by Mackenzie Patel Paring high-brow musicians with the dregs of college partying is something I think Mozart would appreciate. Who says that black-tie culture can’t mix alcohol as well as adagios? I’ve been studying classical music for over two years and hearing fiery works (i.e. The Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner) reminds me of… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Classical music is no longer limp background of funerals and study sessions: it’s turning people on. Roman Coppola’s Mozart In the Jungle is getting audiences hot and bothered with the operatic sex of middle-aged divas and angsty composers. Yuja Wang is reinventing what it means to be a classical musician one skin-tight… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello World Travelers!! Here is the second part of my pairing symphonies with paintings series. Find part one here! Peer Gynt     This musical suite, orchestrated in 1875 by Edvard Grieg, was written for a Norwegian play of the same name by Henry Ibsen. Peer Gynt is the main character in… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello World Travelers! Over the past month, I have absorbed and drunk in and worshipped and fell in love with several symphonies thanks to my musically savvy academic team buddies. I was bewitched by Scheherazade, blown away by the Jupiter movement of The Planets, and stunned to death by Petrushka. There’s nothing… Read More