Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 34: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Keith Weber

Posted on · In honor of Beethoven's 240-something birthday, Keith Weber, Grammy-nominated Producer, Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, and Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc., talks about just who this "Beethoven" guy was, why he was officially excused from having manners at parties, and all about his "Missa Solemnis" mass.

Music from the Movies

Music from the Movies

Posted on · Superman! Join host Brad Sayles this weekend for the last of a two part series featuring John Williams' score to the 1978 film Superman, celebrating the 35th anniversary. Brad is joined by veteran film producer John Streeter who will help guide us through this fantastic score. Tune in this Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 5pm on Classical91.7: onair or online!

Music from the Movies

Music from the Movies

Posted on · Superman! Join host Brad Sayles this weekend for the first of a two part series featuring John Williams' score to the 1978 film Superman, celebrating the 35th anniversary. Brad is joined by veteran film producer John Streeter who will help guide us through this fantastic score. Tune in this Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 5pm on Classical91.7: onair or online!

Classical Classroom

Christmas-y Classical-ish Tunes for You!

Posted on · Silver & Gold by Sufjan Stevens I'm possibly overly into this album right now, and you guys might dig it, too. I thought I loved Christmas/the holidays a lot until I discovered Sufjan Stevens' Christmas music. Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6–10 is his second collection of Christmas tunes, and it is vast: 58 tracks. (Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5 weighs in at a meager 42 tracks.) The dude is absolutely nutty about Christmas. Nut. Ty. While Sufjan is not a classical musician in the strictest sense of the word (he has been called everything from "indie folk" to "baroque pop"), he clearly has an appreciation for it. He plays multiple instruments including the English horn and the oboe, and many of the tunes on Silver & Gold sound like (are?) early music. Stevens has also collaborated with classical musicians like Nico Muhly, which gives him classical music cred in my book. Anyway, take a listen to the track above, and let me know what you think. Early music, right? I love that this exists in this collection alongside tunes like "Christmas Unicorn". This album gives Christmas fresh, new sounds and reminds us of the lovely sounds of Christmas past. Happy holly jolly, everyone!