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Composing

That High G

Daron Hagen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The other night in Louisville, in rehearsal at Kentucky Opera, staging my new verismo opera, "A Woman in Morocco," just before the running of the Kentucky Derby, I realized just how much opera singers and thoroughbred racehorses have in common.

Bernstein's Seemingly Simple Song

Daron Hagen | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

When I was eleven years old, my brother, who two years earlier had turned me on to Jesus Christ Superstar, played me MASS.

Shut up And Sing

Daron Hagen | Posted 01.07.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

They performed the song a couple of times, thanked me, and left. A moment later, the singer returned, cheeks wet with tears. "Thank you, sir," she said, squeezing my hand. Then, urgently: "I love the songs so much."

Farewell to Little Pete's

Daron Hagen | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

A wrecking ball is set to fly through Little Pete's. Progress commands that a 300-room hotel must take the place of the parking ramp at 219 South 17th Street in whose corner nestles one of Center City Philadelphia's treasures.

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...

Star Of 'My Three Sons' Dies

AP | Posted 08.27.2012 | Celebrity

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Don Grady, who was one of television's most beloved big brothers as Robbie Douglas on the long-running 1960s hit "My Th...

LISTEN: Music 'Evolves' From Random Sounds

| Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

by Elizabeth Norton on 18 June 2012, 5:38 PM | From Mozart to the Beatles, music evolves as listeners get used to sounds they initially find str...