Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 37: George Heathco on Louis Andriessen and Alt-Classical

Posted on · Louis Andriessen is one of the most important contemporary composers you've (probably) never heard of. His work isn't widely played because he's written many pieces for varieties of ensembles that don't exist. In fact, specially created ensembles have sprung up because of Andriessen's pieces, including the famous British ensemble, Icebreaker. Guitarist, composer, and co-founder of Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, George Heathco, teaches us all about Andriessen and his contributions to the alt classical movement. Or indie classical. Or whatever you wanna call it.  

Music from the Movies

Gravity: Music from the Movies

Posted on · Join host Brad Sayles as he explores the Oscar nominated score to Gravity with composer Steven Price. This sonically superb score features a whole host of sound from synths to samples, and solo strings to choirs...all organized in a musical way to give us a ride like no other. Tune in this Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 5pm.

Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 36: Catherine Lu welcomes the Year of the Horse with the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

Posted on · The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto was written by two Chinese composers, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, in 1959. In honor of Chinese New Year - which begins 1/31 - Houston Public Media's Catherine Lu has come back to the Classroom to teach us all about this gorgeous piece, which was based on possibly the most tragic opera ever.

UH Moment

UH Moment: “STEAM”

Posted on · Science and math often are considered to be opposite ends of the spectrum from art endeavors. But one teacher and researcher finds they have more in common than we think, and together can create a better student.

Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 35: Percussionist Craig Hauschildt gets fresh with Golijov’s “Ayre”

Posted on · Osvaldo Golijov's "Ayre" - an amazing exercise in contrasts - is unlike any other piece you've ever heard on Classical Classroom. In fact, is it classical music?? Percussionist Craig Hauschildt (who works for a group called Da Camera that brings tons of classical music to Houston) answers that question, plus, we both try and fail at pronouncing a lot of words.

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My Classical Music New Year’s Resolution

Posted on · Happy 2014 everyone! I feel like it's been ages. You all look great. Well rested. So, I don't know about you, but I have been busy making my New Year's resolutions [see pic above]. One of them is to go to more classical music concerts. But, I can't decide which to go to. So, I need your help! Want for me to come to your concert? Convince me! Here's how: - Submit a 1-2 minute recording of your classical music group/org/laptop-based experimental classical music project to this DropBox: a.soundcloud-dropbox:hover {color: #1896D1 !important; background-color: transparent !important;}*html a.soundcloud-dropbox {background-image: none !important; filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='(http://a1.sndcdn.com/images/dropbox_small_white.png?d53bf9f)', sizingMethod='crop') !important;}/* if you want to have valid HTML, please be so kind and put the style part in the head of your page */ Send me your sounds - Next, drop me a line at dclay@classical917.org. Make sure to include the following in the email: --- Your organization or group's name --- Details about the performance --- How to get in touch with you --- Why you think I should come to your show. If I'm going to come to your show, I'll be in touch! Looking forward to some good shows in the new year. I will make sure to bring my lighter and glow sticks.