In CNN segment on YouTube, pianist Roy F. Eaton compares his experiences as an advertising executive of color to the TV series ‘Mad Men’ + MORE

 

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On this day in 1497 Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE9yFAuYY9o Born on this day in 1770 composer Ludwig van Beethoven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHqmIbo8sdI Born on this da.... More »
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Review: Susanna Malkki Makes an Immediate Impression + MORE

The Finnish conductor’s debut at Avery Fisher Hall raises the question: How has it taken so long for the Philharmonic to invite her as a guest?.... More »
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High school senior leaving prom among two killed in Calumet City crash + MORE

An 18-year-old on his way home from a high school prom and a 56-year-old man died in a head-on crash early Saturday in south suburban Calumet City. The crash happened in 700 block of State Street at 6:40 a.m., Calumet City Police Chief Edward Gilmore said. Aaron K. Dunigan, 18, a student at Thornton.... More »
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Music@Menlo puts Franz Schubert at center stage + MORE

The music of this short-lived but prolific Austrian composer will be examined from many angles at this year's festival..... More »
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Excuse me, but why isn't this man conducting Wagner at Covent Garden and Bayreuth? + MORE

Here's my review for The Independent of Tristan und Isolde at Longborough Festival Opera the other day. GO. NOW. Only two more performances, one of which is today.I'm seeing Tristan again at Bayreuth in August, incidentally, and I challenge their very, very, very celebrated Wagner conductor to do an.... More »

Munich’s Rosenkavalier – tasteful?

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This is the cover of the Munich Philharmonic’s new season brochure. What do you think?

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The Manhattan String Quartet performed in “100 Years of the String Quartet” at the Tenri Cultural Institute on Wednesday.

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Miami-based chamber chorus Seraphic Fire and Chicago’s Spektral Quartet joined forces Wednesday night for an even rarer pairing — two quite different versions of the same work, Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on The Cross” — essentially performed at the same time.

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Dance with Talk Doesn’t Quite Come Off

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 Various Composers, If Play Is Play…: HeadSpaceDance, Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio Theatre), London, 16.04.2014 (J.O’D) Two Dancers: Christopher Akrill and Gemma Nixon Choreography: Johan Inger Music: ‘Silouan’s Song’ by Arvo Pärt Costume Designs: Sabine Lemaître Lighting Design:Simon Bennison Before the Interval Dancers: Christopher Akrill, Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard Choreography and Sound Design:   Luca Silvestrini […]

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Another senior maestro graciously cashes in

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Another senior maestro graciously cashes inThe Boston Symphony Orchestra, announcing a replacement for Lorin Maazel, uses the obsequious language of three generations back to welcome the expensive Charles Dutoit on bended knee. Will Boston never wake up? And should we now start referring to cheerful Charlie as Maazel’s Maazel? press release below   Eminent Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit has graciously offered to lead […]

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So You Want To Write An Opera….

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I admit I attempted composing for opera long ago as an undergraduate. I remember seeing the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Billy Budd in the late ’90s and then seeing their production of Peter Grimes in the early 2000s, and I was convinced I absolutely had to write an opera.

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Not forgettable: Górecki’s final symphonyHenryk Gorecki Gorecki, Tansman & Stravinsky: Julian Rachlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko; South Bank Centre Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron April 12 2014 Star rating: 4.5World premiere of Henryk Gorecki’s fourth and final symphonyAlexandre Tansman with his first wife Anna Eleonora BrocinerThis memorial concert has been a long time in the planning but was worth the wait…

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In CNN segment on YouTube, pianist Roy F. Eaton compares his experiences as an advertising executive of color to the TV series 'Mad Men'A CNN segment on YouTube allows pianist Roy F. Eaton to compare his personal experiences as a pioneering advertising copywriter and music director of color to those depicted in the television series Mad Men on http://www.amctv.com/:My “15 minutes” extendshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb03Cx1l4JM&list=UUupvZG-5ko_eiXAupbDfxWw Love,Roytinyurl…

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For her most recent commissioning project, composer and pianist Joann Cho invited a large group of composers to write a solo piano piece for her and asked them to write their piece “for children.”

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One year ago, practically to the day, I posted this picture of what it looks like to search the complete Haydn symphonies on Spotify and lamented “Please: we’ve had digital music for nearly two decades now. Can we start to get our act together on this?” I mean, that list of results is basically useless…

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Semperoper’s Ariadne auf Naxos:an Estimable Pleasure

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 Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Staatskapelle Dresden, Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 15.4.2014 (MB) Cast Music-Master – Markus Butter Major-Domo – Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge Lackey – Peter Lobert Officer – Michael Auenmüller Composer – Barbara Senator Tenor/Bacchus – Burkhard Fritz Wigmaker – Matthias Henneberg Zerbinetta – Romy Petrick Prima Donna, Ariadne – Marjorie Owens Dancing […]

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on creation and irrationality

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“The ultimate reason for his humility will be the musician’s conviction that beyond all the rational knowledge he has amassed…

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"Mache dich…"

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"Mache dich..."Pick an occasion – any occasion – in the history of music at which you’d have liked to be present… Today I’ll choose the Bach St Matthew Passion as conducted in 1829 by the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn. The performance was organised by the young composer and his actor friend Eduard Devrient and the work enjoyed probably its first outing since the death of Bach himself, some 80 years earlier…

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