Music Festivals and Venues: The Bucket List

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Honoring the Music Makers at Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame

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 Read More

Sydney Opera House (photo: Anthony Toole)

Being Overwhelmed by a Concert at the Sydney Opera House

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 Read More

Inside Aspen Music Festival's Benedict Tent. Photo: Alex Irvin

Hearing Great Classical Music Free in Aspen, Colorado

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 Read More

L'Austral anchors in Patmos, where St. John wrote Revelations.

Sailing the Greek Isles on L’Austral: A Moonlit Mediterranean Music Cruise

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 Read More

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Concert-Going at Edinburgh’s International Arts Festival

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 Read More

The Boston Pops warm up in the Tanglewood Shed.

Picnicking and Concert-Going at Tanglewood in the Massachusetts Berkshires

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 Read More

NY Philharmonic at Vail Music Festival Photo credit: Chris Lee

Taking in the Tunes at Vail’s Summer Music Festival – Want Beer With That?

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. Read More