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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hosts Brahms Festival, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin Shares His Thoughts on Composer's Innovative Legacy

Kelly Frazier | Posted 02.09.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Johannes Brahms is a 19th century German composer that wrote for piano, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras who was known as much of a tradi...

Is MusicAnswers the Answer?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Photo by SDRandCo/MorgueFile A few months ago I went to Washington, D.C. to advocate for songwriters' rights. Consent decrees that were established ...

5 Lessons for Creatives From David Bowie's Remarkably Imaginative and Prolific Journey

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The news of David Bowie's death left a creative void for the music industry and admirers. Most fans around the world did not even know he had been battling cancer. Bowie lived a life of distinguishable, unparalleled oddity and artistry to the end.

What's a Play or a Musical Without Actors?

Tonya Pinkins | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Tonya Pinkins

Film, television and theater all require the collaboration of dozens to hundreds of artists. Film and television, however, rely on sound and images, both of which can be digitally created. Theater requires the actor.

"Why Do You Give Two Beats?": Pierre Boulez Remembered -- By David Loebel

New England Conservatory | Posted 01.15.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

In the days since Pierre Boulez's death on January 5, innumerable tributes have hailed him as the dominant European composer and conductor of the post-war era. Not mentioned as often, however, is his role as an educator of musicians and audiences.

'Sweetpea:' Billy Strayhorn, A Tribute To A Musical Icon

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I couldn't believe I was going to a music festival honoring the famous Billy Strayhorn at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago -- "Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn." It felt as if I was attending a homecoming of sorts.

From The Coen Brothers To ‘Carol,’ A Composer Who Knows How To Make Movies Sing

The Huffington Post | James Thilman | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts

Celebrated film composer Carter Burwell isn't necessarily a trained musician. "Unless you count piano lessons," he said. But that's hardly hindered h...

'And Now...' Michael Oien

Cicily Janus | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Cicily Janus

N.Y.C.-based jazz bassist and composer, Michael Oien is just that... a hidden gem. Jazz bassists are often the most surprising when they come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. With his debut album, Michael Oien is doing just that.

A Composer Hopes His Music Will Put You to Sleep

Science of Us | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

The entire point of "Sleep," a digital album composed by British musician Max Richter, is that the eight-hour piece lulls its listeners to sleep. The classical composition includes strings, a lightly-played piano, and some appropriately dreamy vocals -- more oohs and ahhs than actual lyrics.

My Rosebud

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

At age eight, during the summer of '69, one of the most comforting sounds I knew was the sound of Mother's manual Royal typewriter.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Bob Lefsetz--Please R.S.V.P.

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).

Conversation With Composer Jozef van Wissem

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Recently I had the chance to talk with composer Jozef van Wissem. I discovered his work after Sacred Bones sent me his score for the film Partir To Live, which is in collaboration with Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid.

Downton Abbey, Grantchester and Beyond: Q&A With Composer John Lunn

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.19.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

If you want a spectacular score to accompany your British drama series, then look no further than John Lunn, the maestro behind the music for Grantchester, Little Dorrit, The White Queen, Shetland and Downton Abbey.

Against Two-Tap Opera

Daron Hagen | Posted 05.15.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The opera's conductor laughed when I told him. "I recall teaching one of my protégés how to use a rotary phone; he kept looking for buttons to push." "Boy or girl?" I quipped.

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Karim Hakimzadeh

It occurred to me then how rare it is for people to take the time to devote their full attention to classical music. All too often it has taken its place in society as background noise.

World Renown Violinist Karen Gomyo to Perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 With the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.20.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

If you really open yourself up to it, Mozart's music is anything but that. It's timeless, it's full of emotion, and it has everything to do with how we as humans feel, even today. In a world where most music burns heavy and burns out quickly, the flame of Mozart's music still burns as warmly as it did when he first wrote it.

Let Curiosity Back Into the Concert Hall

Dan Visconti | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
Dan Visconti

Reaching new audiences requires reaching outside of oneself, and beyond the conventional way of doing things. So at Fifth House Ensemble, we're always looking to collaborate with people who bring their own, unique talents to the table.

The Beautiful Music of Still Alice: A Q & A With Composer Ilan Eshkeri

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Awards season 2015 has just begun and already Julianne Moore has been nominated for dozens of well deserved awards in the Best Actress category for the film Still Alice, which is released widely on Jan.16th.

Bruno Mars: The Downest Dude on the Planet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

You don't have to know the history of funk to feel it. But knowing where he gets all that funky stuff -- and those crazy legs -- makes it a whole lot funkier. And more fun.

Interstellar Composer Hans Zimmer On Music and His Own Process For Scoring Films

Quora | Posted 01.24.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Fear, panic, invention, procrastination, conversation, more conversation with the director, more conversation with the DP (because I want to know what the color palette is), reading an enormous amount of books, more procrastination, more fear, and more deadlines until somebody yanks the score away from me.

What Composers and Social Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Patrick Struebi | Posted 12.24.2014 | Small Business
Patrick Struebi

But it starts with some hard questions: Do we feel that satisfaction now? Are we working for something that goes beyond us? Have we felt what it's like to devote ourselves to something beyond us?

Don't Miss The Opera In The Pit

Daron Hagen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The next time you attend the opera, as the lights dim and the orchestra strikes up, why not determine to devote that evening an extra measure of attention to the opera going on in the pit?

Catching Up With Wendy & Lisa Upon Winning ASCAP's Inaugural Shirley Walker Award

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman have always been hard to put in a nutshell - in fact, I can't think of a duo whose musical path through the entertainment...

The Entrancing Musical Experience of Yann Tiersen

Molly Fosco | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Molly Fosco

Yann Tiersen's performance is a unique live music experience that will take you completely out of the present, only to put you right back in at the moments when you can truly appreciate his talent.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Play

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Sam: "Stacy. My name is Sam Factotum, and I represent several artists who are interested in performing out of this world. I understand that there is fierce competition for who will be the first."