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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ten Signs You're a Classical Music Geek

A handy guide from your friends at Superconductor.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
Another sign: you know which conductor Bugs Bunny is making fun of here.
Image by Chuck Jones from Long-Haired Hare © 1948 Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Classical music geeks are an uncommon lot. Some can tell two different pianists apart just by listening or rattle off the key signatures of a composer's symphonies the way some people know football rosters.
It takes a special kind of devotion to love, really love classical music, and we thought the following list would serve as a little Valentine to the dedicated as we stand upon the brink of another concert season.


10) You thought Karlheinz Stockhausen was cool before he went all "commercial."

9) You refer to James Levine "Jimmy"...even though you've never met him.

8) Your favorite episode of M*A*S*H is the one from Season Seven with Winchester and the injured piano player. (It's actually called "Morale Victory.")

7) Your fantasy football team is called the "Karajans."


6) When the Anthony Weiner scandal broke, you thought (briefly) that it might involve the Vienna Philharmonic.

5) When watching Star Wars, you quietly mutter "Holst. Mahler. Bruckner. Wagner...."

4) You leave your hair uncombed for that "Beethoven look."

3) Leaving your home (to go to a performance, natch) you might forget your wallet or your keys--but not your headphones.

2) You refer to your local concert hall as "church."

1) You read this blog...every day. (And we thank you for it!)
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.