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Carl's Morning Quiz: Today is the birthday of the legendary former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Adolph "Bud" Herseth--born in 1921; he passed away last year. Bud played 1st trumpet from 1948-2001, spanning the tenures of six CSO Music Directors. Which Music Director hired Bud Herseth? Answer >>
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On Monday, July 28th, the President and First Lady will recognize Joan Harris for her tireless support of the arts. It was announced on Tuesday that she would be a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. The visage of Joan Harris is a familiar one around the lobbies of the Civic Opera House and Symphony more...
When Yevgeny Kutik was a boy, his mother declared, "Enough." She packed up her family and left the Soviet Union. There wasn't any one reason. It was a series of reasons: Yevgeny was bullied in Kindergarten; she was laid off because her employers exceeded their "quota of Jews"; her older son had picked up racial slurs at school more...
Monday at 8:00 pm South African-born cellist Amanda Forsyth grew up in Canada. Together with her husband, Pinchas Zukerman, Forsyth co-founded the Zukerman Chamber Players. They played the popular Archduke Trio and the Dumky Trio at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre in June. That recital airs on Monday evening at 8:00 pm on WFMT. Beethoven and Dvořák more... more...
Getting beyond “The book was better” - Last week, when Lyric Opera presented a sneak peek at the opera based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel "Bel Canto," general director Anthony Freud quickly closed the door on comparisons to the book. Addressing a gathering of patrons and members of the media, Mr. Freud shared some of more...
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Acclaimed cellist claims jurors pick their own pupils to win and says Moscow's Tchaikovsky contest is the worst offender
Classical music competitions are rife with corruption and bribery, Julian Lloyd Webber has claimed.
The distinguished cellist and conductor, and brother of musicals impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, told the Times that the winners of internationally esteemed music competitions were chosen by jurors selecting their own pupils.Continue reading...
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Janáek's Glagolitic Mass lacked subtlety, but Douglas's account of Brahms's First Piano Concerto was compelling
Amid the compulsive hyping that affects classical music, Barry Douglas remains defiantly and admirably grounded. But Douglas's powerful playing always compels and rewards attention, and this Prom performance of Brahms's First Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev was much more satisfying than the flashier performances one sometimes encounters.
Aided by an attentive Gergiev, Douglas gave an expansive, almost Claudio Arrau-like account of the work. He never rushed, though he always had momentum. He played each phrase with due and even deliberate emphasis, displaying an instinctive feel for Brahms's punctuation. And his playing had a proper range of weight and colour across the keyboard, bringing out the texture of the concerto's endlessly original writing. Perhaps the final rondo could have used a bit more bite, but Douglas always seems a pianist who has thought things out. He has his reasons, and they were cumulatively immensely persuasive.Continue reading...
Strumpets to courtesans, molls to midnight gigolos, escorts to extras, suggest your song pleasures for this week's potent topic
"Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society," remarked St Augustine, eyeing a flagon of mead, and somewhat surprising the merry company with his fifth-century mixed morality. But then, with a Martini in her elegant hand, a distinctly less saintly Marlene Dietrich added: "Indeed darling, a country without bordellos is like a house without bathrooms." Playwright Brendan Behan chipped in with an toothy Irish grin, having dished out a big round of whiskies: "Well, y'see, the big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less." Fellow author Angela Carter wasn't going to be left out. "What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?" she asked, sipping a sherry. "The whore is despised by the hypocritical world because she has made a realistic assessment of her assets and does not have to rely on fraud to make a living."
Such is the lively debate we can have here at the Readers Recommend tavern, as the four then broke out into laughter and song around the table. And this week can all do the same with nominations on what is indeed a potent subject. For, on this oldest of professions, much has been expressed in music and other genres. The sex worker must have a multitude of skills, many of which must come into play before, after, above and beyond the act itself, especially in dealing with difficult customers. The tough, complex and clever of the profession are, for example, portrayed with particular brilliance in the HBO goldrush-era series Deadwood. But, in reality, the law, and those who use and abuse it, can also be a capricious dominatrix, interpreted with as much flux as any carnal desires.
The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.
The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular admits killing her son and hiding his body in a suitcase, sparking a major search operation.
Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams says he is "utterly devastated" after an anti-doping violation rules him out of the Commonwealth Games.