Music Monday: Keeping it classical

What does “classical music” bring to mind? Pianos, orchestras, guys with wild hair throwing their arms around, bugs bunny?

Classical music has an interesting connotation in today’s society. It gets a bad rap being associated with stuffy old people, but then parents play it for their unborn children because it makes them “smart.” It’s both our history and something we return to.

Although it’s been played a million times, its always different depending on the players, the conductors, the instruments. At the workshop, there are some exercises that just never get old. Our Artistic Director, Gary Draper, has been doing “run and freeze” with children and adults for over 20 years. But it still works. The parameters are always the same, but the different reactions of the people playing produce an individual performance every time. And it helps us learn how to focus and concentrate on directions.

Do you have a piece of classical music you return to? Do you like it because it makes you feel a certain way, or because it reminds you of something?

Do you think listening to classical music makes you smarter? We don’t know about that, but we do know that our playlist includes at least one piece you will recognize. A universal experience of music brought to you by the classics.

What is your favorite piece of classical music? Opera, symphonic movement, concerto, et. And/or who is your favorite “classical” composer?

Listen to our staff picks on Spotify

  • Gary, Artistic Director – Mozart Don Diovane – Marriage of Figaro
  • Jessica, Executive Director – Vivaldi “Gloria”
  • Cathy, Finance Director – Pachelbel
  • Karena, Program Director – J.S. Bach
  • Beverly, Individual Giving Manager – Parvarotti, Nessum Dorma and Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5, & 6
  • Benjamin, Media Intern – Claire de Lunde by Claude Debussy
  • Anne, Program & Communications Manager – Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes  and Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony
  • Ivy, Finance & Operations Manager – Cats, Mozart
  • Aurora, Program Manager – Bach Goldberg variations played by Glen Gold
  • Larry, Program & Administrative Assistant – Minuet in “G” by Bach used as a basis for the Toys “A Lover’s Concerto” 1965
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