Episode 41: Mental Health with Sound Mind

Casey sits down with Sound Mind Executive Director Alex Hoffmann and Board Member Ben Manis. We discuss identity, career goals, and a taste of what it’s like being a working mother in the classical community. Sound Mind is doing GREAT work. Go find out more about them...

Episode 40: Not Dead Composers Featuring Mark Fish

Mark and Casey chat about musical aesthetics, poetic inspirations, and David Ogden Stiers. Mark’s youtube recording for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra’s rehearsal of “Womanwork” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6apd654SKN8 All music examples...

Episode 39: The Classical Guitar with Adam Levin

Adam Levin reunites with Casey after fifteen years! We talk origins, the importance of live performance, and what he believes is the true future of classical guitar music. Find out more about Adam here: www.adamlevinguitar.com...

Episode 38: Rapid Fire with French hornist Leander Star

Casey and Leander Star have a great and fun interview exploring the ins and outs of French horn personalities. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1040791/episodes/8126010
Episode 25: Operatic Mad Scenes

Episode 25: Operatic Mad Scenes

Dr. Tegart is back to discuss the history of operatic mad scenes, as well as talk about the maddiest of all time, the finale to Lucia di Lamermoor. The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Lucia’s mad scene: https://youtu.be/92jiitUEahg Music excerpts provided by...

Episode 24: Not Dead Composers Featuring Kenji Bunch

Episode 24: Not Dead Composers Featuring Kenji Bunch

The Portland-based composer talks with Casey about his unique compositional process, his unapologetic inspirations, and his years at Juilliard. Find out more about Kenji at http://www.kenjibunch.net All music examples used with permission of the composer. (That...

Episode 23: Nightmare Gigs

Episode 23: Nightmare Gigs

Today, some good storytelling. Some crazy, hilarious, and mysterious NIGHTMARE GIGS *thunder clap* that make us not miss gigging so much. Thanks to Toby, Andrew, Amy, James, and Adam for their great stories! All music clips courtesy of musopen.org...

Episode 22: Not Dead Composers Featuring Thomas Barber

Episode 22: Not Dead Composers Featuring Thomas Barber

Today’s episode is the first in a series called Not Dead Composers, putting the spotlight on composers who are actively working to expand the living, breathing art of classical music. Thomas Barber is our composer of the day, as well as the composer of our podcast...

Episode 21: The Rite of Spring

Episode 21: The Rite of Spring

Dr. Sophia Tegart is back to tell the story of the very odd premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet, The Rite of Spring. The Joffrey Ballet production of The Rite of Spring is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jo4sf2wT0wU Music clips were edited for time, and used...

Episode 20: The Classical Saxophone

Episode 20: The Classical Saxophone

Join Casey and Javier Oviedo, director of the Classical Saxophone Project in New York City, as they discuss the classical music application of the normally jazz-oriented saxophone. A show note: you might notice that there are no examples of classical saxophone music...

Episode 19: Madrigals and Euphemisms

Episode 19: Madrigals and Euphemisms

Content advisory: This episode references a basic function of human sexuality. Repeatedly. Welcome to Set 4! Join Casey and Dr. Sophia Tegart as they discuss the madrigal - a fascinating art from that’s centuries old, yet whose euphemisms contained therein still make...

Episode 18: Craziest Opera Tournament Part 3

Episode 18: Craziest Opera Tournament Part 3

Our experts give their final votes, and there’s a fun conversation with a surprise guest! (Spoiler alert: he’s Casey’s dad) Many thanks to Nicholas Fox, Aleks Romano, Damien Geter, Clare Burovac, and Joe Bozell for this episode! This is the finale for Set 3 - tune in...

Episode 17: Florence Price and Primary Research

Episode 17: Florence Price and Primary Research

Today’s conversation is with University of Arkansas violin professor Er-Gene Kahng and her journey of learning more about the works of Florence Price. There are now a few recordings of Er-Gene’s performances online! Check them out on her youtube channel, or follow...

Episode 16: Craziest Opera Tournament Part 2

Episode 16: Craziest Opera Tournament Part 2

Our four new entrants are in the running for craziest opera! Join Aleks Romano and Nicholas Fox as they put forward four more very compelling choices. Below are some links to hear the operas for yourself. Then vote! Comment on our Facebook or Instagram pages, or email...

Episode 15: The Schumann Love Triangle

Episode 15: The Schumann Love Triangle

Sit back and enjoy as Dr. Sophia Tegart from Washington State University tells the story of love, loss, and the awesomeness of Clara Schumann (plus these other fellas named Robert and Johannes.) Classical music samples provided by http://musopen.org...

Episode 14: Craziest Opera Tournament Part 1

Episode 14: Craziest Opera Tournament Part 1

Clare Burovac and Damien Geter offer some VERY compelling entrants to the unscientific and non-comprehensive Craziest Opera Tournament.VOTE NOW! Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/keepclassicalweirdpodcastOr...