What would you expect to see in a musicians' hall of fame? If the household names of the world's leading recording artists and performing headliners come to mind, think again. Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame is all about the players behind the
Music Festivals and Venues: The Bucket List
Even before we had left England I had booked seats for the concert, even though I had no idea what the performance would be: The Opera House website gave only the title, The Shock of The New, and the information that the programme would only be
Standing on the corner of 18th and Vine in Kansas City Missouri is one of those pop culture bucket list mandates for jazz fans -- in the same vein as standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona or crossing London's Abbey Road barefoot is for rock n'
There’s nothing more glorious than sitting on the grass on beautiful evenings at summer classical music festivals, listening to Brahms or Stravinsky. But from Tanglewood to Hollywood, from Wolf Trap to Ravinia, only one top festival offers lawn
He had to be 70 years old, the guy in the loin cloth and tails. The crowd applauded him as he slipped in the side entrance to the back dock at Stan’s Idle Hour in the one-of-a-kind village of Goodland on Marco Island, Florida. When I took his
For some reason, concert pianist Gilles Vonsattel had never learned to play Clair de Lune, a staple of the piano repertoire. But strolling the decks of Compagnie du Ponant's mega-yacht, l'Austral on a moonlit evening on the Aegean Sea, he was
The rippling notes of a Beethoven piano sonata pour into the auditorium. Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, filled to capacity, is under a spell. It’s world-famous virtuoso Alfred Brendel’s final performance at the Edinburgh International Festival and some 2200
In some ways, it's a perfectly ordinary night at Tanglewood: We've got a picnic and a blanket and a bottle of wine, and so does everyone around us. The sky is a flawless summer blue, the lawn is a deep, well-tended summer green. But the 250-acre
Notes from a violin reverberated across an ancient music hall in South America A young American violinist was playing one of the most difficult pieces of contemporary music to a rapt audience of 700. The combination of the sound and the setting made
Once upon a time, my advice on Vail was “great for winter, Aspen for summer” because while Vail’s humongous and beautifully groomed ski slopes were wonderful, the summer season languished. There were not a whole lot of cultural offerings years ago.
Never heard of Gaylord, Michigan? Neither had I until last summer, but let me just say this: a resident herd of elk, one cool microbrewery, and a festival where they carve parsnips into lanterns, burn an effigy called Boogg, and have contests for
In my very first memory of the Calgary Stampede, when I never dreamed I would someday be a Calgarian myself, I’m walking through horse poop three inches deep in my white shoes, clarinet in hand. Our high school band is lining up behind the