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Carl's Morning Quiz: American humorist Ogden Nash was born on this date in 1902. In his version of The Carnival of the Animals by St. Saens, he wrote: "The swan can swim while sitting down, For pure conceit he takes the crown. He looks in the mirror over and over, And claims to have never heard of ________." Fill in the blank. Answer >>
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It's hard to describe Chicago composer/guitarist Jason Seed, other than as a well-rounded musician. As such, he delights in music and doesn't worry so much about iTunes categories. Jason Seed's credits include jazz bands, rock bands, collaborations with Baroque Band and Bill Frisell. He's also been around the "new music" scene more...
He gave more than 300 performances at the Metropolitan Opera. She exceeded 400. Two Italian-born, 20th century opera stars passed away in recent weeks: tenor Carlo Bergonzi and soprano Licia Albanese. Bergonzi in particular had a long performance history in Chicago, making his American debut at Lyric Opera in 1955; while Albanese worked primarily in New York more...
It's fitting that the Grant Park Music Festival should commission a piece by William Bolcom to celebrate its 80th anniversary. The two have had a long relationship. In fact, it was at a 1986 Grant Park Orchestra performance of Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" that then Lyric Opera General Director Ardis Krainik more...
This week, WFMT's Fiesta!, the popular Latin American music series hosted by Elbio Barilari, zeros in on the new music scene in Mexico. Of course there have been a number of prominent composers to come out of Mexico, like Carlos Chávez, Manuel Ponce, and Silvestre Revueltas more...
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New York Met says it expects to avert a lockout from the upcoming season after agreement with remaining unions
New York Citys Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early on 20 August with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions shortly.
The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled on 22 September, with a new production of Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro.Continue reading...
As a professional violinist, I used to see colleagues turn to alcohol to calm the nerves, but physical fitness is now the drug of choice
I remember my first week with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, on stage at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing, Sir Georg Solti conducting. Although I had a number of years behind me playing in provincial orchestras, nothing prepared me for the perceived big-time pressure of the occasion.
Before the concert started I recall thinking, How on earth am I going to get through to the end? Everyone else was relaxed, taking it in their stride, knowing what they were doing, but I was worried I was going to mess up, that I would play too early, play too late, not play together with my colleagues.Continue reading...
Last year Peter Maxwell Davies was given six weeks to live. Despite absolutely revolting chemotherapy and a blood clot that almost killed him, he went on to complete his 10th Symphony, and now hes about to celebrate his 80th birthday
I feel like Im on trial, says Peter Maxwell Davies, seated in the Royal Academy of Musics penthouse flat for visiting professors. Davies, one of our greatest living composers, is about to celebrate his 80th birthday, is being feted up and down the country with a cluster of concerts at the Proms in London and in Glasgow on and around the big day. But here he is, feeling as if this epic encounter with his own music is something hed rather not deal with.
Seriously, he says, with a glint in his eye, all these celebrations are wonderful, but I did have to interrupt a piece I was thoroughly enjoying. Im carrying it around with me in my brain and I just want to get back to it. By back to it, he doesnt just mean composing. He also means his home on the island of Sanday in Orkney, the archipelago where he has lived since the mid-1970s. Whatever happens, he will be back there to vote Yes in the forthcoming referendum.Continue reading...
The Islamic State militant group releases a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, seized in Syria in 2012.
The apparent beheading of a US journalist by militants Islamic State was "shocking and depraved", UK Prime Minister David Cameron says.
The wife and child of Hamas militant leader Mohammed Deif have reportedly been killed as Israeli air attacks leave 11 people dead in Gaza.
We talk with former Chicago Tonight correspondent and Al Jazeera reporter Ash-har...
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