violists laughing

Why Did the Violist Cross the Road?

Every subculture has its in-jokes. Classical musicians are no exception, and the punchline usually involves a viola.

Orson Welles at 100

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Orson Welles.
Scene of a parade from the 2014 movie Annie.

Our Obsession with Orphans: A Short History from Jane Eyre to Annie

Little Orphan Annie is the latest in a sequence of pop culture foundlings, but America’s orphans of the Great Depression weren’t endearing at all.
Ludwig van Beethoven Painting by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1819 or 1820

Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany.
Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi and the Birth of Radio

Guglielmo Marconi successfully made the first transatlantic radio transmission on December 12, 1901.

Playing It Safe: Injury Prevention for Musicians

In their 2010 article on injury prevention for musicians, Christine Guptill and Christine Zaza outline strategies to ward off injuries from muscle overuse.

A Lesbian Account of Mary Martin as Peter Pan

It's Mary Martin's iconic 1954 performance as Peter Pan in the live NBC TV broadcasts that are etched indelibly in the collective memory of many.

What’s in a Name? Probably not Avery Fisher

In 1973 billionaire industrialist Avery Fisher donated $10.5 million to Lincoln Center. The money went to renovate Philharmonic Hall.

Florence Foster Jenkins, World’s Worst Opera Diva

Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary diva of awfulness, known as the world's worst opera singer.