9 Things To Know About Monteverdi’s Vespers
Even though his compositions were well known across Europe during his time, one of Claudio Monteverdi‘s most enduring works was likely not performed (in its entirety, at least) in his lifetime!
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Playlist: Your Top 10 Favorite Piano Concertos
We asked you to vote on your favorite piano concertos, which we have been counting down for two weeks along with works that might be new to you. Here are your top 10 favorite piano concertos revealed!
Playlist: Rufus Wainwright’s 3 Favorite Opera Composers
Opera has always been important to composer Rufus Wainwright, though many know him as the man behind the piano crooning confessional songs.
Recipes Composed by Classical Composers
Did you know that some of your favorite composers composed recipes as well? Here are a few culinary masterpieces composed by Rossini, Verdi, Ned Rorem, Puccini, and Janáček.
High Kicks and High Notes in Lyric’s ‘Merry Widow’
Though dance has been an important part of opera production since the genre was born in the late 16th century, dance is not incorporated into modern opera productions as often, perhaps, as it could be or should be.
Itzhak Perlman’s 5 Most Memorable Moments at 70 Years Old
Violinist Itzhak Perlman is one of the most famous names in classical music. The Israeli-American, now 70 years old, has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time in his long and illustrious career. Here, he reflects on five of the most memorable moments in his career.
The Many Colors of American Indian Music
"But for some reason, people are surprised to learn that American Indians compose 'classical' music."
How ‘Wozzeck’ Changed Opera Forever
Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck revolutionized the art form when it premiered in 1925. When Berg saw Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck, he knew that he wanted to compose an opera based upon it. But an opera based upon this revolutionary expressionist play “demanded a new kind of operatic language as well,” according to The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera. Sir Andrew Davis, music director and principal ...
Masaaki Suzuki’s 8 Tips to Better Your Bach
"There are all kinds of ways to play Bach, and that depends on your personality and how you want to deal with Bach's music."
Natya Dance Brings the Ancient Art of Bharatanatyam to Modern Audiences
Thousands of years before European ballet was born, Bharatanatyam flourished in India. The ancient art of Bharatanatyam seems to be having a bit of a moment in modern times. Months after appearing in Chicago, dancer Aparna Ramaswamy recently made her debut at the Joyce Theater in New York: one small step for a Bharatanatyam dancer, one giant, dazzling leap for Bharatanatyam ...
Inside the Beautiful, Bizarre World of Butoh
One of the most unique styles of dance today is undoubtedly butoh. I spoke with dancer and choreographer Ushio Amagatsu as he tours across North America with his company, Sankai Juku. The New York Times called Sankai Juku, “One of the most original and startling dance theater groups to be seen.” Read our conversation to learn more about butoh, Amagatsu’s ...
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