The origins of Classical music may be explained in scientific, anthropological, psychological, archaeological, or mathematical ways. But one thing that is absolute, music affects our minds in profound ways. For centuries music has evolved and produced many composers. Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Hayden, Rossini, Gluck, Chopin, Handel, Wagner, Copeland, Bernstein, Strauss, Bizet and Gershwin. Ballets, symphonies, operas, concertos, choral works, art songs, musical keys, movements and forms, instrumentals and recordings have been created. There are instruments such as the violin, trumpet, flute, harpsichord, piano, organ and zarzuela. Pieces that are still popular are the Swan Lake, Four Seasons Concerto, Canticles of Ecstasy, Carmen, Porgy and Bess, and The Nutcracker. The lists are endless.
The veteran performers such as Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jessye Norman, Jose Carreras and Rene Fleming have introduced and mentored many young tenors and sopranos. Conductors such as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Andre Previn and Seiji Ozawa led their symphonies and introduced younger maestros. Music schools continue to train and send out young artists all over the world. Opera houses close and new places open up for singers to perform. As reported by NPR, “the economic expansion of China has opened up new cultural opportunities, although China has had a rich cultural history for thousands of years.” “Now there is a new form, a new sound of Classical music and in this movement the creation of another has arisen that of volunteering.” It has reached into Africa, Asia and elsewhere, in spite of the funding cuts, the desire has not lessened.
Here at home in Allentown,Pa, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra celebrated their 60 year anniversary. Since 2009, volunteers have provided thousands of children with the opportunity to listen and learn about music. Through music education they have had exposure to the arts world, are learning about teamwork, self control, and innovation. Their academic life and social life have benefitted. Where once a select few entered, now all have an opportunity in the world of Classical music and more. When you have a moment find out what events are taking place at Symphony Hall,(www.allentownsymphony.org). There is variety and the proceeds help children’s programs and the community as well. Listen to WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, NPR-88.1 (93.7 FM West / 93.9 FM East) or lookup programs on (www.wdiy.org).