VAN Beethoven hits the road Friday


The Los Angeles Philharmonic VAN Beethoven truck will tour Los Angeles, Sept. 11 – Oct. 18, 2015, offering five minutes of Beethoven Fifth in immersive, 360-degrees. Visitors will be welcomed aboard the customized VAN Beethoventruck, complete with carpet and seating from Walt Disney Concert Hall, where they’ll put on the Oculus headset and be transported to the iconic venue. The immersive visual private experience is augmented by a soundtrack that adapts to the viewer’s perspective; whether the viewer is in front of the orchestra, behind or standing amidst the symphony, the music will subtly shift to reflect listener-specific positions and enhance the feeling of being up-close-and-personal with the renowned orchestra.

VAN Beethoven will visit diverse communities throughout Los Angeles, including parks, cultural festivals, museums, and more, providing access to audiences that otherwise may not be able to attend.

Read more here.


All images courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Panel Discussion: Leonard Bernstein’s Mass

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Join Daniel Gilliam as he moderates a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Interfaith Relations and the Louisville Orchestra on Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” and its spiritual implications. Panelists will include Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams, Cantor David Lipp from Adath Jeshurun and Father David Sanchez of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Butchertown.

September 17, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Mary Anderson Room, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. This event is at capacity.

Urgent Need: Donate Your Instrument


We need your help.

Jefferson County Public Schools currently has an urgent need for band and orchestra instruments. There are students in our community that want to play music at their school, but don’t have an instrument.

Donate your gently-used instrument to Classical 90.5’s Instrumental Partners – we’ll repair it and put back into the schools. Call (502) 814-6500 for more information or drop off your instrument here at 619 South Fourth Street.

Instrumental Partners is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

Featured Album: Andreas Staier’s Bach Concertos


With a collective half-century of performing, Andreas Staier and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra release their sixth recording project with Bach’s harpsichord concertos. Available from Harmonia Mundi on August 13, 2015, we’ll feature this new album all week on Classical 90.5.

Featured Album: Pianist Eric Huebner

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Before being named pianist of the New York Philharmonic in 2012, Eric Huebner maintained a busy career playing and recording new music. Just take a look at his discography here.

His latest album skews a little older, with Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s character Johannes Kreisler; and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petroushka, a solo piano adaptation of the larger ballet’s more memorable moments. Night Fantasies, the most recently composed work on the album, was composed by Elliott Carter (for Paul Jacobs, a former NYPO pianist) and inspired by the solo piano music of Robert Schumann.

Here’s an excerpt from Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques performed by the New York Philharmonic, with a prominent role for pianist Eric Huebner.