Here are some links to web sites where you can look up composers and their works, buy recordings, and learn more about classical music:
The American Symphony Orchestra League offer continuous information on the orchestra field at their home web site: www.symphony.org. Read about orchestras around the country who are creating and presenting new ideas at the League’s new innovations forum.
For a wonderful introduction to American music, visit the web site for the American Mavericks public radio series, which features the San Francisco Symphony. The site includes biographies of composers, music downloads, and interviews and features on contemporary music.
Andante.com offers classical music news, reviews, and commentary. For a monthly fee, subscribers can download performances and access reference sources.
The online store ArkivMusic.com has a very complete catalogue of classical recordings. So does Amazon.com.
For kids who are learning to play instruments, FromTheTop.com offers a great resource, and access to public radio’s From The Top programs.
Many orchestras have wonderful web sites for smaller kids. They can play musical games at playmusic for starters, and visit its music links page to connect to more great music sites just for them.
The Learning Zone of the Naxos Records web site has an introduction to classical music, biographies of composers, a glossary of musical terms, and an excellent guide to live-concert listening. You can also stream loads of classical pieces, so this is a great place to visit if you want to listen to a work a couple of times before you hear it in concert.
And if you like the very newest “classical” music, don’t miss NewMusicBox, a monthly web ‘zine about living composers and their works.