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Yes, he's here. And he is queer. But who, save for the bigots, cares? For us, we're more concerned about his statements on opera in his latest Q&A with The Guardian.
A nice initiative from the folks at Rhinegold Publishing, the house behind specialist music titles such as Classical Music, International Arts Manager and International Pianist. They have announced the creation of a series of free concerts, six a year, at London's Conway Hall.
What usually happens when the UK wants to express its annoyance with a state too big to rattle any sabres at (quite often Russia)? The spat will play out in the safe but very public arena of the arts.
Pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who passed away a week ago at age 110, was the world's oldest Holocaust survivor. Malcolm Clarke's film about her, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Kickstarter has certainly become the vehicle de rigueur for taking productions of all shapes and sizes to the widest possibly audience. This time, Alex Waterman needs your help staging the avant-garde stylings of the late American composer (perhaps thee greatest American composer we've ever had) Robert Ashley.
Here at Classicalite, we set our own agenda for the Academy Awards--specifically, the contenders for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. And, to be fair, we were wrong.
With the world gaping at Russia's apparent preparations to wage war on Ukraine (this being a fast-moving situation, war may be upon them by the time you read this)--those people not busier gaping at the Academy Awards winners, of course--it seems an apt time to remember quite how rich the musical traditions of Ukraine are.
The Montreal Gazette has reported on a notable new release from the Analekta label, one of the leading Canadian recording companies. The reason that it will be of especial interest to some casual observers is that the pianist showcased on it is one Karin Kei Nagano--the 15-year-old daughter of Kent, revered chief conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Regardless of the present Russian disposition, it seems history repeats itself in Ukraine--time and time again. At least American artists are responding. New York's own La MaMa has premiered a new production from Bob Holman, Susan Hwang and Julian Kytastyn entitled Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine.
So, Bach hated opera because of its lazy audience. And yet his most operatic work, the St. Matthew Passion, constantly engages, asking questions about the role of an audience in that very production. If only there were a Socratic maestro--and a German ensemble--who could highlight such a line of inquiry?
Majorly minimal keyboard god Charlemagne Palestine returns to Brooklyn on Thursday, thanks to the good people at ISSUE Project Room. Unlike last time, though, he won't be strumming ISSUE's Bösendorfer. And he won't be up on Boerum Hill either.
Warner Classics has signed the U.K.'s Aurora Orchestra to a three-album deal. This is the first announced signing for Warner under the new regime (since the acquisition of what was the EMI and Virgin Classics catalogs, and an artists and repertoire process that is now run by Alain Lanceron and Jean-Philippe Roland, both from the EMI ranks).
The Metropolitan Opera is proposing in contract talks with union-represented workers to cut compensation, the first this has happened in decades.
Get a preview of 'Dances of the Dolls,' the forthcoming CD by 9-year-old Serena Wang, expected later this month--specifically, Chopin's 'Fantasie Impromptu' in F-sharp minor.
After more than a decade-long absence, Maria Schneider will return to Jazz at Lincoln Center with a performance of previously unreleased, unrecorded music. A multi-Grammy-winning composer, arranger, bandleader and Upper West Side native, Schneider brings her internationally acclaimed Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra to JALC's The Allen Room on March 14 to 15.