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  • Pianist Ivan Moravec has died

    07/27/2015 12:14:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Gramophone ^ | July 27, 2015 | James Jolly
    Born November 9, 1930; died July 27, 2015 Born in Prague, Ivan Moravec enjoyed a loyal following among piano buffs thanks to his recordings and relatively rare concert appearances.
  • Aldo Ciccolini, An Italian Pianist With A French Soul, Dies At Age 89

    02/02/2015 6:46:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2015 | Anastasia Tsioulcas
    Pianist Aldo Ciccolini was born in Naples, Italy, but he had a French soul. A passionate champion of French composers, he recorded more than 50 albums, mostly of French repertoire, and along the way championed many underrepresented French composers, especially Erik Satie. Ciccolini died overnight Saturday at age 89, shortly after returning home to Asnières-sur-Seine in the Parisian suburbs from several weeks in the hospital for undisclosed treatments.
  • Turkish government fines Kurdish channel for showing the Holocaust film “The Pianist”

    09/17/2014 9:28:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/17/14 | Robert Spencer
    In rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey, where Mein Kampf is a perennial bestseller, the truths about the Holocaust communicated by this magnificent and harrowing film must not be told. To tell them would be “Islamophobic.” “Turkish Government Fines Kurdish Channel For Showing the Holocaust Film
  • Concerto for Piano and YouTube

    10/11/2013 1:49:55 PM PDT · by Borges · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/11/2013 | VIVIEN SCHWEITZER
    Visitors browsing through the YouTube channel of the pianist Valentina Lisitsa can watch her in hundreds of videos. There are live webcams of her practicing at her home in North Carolina, long blonde hair tossing and brow furrowed in concentration as she reads through new works. There she is in a red gown playing Schumann’s “Traumerei” at a concert in Seoul, and recording Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 at the Abbey Road Studios in London. Ms. Lisitsa, 43, resurrected a completely stalled career through YouTube.
  • American classical pianist Van Cliburn dies at age 78

    02/27/2013 2:21:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/27/2013
    American pianist Van Cliburn, who awed Russian audiences with his exquisite Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff concertos and won fame and fortune back home, died on Wednesday at the age of 78. Cliburn passed away at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, after suffering from advanced bone cancer, his publicist Mary Lou Falcone told Reuters. Cliburn announced in August 2012 that he had been diagnosed with the disease. The lanky, blue-eyed Texan, who began taking piano lessons at the age of 3 and later trained at New York's prestigious Juilliard School, burst onto the world stage at the height of the Cold...
  • Kilgore's Van Cliburn, American classical pianist, dies at 78

    02/27/2013 10:08:37 AM PST · by mnehring · 23 replies
    an Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist who grew up in Kilgore and whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78. Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home surrounded by loved ones following a battle with bone cancer, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone. Cliburn made what would be his last public appearance in September at the 50th anniversary of the prestigious piano competition named for him. Speaking to the...
  • Legendary pianist dies

    01/08/2012 8:56:00 AM PST · by Borges · 15 replies
    Arts Journal ^ | 1/8/12 | Norman Lebrecht
    Family friends are reporting that Alexis Weissenberg died this morning, aged 82. Bulgarian born, to Jewish parents, he was based for much of his career in Paris and is remembered most widely for the concertos he recorded with Herbert von Karajan.
  • Sour note at Hu fete

    01/24/2011 3:25:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 24, 2011 | S.A. MILLER
    WASHINGTON -- Chinese-born pianist Lang Lang gave a musical shout out to America-hating patriots in his homeland when he played at the White House state dinner last week. During his performance, Lang tinkled the ivories with the famous anti-American propaganda tune "My Motherland" -- the theme song from the Chinese-made Korean War movie "Battle on Shangangling Mountain."
  • Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House

    01/22/2011 10:17:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies · 2+ views
    breitbart ^ | 1/22/11 | pr newswire
    NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the state dinner for Hu Jintao, the pianist Lang Lang played a tune that all Chinese recognize as encouraging hatred of the United States as the enemy of China. Read the beginning of The Epoch Times article below; get the complete story at this link: Read the difference. The Epoch Times publishes in 17 languages and in 33 countries. Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House US humiliated in eyes of Chinese by song used to inspire anti-Americanism By MATTHEW ROBERTSON Epoch Times Staff Lang Lang the pianist says...
  • or Holocaust Survivor, Life Is Still Beautiful

    11/26/2010 4:55:49 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Haaretz ^ | 25/11/10 | Theunis Bates
    LONDON (Nov. 25) -- Former concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is living proof of the power of music. The world's oldest Holocaust survivor, who celebrates her 107th birthday Friday, endured the deprivations of the Prague ghetto, imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp and the murder of her husband, mother and countless other family members. Only her love of music, she says, sustained her throughout those years of darkness and heartbreak. While her tale of survival is astonishing, what's perhaps more remarkable is that, despite seeing humanity at its worst, Sommer remains a fierce optimist and a believer in the fundamental goodness...
  • The great master pianist Earl Wild has died

