Filmmaker Alex Winter has taken to Kickstarter to fund the definitive documentary on prodigious performer Frank Zappa. Granted unprecedented access to Zappa's archives, the director hopes to document the idiosyncratic icon for future generations.
While some half-a-billion smart phone and tablet users download "casual games" to their devices regularly, it's easy to overlook some of the more minor elements that comprise the game. For Candy Crush Soda Saga, the music is perhaps one of the more impressive details behind the app.
Perhaps the largest effort to bring classical into the digital age, Google's upcoming music platform, dubbed 'Classical Live' aims to bring together audiences of all stripes. The idea is to provide listeners with exactly what the namesake denotes: exclusive live recordings of the world's most well-known orchestras.
After months of speculation, it has been announced that Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed the new music director of the London Symphony Orchestra starting in 2017.
One of Europe’s most prestigious opera festivals, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence recently announced opera highlights of its upcoming season, to be held July 2-21, 2015 at picturesque and historical venues in and around the ancient Provençal city of Aix.
The first female winner of the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition was announced Monday, Dec 8, and Elim Chan has taken home the prestigious prize and made competition history. Chan, 28, was born in Hong Kong to British parents and currently studies at the University of Michigan. She is the first female winner of the competition in its 24-year history. She took home the gold after the Dec. 8 finals, where she conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a program of Beethoven’s "Overture Egmont," Stravinsky’s "Symphony in Three Movements" and Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Scheherazade." Her fellow finalists were Jiří Rožeň, from the Czech Republic, and Mihhail Gerts, from Estonia, whom were all selected from a shortlist of 20 conductors over the course of the competition. Before competing for the Donatella Flick prize, Chan was the music director of the Michigan Pops and University of Michigan Campus Philharmonia orchestras. She studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler at Michigan University and has worked with renowned conductors Gustav Meier, Colin Metters and Marin Alsop in the past.
From the mouth of Norman Lebrecht and "several trustworthy sources," the Berlin Philharmonic, apparently, wants to get on with making an appointment. Simon Rattle, though, will remain music director until the summer of 2018.
These past twelve days seem like a yellow smear as all 552 episodes of animated culture criticism The Simpsons aired on FXX.
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will release 'The American Masters,' featuring works by Samuel Barber, John Corigliano and Mason Bates, on the eOne label on September 30.
If appointing musicians to orchestras was like the NFL draft, then perhaps the Berlin Philharmonic just lucked out on a first-round rookie with it's new 18 year-old Austrian trumpeter, Florian Pichler.
But I wouldn't bet against Kirill Karabits being snapped up. Bournemouth has historically been a springboard for higher-profile appointments--and being from that town, myself, I yield to no one in my borderline fanatical admiration for its orchestra.
They were the words all music-lovers hoped never to hear, though they knew the day was inevitable. Claudio Abbado has passed away. He defied the odds to live a full decade beyond an illness that had looked likely to kill him. In that time, he gave us performance after performance of stunning brilliance.
There will be some anniversaries celebrated this year, none wider than that of the birth of Richard Strauss. But here's a milestone that I suspect few will comment on. It is half a century since Pierre Monteux, the French-born conductor. Not just any conductor, one of the most influential and revered of the 20th century. And yet these days, few music lovers are more than dimly aware of his name.
A movie version of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera 'Der Freischütz' has recently become available on DVD in the U.S. The movie, directed by Jens Neubert and filmed in Germany in 2010, is called Die Jägersbraut (or Hunter's Bride) after an earlier version of the opera by that name.
The Grammy nominations are out, and as often happens, the list is rather rife with surprises, with what might have seemed more central fare often edged out (with telling exceptions such as Simon Rattle's 'Rite of Spring'). Relatively small labels like 2L and ArtistShare have multiple nominations, while indie giants like Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion and BIS getting few or one. Or none.