The Ballets Russes

Written by Stephen J. TrygarCover Photo by Lopez Robin on Unsplash Throughout history, there are certain events, people, cultures, and organizations that have such radical and intriguing artistic styles and philosophies that it shatters what we understand about art. They not only alter the growth of popular styles and genres, but they alter the course of history alongContinue reading “The Ballets Russes”

The Wife of Tchaikovsky

On July 6/18, 1877, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stood before Antonina Ivanovna Milyukova in St. George’s Church in Moscow, Russia. Today was his wedding day, and his brother Anatoli and former lover Iosif Kotek were there to share the moment. In this moment, standing before his future wife, he certainly must have begun regretting proposing to her, because just days into his marriage, he began seeking ways to free him of this grave mistake and release himself from her clutches.

Rules for Classical Music Enthusiasts: A Project of Classical Music and Humor

Written by Stephen J. TrygarCover Photo by Marcus Wallis on Unsplash Sometimes we just need a little bit of humor in our lives, and we turn to comedians and/or people we find funny, humorous TV shows, podcasts, and nowadays memes on social media to supply us with our dosage of humor. It is not as common that weContinue reading “Rules for Classical Music Enthusiasts: A Project of Classical Music and Humor”

4 Pieces of Classical Music That Altered the Course of My Life

We all have moments that drastically change our outlook on our own lives and how we are living them. There’s always something that triggers these moments. It could be an event, a conversation, or even a work of art. As art is such an important part of my life, works of art inspire me the most… especially music.

2020 Classical Music New Year’s Resolutions: Opera

When I first began setting out on my journey as a professional musician, I had been playing trumpet for several years, but I had grown to love and appreciate singing and the vocal arts. Fast-forward nearly ten years later, and I find myself working with a Master of Music in Music History degree and working in administration at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Christmas Stories at the Theater

It’s that time of the year again! With Christmas just a few days away, we often recounting stories we heard as children and plays, ballets, and other shows we may have witnessed. For me, Christmas has always been filled with reading stories by the fireplace in the living room, going to concerts of Christmas carols and festive music, and going to the theater to see a show. However, somehow the shows performed at Christmastime seem to always be the same. While I’m one for tradition and nostalgia, I can’t help but think about all the wonderful theatrical works that would add a wonderful variety to the season.

A Musical Philadelphia: Music Historian and Vocalist Andrew Shaw

It is with great pleasure and honor that I get to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Andrew Shaw. Andrew is an active music historian and vocalist in Philadelphia. He participates in several performing groups, such as Singing City Choir and Chestnut Street Singers while remaining involved in research and writing for a few performance groups in the Philadelphia area.

Popular Composers, Rare Operas: Russian Edition

The roots of opera stretch back hundreds of years. Each major cultural hub has at one point claimed that their version of the art form is the truest and greatest version, but in our modern world, these cultural versions have all melded together into one incredible genre. Writers of Italian, French, German, English, Czech, Russian, and American operas share the spotlights together, granted their work is engaging enough to audiences across the world.