Classical Music with Jim Lange

Weekdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

From plainchant to polyphony, Baroque to the Boston Pops, Classical Music with Jim Lange is a celebration of the incredible diversity that is classical music.

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9:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Dowland or O'Dolan?

John Dowland - international man of mystery.
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The man of mystery, the enigmatic composer and lutenist, John Dowland (1563 –  1626) has been on my mind lately.

Periodically, I go through these heavy Dowlandesque periods where I immerse myself in his profound songs, finger-tangling lute music or his soft and sorrowful music for viols.

You see, there are more than a few of us who believe that Dowland, among a myriad of other Renaissance composers, never get a fair shake in the world of classical music. They are largely ignored and it is duly noted.

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1:50 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roger Morillo: "My work is my passion."

Roger Morillo and one of many bass magazines to feature his instruments.
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Walking into Roger Morillo's shop in St. Albans, you cannot help but feel a tinge of excitement. 

Here is a place where not only valuable instrument repair is done, but it's also where Roger makes his own basses and guitars. This is the proverbial "kid in a candy store" for a guy like me.

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1:07 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Esa's Apple

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Credit © Katja Tähjä

Conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has a new series of short videos for Apple's iPad Air.

When I saw one of them on TV, I about jumped out of my chair. Rare, oh so rare, are appearances by the people Classical Music broadcasts every weekday. I got riled up when I wanted to rewind and watch the spot again. My wife wanted to move on and watch Jimmy Fallon.

He had Keith Urban. Sigh. That's a far, far cry from an Esa-Pekka Salonen and that's a damn shame as well.

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2:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Eleanor Daley: Choirs of Angels

Composer Eleanor Daley.
Credit Used by permission.

This Sunday, May 18th, you are in for a treat.

Do you sing in a choir? Like choral music? Do you like heavenly music set to exquisite poetry?

Eleanor Daley, one the most prolific and best-known choral composers, is coming to Charleston as part of the Charleston Civic Chorus' Spring Concert. She has an international reputation as her music is performed and sold all over the world.

I could just say her music is heavenly, blissful, subtle and profound, but that might not translate to readers.

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1:21 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Violinist Tim Fain

Tim Fain.
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Violinist Tim Fain has all the musicianship necessary to play the major works in the classical repertoire, but there is not even a hint of self-importance or standoffishness that can come with that. His thoughtful, down-to-earth conversation make you feel like old friends.

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9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Cherese Weaver: Modern Antiquity

Cherese Weaver

The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.

She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.

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2:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Go to These Concerts

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)
Credit PHOTO: R. SHIVAJI RAO

Feeling cabin fever? Post winter blues?

Then get out of the house to see these concerts:

Be a cross-cultural traveler when you go hear Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Indian Classical Vocalist.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocalist)

Sanjay Deshpande (Tabla)

Tanmay Deochake (Harmonium)

India Center – Charleston, WV

Admission: $ 15 advance or $ 20 at the door

(Children under 16 = Free)

Supporter’s Dinner Before the Event

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.          $ 50.00 Per Person (includes the program)

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9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Travis Morton: The Art of Symmetry

Travis Morton
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Artist Travis Morton's work is very distinctive. 

Look at several of his works and a pattern emerges. Actually, several patterns emerge and permutate within a recognizable parameter. The DNA, the thumbprint: that's how I see an artist's style.

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7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, pt. 3, with Sandra Bain Cushman

Sandra Bain Cushman - Alexander Technique teacher extraordinaire.
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To "refreshify" those weary minds out there, over the past few years, I have developed some rather intense back issues. My lower back is an animal I have to constantly monitor and never dare risk injuring. It will lock up and leave me unable to move. Well, once I hobble to the couch, I lay there perfectly still because any movement is sheer agony.

The other issue has been an extension of my back issues and no doubt of unknown issues that have caused a tremor in my right arm. This directly impacts my guitar playing - something I've been devoted to for nearly forty years.

