Mark Mobley appears in the following:
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Get Richard or die trying: For one opera company, it's go big or go home. In Texas, Rio Grande Opera is performing Wagner's epic Ring operas back to back and over and over until $8 million is raised.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
If there's ever a stereotypical bunch of contenders for the Best Original Score Oscar, the class of 2014 definitely isn't it. Meet them — and see the haunting short that's a companion to Gravity.
Friday, January 31, 2014
This Sunday's Puppy Bowl X is the first to feature a fantasy game. We've drafted a team that includes a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bach — and two other pups with classical connections.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Explore three unique pieces that aren't symphonies but have epic sweep: Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece In C, Phil Kline's holiday boombox parade Unsilent Night and John Luther Adams' percussion extravaganza Inuksuit — and hear a sneak preview of a terrific new recording.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Fans of the AMC series know it uses pop music as well as any TV show. But Don Draper's world has its classical corners, too. In the the sixth season's opening episode, Chopin played a key role — as Beethoven had done in the previous season.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The composer is best remembered for his operatic retelling of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, which debuted at New York City Opera in 1961 and has since been staged all over the globe. Ward died Tuesday morning at age 95.
Monday, April 01, 2013
One of John Philip Sousa's happiest marches depicts the day each year when kids rule in Washington.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
As Hollywood grew increasingly computerized, one man stuck to his Romantic guns. Thanks to John Williams, aliens, wizards, dinosaurs and even humans have cruised across the screen to his sweeping, richly scored orchestral melodies. See Williams conduct the jolly march from the comedy 1941.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Hear the march that accompanied the wedding of William and Kate — and Charles and Diana: William Walton's Crown Imperial, originally written for the Duke of Windsor.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A tiny tax hike between the World Wars started a musical revolution. Hear a community band from Wisconsin play the Iowa Band Law March, which celebrates municipal support of music.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
While Scott Joplin was the king of ragtime, he had his heart set on writing opera. His only surviving score, Treemonisha, ends with a slow march that's "happy as a bird in June."
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The composer of Faust also wrote music fit for a pope. Wednesday, before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played opera composer Charles Gounod's Pontifical March. Hear the stately, serene Vatican anthem.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Pretty much the first thing that New York's Cardinal Egan shared about the new pointiff, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires? That he loves opera.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The son of a Civil War bandmaster wrote a march as raucous as two parades colliding. See a performance of Charles Ives' "Putnam's Camp" from Three Places in New England. It's a giddy fantasy about a small-town Fourth of July.
Monday, March 11, 2013
The pomp is more than circumstantial in performances of a genial Norwegian march. A drumline from the home country executes precision maneuvers while a conductor in Russia sports most excellent facial hair.
Friday, March 08, 2013
A song for a Spanish toreador from a French opera is a favorite of filmmakers. We sample a few unlikely uses of the martial melody — from a desert island to a food court to Sesame Street.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Music Henry Purcell wrote for the funeral of Queen Mary II more than 400 years ago is still heard today. Composers on both sides of the Atlantic have been drawn to its simple power; the film A Clockwork Orange opens with a synthesizer version. Hear how Mary's mourners may have experienced it.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Forget basketball this month: there's often greater drama (and comedy) at weddings, as Mendelssohn reminds us in this edition of Marches Madness.
Friday, March 01, 2013
We're kicking off a month of music that will make you want to kick up your heels. First up: the March King, John Philip Sousa, and the little ditty he wrote for a then-fledgling newspaper.