Highbrow: Classical

My first encounter with classical music came in the company of hundreds of screaming kids when Miss Ridgeway took our second grade class to see Fantasia.

It’s a testimony to the power of hippo ballerinas, dessicated dinosaurs and those really spooky Halloween ghosts that classical music eventually became a crucial part of my sound world. I owe most of the pieces here and in my larger classical music library to the patience of Geoff King, Richard Powers, and Steve Orso, who have provided guidance over the years.   Fred Plotkin’s Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music did its job well, but Leonard Bernstein’s The Unanswered Question opened up the inner game.