Tom Huizenga http://wcbe.org en The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz http://wcbe.org/post/2014-world-cup-anthems-quiz In case you've been hiding under a rock (or a patch of AstroTurf), there's a little sporting event underway that has much of the world glued to the television. As the <a href="http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html" target="_blank">2014 World Cup</a> blasts into its second week, 32 teams (in groups of four, lettered A-H) continue to battle it out in Brazil.<p>Before each game begins, one important custom must be observed — the singing of each team's national anthem. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:35:18 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57964 at http://wcbe.org The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums http://wcbe.org/post/revved-vivaldi-persian-bamboo-and-soaring-spirituals-new-classical-albums It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before. In this visit to <em>All Things Considered</em>, host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/102444338/jacki-lyden" target="_blank">Jacki Lyden</a> and I explore an East meets West mashup in a concerto for Persian ney (bamboo flute) and orchestra, a young composer who treats electronic and acoustic instruments as equals, an opera star who goes back to church and a violinist who plays Vivaldi with delicious abandon. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 38488 at http://wcbe.org Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013 http://wcbe.org/post/hit-road-and-hear-some-music-summer-classical-festivals-2013 Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best events, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls. Been to a great summer festival we've missed? Feel free to pass along your own reviews in the comments section.<p><strong>EAST</strong><p><ul><p><li>The <a href="http://www.spac.org/" target="_blank">Saratoga Performing Arts Center</a> in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 02:13:08 +0000 Tom Huizenga 38368 at http://wcbe.org Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013 Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments http://wcbe.org/post/gods-and-monsters-5-unforgettable-wagner-moments How much do you know about <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/89337436/richard-wagner" target="_blank">Richard Wagner</a>? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.<p>Two centuries after Wagner's birth (he was born in Leipzig May 22, 1813), the man and his music continue to beguile and bewilder fans, detractors and critics. Wed, 22 May 2013 17:24:33 +0000 Tom Huizenga 36130 at http://wcbe.org Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums http://wcbe.org/post/vespers-habaneras-and-early-morning-walks-new-classical-albums Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" begins with the line: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." Frost's traveler must choose between them. But slide that metaphor over to the world of classical music and you will discover hundreds of paths to explore. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:37:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 33565 at http://wcbe.org Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters http://wcbe.org/post/measures-affection-five-musical-love-letters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht1OkPN6Zso</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hctOXPdaWXk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cqz2yomToA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cibwQFbwEPs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnKBVL45VSs</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 30711 at http://wcbe.org Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music? http://wcbe.org/post/who-needs-drugs-when-youve-got-music It happened again last Saturday. And boy, when it hit me it felt great — though it left me a little shaken.<p>Comfortably ensconced in row Q at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, I was enjoying a production of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17479222/gaetano-donizetti" target="_blank">Donizetti</a>'s quasi-historical <em>Maria Stuarda</em>, loosely based on the rivalry between Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 02:24:34 +0000 Tom Huizenga 29212 at http://wcbe.org Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music? Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? http://wcbe.org/post/what-ever-happened-classical-christmas-album <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr-csOGecGc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKvoygXsRV4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH4rSCabUWg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONknTGUckKc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39h3VVfOoW0</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27925 at http://wcbe.org Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 http://wcbe.org/post/bald-mezzo-and-three-shades-violin-classical-favorites-2012 From mezzo-soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221692/cecilia-bartoli" target="_blank">Cecilia Bartoli</a>'s ambitious revival of the early Baroque composer Agostino Stefani (and yes, she's got another outrageous album cover) to three very different roles for the violin, here's a clutch of classical albums I returned to again and again this year for sheer delight and aural inspiration. Bartoli lavishes extravagant attention on the music of a fascinating but forgotten link in the history of opera. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27148 at http://wcbe.org A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103 http://wcbe.org/post/elliott-carter-giant-american-music-dies-103 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1stGn4NA-tU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwbPwq3-PAs</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:50:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 25474 at http://wcbe.org You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You http://wcbe.org/post/you-are-what-you-hear-what-your-favorite-music-says-about-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otJY2HvW3Bw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2dDRf7Q6Zg</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 19:48:57 +0000 Tom Huizenga 20545 at http://wcbe.org You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums http://wcbe.org/post/headbanging-bruckner-and-debussy-black-and-white-new-classical-albums Some people are intimidated by the vastness of classical music. And while the prospect of more than 1,000 years of hits to consider may be daunting, just think instead of how many musical journeys of discovery can be made. Sun, 05 Aug 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 20189 at http://wcbe.org Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music http://wcbe.org/post/know-it-alls-guide-olympic-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IizWc4cJwbw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xio0TcKhRUI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZARDqznfyo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YdgWWaH7UM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsB4a--WRTs</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:52:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 19544 at http://wcbe.org A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums http://wcbe.org/post/fireworks-cuba-and-schubert-grooves-new-classical-albums Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on<em> All Things Considered</em>, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert. Sat, 05 May 2012 19:41:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 15322 at http://wcbe.org Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums From Hyperpianos To Harmonious Handel: New Classical Albums http://wcbe.org/post/hyperpianos-harmonious-handel-new-classical-albums What's the saying — the more things change, the more they stay the same? It seems that's how it goes in the ways we make music. MIT futurologist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/97057424/tod-machover" target="_blank">Tod Machover</a> rethinks traditional instruments, coming up with new things like the hyperpiano; Pianist Michael Chertock gives it a go in an explosive excerpt below. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:51:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 4439 at http://wcbe.org From Hyperpianos To Harmonious Handel: New Classical Albums Clouds, Concertos And A Trip To Fiji: New Classical Albums http://wcbe.org/post/clouds-concertos-and-trip-fiji-new-classical-albums With all the chatter about the death of the compact disc, anxiety in the recording industry and the domination of downloads, the flood of CDs overflowing my mailbox never seems to recede. Need a new <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91476244/anton-bruckner" target="_blank">Bruckner</a> 4th, an <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/126030662/thomas-ades" target="_blank">Adès</a> anthology or piano music by Pärt? How about Azerbaijani concertos, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15044271/franz-schubert" target="_blank">Schubert</a> sonatas or a new <em>Midsummer Night's Dream</em>? Sun, 11 Dec 2011 18:40:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 1504 at http://wcbe.org Clouds, Concertos And A Trip To Fiji: New Classical Albums