Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Classical Music Month in September 2023
Classical Music Month, established in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, has become an annual celebration of the beauty, complexity, and timelessness of classical music. As September rolls around, it’s time to immerse ourselves in the world of symphonies, concertos, and masterful compositions. We’ve compiled a list of top 10 suggestions for celebrating Classical Music Month, ensuring an unforgettable experience with the captivating melodies that have shaped human culture for centuries.
1. Attend a Live Concert
There’s nothing quite like experiencing the power of classical music in person. Check out Pacific Symphony’s opening weekend of concerts “A Hero’s Life” (Sept. 22-25), which celebrates the heroic in music and kicks off the orchestra’s 45th anniversary: A Season of Discovery! At the concert, you’ll be able to see videos of our Symphony musicians talking about their favorite musical heroes. And the live atmosphere will immerse you in the magic of classical music. Read more about the opening concert here.
2. Share on Social Media
Spread the love for classical music by sharing your experiences, favorite pieces, and concert memories on social media. Use the hashtag #ClassicalMusicMonth to join the global conversation and inspire others to appreciate the beauty of this timeless art form.
3. Read Books on Classical Music
Delve into the world of classical music through books and biographies of renowned composers. Expand your knowledge about the lives and creative processes of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and many others. Reading about the lives of these musical geniuses can deepen your connection with their works.
To get you started, here’s a list of recommended books on classical music. https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/classical-music
4. Explore Different Eras and Composers
Take this month as an opportunity to broaden your horizons by delving into various periods and composers. Create a playlist that features works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. Discover the nuances of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and modern composers that continue to shape the classical music landscape. Here’s a five-minute video crash course on the eras of classical music.
5. Host a Listening Party
Invite friends and family over for a classical music listening party. Share your favorite pieces and learn about theirs. Engage in discussions about the emotions evoked by the music, its historical context, and the impact of these timeless compositions on society and culture.
6. Learn to Play an Instrument
Inspired by the remarkable performances you witness during Classical Music Month, consider taking up an instrument. Whether you’ve always wanted to play the piano, violin, or any other classical instrument, this is the perfect time to start your musical journey and explore the joys of creating music.
7. Create a Playlist of Your Classical Go-To’s
In Spotify, it’s easy to create a personalized classical music playlist with your favorite compositions and movements. Curate a collection that reflects your emotions and aspirations, making each listening session a unique and fulfilling experience.
8. Learn About Classical Music
Did you know that Pacific Symphony offers free pre-concert talks before each concert in the Classics series? Usually hosted by KUSC host Alan Chapman, the lectures take place in the hall starting at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. concert.
9. Create Your Classical Music Space
Designate a peaceful corner in your home where you can unwind and listen to classical music without distractions. Create a cozy listening space with comfortable seating, good speakers, or headphones, and a collection of your favorite recordings. Allow yourself to escape into the world of classical melodies and find tranquility in the music.
10. Identify Classical Music in Movies
Many people first encountered classical music on movie soundtracks. They might not have known who the composer was, but they knew what they liked when they heard it. Sometimes a chance encounter can lead to a lifetime of interest. In the following YouTube video you can enjoy over two hours of symphonic music by a wide variety of composers: from Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky to more recent film composers like John Williams and Ennio Morricone. See how many of the composers you already know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT8PG2P8Svs