Guest Post by Roland Colton, author of "Forever Gentleman," offering a free copy here!

WRITING MUSIC INTO FICTION By Roland Colton As an amateur pianist with a passion for classical music who also loves to read great fiction, I have often lamented the dearth of novels in this genre. Several years ago, a story began to form in my mind that centered upon a gifted young pianist in Victorian England. It took me a while to put pen to paper as the task of writing a novel seemed...
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National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall: Signing up for excellence – standing for cultural outreach

Short of the national “red, white and blue,” the National Youth Orchestra’s featured dress code on Carnegie Hall’s stage incorporated red slacks, white shirts and black blazers, with Converse-style sneakers adding a youthful touch. Despite the teenagers’ adolescent appearance, they could be judged on a rather adult level of performance as they cautiously, but deliberately held back in Mozart’s subtle virtuoso passages, so as not to undermine master pianist Emanuel Ax, known endearingly as...
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Applause For Amateurs: Classical Music With Community Appeal

The way we listen to music has changed drastically over the past several decades. Every second person on the street has earbuds plugged into their ears, and any song imaginable is available to stream over the Internet. Music is hardwired into our daily existence. Yet most people are removed from the active music-making process itself. With the exception of the programs that specialize in professional musical study, playing an instrument—at least in the Western...
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