Finita! Classical Music is Dying!

The New York Daily News reported last year that a national clown shortage may be approaching:

Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues. more….

While jesters and clowns in music—Rigoletto, Petrushka, and Pagliacci come to mind—have quite tragic stories, we hope the hype of clowning’s fate falls into the Henny Penny category of “classical music is dying.”

Knowing that jokes, pranks, and jestful schemes abound on April 1st, we will cry out that we’re fatefully finished and Classical music is dying!

While you ponder that, here’s some more foolishness for today courtesy of National Public Radio’s Tom Huizenga. He points out, “pranksters are alive and well in music … from clever clowns to serious scam artists.” We direct you to play your hand with his musical quiz to see if you can separate musical clowns and the outright scams. Click the image below to be taken to Can You Name That Musical Prank? via npr.org

Have fun … and, by the way, April Fools!

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Upcoming Events

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Daedalus String Quartet performs Britten
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, April 3rd 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Saratoga Chamber Players: Mozart, Schubert and Dvořák
  • United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Sunday, April 5th 2015 at 3:00 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: Belcea String Quartet / Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Sunday, April 5th 2015 at 6:00 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Tokyo String Quartet performs Auerbach
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, April 10th 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Sweet Plantain Quartet
  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
    Friday, April 10th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Friends of Chamber Music: Horszowski Trio with Kikuei Ikeda, viola / Beethoven, Tower, Fauré
  • Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
    Saturday, April 11th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Saint Rose Camerata with Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers: Reich, Vasks, Turina, Stinson
  • Massry Center, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
    Saturday, April 11th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Hudson Valley Philharmonic with cellist Su Jin Lee: Brubeck, Dvořák, Stravinsky
  • Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY
    Saturday, April 11th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Union College Concerts: pianist Jonathan Biss / Berg, Schoenberg, Schumann, Beethoven
  • Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY
    Sunday, April 12th 2015 at 3:00 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: Albany Symphony and Albany Pro Musica / “Requiem Reimagined”
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Sunday, April 12th 2015 at 6:00 pm

  • Anton Baranov, Classical Guitar: Legnani, Smirnov, Abril, Llobet, Moscardini, Santorsola and more
  • Massry Center, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
    Sunday, April 12th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Brazilian Guitar Quartet performs Villa-Lobos
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, April 17th 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Albany Symphony Orchestra with Time for Three: Copland, Higdon, Dvořák
  • Palace Theater, Albany, NY
    Saturday, April 18th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: Empire State Youth Orchestra / Rimsky-Korsakove, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and more
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Sunday, April 19th 2015 at 12:00 am

  • Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society: Enso String Quartet with violist Michael Tree and cellist Peter Wiley
  • The Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck, NY
    Sunday, April 19th 2015 at 3:00 pm