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  • Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos dies

    03/02/2018 2:08:58 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | March 2, 2018
    Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos, who wielded the baton at a clutch of top ensembles including the Spanish National Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), has died of cancer aged 78, his entourage said Friday in Madrid.
  • Classical Music’s White Male Supremacy is Overt, Pervasive, and a Problem

    02/22/2018 6:38:36 AM PST · by goldendelicious · 80 replies
    Scapi Magazine ^ | 2-18-2018 | Daniel Johanson
    Recognizing that Classical Music has implied White Supremacy for centuries is hard for those that study the art form. In fact, that correlating The Met’s continued programming of dead white men to the rise of White Supremacist tendencies in America is not a far stretch is starting to become apparent to those that follow and review the company’s season announcements. Of course Italian Opera traditions are rich and are the backbone for many composers, but when an American institution, founded on the grounds
  • Classical Music’s White Male Supremacy is Overt, Pervasive, and a Problem (Barf Alert)

    02/19/2018 11:33:38 AM PST · by bkopto · 94 replies
    Scapi Magazine ^ | 2/18/2018 | DANIEL JOHANSON
    Over the week, there have been waves of backlash at The Metropolitan Opera’s newest season announcement. A recent Washington Post made the rounds, taking to task the institution’s insistence on an entirely white and male composer list, as well as a completely male roster of conductors taking the podium. As a white man, there have been and continue to be countless times in which I have needed to recognize that privilege, white supremacy, homophobia, toxic masculinity, and gender normativity are layered issues. It’s easy to call a Nazi a racist because they are so obviously a racist. Not all racists...
  • What Mozart Would Be Doing Today

    01/07/2018 2:54:01 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 73 replies
    YouTube ^ | 24 August 2013 | Jacob Collier
    This is Jacob Collier, a astounding musician from the UK
  • The Greatest Violinist You Probably Never Heard Of

    01/06/2018 12:16:58 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Self | January 6, 2018 | PJ-Comix
    "Alexa, play Fritz Kreisler." I say that command several times a week (sometimes twice a day) to my Echo Dot. Why? Because after discovering the violin music of Fritz Kreisler, I have become hooked. His style is incredibly soothing and makes me relax. He also plays in quite a haunting manner as you can hear in his LIEBESLIED. I first discovered Kreisler several months ago after watching the movie, "Music of the Heart" about a violin teacher. It featured a cameo by Isaac Stern. As is often the case I did a bit of research on Stern and found out...
  • Culture: Conductor Jenny Wong Explores the (Spiritual) Depth of Bach

    12/08/2017 10:29:39 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 39 replies
    Jenny Wong is the Associate Conductor of the LA Master Chorale. Wong says she’s excited to conduct the six motets by J.S. Bach for many reasons, not the least of which is the incredible depth of the music. “All of us, undoubtedly, who we study Bach’s music, you’re always going to leave it feeling like you can’t study it enough. There’s just so much more to get to know about it. Because Bach’s music there’s such an order to it. And yet, it’s never just because it’s academic. It’s useless to talk about Bach without talking about the reason for...
  • Conductor forced to apologize for "Women conductors are not my cup of tea" remark

    11/25/2017 5:24:50 PM PST · by nwrep · 46 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | November 25, 2017 | Norman Lebrecht
    The Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons, of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has quickly retracted a remark made to a Telegraph interviewer in which he said that women conductors ‘are not my cup of tea’. In a statement on Friday he said: ‘I come from a generation in which the conducting profession was almost exclusively reserved to men. Even today, many more men than women pursue conducting professionally. ‘But it was undiplomatic, unnecessary and counterproductive for me to point out that I’m not yet accustomed to seeing women on the conducting platform. ‘Every one of my female colleagues and every young...
  • Dennis Prager Conducts Haydn At Disney Hall

    09/09/2017 5:21:14 PM PDT · by onedoug · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 8 SEP 2017 | Jonathan Merrill
    On August 16, author, pundit, and radio personality Dennis Prager — who also happens to be an amateur conductor — led the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 51 in B-flat major before a sold-out house, amidst the unique architecture and near-flawless acoustics of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Prager, a lifelong classical-music devotee, has, through his guest-conducting efforts, helped a number of orchestras raise operating funds and reach a wider audience. Knowing this, the SMSO approached Prager earlier this year to enlist his help, and he was keen to...
  • Standing Ovations for Triumphant Dennis Prager, Conducting at Disney Hall

    08/17/2017 10:33:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 17, 2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    Conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager received a standing ovation from a near-capacity crowd the moment he walked on the stage Wednesday evening to conduct the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The audience was not only applauding the music, but the principle of freedom of expression, after several left-wing members of the orchestra had attempted to organize a boycott of the event by the musicians and by the public. A letter circulated by the boycotters exhorted: “Please urge your friends to not attend this concert, which helps normalize bigotry in our community.” One boycotter, violinist and...
  • Can A Conservative Conduct An Orchestra?

