Beethoven's 5th As A Bar Graph

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 04.10.2012

Music is embedded with mathematical logic -- But it can be hard to hear the patterns beneath the sounds. Which is where visualizations come in. Wh...

Less Is More in The Kid With a Bike

Albert Imperato | Posted 03.27.2012

Albert Imperato

Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen in the world of film, but this one, with its fine acting and unobtrusive direction, packs a considerable punch.

The Pancake Ballet: Spring, Beethoven and Honoring Grandma

Alysia Reiner | Posted 03.26.2012

Alysia Reiner

Spring has sprung. And with the shift in the weather, the daffodil blossoms, the window box we planted yesterday, comes magical renewed hope. And memories.

A Diva's Life?

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 03.13.2012

Susanne Mentzer

This week I am singing the alto part in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. This is a piece that I do not quite get. Try as I might to see the overwhelming emotion in this piece, I am ashamed to admit it is lost on me.

Billy Bragg's New Odes to Woody Guthrie--and Beethoven

Greg Mitchell | Posted 03.05.2012

Greg Mitchell

From folk to punk and back again, Billy Bragg has long been one of our most important and popular "political" songwriters.

Soundtrack for Global Protest: Beethoven Calls the Tune

Greg Mitchell | Posted 02.21.2012

Greg Mitchell

Yes, many know that the "Ode to Joy" has been transformed into the anthem of the European Union. Or that Leonard Bernstein assembled a massive orchestra to perform the Ninth in Berlin to mark the shattering of the Berlin Wall, with "Ode to Joy" changed to "Ode to Freedom."

How Beethoven Became My 'Heavy Metal' God

Greg Mitchell | Posted 02.15.2012

Greg Mitchell

During the 1970s, I attended shows at Carnegie Hall by Neil Young, Van Morrison, Carole King, Bill Withers, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and others. Now it was for the renowned St. Petersburg Orchestra, with young Julia Fischer performing Beethoven's only violin concerto.

Revolution No. 9: How I Went From Beatles to Beethoven

Greg Mitchell | Posted 04.15.2012

Greg Mitchell

The truth was, I was bored with good old rock 'n roll. Probably I felt that Beethoven might represent fertile new ground, for I knew almost nothing about him beyond the deafness, and didn't even know when that set in or, for that matter, exactly when or where the great man lived.

Roll Over, Chuck Berry: How a Longtime Rock 'n Roll Editor Became Obsessed With Beethoven

Greg Mitchell | Posted 04.14.2012

Greg Mitchell

My exposure to classical music was limited, by choice, and Beethoven was little more than a key "droogie" in A Clockwork Orange. But then, as I approached my 60th birthday, something happened. My life has gone from "Roll Over, Beethoven" to just... Beethoven.

From Classical to Hip-Hop: Why Beethoven Still Inspires Me

Drumma Boy | Posted 04.02.2012

Drumma Boy

Though I flirted with selecting one genre and perfecting it, once I began studying the diverse career of iconic composer Quincy Jones, I began to realize that the merger of Hip-Hop and Classical music is not impossible -- it is inevitable.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Haiku Reviews: From Braque To Bach

Posted 11.19.2011

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a biweekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tradit...

A Music Critic On Stage, Topless Beaches And Tapas Bars: The Quincena Music Festival In San Sebastián

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.30.2011

Laurence Vittes

The Quincena Musical Festival was torrid as advertised. So were the topless beaches, to which my wife and I can testify. And there was a music critic who performed at a concert by a countertenor in a convent.

5 Bizarre Dark Sides To Modern Orchestras | David Moye | Posted 11.06.2011

Most people think of the orchestra as a hoity-toity elevator music club invented for your granny's listening pleasure. And while it's true that mo...

At Church Of Beethoven, Music Is The Message

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 10.05.2011

Cathleen Falsani

"Go on; don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets," Beethoven said. "Art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine."

Astoria Characters: The Memory Keeper

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.14.2011

Nancy Ruhling

Saving nearly a century and a half of family memorabilia is a remarkable feat. "I'm a keeper," 86-year-old Bea Frish says.

Have Baton, Will Travel: Classical Music Combine in New Orleans

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011

Laurence Vittes

The League of American Orchestra's biennial conductors' preview showcase is designed like the talent evaluation combine that pro football teams hold every year.

Petrov, Dvorak, And Prazak: Classical Music In Southern California

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011

Laurence Vittes

Pavel Petrov Feb. 18th; Irvine Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm 4445 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92604-4705 When I heard the Russian-American pianist Pav...

Au Contraire! The King's Speech

Glenn Young | Posted 05.25.2011

Glenn Young

On the occasion of the King of England declaring war against Hitler, under what possible pretext can the filmmakers explain the score blaring the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony?

A Morning Concert, A Revolution in Egypt

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011

Albert Imperato

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony couldn't have been a more perfect thing to hear after learning of the revolution in Egypt.

Classical Music Review: Beethoven Comes to Costa Mesa

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.25.2011

Laurence Vittes

The Pacific Symphony deserves a story all its own. While the Los Angeles Philharmonic has noticeably aged, the PSO mixes experience with youthful energy in a way that seems forever young.

Haiku Reviews: Steve Jobs' Ecstasy To San Francisco Symphony | LA, Berkeley, SF

Posted 05.25.2011

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

Arts Lust: Jonathan Biss Beats the CRIS

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 05.25.2011

Allan M. Jalon

the poetic lightness with which Biss played, ran in startling contradiction to the gravity I expected. It was like watching someone bend and gently turn over a single leaf in the middle of a storm.

Central Park: A Performance in Four Seasons (Winter Eclipse)

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011

Jack Schimmelman

Winter majestically enters, making his presence known with oblique light bestowed upon a peaceful land set in the middle of sparkle.

For Thanksgiving: Beethoven's Wish That 'All Become Brothers'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.05.2011

Greg Mitchell

I'm thankful for many things, but let me focus on my deep appreciation for Beethoven somehow entering, and staying, near the center of my life, starting about four years ago. How did I end up as a Beethoven freak?

WATCH: ANIMATION: Ambitions And Sorcery - The Back-Story Of Disney's Fantasia

Posted 05.25.2011

Let it never be said that Walt Disney wasn't ambitious. Hot on the heels of 'Snow White' and 'Pinocchio,' two fairy tales that translated well on the ...