Philadelphia Orchestra: The Masters of Philadelphia Sound

Philadelphia Orchestra has made history in all kinds of ways. They are first to appear on national television in 1948 and the first orchestra to utilize an online live stream in 1997.

L.A. Philharmonic vs. Boston Symphony: Which Is the Largest Orchestral Operation?

The Boston Symphony call themselves “the world’s largest orchestral operation,” but L.A. Philharmonic annual spending has exceeded Boston Symphony’s. Which one indeed is the largest?

Are City Orchestras Becoming Extinct?

With lockouts, deficits, and dwindling audiences, classical ensembles fight for survival. Symphonies in different cities over the past 2 years have all encountered strikes/lockouts partly because of the weak economy.

Cleveland Orchestra: Small-Town World-Beater

The Cleveland Orchestra is considered as one of the “Big Five” American orchestras. George Szell established a distinct European sound for the orchestra, which would later on become its trademark sound.

Grammy Award Winning Conductor Bramwell Tovey

A lot of people believe that classical music is only for the olden times. But the fact is, the following for this genre of music is as strong as ever. Even better, there are musicians who keep this genre of music alive for the next generations. One of the most popular figures in modern classical […]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: A Living Legend

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, also popularly known as CSO, is a classical symphonic group that has a long history and an equally long list of achievements. Calling the Orchestra Hall in Chicago their home, they are one of the oldest orchestras in America today.

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Beantown Pride

Boston Symphony Orchestra has a long list of accomplishments: being considered as a member of the prestigious “Big Five”, first recording in 1917, and made musical scores for big movies such as Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.

People-Driven – Mid-Twentieth Century American Symphony

American Symphony struggled to find its unique identity in the mid-twentieth century as some American Symphony artists continued to swim back to their European roots while others still had been trying to find their own voices in the American setting.

Spirit of the Early American Symphony

Joseph Horowitz writes in his book “Classical Music in America: A History” and on his blog all about the topic American symphonies. Here is an excerpt of some of his writings: In a Young People’s Concert, Leonard Bernstein summed up the late 19th century as the “kindergarten period” of American music. Leonard Bernstein also expressed […]

Chicago Blackhawks Gets A Treat From Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Professional ice hockey team Chicago Blackhawks receives a salute from the prestigious Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) through a performance of the classical version of the Chelsea Dagger goal song. The CSO music director Riccardo Muti even wore a Blackhawks sweater while leading the performance during one of the rehearsals. Watch the CSO Chelsea Dagger classical […]