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Classical
8:19 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Montclaire String Quartet Rehearsal at West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Montclaire String Quartet and John Beall after rehearsal at West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Excerpts of the 2nd and 3rd movements as well as the entirety of the 4th, mixed in with interviews with Dr. John Beall

The Montclaire String Quartet recently rehearsed Dr. John Beall's 3rd String Quartet at West Virginia Public Broadcasting this past Thursday (2/20) for the piece's premiere performance this Sunday (2/23) at 8:30 PM in Bloch Hall at the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown. We were able to record excerpts of the 2nd and 3rd movements, as well as the entirety of the 4th movement to give you all a sneak peak of the piece. Dr. Beall also talks about the influences of each of the movement and talks about the dedication of his 4th movement ("Redbird") to Senator Robert C. Bird in this special by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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10:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Mind-Body Connection, Pt. 1: To Begin Again

Traci Levine, LMT
Credit Jim Lange

We begin again, constantly.~ Robert Fripp

Pain is a powerful motivation.

The pain I am experiencing is causing me to re-evaluate many things. Pain areas, specifically my back, are causing me some alarm. Each movement, even remotely involving bending forward, or a wrong twist at the hips, is carefully considered because any wrong turn could send electric-like shocks through my back that cause subsequent immobility.

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9:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

New Music Concert - Kanawha Forum 2.0

Flutist Lindsey Goodman.

Flutist Lindsey Goodman is full of energy.

When I called her a dynamo, at first she looked puzzled, but I explained that I meant that she was full of enthusiasm, energy and drive. Just hearing about her performing and teaching schedule makes me want to take a nap.

But she is more than just a person with enthusiasm. She is a professional musician on a mission. This mission is her passion since she was 18 years old. Her mission is contemporary music.

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12:16 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Claudio Abbado - A Tribute

Maestro Claudio Abbado.
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Conductor Claudio Abbado passed this week (January 20, 2014) and today on Classical Music we pay tribute to the maestro.

President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy paid tribute: Mr. Abbado had “honored the great musical tradition of our country in Europe and all over the world.”

The New York Times has a tribute.

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1:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The "Dissonant" Mozart

W.A. Mozart
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Salieri: I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink strokes - at an absolute beauty.

I can't say I've been on a Mozart kick, but some coincidences make me wonder.

The fabulous film, Amadeus, has been in my DVD player for a while. I marvel at the sheer virtuosity of its costumes, the sets, the magnificent acting of F. Murray Abraham who plays the burdened Salieri and of course, the storyline.

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12:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Interview With Violinist Michelle Makarski

Michelle Makarski and her violin. She says she is also an avid Jazz improviser as well as a Classical violinist.
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Violinist Michelle Makarski spoke with me about how she can play Bach Sonatas with such fiery passion but still not "burn the house down" as some Romantics do. She also mentions how she has been through West Virginia and has admired the state's incredible beauty, but regrets that she hasn't been able to perform in the state yet. Her and I both hope that will change soon.

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12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Discussions of American Composer Margaret Lang: Interview with Dr. Lucy Mauro

Dr. Lucy Mauro, professor of Piano at West Virginia University, recently released an album from Delos featuring the works of American composer, Margaret Lang.

    

Dr. Lucy Mauro, professor of piano at West Virginia University, was able to talk with me about the contributions of largely unknown American composer, Margaret Ruthven Lang. What I discovered was that Margaret Lang is a very prolific composer with over 200 songs, even though she would destroy her own music if she didn't like a particular piece. 

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10:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Bach: Behind the Portrait

Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Credit Shella Rock @ Decca / Used by permission.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner has had a life-long relationship with Bach. In  fact, the Haussmann portrait hung in the his home and the young Gardiner passed it every day. Imagine that.

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6:03 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Icy Music

Wait, this isn't an instrument, is it?
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Percussionists- let's tip our hats to them.

Drummers, per se, have been the butt of many a joke over the years, but the percussionist, a slightly more subtle animal, has to be given kudos. They have been a major force in moving music forward since the early part of the 20th century.

SIDEBAR: A drummer, in the most confined definition, is someone who plays a kit, a drum set. A percussionist, by my own definition, is someone who plays a wide variety of percussion instruments. That's the distinction for me. No emails, thanks.

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Classically Speaking with Jim Lange
2:34 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Of Monarchs and Music

A feast for the eyes, ears and mind.
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I love music history DVDs.

Blame it on my laziness (or my age). Those endless, small-print historical tomes with their insanely detailed texts only make my head swim. My eyes want to drink in the glorious cathedrals and paintings, to hear the perfect choirs and ensembles; all the while a dulcet-toned narrator guides me through musical antiquity. 

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