Improv Everywhere describes itself as "a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places."
Alongside the similarly lauded jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, classical pianist and writer Jeremy Denk wins this year's increased grant for his popularizing of the genre.
In its ongoing efforts to find innovative new platforms for presenting classical music, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam recently launched a video magazine, RCO Editions, available for iPhone and iPad. Each issue explores the life of a different composer and musical work, starting with Mozart.
During his first long interview, Pope Francis revealed his tastes in music, art and literature, confirming earlier reports that he is an opera fan.
The Critics’ Circle is the oldest critics' organization in the world and, to date, counts more than 400 members who work in the media throughout the United Kingdom.
A rather lovely story from the good fellas at Google. Their recent Google Doodle marking the anniversary of Debussy's birth (his 151st, since you ask) was a hit for the classical recording industry.
And with the world's best musicians, singers, dancers and actors going back to repertory work after their summer stocks, there's more good news happening now than there was, say, back in August.
Do you like your Mozart sweet and intoxicating? Here you are...just don't drive afterwards!
Essential recordings from the much-missed great Italian tenor, as Decca marks 50 years of his international career.
Here, then, is today's news:
The conductor and pianist Justus Frantz has been named the new music director of the Israel Sinfonietta, to take up his post in September 2013. He succeeds the outgoing Doron Salomon, who has been in the position since 2005 and has just led the orchestra through its 40th anniversary season.
The leading American baritone Thomas Hampson appears to have done his reputation no end of good (not that it needed much polishing, let’s face it) with a gracious and yet eloquent and robust defense of his art form on the BBC’s HARDtalk program. The television show espouses a confrontational house style and interviewer Sarah Montague had clearly been instructed to put Hampson on the spot about the popularity and expense of opera.
WQKR, one of Classcalite's favorite terrestrial stations at 105.9 FM, suggests three recent discs that offer a new spin on the well-worn: Mahler's 'Symphony No. 1' with its Blumine movement in tact; a pair of Mozart pianoforte concerti cut-back for the chamber; and Schumann's stuff transcribed for two trumpets, horn, 'bone and long-suffering tuba player Chuck Daellenbach.
Despite the best efforts of would-be interdisciplinarians throughout Euclidean space and Cartesian time--from antiquity's Pythagoreans, to Leonard Meyer's Chicago cohorts of the '60s, to the acolytes of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Bloomington colloquia--music, science and knowledge, while certainly linked beyond mere coincidence or the occasional isomorphism, ultimately exist as three functionally discrete, fully autonomous endeavors.
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.