Handel's 'Messiah' was there at the start, in 1963, and it is there again. A fitting birthday party for a much-admired chorus.
Financial results at the troubled Minnesota Orchestra are much stronger than might have been expected, say upbeat board. Hits, yes, but lots of relatively good news on which to build.
"She so thoroughly prepared a role that she made her work look easy, the way Fred Astaire made his dance routines look easy. The sweat is never visible on the screen. It comes in preparation, not in performance," said William Ludwig, who won an Academy Award for his script for Parker's 'Interrupted Melody.'
The Met's heir apparent launches his own perfume range.
With so many in the classical recording industry talking about saturation of the core classics (no such thing in our opinion!), it is good to see fresh life coming from some of the less well-known instruments. Cameron Carpenter has been blazing trails on the organ for Sony, accordionist Martynas Levickis hit the charts running for Decca and DG has Avi Avital, fast-emerging as a star of the mandolin.
The Grammy nominations are out, and as often happens, the list is rather rife with surprises, with what might have seemed more central fare often edged out (with telling exceptions such as Simon Rattle's 'Rite of Spring'). Relatively small labels like 2L and ArtistShare have multiple nominations, while indie giants like Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion and BIS getting few or one. Or none.
Sir Harrison Birtwistle is no stranger to prizes. But being given the Instrumental solo gong at the British Composer Awards is a first even for him - it places him as the most honored composer in the history of those awards. He won the award for Gigue Machine, for solo piano, which now means that he has the most prizes and nominations ever allotted to one person by the BCA. He has previously won for Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in 2012 and Crowd in 2007, among his now-five BCA accolades
"The take home message is that six months of music-based multi-task training (i.e. Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics)--a specific training regimen which was previously shown to be effective in improving gait and reducing falls--has beneficial effects on cognition and mood in older adults," Dr. Mélany Hars, of Geneva University Hospitals, told Reuters Health in an email.
"Some people who liked the piece are people we disagree with profoundly, that's true," Langridge said. "But it's a pity if we allow these people to control our listening so long after they were defeated."
We always knew it would happen. The famous helicopter in the musical (actually, it's a through-sung rock opera, but let's not quibble) 'Miss Saigon' is set to land again in London--along with the rest of the show, in a new production. The occasion is the 25th anniversary of the original and will reunite several of the original team, notably producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, and composer and lyricist Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. The cast is mostly new, with one or two returnees and promotions.
Haymarket Media Group is seemingly divesting itself of all its classical music properties. First to go was Classic FM magazine, published under license with the UK's Classic FM radio. Then Gramophone was sold to Mark Allen Publishing. Now comes news from Australia that the media group is to stop its publishing operations in Australia, among which publications is the music and arts magazine Limelight. Published under license with the ABC since 2006, this could mean the magazine has to close.
"I was asked at the last minute during previews, 'Oh my gosh, can you go on?' And I said, 'sure.' It was like a kiss on the forehead and a push on stage, and I secured the lead," Davies said in an interview.
This Chanukah, the world’s oldest pianist is celebrating her 110th birthday. Alice Herz-Sommer, these days resident in London, survived the Theresienstadt concentration camp to enjoy a distinguished career.
One of the side-effects being experienced by some of the more troubled American orchestras is the "brain drain" (or, uh, playin' drayin') of their best players to rival bands. The latest to be reportedly up for another big job is the Minnesota Orchestra's concertmaster Erin Keefe.
He recorded with Scotto and Maria Chiara and has been hailed by Fabio Luisi as "one of the last Italian opera conductors who understood what opera means."