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Bands come and go, as do musical styles and trends—new wave, punk and disco, remember them? But one genre continually stands the test of time: classical music. In 1994 President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation urging Americans to observe September as Classical Music Month, and 20 years later it still seems like a perfectly wonderful idea to us!
We’ve come up with some musically inspired ways to celebrate Classical Music Month with your family and friends.
- Read up on your favorite classical composer, or select the biography of one you don’t know much about. Amazon.com has an extensive list of books on classical composers to choose from.
- Explore modern classical music by contemporary composers like Galina Ustvolskaya or John Tavener. The Guardian has a list of 50 noteworthy contemporary classical composers to peruse.
- Go to a concert. The “what’s on” section of your local newspaper may have listings of classical concerts happening in your area. Also check to see if there are any free, or reduced-rate lunchtime concerts at churches or concert halls near you.
- Introduce your children or grandchildren to classical music. Take them to a concert, or share a favorite Classical CD with them. You may end up inspiring a lifelong love of classical music. Visit Classics for Kids for great educational resources for kids.
- Have an Amadeus viewing party. Whip up a batch of Viennese Whirl Biscuits in honor of Mozart to serve with tea or coffee while you’re watching the movie.
- Take music lessons. If it’s been a while since you last tickled the ivories—or you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the flute—consider taking a lesson or two. You’re never too old to learn—or to brush up on your existing skills!
- Host a classical music party. Invite like-minded friends and family over to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvers to the strains of your favorite classical CDs.
- Watch this incredible TED talk on the restorative and healing power of music presented by violinist and mental health activist Robert Gupta.
As Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks”, so take some time to quietly immerse yourself in the beautiful, soothing world of classical music this month.
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