Quick Takes Category

The LSO’s 30 Day Classical Challenge

One small but fun thing that I have enjoyed during quarantine is participating in a 30 Day Classical Challenge on Instagram. Hosted by the London Symphony Orchestra, followers of the orchestra’s Instagram account were encouraged to take a screenshot of the pink bingo card-like template and each day, share one piece of classical music that […]

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Krumping with Rameau

As I stated in my November 2018 post “Debussy + Trampoline“ (shameless self-plug!), in the art world, there are times when the combination of two or more dissimilar elements can lead to something truly astonishing and transporting. Another case in point: this incredible production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s 1735 opera Les Indes galantes. Rameau’s work is […]

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Bach’s Delectable “Coffee Cantata”

J.S. Bach never wrote any operas, but his secular Cantata—Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211—is probably the closest we’ll get to hearing what a Bach opera could have been like. Commonly known as the “Coffee Cantata,” this mini drama for small orchestra and three singers was likely first presented in 1735, at the Café Zimmermann […]

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