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Carl's Morning Quiz: American composer Richard Rodgers was born June 28, 1902. After collaborating with Oscar Hammerstein II on the musical, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The King and I, he collaborated with Robert Russell Bennett on the score for a documentary television series aired on NBC in 1952-53. The series won Emmy and Peabody Awards. And a recording of music from the series became a best-seller on LP. What was the name of the series? Answer >>
Countertenor David Daniels on Finding His Voice, Finding Himself, and Being Married by Justice Ginsburg
David Daniels is “the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever,” to use the words of the New York Times. Though many know him best for portraying some of opera’s greatest heroes from Julius Caesar to Orpheus, he is also passionate about civil rights. more...
Take this quiz to find out which dean of American music you're most like! Are you sparse and minimal like Philip Glass? Or do you prefer the sis-boom-bah John Philip Sousa? Do you prefer Samuel Barber's sonic landscapes of America, or Scott Joplin's Ragtime portraits of American life? more...
Younger generations of Americans take it for granted that the United States has been legally desegregated. But, before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, segregation was the norm, including in concert halls across America. more...
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. We celebrate the music of LGBTQ composers all year long since it’s hard to escape a concert season without hearing works by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Britten, and others. But we wanted to recognize a few notable figures, past and present, who do did not or do not identify as heterosexual. Some more... more...
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The controversy-torn Wagner festival has appointed Christian Thielemann as its first independent music director. Unusually, this news emerged in the car park
Christian Thielemann has been officially appointed as music director of the Bayreuth festival, according to the German broadcaster Deutschlandradio. His formal duties will be announced when the festival opens with Katharina Wagner’s new production of Tristan und Isolde on 25 July.
A car-parking space sign saying “Reserved for music director C Thielemann” and erected outside the Festival theatre earlier this week gave a premature clue to the appointment. A Bayreuth spokesperson confirmed the rumours on Monday.Continue reading...
Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No 1 might be a pop classic, but there’s much, much more to the fascinating and eccentric French composer
Film-makers have missed a trick with the life of Erik Satie. A biopic would have pretty much everything: the heart-warming story of a talented but strange man whose early failure and obscurity led to late-in-life celebrity; some acrobatic sex (literally – his one-and-only girlfriend had previously run away to the circus); strong language, violence, scandal and litigation (he was famously irascible, and was imprisoned over a spat with a music critic); the glamour of Paris, 1885-1925; more than walk-on roles for people like Stravinsky, Picasso and Diaghilev; the decadent Montmartre cabaret scene; oh, and a fabulous, ready-made score by the main man and his friends Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc.
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Christoph von Dohnányi can really energise a score, and brought great vitality to the orchestra’s season-closing programme of Bartók, Mozart and Beethoven
Returning to the orchestra whose principal conductor he was for a decade (he is now its honorary conductor for life), Christoph von Dohnányi brought the Philharmonia’s London season to an end with this programme of Bartók, Mozart and Beethoven.
After the interval came a grand interpretation of Beethoven’s Seventh SymphonyContinue reading...
MPs should consider allowing Britain to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to say.
Twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with Friday's deadly attack on a Tunisian resort by Islamic State, an official says.
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