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What is the Birgit Nilsson Prize actually for?
This year's Martin E. Segal awards went to a unique pair: a quartet and a saxophone.
It's all change at the top of the UK arts scene as the government's Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns after becoming embroiled in a scandal over her expenses (she was cleared of the major charges, but still has to pay several thousand pounds of claimed expenses back). Music pros on social media were hardly lamenting her departure, but neither as yet were they over-optimistic about her successor, Sajid Javid
Just for fun, we decided to test some anagram generators on the Web by typing in the names of our favorite composers. What hidden meanings might be lurking in these famous names?
BBC Music Magazine has announced its annual awards, voted on by the public and some by a jury of critics. The big winner was the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whose recording of the Elgar and the Carter cello concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim won Recording of the Year, as well as the Concerto Award
Performance art can take many by surprise--and the departure of clothing can really catch some heat.
The slowed-down ballad track from the conceptual 'Dark Side' LP featured not just a 12-string acoustic juxtaposed with a riffing six, but a fully orchestrated band crooning to the departed Syd Barett and Waters' lonely feelings of isolation.
Henry Jackman, the 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' composer, hints at a sequel--but probably not one you're thinking of.
Unless you're completely in the unknown void outside of the jazz realm, then you know this month is the Smithsonian's own Jazz Appreciation month.
British violinist Daniel Hope tells the story of the exceptionally long gestation period of his latest solo album, 'Spheres.'
Classic science fiction films like '2001: A Space Odyssey' are ideal candidates for the concert hall because many of them are more luxuriously paced than the often frenetic films being made today. And there are few loud special effects to drown out the musical score, as happens frequently in contemporary sci-fi.
Your favorite downtown dwelling, (Le) Poisson Rouge, is always up on the latest ensembles and orchestras--and their crazy idiosyncr-antics.
There's something about B.B. King lately, nothing unlike an aging oldie possibly coming into their own senility.
You remember that seminal '90s grunge band (that is, not Cobain and his trio), The Smashing Pumpkins. That tightly-voiced Billy Corgan has been hosting ambient/experimental performances at his Chicago tea shop, Madame ZuZu's.
As 'The Lion King' continues its reign over Broadway, Disney Theatricals keeps up the pace with an ongoing series of musical adaptations of its hit movies. Next up, look for 'Jungle Book' and 'Frozen.'