Next on the docket for the New York Philharmonic's Insights series, composer-in-residence Esa-Pekka Salonen discusses his most recent major work, Karawane. As always the series is free and takes place at the David Rubenstein Atrium, dubbing the segment Insights at the Atrium.
Beginning March 7-13, the New York Philharmonic will present a week-long program of everything by the French master composer Olivier Messiaen. Shows will take place everywhere from Brooklyn all the way to the Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur.
World renowned conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is slated to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert February 24-27 and March 1. The February 25, 26, 27 and March 1 concerts feature internationally acclaimed cellist and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, written by the composer for his friend, the virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
The Ojai Music Festival has announced a new slew of music directors for the next five seasons leading to its 75th anniversary in 2021. Among the new directorial staff appointees are Vijay Iyer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Barbara Hannigan, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Mitsuka Uchida.
The next installation of Contact, a series produced by and featuring musicians from the New York Philharmonic, hits Brooklyn's National Sawdust tonight at 7:30 p.m. Having run through January, the reiteration for Feb. 1's engagement will include Esa-Pekka Salonen's own Floof, plus music by Salonen's mentors Donatoni and Castiglioni as well as Lutoslawski.
It seems that the New Yorker has some strong opinions about the current status of orchestral works in popular culture (i.e. the latest Apple iPad commercial). "Not surprising, given Apple's distinguished history of television propaganda," writes Alex Ross.
"What I want is to play the very best that night, I don't want the performance to be perfect. That's a strange word for music anyway." -- Julia Fischer
The London Symphony Orchestra is said to have tapped the Berlin Phil's outgoing chief.
Gramophone, which has been a scion of the classical music world since its establishment in 1923, has announced its latest round of awards--which, in turn, are perhaps the most-respected prizes the industry offers.
We are barely through Richard Wagner's 200th anniversary, and already, ensembles are gearing up for the sesquicentennial of one of his most famous disciples--Richard Strauss.
"It's an old caveman reaction--now you have to be prepared to leap even higher than ever before because the saber-toothed tiger is just behind you--and I love it," Salonen said of facing the piece's finale, with its tricky, irregular and shifting rhythms.