The brass at Carnegie Hall have announced that Michael Tilson Thomas will step up to the podium for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leading the Philadelphia Orchestra at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage this Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Pianist Hamelin breathes new life into "dead" composers
Be it a concert that reframes musical war horses or one that gives music, herself, a frame (during the middle of a labor dispute, no less), the American Symphony Orchestra is certainly one of the more daring ensembles you'll hear play Carnegie Hall. Under the baton and brain of Leon Botstein, the ASO takes its founder Leopold Stokowski's avowed intention--namely, "that orchestral music shall remain accessible and affordable for everyone"--and gives it a new charge: Orchestral music should also edify the public at large. But as Botstein duly notes in this exclusive discussion with Classicalite editor-in-chief Logan K. Young, in the sound world of late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter, intellectual heft never does betray the "immensely musical."
The crowds demanded a statement from Maestro Gergiev. Now, they have one.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) recently announced its third consecutive year of record-breaking fundraising, with ticket sales at an all-time high for the 2013 fiscal year.
The Detroit Tigers' bid for the World Series began last Friday, and no group has been more spirited in their support than the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, who played "Go Get Em Tigers!"--complete with Tigers baseball caps and team colors proudly displayed.
A recording has emerged of one of the most devastating speeches from a concert hall--Osmo Vänskä's farewell to the Minnesota Orchestra, ravaged by industrial dispute.
So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.
Stagehands on strike at Carnegie Hall voted on Friday to accept a proposed labor agreement, effectively ending the two-day strike that forced Carnegie Hall to cancel its opening night gala.
Although he resigned as music director on October 1, Osmo Vänskä will lead the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra one more time (in two concerts) scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.
UPDATE: A source has confirmed that this American Symphony Orchestra concert will go ahead at Carnegie Hall tonight. There had been fears that it, like the Philadelphia Orchestra concert last night, would be canceled. This, then, makes the ASO concert also the Carnegie season-opener. Again, the theme of the evening is the manner in which the legendary 1913 Armory Show influenced the modernist composers of the 1920s.
Hours before Carnegie Hall's opening night gala was scheduled to begin, Carnegie Hall stagehands went on strike--forcing the venue's management to cancel the event. The centerpiece of the evening was to have been a Philadelphia Orchestra concert led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
It's all over in Minnesota, at least as far as their distinguished Finnish conductor is concerned. The thing that many locals had dreaded has come to pass: Osmo Vänskä has resigned as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, effecive immediately.
More from the turmoil at the Minnesota Orchestra. A press release has gone out announcing a fourth contract proposal for musicians from management. They--both sides presumably--will be earnestly hoping that this gets them back to work. But that will all depend on the detail where, as the saying goes, the devil is often to be found.