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Classical 101

Alison Balsom Offers Some Late Night Classical Music

When we say the words "Classical Music" to those who have little exposure to it, some may have flashbacks. As kids, we had to put on scratchy clothes and behave for what seemed like forever, while some old guy with a stern visage in a tuxedo tried to saw a violin in half. No squirming, no giggling, and don't clap in the wrong place. A few nights ago, an audience in the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City saw the modern face of classical music in the form of  Alison Balsom. Here's someone who is as easy to picture grabbing a half-decaf, low-fat latte with hazelnut at the local Starbucks as she is in a formal gown playing Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E flat major: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUZYoVw7moc So the next time someone gives you grief because you listen to "Classical Music," show them that you can be cultured AND cool. Introduce them to Alison Balsom. Alison Balsom has already appeared on a late night spot typically reserved for rock and roll bands, making her American television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2010. It's not often that David Letterman entertains a classical music repertoire on his late night show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQF19eNf8OI The idea that the trumpeter Balsom, who is stunning and young, can attract a more 'mainstream' audience, dawning haute culture ensembles (and by that I mean, performance gowns) and a trumpet, is the premise of a documentary, Alison Balsom, A Musical Life, conceived and directed by Richard Dunkley. Here's a clip from the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLbdEdAd6cM