A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country’s biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.

SSO and BSO

This past weekend was a big one for orchestras in Massachusetts. On Saturday evening my colleague John Nowacki gave his first pre-concert talk for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and was witness to a season opening concert he called splendid and “breathtaking.”

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand? The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him…