    08/11/2017 2:17:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | August 11, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    Most Americans are at least somewhat aware of what is happening at American (and European) universities with regard to conservative speakers. Universities disinvite conservative speakers, never invite them, or allow the violent (or threatened violent) prevention of them. No non-left-wing idea should be permitted on campus. But we may have hit a new low. For years, I have been conducting symphony orchestras in Southern California. I have conducted the Brentwood-Westwood, Glendale, and West Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras, the Pasadena Lyric Opera, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. I have studied classical music since high school, when I...
  • Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

    05/04/2016 7:51:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi Msgr. Charles Pope • May 3, 2016 • One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces (such as The Four Seasons), I am especially fond of his Church music. It is so light, bright, and tuneful! Vivaldi loved to go up and down the musical scale, varying the theme a half step at a time.Ah, Vivaldi, he’s right up there with Handel, Bach, and Mozart! I consider him to be an especially Catholic treasure given his large body of sacred Latin liturgical music.Here are...
  • Philip Gossett, scholar of 19th-century Italian opera, is dead at 75

    06/14/2017 10:31:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 13, 2017 | John von Rhein
    Dr. Philip Gossett, a retired music scholar and professor of music at the University of Chicago who was considered one of the world's foremost experts on 19th-century Italian opera, died Monday at his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood. He was 75. The cause of death was progressive supernuclear palsy, a rare degenerative disease, according to his son, Jeffrey. Gossett was widely respected as an authority on the operas of Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi, having served as general editor of the collected Rossini works and coordinating editor of the collected Verdi works. The latter edition was published by the...
  • Sad news: Eminent conductor collapses and dies (Sir Jeffrey Tate)

    06/02/2017 10:57:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | June 2, 2017 | Norman Lebrecht
    The management agency for Sir Jeffrey Tate has confirmed his death, this afternoon, at the age of 74. The eminent British conductor suffered a heart attack while visiting the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy, and could not be revived. Sir Jeffrey Tate, who was 74, was knighted six weeks ago for services to music.
  • Classical (Music) so white and male: Time is overdue for diversity

    03/08/2017 7:45:45 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 92 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | 3-7-2017 | Joshua Kosman
    While organizations in other artistic fields — theater, literature, the visual arts — attempt, however haltingly and imperfectly, to broaden the scope of their activities to include a range of creative voices and life experiences, the leadership in classical music keeps on ignoring the whole subject. The field is just as committed now to the work of white men as it was 100 years ago or more. That’s a very bad look for any cultural organization in 2017. And it’s a particularly bad look for a field that needs to be thinking seriously about how far the traditional models can...
  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

    02/21/2017 6:14:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | February 21, 2017 | Euan Kerr
    Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has died. He was 93. Skrowaczewski came to Minnesota decades ago to lead what was then the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and he never left. He changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.
  • Grand Canyon 'On the Trail' Theme Portrays Donkey Falling off the Edge

    02/20/2017 12:54:09 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 24 replies
    Freep | 2/20/2017 | CharlesOConnell
     youtube.com/watch?v=bVKVB0MImOg After an Intro, Ferde Grofe's 'Grand Canyon Suite', Donkey Theme, starts with a picturesque depiction of pack mules on the trail for the first 8 measures. The second 8 measures of a descending, frenetic theme, don't make programmatic sense, unless there is an explicit visual depiction of a donkey tumbling off the trail. In the third 8 measure section, the donkey's plaintive hee-haw is heard.
  • Sadness: A clarinet legend has died (Gervase de Peyer)

    02/05/2017 9:19:00 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | February 4, 2017 | Norman Lebrecht
    We have been informed by close friends of the death of Gervase de Peyer, the foremost British clarinet player of his time. Gervase was 90. A founder of the Melos Ensemble, with whom he recorded extensively, Gervase was principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1956 to 1973. He was also a founder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and an influential teacher.
  • French maestro conductor Georges Pretre dies at 92

    01/04/2017 11:58:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | January 4, 2017 | Agence France Presse
    French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
  • Composer and conductor Karel Husa dies at 95

    12/16/2016 12:31:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Cornell Chronicle - Cornell University ^ | December 16, 2016 | Daniel Aloi
    Influential and internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Karel Jaroslav Husa, who taught at Cornell for 38 years and conducted major orchestras as well as campus ensembles, died Dec. 14 at his home in Apex, North Carolina. He was 95... Husa was born in Prague on Aug. 7, 1921... Husa became an American citizen in 1959... Husa won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1969 for his String Quartet No. 3, and the 1993 Grawemeyer Award for his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, and many other composition prizes over his career. His best known work is the four-movement “Music for Prague...
  • Conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies aged 92

    10/02/2016 7:52:44 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    Sir Neville Marriner, one of the world’s greatest conductors, has died. The founder of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who has conducted many of the world’s best orchestras, died in his sleep on Sunday, aged 92, the academy said.