Author: Kevin Doherty

  • VIDEO: Protect Yourself From Infection

    Bang on a Can composer David Lang doesn’t purport to be a prophet. At least not so far as I know. But you gotta hand it to him, the piece he wrote for the Philadelphia-based choral ensemble The Crossing last year is a little bit on the nose. “I had no idea when I wrote […]

  • Playlist: December 1, 2019

    It’s a pretty wintry Sunday in Sacremento (55 and rain) – so this week’s playlist is complete with a hygge vibe.

  • Strange Bedfellows and Sonic Diversity Make Big Ears the Go To Festival of the Year

    Big Ears is, in fact, a cornucopia of experimental, groundbreaking artists, a kind of sonic choose-your-own-adventure. You might recognize a few names on the docket and some may even surprise you in their notoriety and connection to pop culture like a certain bassist for one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, but that’s where the familiarity ends.

  • Oregon Symphony’s New “Open Music” Series to Open with Caroline Shaw

    Kahane says Shaw is “an absolute dream guest for our first concert: she is brilliant, kind, relentlessly creative, and an eloquent advocate not only for her own work, but for any art that’s important to her.”

  • Stravinsky’s Old Home Selling for $4 Million

    Interested in buying Stravinsky’s old West Hollywood home? Then read on! It’s on the market… for $4 million!

  • New Century Shines In Glass Premiere

    I almost didn’t go. I wasn’t feeling great last Wednesday when New Century Chamber Orchestra played the Mondavi Center in Davis. It’s a bummer because I’d always wanted to see them perform. They were debuting a new piece by Philip Glass with pianist Simone Dinnerstein as the soloist.

  • A Violin Concerto That Is So Much More

    I wasn’t in the mood for Philip Glass’ violin concerto today, but I put in on the turntable anyway. By about a minute in, I was hooked… again. I dare say, every time I put that record on the record player I stop what I’m doing and get lost in the work’s musical soundscape.

  • Arvo Pärt Turns 82 Today

    The BBC Symphony Orchestra performs Arvo Pärt’s Cantus In Memorium Benjamin Britten. Pärt turns 82 today.

  • Playlist of the Week: DIMENSIONS

    Here is the first Apple Music playlist issued by Keep It Classical! I am calling it Dimensions because of the music’s ability to transport us to another world. Motion by Nico Muhly Magnificat by Arvo Pärt Violin Concerto No. 1  by Philip Glass French Suite No. 2 in C minor by JS Bach Dover Beach […]

  • Sigur Rós and the LA Philharmonic Perform… TOGETHER!

    Watch the video of the Icelandic art-rock band, Sigur Rós performing live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the Reykjavik Festival on April 14. The Festival was streamed live via Pitchfork from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The video is 50 minutes of Sigur Rós performing with the L.A. Phil and 50 minutes of the band […]