PBS kicks off the 41 season of 'Live From Lincoln Center' tonight with “From Bocelli to Barton: Richard Tucker Opera Gala.”Named after the famed Opera Tenor, Richard Tucker Music Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization honors Tucker's memory by offering awards, grants and support for young opera performers.
It is a great time to be an Adam Pascal fan, or just to be Adam Pascal himself. Pascal is current gearing up for a starring role in Seth Rudetsky’s 'Disaster! on Broadway.' That is not all. Pascal is joining Norm Lewis and some other big names in a one night charity concert with the Broadway Inspirational Choir. Meanwhile, fans of Pascal’s earlier work will be happy to know that 'RENT' is going on tour later this year to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Premiering here on Classicalite, by their numbers anyways, you'll hear a mix as open and as carefree as Highway 101. Whereas, simultaneously, as intimate, as huddled as the mass of hybrids piled bumper-to-bumper on the 110. Settle in, then, as wild Up founder Christopher Rountree leads the shimmering, beguiling "as I wait for the lion," the eighth track off of you of all things, out today from Valgeir Sigurðsson's Bedroom Community.
It's been 11 whole months, yes, since we first saw Sō Percussion's Adam Sliwinski's cross-handed study of Dan Trueman's bitKlavier. Shot then by Troy Herion, with Silwinski patched into his Princeton colleague's "prepared digital piano" via Casio USB for prelude-only, with all the bugs beta-ed out now, watch Silwinski's Roland A-88 shake under the more progressive hammer action of "Marbles"--directed by Evan Chapman. Like Ligeti's last Grawemeyer étude for Boulez from Book One, but played by the Synclavier I from Boulez conducts Zappa, lest you think Dan Trueman's lost his own here, well, just press play.
For us Classicalites, the intimate splendor of Chopin and Tchaikovsky's solo piano music still resonates well across the centuries. And the transcriptions. There's a kind of beauty, even a turmoil, inside its sounding realm, as well as outside of it.
Here in the dog days of summer, two and a half decades removed from his record-selling album of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' (EMI), Classicalite premieres the first video for violinist Nigel Kennedy's exciting new "rewrite" on Sony.
Such is the case with his forthcoming homage to the ever-famous Giacomo Puccini. The world's greatest living tenor, he sings "Nessun Dorma," the highlight of Puccini's Turandot, among other selections from Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and more.
Pascal Le Boeuf's "GIRLS," the dramatic leadoff track on RighteousGIRLS debut gathering blue demands careful attention to flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi's dynamic energy. Produced by Le Boeuf, gathering blue comes to light via New Focus/Panoramic Recordings with support from New Music USA on July 10 featuring Classicalite favorites Vijay Iyer, Christian Carey, Ambrose Akinmusire, Andy Akiho, Justin Brown, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, Terence Blanchard and Randy Woolf.
It was reported last year on Classicalite that Tom Cruise was spotted filming scenes for his upcoming addition to the Mission Impossible series at Austria's Vienna State Opera house. Now, the film will premiere at the same venue this summer in light of Cruise's appearance at the opera house.
We've heard a lot of takes on Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin's 1959 quasi-murder ballad "Long Black Veil." True, while not every rendition hence faithfully exonerated Lefty Frizzell's original--itself deliberately more Nashville countrypolitan than Texan honky tonk--there have been fewer still that still stand on their own. For every versatile Burl Ives, The Band's big, pink one or even Diamanda Galás' most, um, unidiomatic reading, there are too many uninspired dronings on from the likes of The Proclaimers, Bruce Hornsby, Daves both Matthews and Gray and, yes, Marianne Faithfull.
With Ward Swingle gone from the SATB earth and Tim Hauser transferring no more 'cross Manhattan, the timing couldn't be any more right for Roomful of Teeth to become our starriest vocal band. Fresh off one of the most exciting drones at the Met's Temple of Dendur since, well, Interpol's record release party, the GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) with that youngest-ever Pulitzer recipient (Caroline Shaw) on one of the best labels in the new music biz (New Amsterdam) hasn't yet made a music vid proper. Until now, of course.
Everyone’s favorite Parisian is heading to the stage. A musical adaptation of the 2001 French film 'Amélie' will receive its world premiere at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre this August.
Sometimes, though, we have the honor of being able to debut music by true legends in-the-making--someone of ever-increasing like pianist Simone Dinnerstein, that is. We'll get into specifics after the jump, but for right now...C-LITE has an exclusive listen to Ms. Dinnerstein’s "Rhapsody in Blue" (by George Gershwin, of course) from her forthcoming album Broadway-Lafayette, releasing via Sony Classical on February 24.
Gregg Opelka’s musical, 'C’est la Vie,' will see its New York premiere at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre this September. 'C’est la Vie' is a celebration of the 1950s Parisian cabaret lifestyle and will feature Jackie Schiffer and Angela Pierson as the main characters. The musical is directed by Andreas Hager, choreographed by Nia Woods and designed by Anna Yates.
Both The Telegraph and The Mail are reporting that, after a half-decade together, Katherine Jenkins has been dumped by Warner Music Group for excessive demands regarding the cost of her personal grooming.