Invention never sounds better than the Ninth. Topping off the opening week’s theme of “Invention” in the Amphitheater Saturday night was one of classical music’s most significant ones, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Choral.” In the
A new Amphitheater … and new hall. The debate over the replacement of the old (so strange to write!) Amphitheater largely focused on its historic significance and beloved status versus a need for modernization. The
Contrary to its reputation, classical music concerts consist only of the new. One reason is perhaps less obvious, the fact that each performance of the masterpieces of the past is a live, even living, event.
Since at least the turn of the century, communication from the stage has lightened the cultural baggage that still weighs down classical music as inaccessible and highbrow. Handing a conductor, composer or soloist a microphone