Classical music may seem like serious business—the ties and tuxes, the austere vibe of the concert hall, the hours of practice required. But Toronto Symphony Orchestra violinist Jim Wallenberg, who moonlights as a stand-up comic, believes that music can also be fun—and funny! Wallenberg recently performed some of his musical jokes at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York as a finalist in New York classical station WQXR’s comedy contest, and spoke with Symphony managing editor Jennifer Melick about his comedic background and experience at Caroline’s.
Also this week, just in time for the holidays, senior editor Chester Lane reviews a handful of music books, CDs, and apps for younger readers, and the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus incorporates seasonal tweets into a performance of “Carmina Burana.”
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Posted December 9, 2011