The world renowned Danish String Quartet has returned to the United States for the start of their seven-city tour -- including a teaching residency at the University of California Berkeley -- but the journey wasn't exactly without incident. The group let their Facebook fans know that violist Asbjørn Nørgaard had anything but a pleasant flight on Norwegian yesterday as the airline staff forced him to carry his instrument in his lap after refusing to allow him to place in the overhead storage per their policy.
Longtime saxophonist and collaborator to classic rock legends The Rolling Stones, Bobby Keys, died Tuesday at the age of 70. Now, the iconic rock'n'rollers are paying tribute to their late bandmate and friend.
Georgian Soprano Tamar Iveri announced yesterday that she is planning a benefit concert in Tbilisi, Georgia dedicated to gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. Iveri said that the concert is a way to apologize once more to LGBT people for a letter expressing homophobic sentiments that was posted to her Facebook page last year.
Showing some Facebook love to a group of users who like nothing more than posting pictures of records, cassettes, CDs and even some 8-tracks as they listen, Classicalite recommends you get in on the action while it's still young.
My Facebook feed has been dotted in recent day with the latest social media craze. For a good cause, female friends have been posting photographs of themselves without makeup. Some actually look better that way, in my opinion (I know, nobody asked). One can surely do the same in music. Follow the popular trend--in music!
More than two decades hence, the choreography for Phil Kline's #UNSILENTNIGHT remains remarkably simple: People gather at the arch in Washington Square Park, and less than an hour and mile later, end up in Tompkins Square Park. It's Kline's music, of course, that still sounds difficult.
It may come as a surprise to anyone who flies regularly and doesn't come across this sort of thing, but suddenly the skies seem to be full of music. Live, classical music.
Here, then, is today's news.
The call for RSVP submissions has now closed.
In the spirit of James Tenney's 'Postal Pieces,' the London Sinfonietta has extended its RSVP for you to write them a piece of music.
Classicalite has remarked several times over on how American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is the epitome of class and grace. We now quote DiDonato's Facebook post from Wednesday afternoon, in which she dedicates her title role performance of Elena in that evening's Santa Fe Opera production of Rossini's 'La donna del lago' to one Carlos Vigil.
Regarding 'Diva, Divo:' Not since Tiresias, in Thebes, has a gender-bend been more dramatically wrought. Humble, never haughty, wethinks the pride of Prairie Village, herself--Kansas' native mezzo Joyce DiDonato--still puts on her breeches one glorious aria at a time.
If an earthquake couldn't stop him, what's a li'l drizzle going to do to superstar pianist Lang Lang? Evidently, nothing at all.
"Nora, hope we got it right." -- George C. Wolfe
Competitions are for horses, not for artists, was the verdict of the great Hungarian composer and pianist Bela Bartok. And there is a part of Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg, declared winner on June 1 of one of the world's most prestigious and grueling music contests, that agrees.