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Carl's Morning Quiz: Who am I? Iím an American composer born in Mississippi in 1895. I was the first African-American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony played by a leading orchestra, and the first to have an opera performed by a major company. I attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where I studied with George Whitefield Chadwick. I was a music arranger for W.C. Handy's band and later arranged for radio and films. I am often referred to as the Dean of African-American composers. Who am I? Answer >>
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. Contralto Marian Anderson (1897 – 1993) broke many boundaries for more... 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...
The Juilliard String Quartet plays Haydn’s Quartet in G (H III:41); Berg’s Quartet Op 3; Schubert’s Quartet #14 in D Minor, D 810, “Death and the Maiden.” more...
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Many productions feature shocking and controversial scenes, but the Royal Opera’s Guillaume Tell clearly crossed a line
What happened at Covent Garden during, rather than at the end, of the first night of a new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell this week was clearly exceptional, but booing is by no means unusual at opera first nights. It does seem to have become particularly prevalent at the Royal Opera House in the last few years – an indication, perhaps, of the quality of many of the new productions presented there since Kasper Holten became director of opera – but booing has always been with us. There always seems to be a faction of first-night opera audiences that turn up primed to find fault wherever it can, and ready to volubly express its feelings. And some audiences simply don’t like to be confronted with something challenging on the opera stage.
Damiano Michieletto, whose Royal Opera House production triggered an audience walkout after five-minute rape scene, insists the show must go on
The Royal Opera House in London is standing by a production of William Tell which drew booing and walkouts after a scene in which a woman is stripped naked and raped by soldiers. “We are not going to change the production, nor do we apologise for it,” insisted director of opera Kasper Holten.
The audience became angry during the third act of Rossini’s mammoth four and a half hour opera at the production’s premiere on Monday evening.Continue reading...
Royal Opera House, London
Rossini and a fine cast of singers just about survive Damiano Michieletto’s wretched new production of Guillaume Tell
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