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Fréderic Chopin

And She's Buying a Lawsuit to Heaven

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

The surviving family members of Randy California, the late guitarist of the band "Spirit," are suing Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement claiming that "Stairway to Heaven" is based on Spirit's song "Taurus."

A Team Secretly Exhumed Composer Chopin's Heart In Poland

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical le...

Pianist Chad Lawson's New Album: The Chopin Variations

Julie Ingram | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Julie Ingram

This beautiful conversation between Chopin and modern-day musicians reminded me how lucky we are that through music, we can still converse with ideas and sensitivities of the past, and that these ideas can still speak to our hearts with relevance.

The Trappist Beer Pilgrimage

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 05.28.2014 | Taste
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

As I drank it in the chilling main plaza of Brussels, I was taken back by the unusual taste of any beer I had ever drank.

Sassy and Sophisticated: Diablo Ballet All Grown Up at 20

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.08.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

After 20 years of charming East Bay audiences, Walnut Creek-based Diablo Ballet tipped its hat to the past with an anniversary program that segued movingly from film clips of past performances to live performance of the same pieces, but also nodded vigorously to the future with a brand new work by resident choreographer Robert Dekkers.

American Ballet Theatre in Darkness and Light: Sylphides, Moor's Pavane and Gong

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

One of the great pleasures of going to see ballet in a dance capital like New York is that she is likely to be seated next to a true veteran who starts conversations with "I saw José Limón dance the Moor."

Kickstarter Campaign Aims To Free Chopin's Music -- All Of It

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 09.11.2013 | Arts

A new online fundraising campaign has a singular, noble goal: to set free the music of 19th-century Romantic composer Frederic Chopin from its copyrig...

Murray Perahia Performs at Avery Fisher Hall

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 01.13.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Perahia's remarkable lack of excess is actually a luxury to hear -- so many pianists run to excess of one kind or another; it was a delight to hear music that wasn't pushed to its limits, trying hard to wow the crowd.

Chopin's Hallucinations Possibly Caused By Epilepsy

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON — Frederic Chopin's habit of drifting off and hallucinating at the piano may have been caused by epilepsy, according to a new study of the 19...

Bossa to Brass: Jazz with Paulinho Garcia, Grazyna Auguscik and Brian O'Hern's Model Citizens

Robert Rodi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Rodi

Paulinho Garcia, the Brazilian-born Chicago guitarist and vocalist, is one of the city's -- if not the country's -- major interpreters of the classic Brazilian repertoire.

Field Notes from a Songwriter's Centennial -- Part II

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

September 24th is the centennial birthday of my late father, the songwriter Carl Sigman (1909-2000), who wrote nearly a thousand songs.