    01/23/2010 8:45:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 723+ views
    ...he passed comfortably in his home in Palm Springs California after a long illness. Cause of death was congestive heart disease...
  • Heeah Lee: The Four Fingered Pianist

    04/26/2009 8:02:37 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies · 439+ views
  • Anthony Burger, Gospel Pianist dead at 44

    02/23/2006 1:02:04 PM PST · by 4Godsoloved..Hegave · 23 replies · 1,792+ views
    Seattle ^ | Feb. 23, 2006 | The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gospel music pianist Anthony Burger, who played for the popular Gaither Homecoming shows and earned Dove Award nominations for his albums of instrumental music, collapsed and died during a performance. He was 44.
  • America Supports You: Newly American Pianist Loves Entertaining Troops

    01/25/2006 3:47:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 578+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2006 – A Russian-born, classically-trained pianist with a wide range of performing styles has been entertaining American troops overseas for years. Now she has a special reason to thank the troops who protect the United States. Born in Altai, Siberia, 27 year-old Oksana Kolesnikova received her American citizenship on Jan. 18. Via telephone from her home in Los Angeles today, she explained why she thinks going overseas to entertain the troops is one of the most important things she does. "I truly enjoy entertaining the troops -- because, for me, they're protecting my newly found homeland," she...
  • Music leads pianist to a life of Catholicism (former atheist converts)

    06/20/2005 10:35:27 AM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 73 replies · 1,645+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 6/20/05 | David Ian Miller
    Classical pianist Jacqueline Chew rebelled against her Christian upbringing and became an atheist while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the 1970s. But her love of music eventually led her back to a spiritual life. Chew was so taken with the work of Olivier Messiaen, a pioneering French composer known for his sacred Catholic music, that after hearing his composition "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus" ("Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus"), she began questioning her belief that God does not exist. The more she learned about the music, the more religious she became. Next month, Chew, who released a...
  • Russia: Pianist punished for prison song(gansta-rap of old Soviet Union?)

    02/04/2005 7:05:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Pianist punished for prison song Chopin 'was not conducive to Russian MPs' digestion' The Russian parliament's lower chamber, the Duma, has barred a pianist from performing in the canteen after she played a tune with criminal undertones. Pianist Olga Skiba was initially hired to delight MPs with the sounds of Mozart and Chopin - but was flooded with requests for popular melodies. She was suspended for three weeks after she played the 80-year-old tune Murka. It tells a story of a gangster killing his girlfriend for being an undercover agent of the Bolshevik secret police. Murka is considered a classic...
  • Robert E. Lee

    12/10/2004 8:34:36 AM PST · by BluAngel · 127 replies · 2,113+ views
    I need info. for a report that i have to do this month on Robert E. Lee. I have to wirte at least 1 page on him so any info. at all will be very helpful
  • 'Buena Vista' pianist Ruben Gonzalez dies

    12/08/2003 3:54:58 PM PST · by yonif · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Cuban pianist Ruben Gonzalez, a member of the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club, has died in Havana, aged 84. Gonzalez died after battling bone disease, complicated by kidney and respiratory problems, his wife Eneida Lima said. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1919, Gonzalez studied music and medicine before moving to Havana in 1940. He played with a series of groups including Arsenio Rodriguez and Enrique Jorrin's. Then his later life took an unexpected twist when, in 1997, he joined the Buena Vista Social Club, whose members have become ambassadors of Cuban culture. Their album sold four million copies worldwide...
  • He raped me — but give him an Oscar

    03/15/2003 3:56:50 PM PST · by MadIvan · 32 replies · 1,157+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | March 16, 2003 | Margarette Driscoll
    Samantha Geimer tells Margarette Driscoll she has tried to forget the director assaulting her as a child, and Hollywood should too As the limos glide up Hollywood Boulevard next Sunday night Samantha Geimer will be kicking off her shoes, ready to curl up in front of the television, as usual. But this year’s ceremony is of more than usual resonance. Nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture, is The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanksi, who sexually assaulted Geimer when she was 13 years old. The ensuing scandal almost finished Polanski’s career. The film, based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman,...
  • Cancer claims columnist/pianist Balint Vazsonyi

    01/19/2003 11:26:19 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 367+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan. 18, 2003 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Balint Vazsonyi, a columnist for The Washington Times who survived Nazi conquest and escaped communist rule in his native Hungary to become an outspoken advocate of American liberty, died of cancer yesterday at his home. He was 66. Mr. Vazsonyi was also an international concert pianist and the director of the Virginia-based Center for the American Founding (CAF). "By the time I got my citizenship in 1964, I was grateful and immensely proud to be told by the judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that I would not be a Hungarian-American, nor any other hyphenated American," Mr. Vazsonyi wrote in "America's...