Gustav Mahler’s symphonies rank among the most challenging and rewarding pieces of orchestral music ever composed. If you listen to them often and gain the familiarity that comes with repeated hearings, you will gain a deep understanding of music that is inspirational and spiritually rewarding —.... More »
Leonard Otis Hayes(Facebook)Howard Swanson (1907-1978)(Image Courtesy of Howard Swanson Papers,Amistad Research Center,New Orleans, Louisiana)Papers Amistad Research Center New Orleans, LA - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/swanson-howard-1907-1978#sthash.UQfgN2Rj.dpufImage Courtesy of How.... More »
Born in this day in 1899 American screenwriter and producer Irving Thalberg.
Born on this day in 1836 librettist Edouard Blau
Born on this day in 1920 bass-baritone George London
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When Renata Scotto made her début in I vespri siciliani at La Scala to open the theatre’s season on 7 December 1970, one of the singers that she admired the most was in the theatre. Maria Callas had opened the season with the same opera 19 years previously, and was now sitting in the box [….... More »
On this day in 1946 Annie Get Your Gun opened at the Imperial Theater, to run 1,147 performances.
Born on this day in 1894 tenor Armand Tokatyan
Born on this day in 1909 conductor Willi Boskovsky
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Operalia 2014: Soloists, Operalia musicians, Plácido Domingo (conductor), Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, CA.8.25.2014 (RDA) Mario Chang, tenor; Anais Constans, soprano; Carol Garcia, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Guerrero, tenor; John Holiday, countertenor; Alisa Kosolova, mezzo-soprano; Abdellah Lasri, tenor; Yi Li, tenor; Andrey Nemzer, tenor; Christina Poulitsi, soprano; Mariangela Sicilia, soprano; Rachel Willis-Soerensen, soprano; Amanda Woodbury, soprano…
France has this year saluted one of its greatest composers with many performances including revivals of some long-forgotten works. Unlike his homeland, America hasn’t exactly been vigorous about commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau.
However, the ever-enterprising Opera Lafayette has trumped all by mounting the first staging since the 1700s of a true rarity—Les fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les dieux d’Égypte—which after its premiere in Washington, DC earlier this week was performed in New York at the Rose Theater on Thursday evening…
“Flying the Flag/L’Amour” ,the catchy title of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Rameau programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The title concealed the treasures within, two rarely-heard Rameau pieces, Pigmalion and Anacréon. True to the spirit of Rameau’s aesthetic, which lies in dance, the performance was realized by dancers from Les Plaisirs des Nations (choreographer Edith Lalonger)…
I have had a busy week and have been less than diligent on the blog…….
There was a fine opportunity on Wednesday evening to hear a good many of the Royal Academy of Muisc students – the Pavarotti Prize. Sadly there was precious little Italian opera on offer, and no Verdi at all – something that Pavarotti might have raised his eyebrows at! But there is little Verdi available for young singers apart from Oscar, Nanetta and Fenton…
The 10/8/2014 edition of The Washington Post published an article by Geoff Edgers that examines the ongoing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)/Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) lockout. Of particular interest is the response from WAC Governing Board Chairman Douglas Hertz to questions about whether or not he regretted characterizing the ASO musicians and conductors as “a bunch of crazy people…
I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, in the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" lecture series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000, when I saw Mariss Jansons lead the Pittsburgh Symphony in Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra…
Tonight, the start of the Oxford Lieder Festival 2014. I won’t be there, since I’m at Philip Glass Kafka, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury) but I’ll be there in spirit. I’ve been a Friend since the Festival got off the ground more than ten years ago. Oxford Lieder isn’t like ordinary festivals…
Charles T. Downey, Dover Quartet’s Kennedy Center debut shows why they should be on must-hear list
Washington Post, October 10, 2014
Conservatories are churning out young new string quartets at a dizzying rate, but lovers of chamber music should put the Dover Quartet on their to-hear list. The group, formed at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, swept the Banff International
Chicago SO/Muti(CSO Resound)Prokofiev conducted extracts from his then unstaged Romeo and Juliet with the Chicago Symphony during his final visit to the city in 1937, an event commemorated by this new recording on the orchestras own label, conducted by its current music director, Riccardo Muti. What we have here, however, are not Prokofievs own orchestral suites, but 10 numbers from the ballet arranged roughly in the correct running order to give some idea of its narrative and emotional trajectory…
Theater Latte Da is presenting Terrence McNally's Master Class at MacPhail Center for the Arts' Antonello Hall. If you're considering attending this play about the later years of legendary soprano Maria Callas, here are eight things to expect.
Second time unlucky for the Rosenblatt recitals as the second one of the new season also had an indisposed singer programmed, so instead of Carmen Giannattasio we had Ruxandra Donose performing, fresh from her triumphant return to the Royal Opera as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos and her recent Carmen in Calixto Bieto’s celebrated […]
That’s all for this post. I’ll be back again tomorrow (with my morning coffee) to go through more fantastic world blogs and compile another hot-off-the-press news and buzz round-up. Look out for it… I hope you’ll tune in to the news.
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