I first read about Tona Brown, one of the Beltway's best singing violinists, in my colleague Tim Smith's pitch perfect profile in the May 22, 2011 early edition of the Baltimore Sun. To wit, I've been following Miss Brown's career--performer, pedagogue, activist--for the ensuing three years.
"A haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels," writes the Pulitzer board about Adams' winning work.
According to my translation from the French-to-English Google: Built on a former quarry in the countryside, this architect home with a contemporary feel was owned by Pierre Boulez.
Second only to, maybe, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's Dream House on 275 Church Street, Phill Niblock (recent winner of all that John Cage award money) might just have the better loft in Chinatown. I mean, you don't have to take your shoes off at Phill's place on Centre Street. And while he's off to Europe for the summer, Classicalite fave Ben Vida ably filled the scant few seats for, perhaps, the best concert of this year's UNSOUND FESTIVAL--New York City edition.
Thanks to the good people at Sony Classical, all Classicalite Recording News readers are eligible to win a physical copy of Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch's 'Winterreise.' Just leave a comment below or, better yet, share this post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: #Winterrprize.
Yes, behold the world's most expensive musical instrument. If this doesn't get David Aaron Carpenter yet another Strad cover, nothing will. And surely, despite all the manufactured discontent about its ostentation, Mr. Carpenter deserves it. Of course, it's hardly free this time.
UPDATE: Like ex-SPIN scribe Charles Aaron tweeted at the start of the fracas, the best way to get another critic to recognize your work is to simply slag them off. And so, Jody Rosen of New York magazine's Vulture blog did just that...with a shelfie.
When one thinks of Harvard--Hasty Pudding Theatricals, specifically--one's mind is usually in Cambridge, Mass. Why shouldn't it be? HPT has roots there dating back to September 1, 1795. Yeah, it's the antepenultimate oldest club for nancy boy theater geeks in the white man's world, preceded only by the Comédie-Française and the Easter-loving Oberammergau Players in Bavaria.
With a title borrowed from the song by Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser in the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky (which Baker recorded for Pacific Records), Weber's doc remains the best, most revered look at the singing trumpeter's late era.
Just talking with Canadian bel canto Roxanna, via Skype, from her base in Toronto, it's pretty obvious what makes her such a great singer. Soothing, never strident, Roxanna makes you want to listen to her.
OK, good and faithful Classicalites--put down your phones and tablets. The latest edition of the Classicalite Digest (Volume 8, that is) is out now.
The reality, though, is that David Keenan, Mr. Volcanic Tongue, has scored an exclusive interview with the lonesome dove, himself, Jandek. Even better? The WIRE is making said chat its February cover story.
2013 was a banner year for one of New York City's most underrated, often misunderstood galleries. Finishing out last season with a spot-on recreation of Gen Ken Montgomery's old Generator Sound Art space and a Xerox-ed retro of the last two decades of the No-Neck Blues Band, Luke has just announced his first show for 2014.
Whether the Pope's Latin Joannen praeclarum Brugiensem (or the more vulgar Johannes Gallicus), the Italianate Giovanni da Bruggia, or Johannes de Eyck in his own florid, notarial script, "Jan van Eyck"--as we, the English have dubbed him--was indeed the greatest artist of the International Gothic style in Flanders.
'Great Voices Sing: John Denver' also features Plácido Domingo, Rod Gilfry, Daniel Montenegro, Danielle de Niese and René Pape, among many others. Each artist was allowed to choose which classic Denver tune he or she wished to sing; unbelievably, no two artists chose the same song.