August marks the death, 95 years ago, of a flamboyant and famous impresario. Who just happened to have a grandson who became more famous still.
The Ravinia Festival recently announced its 2014 season, “Summer of Love/Season of Stars,” featuring music that expresses the theme of love in all its various manifestations.
Some 150 years later, it's easy to forget that much of Richard Strauss' music was once considered avant-garde--certainly his operas 'Salome' and 'Elektra,' as well as many of his tone poems. To wit, Leon Botstein's American Symphony Orchestra has chosen to perform one of his most controversial works, the one-act opera 'Feuersnot,' in a concert staging at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.