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How to Listen to Classical Music ~ From Open Yale Courses

Hello 2015! It’s time to ride the wave of excitement, hope, and perseverance that inspire resolutions! One resolution could be to learn a bit more. Maybe, say, watch the free lectures that are offered from Yale’s “Open Yale Lectures”. Perhaps, you didn’t finish college. Maybe, you never paid attention to your required “Music Appreciation Course”. Well, […]

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The Naked Pilgrim

The Naked Pilgrim

We’ve recommended Brian Sewell’s work before.  As a young man, Sewell seriously considered entering the Roman Catholic priesthood, and although he distanced himself from those beliefs later in his life, during the course of this documentary, where the BBC follows Sewell’s travels down the famous pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostella in northwest Spain, he very […]

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Sacred Music BBC Documentary

Video Series ~ History of Sacred Music

Simon Russell Beale is an actor but, before he acted he was a boy singing in the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  He’s also the host of a four part BBC series on the history of sacred music in Western Europe. It’s not perfect–Beale isn’t much of a historian–but it’s useful and could be […]

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Joffrey Ballet * The Rite of Spring

Joffrey Ballet & “Le Sacre du printemps”

Certainly no other piece of classical music has been written about as much as has Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” But since its premiere in May, 1913, Nijinsky’s choreography was almost immediately forgotten (or suppressed). But in 1987 the Joffrey Ballet presented a marvelous reconstruction, and their performance was broadcast on PBS. The tape of that original reconstruction has […]

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Salvador Dali & Brian Sewell

Ultra Violet became Salvador Dali’s mistress when she first arrived in New York and she had a number of poignant things to say about the artist (none, at least in my hearing, at all mean spirited).  Brian Sewell is one of Britain’s most insightful art critics, and his “Dirty Dali” is not the story of his […]

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Damien Hirst, "For the Love of God"

Robert Hughes : The Mona Lisa Curse

Recently I participated in a pub quiz. The last question of the last round was “What is the name of Damien Hirst’s platinum cast skull, which is estimated to be worth over £14 million?” None of my friends or I could remember what the title was of that artwork. One of my friends suggested, “Damien […]

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The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring

“These are some of the most revolutionary notes in the whole history of music, the climax of the sacrificial dance of the “Rite of Spring.” So begins Michael Tilson Thomas’ and the San Franscicso Orchestra’s “Keeping Score”, an hour long film about this piece. Most people tend to forget that the “Rite of Spring” is […]

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Marriage of Figaro - Opera Atelier

The Ultimate Art Form

Fostering a love of classical music in young people is so important for its survival. We here at REFINERSFIRE are very dedicated to that mission. If you are interested in sharing with others what makes opera “the ultimate art form” check out this great list of operas for beginners. 1. The Magic Flute – Wolfgang Amadeus […]

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Super Choreography

It is our pleasure to fittingly honor the Ohio State Marching Band on the first-ever Education Monday blog. If you are reading this and you have not yet gotten to experience the artistry of this remarkable choreography please do yourself a favor and watch all 8 minutes. You will not regret it! Even Diaghilev would have been […]

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