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Classicalite's Five Best: Rock Stars and Their Musical Mentors

by James Inverne   Mar 1, 2014 09:32 AM EST

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The trend of recent decades of rock stars to turn to classical music isn't so very surprising.

No, especially not when you consider some very direct influences between the mainstream classical world and the rockers.

Here, then, are Classicalite's Five Best rock stars and their classical mentors.

Jon Lord, Malcolm Arnold

The progressive Deep Purple icon indulged his love of classical music at the end of his life with some rather wonderful excursions, such as his piano concerto Boom of the Tingling Strings. The works were deeply influenced by the major English composer Malcolm Arnold, Lord's teacher.

Thomas Lauderdale, Norman Leyden

Before he was the founder of Pink Martini, Thomas Lauderdale was a young pianist in Portland, Ore. He came under the musical mentorship of the American conductor (of the Oregon Symphony Pops Orchestra and others) and composer Norman Leyden.

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