Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A Riotous Rite

May 30, 2017

Let us now focus on what was, along with the Rolling Stones concert at northern California’s Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969, the most famous riot in Western music history… […]

Portrait of composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: We All Make Mistakes

May 9, 2017

During his all-too-brief, 40-year lifetime, Gottschalk was considered to be the greatest pianist and composer ever born in the Western hemisphere, the “Chopin of the New World.” […]

Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: An Earth-Shaking Performance!

April 17, 2017

After performing in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City, the company crossed the Great Divide and arrived in San Francisco, there to perform Georges Bizet’s Carmen on the evening of April 17, 1907: 110 years ago today. […]


The Many Faces of Raphael’s Madonna

April 16, 2017

By William Kloss, Independent Art Historian Raphael’s depictions of the Madonna have inspired countless imitations, both honorable and meretricious. Here, we’ll take a look at a few of […]

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