You may have heard this story before: classical music is in decline, music education is so important, but why should you care? Failing orchestras create severe economic, social, and cultural repercussions for our nation as a whole. This is very much your problem.
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(Frank S hanging out back stage with the band Delta Spirit, and with my pals Jesse and Dan Russell.) I was tired, so fucking tired! The night b...
One of the surprising performances at the Crossroads Festival (part of the Colours of Ostrava Festival) in Czech Republic, was from the ensemble called the Clarinet Factory. Made up of heavily classically credentialed players, they made music that was seductive to the ear.
Something amazing happened in Tucson over the last weekend, when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra played an all-American program of music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Copland to open its new season.
The music world continues to go quite gaga with youth. Many major orchestras are now under the control and directorship of the new generation. The hope seems to be that these relative youngsters will bring a vitality to the classical music scene that hasn't been present in the recent past.
Having gone through several music programs and with friends still attending music programs, I can tell you that these ranking systems absolutely fail to address what is important as a developing musician seeking to make a career as a performer.
The New York International Fringe Festival this summer includes a new opera by Matthew Zachary Johnson: The Boston Tea Party Opera. This show marks a new direction in his work. Johnson is the composer of a body of often-performed classical saxophone works.
Now the Metropolitan Opera, my home for over 20 years of my 34-year career, is in the final hours of labor negotiations. We have been told there will be a lockout starting at midnight Thursday evening when the fiscal year closes.
My mind had been racing all day but as I listened to Bach it gradually quieted. The complete lack of any distraction -- but rather pure sound, brought a moment of calm to my day.
Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "'You're too different' is what everyone said (...) I think it's so ironic that the very reason I was told I would never b...
The sun shining down on Napa has created a wonderful gravitational pull with the events offered at this year's Festival de Sole.
I suppose it takes a highly specialized village to make the Metropolitan Opera work on all cylinders. New York has already lost one opera company. We do not need to lose another.
Why should one care if it is a lesbian or gay, as opposed to a straight man or woman who prefers coffee to tea, who writes a great work? In regards to how music qua music is to be evaluated it shouldn't, and doesn't, matter in the least.
Susan Anspach is best known for her appearances with Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces" and Michael Douglas in "Running," but a more obscure European production, "Montenegro," may be her masterpiece.