It beggars belief, but there has been a second collapse at a London theater--within weeks of the dreadful Apollo ceiling collapse. This one was at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, a rather less glamorous part of the city than Shaftesbury Avenue (where the Apollo is located), though trendy.
Cranston researched the 36th U.S. president, who was often referred to as LBJ, and talked to people who knew him. But he also said he tried to keep an open mind and not have any judgments about the character. "You never know what you are about to gleam from your experiences," he said.
Italian conductor Claudio Abbado--music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera, and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic--is dead at age 80.
The thatched amphitheatre on London's South Bank now stands cheek by jowl with a brand new, old theatre--the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
"Singing is my main goal, and I think philosophy will help me write songs." -- Jackie Evancho
"Amiri Baraka's poetry and prose transcended ethnic and racial barriers, inspiring and energizing audiences of many generations." -- Luis Quintana, mayor of Newark
Some relief, yes, after the horrible ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre in London's Shaftesbury Avenue. According to The Stage, West End audience numbers have not generally been affected by the widely-reported catastrophe.
A shame, really, because the JSO has worked out a fascinating way to present a Richard Wagner symposium...without actually playing any of his music.
"He was an amazing man," said nephew Paul Zaentz, who is also a movie producer. "He always taught me to only make films I am passionate about."
"I think there were a lot of people who expected us to fall on our face with this program." -- Peter Gelb
Stay tuned to Classicalite, as the 2014 Jazz Award finalists will be announced in early February.
Nine-year-old singer Amira won 'Holland's Got Talent' on Saturday evening with a moving performance of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma."
It's too late now to order a classical music CD or DVD for Christmas, but why not take the New Year as a cue to freshen up your musical tastes?
"There is this cultural kind of gladiatorial aspect to opera singing and opera singers because they are out there, they are singing into [hidden] microphones for the purpose of the audiences in movie theatres but they are not being amplified, they are on their own." -- Peter Gelb
The Vienna Philharmonic has revoked awards bestowed upon six Nazis, news agencies, including Reuters, are reporting. This will be seen as a big step in the orchestra's coming to terms with a dark chapter in its past.