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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Composer, pianist and software engineer Stephen Malinowski has created one brilliant solution to an age-old problem: how to communicate and understand what's going on in a piece of music, particularly if you don't know standard musical notation. Over the course of some forty years, he's honed what he calls his ...
Thursday, May 23, 2013
We're celebrating the centennial of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring in a big way around here. Throughout this coming week and until the actual 100th anniversary Wednesday, May 29th, you'll be hearing, watching and reading some incredible work inspired by this riveting — and game-changing — piece of art....
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring turned Paris upside down upon its world premiere in Paris May 29, 1913 — and we're asking you to help us celebrate this groundbreaking work's centennial.
This one piece paved a new artistic path not just for musicians but for all ...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Opera audiences are well acquainted with all manners of intrigue — whether political, romantic or psychological. The exciting American composer Nico Muhly is updating that paradigm to the 21st century with his opera Two Boys.
This work, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, is loosely based on a true ...
Monday, May 20, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thursday morning, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced that conductor Andris Nelsons is being appointed as its music director. The selection puts an end to the uncertainty that has cast a long shadow over the celebrated orchestra in recent years.
The BSO's former music director, James Levine, officially resigned ...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
- SHCHEDRIN: Slava, Slava
- SCHNITTKE: Viola Concerto
- SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5
- National Symphony Orchestra
- Christoph Eschenbach, music director
- David Aaron Carpenter, viola
When the National Symphony Orchestra closes out the third edition of the Spring for Music festival on Saturday night, it marks the return of ...
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
It frankly doesn't sound like much of a rallying cry, but in a recent essay for London's Guardian newspaper, British pianist James Rhodes is encouraging folks to "commit suicide by creativity." And what method of self-murder does he advocate? Playing classical music.
Even he admits that he went ...
Monday, May 06, 2013
You might never tell by her youth or her warm and approachable demeanor, but 26-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has already had an extraordinary career. Mentored by Yehudi Menuhin starting at age 10, Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award a decade ago — and, really, that ...
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Today is Russian conductor Valery Gergiev's 60th birthday. Guess what he's received as presents? A national prize from his close friend Vladimir Putin — and a brand-new, government-funded theater in St. Petersburg to go with it.
The famously overbooked conductor is general director of the Mariinsky Theater in ...
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is widely loved not just for her glorious voice, but her very refreshing down-to-earth spirit. As "The Yankee Diva," DiDonato uses social media — YouTube, Twitter and Facebook in particular — to talk to her fans. There's no artifice and, despite her tongue-in-cheek handle, ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
For more than 50 years, Adolph "Bud" Herseth was the principal trumpet player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble widely adored by brass aficionados for its seemingly limitless power and impeccable style. Herseth, who was one of the pillars of that famous Chicago sound, died this past ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Thirty-year-old composer, violinist and singer Caroline Shaw had the surprise of her life this afternoon. Enjoying a sunny day outside, she got a call from a friend informing her that she had won the Pulitzer Prize for her Partita for 8 Voices, which she wrote for the debut ...
Thursday, April 04, 2013
The roll call of great 20th-century violinists includes so many incredible Jewish artists: Jascha Heifetz. David Oistrakh. Mischa Elman. Ida Haendel. Isaac Stern. Yehudi Menuhin. Itzhak Perlman.
Among the most extraordinary of that number, however, has got to be the Polish violinist Bronisław Huberman.
As a child, he ...
Monday, April 01, 2013
After more than ten months of strife between the administration and musicians of Minnesota's Lochlannach Philharmonic, the orchestra's management quietly announced over the holiday weekend that they have decided to replace union musicians with local amateur players on their upcoming recording of Rossini's William Tell Overture and other favorite classical ...
Thursday, March 28, 2013
For Christians around the world, this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most meaningful in the religious calendar. The dramatic story of Jesus' final days, as related in the four Gospels of the New Testament, has been meaningful for composers, too, and a rich source for ...