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A country of volcanoes and glaciers, fjords and auroras, Iceland is one of the most remarkable places on earth. The country’s almost otherworldly landscapes have inspired Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s latest work, In the Light of Air, a commission created for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). ICE, hailed by the New York Times as “one of more... more...
Julia Wolfe received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her composition “Anthracite Fields,” just announced at 3:00 pm EST. Judges described Wolfe’s work as a “powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century.” Julia Wolfe, born 1958, is an American composer who graduated from the more... more...
Legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade shared some of her of favorite memories in a backstage interview at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, just after rehearsals for A Coffin in Egypt at Chicago Opera Theater. In A Coffin in Egypt, von Stade portrays an elderly woman who lives in Egypt, Texas, but who longs for her younger days traveling the world, including more... more...
Les Objects Volants, a French juggling company, has transformed one of the most popular pieces of classical music, the Prelude No. 1 in C major from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, using Boomwhackers. Les Objects Volants proves that Boomwhackers, musical tubes made to play certain pitches when they are struck, aren’t merely toys with their tour-de-force performance. Though many of more... more...
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Royal Albert Hall, London
His tone was occasionally brittle, but Lang Lang winningly brought out the individual character of each month in Tchaikovksy’s The Seasons and impressed in challenging Chopin Continue reading...
Royal Festival Hall, London
The elusive Martha Argerich was supple yet commanding in Beethoven’s first Piano Concerto, but her seamless Schubert duet with Daniel Barenboim was a golden moment
Visits from the Staatskapelle Berlin and its chief conductor, Daniel Barenboim, are special occasions even without the prospect also of Martha Argerich, a pianist so revered yet so given to cancellations that her appearances are cherished collectors’ items. That this concert carried its weight of expectation so lightly was a tribute to enduring associations: between Barenboim and his orchestra; and between Barenboim and Argerich, septuagenarians who played together as children in Buenos Aires.
It was a meeting of musical royalty, yet Barenboim dispelled any suggestion of formality, laying down the first beat of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 when the applause had barely even stopped. The orchestra responded with an introduction so soft it seemed to come from another room – the kind of intensely quiet tone that only the finest ensembles seem able to summon. Argerich burst in on this with playing that was sparky, dreamy, supple yet commanding: the changes were mercurial, the phrases always shaped as if they were song or speech. Crisp violin flourishes near the start were echoed later on in Argerich’s snappy attack of her own similar figures. It was, in effect, an ongoing conversation between Argerich and the orchestra, long and involved but tending towards agreement, especially at moments such as the close of the slow movement, when the sounds of the piano and solo clarinet were dovetailed into each other.Continue reading...
Bookshops and TV schedulers have been marking the Gallipoli centenary for months. As Anzac Day approaches, it’s the turn of visual and performing artsContinue reading...
The number of migrants dying in Mediterranean Sea crossings could hit 30,000 this year, migration officials warn.
Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of "demeaning" his office by "talking up the SNP" - as Sir John Major warns the nationalists could "blackmail" a Labour government.
A man has been sentenced to life for stabbing a woman to death in a field where she had been tending to her horses.
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Low-level drug offenders will no longer be prosecuted in Cook County. Instead of prison...
Chicago Public School has appointed Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse...
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