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EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Violinist and Singer Tona Brown Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Violinist and Singer Tona Brown Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire >>

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.

BREAKING: 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music Goes to John Luther Adams for 'Become Ocean,' Christopher Cerrone's 'Invisible Cities' Nominated >>

"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.

Boulez House

List It: Buy Pierre Boulez's House from Emile Garcin Properties [PHOTOS] >>

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Vida Rattles Seats in

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Vida Rattles Seats in "Damaged Particulates" at Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia for UNSOUND NYC 2014 >>

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.

Classicalite Recording News: Superstar Tenor Jonas Kaufmann Releases New Album of Schubert’s 'Winterreise' on Sony Classical

CONTEST: Win a Copy of Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch's 'Winterreise' from Sony Classical #Winterrprize >>

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.


A.V. Club: David Aaron Carpenter Plays Bach on $45 Million MacDonald Stradivarius Viola at Sotheby's New York >>

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: New York Mag's Pop Critic Jody Rosen Responds with Shelfie to Tongue-Tied Ted Gioa's Daily Beast Column >>

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.

REVIEW: Hasty Pudding Theater 166, 'Victorian Secrets,' at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse

REVIEW: Hasty Pudding Theatricals 166, 'Victorian Secrets,' @ Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse (3/15/14) >>

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Weber Talks DVD Release of 'Let's Get Lost' with Chet Baker

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Weber Talks DVD Reissue of Classic Chet Baker Doc, 'Let's Get Lost' >>

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Video for Roxanna's

EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Video for Roxanna's "Close Your Eyes," Her Second Single from 'Exotica' (Roxart, Inc.) >>

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.

Classicalite Digest, Volume 8

Classicalite Digest, Volume 8 >>

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 Cover from Corwood: David Keenan Gets Jandek for WIRE 360 | February 2014

The Cover from Corwood: David Keenan Gets Jandek for WIRE 360 | February 2014 >>

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.

Audio Visual Arts Opens 2014 with 'Christopher Knowles: Audio Works & Objects' in East Village >>

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.

Macabre Metaphor: Jan van Eyck's 'Crucifixion and Last Judgment' >>

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Great Voices Denyce Graves, Shenyang Feature in Milt Okun's Tribute to John Denver >>

'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.

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