Classical Music (& Class)

Posted by – June 23, 2010

Lawrence University, where Rachel & I work, has a Conservatory as well — which for me means tons of free, cool music. I go see a lot of things I never went to see in NYC; as I was explaining, in NYC, classical music often costs a lot, and when it doesn’t, it means sitting with a million people in Central Park to hear/see it. Ditto for opera, and often for jazz, too.

Here, I go a lot, although I’ve never known much about classical music, and along comes this cool series from Atlantic Monthly about how to listen to (& appreciate) classical music. I’ve had people give me CDs (the music medium, not the type of trans person) in the past, but for me – live is the thing. I prefer all of my music live & in person, pretty much, & now feel like I’ve been incredibly spoiled to have so much of it around so much of the time as a NYC resident. I went to see a Chinese classical performer, here, for instance, & couldn’t remember where I’d seen someone play that kind of instrument before, until I remembered: the W 4th Street subway. It’s one of the things I miss most, all the found music in NYC – guys playing plastic buckets, folk singers in Washington Square Park – but the Con makes up for a lot.

1 Comment on Classical Music (& Class)

  1. Catrina says:

    Helen: Have you discovered any favorites? By chance, do they periodically attempt kabuki, where all the female roles are played by boys. (In Japan, many women go to kabuki to learn how to imitate the boys special ways of expressing femininity.)

    I would think with Rachel’s background and theatrical knowledge, she could be invaluable in bringing some really interesting opera to Lawrence.

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