OWL CITY has teamed up with RollingStone.com to debut the music video for his latest single "Beautiful Times (ft. Lindsey Stirling)" today. You can view the video here! The premiere comes just in time for tomorrow's digital release of the multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and producer's new digital EP, Ultraviolet [Republic Records]. Ultraviolet is now available for pre-order now on iTunes.
And the winner is...Ukrainian pianist ntoni Baryshevskyi.
One often overlooked aspect of the Arthur Rubinstein Competition or, to give it its full name, The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, is its support for native Israeli composers. That's a side of the contest that is worth wider note.
The Glyndebourne Festival is underway, a 50th anniversary season already marked by the sad death of its previous owner-chairman Sir George Christie, a scandal around critics' comments on a female singer's (by no means unusual) body shape, and a production of Der Rosenkavalier that opens on its Marschallin naked in the shower. And it only opened less a week ago!
Mariss Jansons is to leave the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, once dubbed by Gramophone as "the world's best orchestra". Who can follow him?
Well, that didn't take long! The new UK Culture Secretary hasn't even had the job for one week and already he's managed to alienate some notables in the arts world.
The venerable Opera magazine has announced the winners of its still-rather-new annual awards, the "Operas" (think Oscars but with more singing and a smaller budget). Since Opera has been the bible for international opera reviews for many decades, it's a nice idea and one that makes sense. It would be nice to be able to post Opera reviews for all of the winners, or sound clips from recent productions from them all, and maybe that's something the organizers can look at next year.
The U.K.'s Royal Opera has announced details of its 2014/15 season. There are seven new main-house productions including a new opera from Philip Glass, a final bow for the classic John Copley La Boheme and a welcome return for Mark Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole.
Ah, YouTube. Repository of some of the finest classical rarities just waiting to be chanced upon by some digital adventurer. But YouTube has its classical blockbusters as well -- videos that have attracted a critical mass of page views. They're not always the most obvious. Sometimes indeed the performers aren't even known. But here are five of the most-viewed classical videos we could find...
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has announced a delay to its planned tour of Iran. However, they say, the tour will still go ahead. The United States, in common with much of Europe, has issues with Iran just now, not least because of the Iranian nuclear program (and a jingoistic film recently broadcast on Iranian state television that depicted the Iranian nuclear devastation of a U.S. and Israeli targets won't have helped matters). So, this tour looks likely to provoke controversy.
Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned 'Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley' by Jeffrey Spivak for an adaptation to be produced by Ryan Gosling and Marc Platt. And the plan, at least for now, is for Gosling to both star in and direct the biopic about the man behind the golden age of Hollywood musicals.
As New York Daily News reports: Scott was found hanging from a doorknob Monday morning after her assistant responded to a text from the designer, who was found fully clothed and without a note. Mick Jagger is said to be ‘completely shocked and devastated’ by her death.
"My collection of masterpieces just hit a crescendo of domination." -- Kobe Bryant
A delightful new Tumblr called "Experimental Music On Children’s TV" (care of musician/podcaster/alleged Noise Park meme creator Mike Haley) collects YouTube clips from when kiddie shows got weird.
Harold Ramis passed away this week; we pay a classical music tribute to the great comedy filmmaker.