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Carl's Morning Quiz: Yo-Yo Ma was born on this date in Paris in 1955--he is 60 years old today. He is, indeed, a French-born Chinese-American. He has enjoyed a prolific career as a performer and recording artist. In addition to the standard repertoire for cello, he has recorded discs of Bluegrass music, Chinese melodies, tangos, and several discs with his Silk Road Ensemble. He has won the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to his studies at the Juilliard School, he also graduated from what college? Answer >>
The stories of H.P. Lovecraft, one of horror fiction’s forefathers, have influenced artists in all disciplines from authors like Steven King and Jorge Luis Borges to film directors like Guillermo Del Toro and John Carpenter. But, did you know that Lovecraft has also inspired composers? Composer Ryan Ingebritsen is gearing up for the more... more...
Everyone loves a fairy tale, and one of the most magical ways to experience one is at the opera house! Some of the most beloved operas of all time are inspired by fairy tales and other enchanting stories. What fairy tale opera are you? more...
Yup, that's right, J.S. Bach wrote a chamber opera about coffee. And not just coffee, coffee addiction! Here's some facts about Bach's "Coffee Cantata" and how the piece came to be about. more...
When three opera companies in one city all open their seasons on the same night, which opera do you attend? On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Chicago Fringe Opera opened their seasons, performing The Marriage of Figaro, Lucio Silla, and The Turn of the Screw respectively. With two more... more...
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Wigmore Hall, London
Schoenberg’s cabaret songs showed singer and pianist at their best, but in the main, the recital left one wanting a little more from both musicians
The occasional partnership between pianist Mitsuko Uchida and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená was renewed here with a programme that dug out some unusual and appealing repertoire yet found neither artist consistently at her best. The relaxed simplicity of the encore – Janáček’s The Little Bench – left us wanting more in a way the main programme hadn’t.
Kožená was singing either in her native Czech or in German, the language of her adopted home, and throughout, there was nothing to be faulted in the delivery of her words; everything was forward and direct, even though she tended to narrow down some vowels rather than open them out. In her delivery of the poems attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, as set to dark, static music by Schumann, there was a solemn resolve that gave way to a stab of emotion when the imprisoned bade a hopeless farewell to her friends.Continue reading...
MPavilion opens for the summer, Richard Tognetti celebrates 25 years at the helm of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Sleeping Beauty in PerthContinue reading...
Science Museum, London
Six pieces suggested by objects in the Science Museum with site-specific performances of each made for an intriguing evening
Staged concerts have been a speciality of conductor Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra almost since it was formed 10 years ago. While some of the shows have been designed for touring, the latest, Objects at an Exhibition, was site specific. In collaboration with NMC Records, the orchestra had commissioned six composers to write pieces suggested by exhibits in the Science Museum in South Kensington; the results were then given their first performances in situ, as close as possible to the objects that inspired them, in an evening-long event devised by director Tim Hopkins.
The oldest composer represented is in her 80s, and the youngest in his mid-30s, so the stylistic range was vast. Thea Musgrave’s rather French, rather neoclassical Power Play, conducted by Nicholas Collon among the engines and turbines of the museum’s Energy Hall, was worlds away from Christopher Mayo’s Supermarine, inspired by the slate statue of the engineer R J Mitchell in the flight gallery, with cello and double bass punctuating its aero-engine samples. It contrasted, too, with Claudia Molitor’s rather engaging 2TwoLO, that harks back to the earliest days of radio in the UK, when broadcasting music was forbidden on the fledgling station 2LO, and imagines a way of smuggling a performance (of Handel’s famous Largo) into this music-free zone.
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Discover WFMT's Classical Italy next May! Join Peter van de Graaff on this exclusive twelve-day classical music lover's journey to "Bella Italia" next May. Imagine staying in the heart of Venice in a restored old abbey and experiencing Donizetti' opera La favorite at the historic La Fenice Opera House!