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Chapman Challenge: The History of Handbells

Chapman Challenge: The History of Handbells

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan explains the history of handbells, their transition from bell tower practice tools to melody instruments, and how melodies are divided among ringers in a handbell choir.

Brass
12/15/2021
What Makes a Christmas Concerto a Christmas Concerto?

What Makes a Christmas Concerto a Christmas Concerto?

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan explains that a Christmas concerto is a type of concerto grosso from the Baroque period, characterized by a Pastorale movement.

Chapman Challenge
12/15/2021
John Carpenter, “Halloween” Composer for Hire

John Carpenter, “Halloween” Composer for Hire

Renowned director John Carpenter discusses his journey from filmmaker to musician, his approach to scoring his own films, and his experience working on the Halloween series.

Film/TV
10/30/2021
Chapman Challenge: What’s the Spookiest Instrument?

Chapman Challenge: What’s the Spookiest Instrument?

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan discusses the spookiest instruments in honor of Halloween, highlighting the eerie sounds of the theremin and the scary potential of violins.

Chapman Challenge
10/26/2021
The Secret Love Affair Hidden in Alban Berg’s “Lyric Suite”

The Secret Love Affair Hidden in Alban Berg’s “Lyric Suite”

Explore the hidden love story in Alban Berg's Lyric Suite. Discover how Berg used musical references, initials, and numerology to encode his affair with Hanna Fuchs-Robettin.

Musicology
02/11/2021
Chapman Challenge: The Story Behind Handel’s “Messiah”

Chapman Challenge: The Story Behind Handel’s “Messiah”

In this Chapman Challenge, Alan discusses Handel's journey with oratorios, from his first encounter in Italy to his profitable English oratorios, culminating in the creation of Messiah.

Chapman Challenge
12/18/2020

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A Conversation with Sara Davis Buechner

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Celebrating Classical Music with Pride!

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Celebrating Pride month, this article highlights the contributions of LGBTQ+ composers in classical music, including Handel, Tchaikovsky, Angela Morley, Billy Strayhorn, Wendy Carlos, and Rufus Wainwright.

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Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

A celebration and appreciation of Beethoven’s 9th. Together we’ll explore the question of how this symphony changed music forever and why we still connect with it so deeply today. Following this exploration: a complete performance of Beethoven’s 9th on the exact 200th anniversary of its first performance.

Beethoven
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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Classical California's special broadcast featuring AAPI musicians and composers on May 13th, 3-5pm.

Culture
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