Anastasia Tsioulcas

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Madame Mao's Hollywood Fantasies

Friday, April 26, 2013

See and hear examples of politically dogmatic — but extravagantly assembled — operas and ballets born during the Cultural Revolution. Glamorous photo stills by Zhang Yaxin of works like Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy were recently shown in Canada.


How Do You Handle Loneliness On The Road?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The refreshingly open American mezzo Joyce DiDonato doles out some great advice — and not just to aspiring singers. In her latest YouTube video, she tackles subjects ranging from alienation to friendships to creating a life free from expectations of what's "right."


Appreciating A Pillar Of The Chicago Sound: Trumpeter Bud Herseth

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The legendary musician, widely adored by brass players and fans around the globe, spent 53 years as the principal in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He died Saturday at age 91. Watch some of his performances, including an extraordinary Mahler Fifth Symphony.


Remembering Colin Davis, A Conductor Beloved Late In Life

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The English conductor was knighted in 1980 and won three Grammys — but did not reach the real heights of his career until he was in his sixties and seventies. Famed for his interpretations of Berlioz, Sibelius and Mozart as well as contemporary composers, he died at age 85 on Sunday.


Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

Monday, April 15, 2013

The versatile composer, violinist and vocalist is one of just a handful of female musicians to earn the prize — and, at age 30, the youngest music winner ever. Her 'Partita for 8 Voices' was written for the debut recording by the vocal ensemble with which she performs, Roomful of Teeth.


Huberman's List: How A Violinist Saved Jews In World War II

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The story of how legendary violinist Bronisław Huberman used his prestige and fame toward a heroic end inspired a documentary film. See the trailer and learn more about the founding of what became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Lochlannach Phil Lockout Jump-Started By Kickstarter

Monday, April 01, 2013

A beloved regional orchestra in Minnesota ends months of labor difficulty by replacing union musicians with unpaid community members. Hear the result — you won't believe it.


The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Before Easter, hear five powerful and diverse musical portrayals of Jesus' last days and crucifixion, from Bach's monumental St. Matthew to Golijov's brilliant Latin American mashup to a dark and terrifying Russian vision from Sofia Gubaidulina.


Marches Madness: 'Turkish' Mozart, Jazzed By An Expert

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Meta music: Mozart's Orientalist fantasy, tweaked by Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say.


Beyond 'Dayenu': What's Your Music Of Liberation?

Monday, March 25, 2013

With Passover beginning, Jews around the world prepared to commemorate this major holiday with food, prayers and songs. We're on the hunt for music that helps spool out stories of enslavement and liberation.


First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach pairs up with monster Tuareg guitarist Bombino for a dream-team album. The result balances tightly coiled melodies with wide-open, Saharan spaciousness.


Marches Madness: A Dancer's Joy

Friday, March 22, 2013

Meredith Monk's march lives up to its "Light" name — it's a pure distillation of joy.


Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The mezzo-soprano with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations — and earned Hollywood fame at the prime of her career. Stevens died Wednesday at 99.


How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

How does an Argentine Jewish artist approach the ultimate Christian narrative? MacArthur "genius" Osvaldo Golijov says it's by creating a "Latin American Jesus." His Passion According to St. Mark was recently staged at Carnegie Hall with a diverse group of singers from New York schools.


Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

Friday, March 15, 2013

You read that right. Forget Friday the 13th and beware the Ides of March instead. (It was great advice, even if Julius Caesar didn't take it.) Comfort yourself in the glory that was Rome, courtesy of Respighi's blazing "Pines of the Appian Way" — performed on another momentous occasion.


The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa decided to rev up her stalled-out career in a very 21st-century way: by putting up dozens of videos of herself playing core repertoire. Now she's a superstar by any traditional standard. Do her major-label recordings matter?


'Soldier Songs': Can Effective And Affecting Art Come Out Of War?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A new opera by David T. Little chronicles three generations of soldiers' experiences in journalistic style — and resurrects some important questions about the function of art.


Carnegie Hall Live: Golijov's 'St. Mark Passion'

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Hear one of the most exciting pieces of 21st-century music: a new retelling of Jesus' last days, from the Latin American and Jewish perspectives, courtesy of composer Osvaldo Golijov and his vibrant cast of collaborators. The result is "as if musical history were starting over."


5 Essential Ravi Shankar Recordings, From 'West Meets East' To 'West Eats Meat'

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ravi Shankar was not just an ambassador for Indian culture. He was an intrepid musical explorer who as a teenager heard Cab Calloway and who created collaborations with artists ranging from George Harrison to Yehudi Menuhin to Philip Glass. Hear five Shankar collaborations you must know.


Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Watch and hear a handful of clips that form an introduction to the master provocateur's work.