In times of violence and grief, we are too consumed with patching up the holes left on our hearts to remember to keep our eyes to the stars. But that's when someone like singer and cellist Naomi Berrill comes in to save the day.
I think my over-all view is that what we do has such importance and relevance that it will prevail, in a way analogous to the way that young love has such importance that it will always find a way.
It celebrated the completion of the Lyceum's first six-year phase, and made an important statement of commitment to classical music in a country where young musicians still suffer from limited access to the classical music resources.
A few years ago, Ben, our son with severe autism, got a chance to meet one of his favorite musicians -- or more accurately, meet the man responsible for creating some of his favorite music. We now know there's a big difference, and this "meeting" helped us understand our big guy a little better.
Soviet-born Israeli-American Yefim Bronfman is among the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. Bronfman has impressed audiences and critics worldwide with his solo recitals, orchestral engagements, and expanding catalogue of recordings.
Over the years, actresses from Eva Gabor to Judy Davis have played Lulu on stage and in film, while many others have sung the role in opera. Here is a shortlist of six great, memorable Lulus. Each has shaped the way we see the character today.
With age and experience, I know now that it's possible I would have just stepped into my mother's shoes, maybe not as a waitress, but as some other hard-working female who never got to live her dreams. This would have been what my mom called "life" but for me it would have been death.
To be anywhere near trumpeter and composer Orbert Davis these past couple of years is to hear the word "Cuba" over and over again. It is the verbal thread that weaves from conversation to conversation, rehearsal to rehearsal, performance to performance.
In terms of time, human beings are very simple creatures. We work according to set rhythms and timings; even the speeds with which our hearts beat are familiar, regular. Working outside of what we consider to be a "comfortable" tempo, is something utterly unsettling.
I became a promising classical violinist by the age of 10. Two years later I joined the orchestra, and then I became leader of the orchestra. Glamorous, neat, classy, we toured everywhere playing classical music in opera houses. I loved it, but with every concert my "little dream" of becoming an astronaut was fading away without me even realizing.
It is interesting that while living in Paris, my parents resisted any French influence and continued their Russian way of life: eating Russian food, reading Russian newspapers and books, having Russian friends, and speaking Russian at home. My first tongue was Russian. In the U.S., they did the same thing --continued the Russian traditions they had grown up with.
Laurie Rubin, who has been blind since birth, has had her share of challenges, and is no stranger to discrimination. This week, the internationally acclaimed opera singer debuts an inspiring new musical, which she has co-written, on September 18, at the Japanese Cultural Arts Center, Los Angeles.
The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.
In 1785, Joseph Haydn was commissioned by a canon in Cádiz, the ancient port city in southwest Spain, to write sacred instrumental music for Holy Week illustrating the "seven last words of the Lord."
I just completed a week singing chamber music and song repertoire that was composed for men. It was a bit of a struggle because the vocal part, even though an octave higher, still did not sit quite right. It made me think of gender and what I do.
From the beginning of human existence, art and music were part of the group or tribe. The people, or the cult, worked together to survive, and observed certain ceremonies and rites of passage. The rituals practiced were religious, as this was the over-arching way of approaching the mysteries of the cosmos and the mystery of human existence: birth, life, and death.