The classical community has endured traumatic loss over the last few months, with the death of French-composer Pierre Boulez last month and then 93-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner, Leslie Basset, on Feb. 4. Now, the community is rocked further as Steven Stucky, 66, one of the most beloved classical figures in modern music, joins the ranks.
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.
Yesterday, a memorial service for Pierre Boulez was held in Paris and was attended by loved ones close to the composer including French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Culture Minister Fleur Pallerin. Perhaps one of this century's leading composers, Mr. Boulez was honored in a most beautiful fashion.
Pierre Boulez, the late composer and conductor who ushered in a new era of classical in the latter-half of the 20th century, will receive an honorable funeral service at the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. The service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. and will be considered a strictly private event.
Perhaps one of the most prominent figures in classical music over the last century, Pierre Boluez, has died. It was reported that the French composer-cum-writer passed away in his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90 years old.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the life and work of Pierre Boulez, the esteemed composer and conductor, with a brand-new Beyond the Score production of “A Pierre Dream: A Portrait of Pierre Boulez,” on November 14 and 16 at Symphony Center.
Highlights from next season's MusicNOW concerts include 'The Wind in High Places' by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, Jonny Greenwood’s 'Suite' from the movie 'There Will Be Blood', and the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s 'Postponeless Creature.'
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently announced that award-winning architect Frank Gehry will create the stage design for two special CSO concerts focusing on the life and music of Pierre Boulez.
According to my translation from the French-to-English Google: Built on a former quarry in the countryside, this architect home with a contemporary feel was owned by Pierre Boulez.
The people's minimalist, Steve Reich has won the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for contemporary composition. The news came from Reich's publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, on Tuesday.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced two pieces of important news yesterday: The orchestra's widely-respected music director Riccardo Muti signed a new contract with the CSO, extending his tenure as music director through 2020; and the CSO announced programming for their 2014-15 season.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced that Pierre Boulez will not be able to travel to Chicago to conduct in February 2014, due to health issues.
Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega takes the stage. She's greeted with enthusiastic applause from an audience of families with young children, teenagers and young adults. About 80 percent of the audience members are Latino. The unusual demographics of this concert, presented by the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Los Angeles last season, are the result De León de Vega's tireless effort and advocacy.
Due to a fracture in his shoulder, Pierre Boulez will not be able to not hold a baton to conduct his two scheduled concerts at September's Lucerne Festival.
The Aughts were especially tough on Modernism. Starting in 2001, we lost Iannis Xenakis. In 2003, Luciano Berio passed on. Three years later, György Ligeti expired in Vienna, and two years shy of making contact, Mauricio Kagel had his last, albeit post-modern laugh in 2010. Woe be to the Darmstadt demigods of yore; the only one left standing is Pierre Boulez. And as the maître's made more than clear, on the front line of composition anyways, he will fight no more forever. Here in the States, Prof. Milton Babbitt, l'éminence grise of Princeton, stretched his earthly tenure to 94 years. But his death in January of 2011 integrally reminded us that the end of Elliott Carter, who would've turned 104 this December, was nigh.