UPDATE: Well, it's official now in Kalamazoo. 28-year-old polish pianist Rafal Blechaz (pronounced BLEH-hatch) has received the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award.
According to the New York Times, Jazz at Lincoln Center now has $20 million more in their Columbus Circle coffers--all thanks to financier, philanthropist and JALC chairman Robert J. Appel.
Alas, one of Classicalite favorite venues--the ISSUE Project Room on Boerum Hill in Brooklyn--are now bearing the brunt of the first great blizzard of 2014.
UPDATE: All performances of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' have been canceled until January 4, 2014. In a statement on the Nimax Theatre group's website, the company described the Apollo Theatre tragedy as both “shocking" and "upsetting." Those with tickets for the play--adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon's novel of the same name--should contact their initial point of purchase.
Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI), in collaboration with Basilica Hudson, held a 24-hour marathon reading beginning on November 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. The event was held at Basilica Hudson, a 19th century factory-turned-event space, about one mile from the future Institute.
“For the city of Munich it applies that any exclusion, discrimination or harassment of people because of their gender, origin, color, religion, disability or sexual orientation must not occur. Ways of behaviour that contradict these principles will not be tolerated.” -- Valery Gergiev
Join the 13 other participatory musical parades on Saturday, as well. And do share your first day of winter using @makemusicny on Twitter, hastag: #MMW2013
He's not Dan Deacon with the Kronos Quartet at Lincoln Center, but Christopher Locke could be his analog.
And here we go again at Park Slope, Brooklyn's finest pinball bar gone jazz club on Fifth Avenue:
154 pages. Read 'em, and weep, Kickstarter!
Suffice it to say that Q4 of 2013 hasn't been too kind to, quote, "one of the greatest global living Indians." For starters, Zubin Mehta made a mess of things with Bavaria in Kashmir. (Why there wasn't more of an outcry from the Bayerisches Staatsorchester back in Munich, at least feigning diplomatic disgust, is beyond me.) And now, there's another Teuton, Maestro Franz Welser-Möst, caught in the middle of Mehta's latest in Salzburg.
Russian/British/Jewish pianist Evgeny Kissin issued the following quite emotional appeal--in Russian/English/Hebrew--for his fellow professionals' solidarity with his newest country.
UPDATE: Since we quoted verbatim from Clive Paget's original report, it seems only fair to do the same with this very good news...
"I am a Jew, Israel is a Jewish state--and since long ago I have felt that Israel, although I do not live there, is the only state in the world with which I can fully identify myself, whose case, problems, tragedies and very destiny I perceive to be mine." -- Evgeny Kissin
Matteo Setti got his big break from Luciano Pavarotti. He also sang lead in a Queen cover band. Which is to say the Italian vocalist can handle a wide range of styles. Now, the performer is turning his attention to swing for the Christmas season--having released his first holiday EP, 'Home for Christmas.'