A Capella Choral Concert

Oct. 21-22: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Julie Albers, cello

Oct. 21-23: Shenandoah Conservatory Bach-Handel Festival

Oct. 22: Lynn Hileman, bassoon (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 22-23: Marshall University Guitar Festival

Oct. 22-23: Maryland Symphony Orchestra; Nick Kendall, violin

Oct. 23: MTNA Recital (Alderson-Broaddus)

Oct. 23: WVU Fall Choral Concert

Oct. 23: William Haller, organ (WVU Recital)

Oct. 23: Ron Barron, trombone (WVU Guest Artist Recital)

Oct. 24: Octubafest I: Tuba and Euphonium Solo Night (Marshall University)

Oct. 24: Starry Night of Romeo & Juliet, Philadelphia Orchestra (Carnegie Hall Film Series)

Oct. 25: Masterclass: Elizabeth Wotring Nelson, voice (Fairmont State University)

Oct. 26: Triptych Concert (Marshall University)

Oct. 25: WVU Faculty Piano Quartet

Oct. 25: Van Buren Quintet (Shenandoah Conservatory)

Oct. 26: Christy Banks, clarinet (West Liberty University Guest Artist Recital)

Oct. 29: Met Opera Live in HD: Mozart's Don Giovanni (Morgantown, Barboursville, Lewisburg, Nitro, other locations in surrounding region)

Oct. 29: Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra; Timothy Roberts, saxophone

Oct. 27: John Beall, composer (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 28: Maria Yefimova, piano (MUsic Alive, Marshall)

Oct. 28: Shenandoah Conservatory Brass Ensemble

Oct. 31: Octubafest II: Tubaween (Marshall University)

Oct. 31: Laureate Wind Quintet

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