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The DSO's Mozart Festival: A Homecoming of Wonderful Music

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.28.2017 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is in the middle of its February festival, a mostly annual program where all of the concerts focus on one composer for ...

Drag Queens And Gateway Drugs: How Heartbeat Opera Is Breathing Life Into The Classics

Daily Pnut | Posted 10.31.2016 | Arts
Daily Pnut

There's nothing like the powdered wig era to remind us that any set of gender norms is temporary. Louisa Proske, Heartbeat Opera's co-Artistic Directo...

24 Hours in Salzburg

Valerie Frankel | Posted 10.25.2016 | Travel
Valerie Frankel

Salzburg: The home of 146,00 Austrians, and a stop-over for 3,000,000 tourists each year. That's a 1:200 ratio. It's like Cape Cod in August for Salzb...

Borrowed & Blue: "The Marriage of Figaro" at Washington National Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 10.02.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

Still reeling from the mammoth Ring cycles it produced in the spring, Washington National Opera opened its 2016-17 season last week with an uneven, un...

Going Deep into Salzburg's Past

Rick Steves | Posted 08.10.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

St. Sebastian Cemetery is a quiet oasis in Salzburg. Follow me for a little walk and enjoy a rare opportunity to drill deep into the mausoleum of a pr...

CultureZohn Off the C(H)uff: Julian Barnes and The Noise of Time

Patricia Zohn | Posted 06.10.2016 | Books
Patricia Zohn

"Art belongs to everybody and nobody. Art belongs to all time and no time. Art belongs to those who create it and those who savor it. Art no more belongs to the people and party than it once belonged to the aristocracy and the patron. Art is the whisper of history, heard above the noise of time," writes Barnes.

Jeffrey Biegel - On Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto No. 1

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.23.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The recording is a rare musical confluence. It is brightened by Jeffrey Biegel's performance history of the Gershwin and Ellington and fueled by his up-close-and-personal interactions with Keith Emerson and Neil Sedaka.

Classical Music on Vinyl - Like Sex For the First Time

Laurence Vittes | Posted 05.11.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

New classical vinyl pressed from pre-digital, analogue recordings may be fighting a losing battle. Sales are not spectacular - non-classical vinyl has...

Tenor Simon O'Neill on 'Das Lied von der Erde' - At SF Symphony, 4/6-11

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.06.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This week, Wednesday through Sunday, tenor Simon O'Neill and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in Gu...

Stage Door: She Loves Me, Figaro 90210

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.25.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

She Loves Me is not a big, brassy Broadway musical. Based on the play Parfumerie, the revival of the Sixties gem is set in Budapest, 1934. It's a more formal time, and the show champions intimacy and charm.

Chat With Soprano Nuccia Focile

Lina de la Torre | Posted 03.01.2016 | Arts
Lina de la Torre

Marriage of Figaro by Seattle Opera. Photo credit: Philip Newton Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be onstage in a major opera production?...

Arts Disaster in Los Angeles! Itzak Perlman Snubbed At L.A. Philharmonic Performance !

Mark Steinberg | Posted 01.15.2017 | Arts
Mark Steinberg

The following letter was written by an audience member who, it is alleged, caused Itzak Perlman to pause before raising his baton to conduct the LA Ph...

Comedy Can't Be "One Size Fits All": When Louis CK Meets Jenna Marbles

Omri Marcus | Posted 12.15.2016 | Comedy
Omri Marcus

More than half a decade ago, I wrote some thoughts about the future of comedy in the digital age. Without much modesty I can say that some of my asses...

Reflections on a Mozart Festival in Havana

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.13.2016 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

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.

In Conversation with Tenor Paul Appleby - A Smart Debut at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.10.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera presents designer Jun Kaneko's extraordinary production of Mozart's The Magic Flute now through November 20. Tenor Paul Appleby ma...

By The Way, Mozart Had An Equally Talented Sister

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts

History is made of the stories we tell. Or don't. Such is the tragedy of Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart or, as she is referred to in Sylvia Milo's one-wo...

San Francisco Opera's Magical Magic Flute, With Cool Animals, in English

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 10.28.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Any opera (novel, movie, play) with the word magic in the title sets you up to expect just that in the story or staging. Those expectations are certainly met in the production of The Magic Flute, Mozart's final opera, currently at the War Memorial Opera House.

Baritone Efraín Solís on 'Papageno' -- Now at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.22.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's revival of designer Jun Kaneko's The Magic Flute is simply the best show in town.

The Mozart Effect and Epilepsy

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 10.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

One researched remedy that I recently took notice of in my journey, entitled "The Mozart Effect," captured my interest and as someone who has a love for music, I decided that I would dig deeper into this Mozart Effect to grasp a better understanding in my pursuit for a cure.

The Efficient, Stupid Market for Nuclear Electricity

Llewellyn King | Posted 09.16.2016 | Green
Llewellyn King

When President Obama goes to Paris to plead with the world for action on climate change in December, the market will be undercutting him at home, as more and more electricity is being generated by natural gas for no better reason than it's cheap.

CultureZohn: Mid-Century Mozart

Patricia Zohn | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Peter Gelb: Take note! Though the Met audiences expect their (significant) money's worth, with all the union troubles this year, bringing productions like this one for a "newcomers" series at the Met with reduced prices could be an answer to building new audiences. Just sayin'.

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel - New Recordings Include a Revitalized Classic on Vinyl LP

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.23.2016 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Jeffrey Biegel is one of the busiest and most versatile pianists around. A Steinway Artist, he is both fiery champion of the classical repertoire and top pick among today's classical composers to debut their work.

Fine Music in Ireland's Far West
Chamber Music, Charming Setting

Sharon Hoge | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Fortissimo or Pianissimo -- that's the dilemma of devoted concertgoers at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Should we holler out its praises to attract bigger audiences or keep it a secret to avoid encouraging crowds that would destroy its special intimate nature.

Philippe Sly Debuts as 'Figaro' - Now at San Francisco Opera through July 5

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.17.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Philippe Sly is making his role debut as Figaro in San Francisco Opera's current production of The Marriage of Figaro. It's a perfect harmony.

What Is the Secret to Best Appreciating Classical Music?

Quora | Posted 05.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Quora

There are a bunch of secrets to listening to classical music. For me the big turning point was recognizing the chronology of the music, so you can actually get in a composer's head.