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CultureZohn: Mid-Century Mozart

Patricia Zohn | Posted 08.26.2015 | 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 07.23.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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.

The Exceptional Touch of KCRW's Jason Bentley Shapes America's Musical Tastes

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

What do Adele, Foster The People, Hozier, Norah Jones, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Beck, Coldplay, The Black Keys and Sia all have in common?

Professor Mike Abrams: Reflections of An Illuminated Friendship

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Randee Mia Berman

I was always a 3M girl. I loved Mozart, martinis and macaroons. And then of course there's Mike. I met Mike Abrams as a studious Cornell freshman ...

A Weird and Wonderful Cabaret Chronicle: Karen Mason Revisits Her Roots at 'Don't Tell Mama!'

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.27.2015 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

To Karen, size doesn't matter. She gives her all, regardless of whether she's performing in a vast symphony hall, in a Broadway theater or in this packed, 85-seat intimate club.

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.

Using Music to Help Change Your Genes

Dawson Church | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

That song you can't get out of your head might be doing something more than prompting you to hum the tune, according to a new scientific study on genes and music.

Ode to Joy: Robin, Joan and Laughter's Long Life

Devra Maza | Posted 03.30.2015 | Entertainment
Devra Maza

Both Robin and Joan knew that, in a world of terrorists, trauma, financial hardships and upheaval, humor is an indispensable tonic to our troubles.

Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph By Jan Swafford

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Whether in his definitive biography of Ives, his meditation on Brahms or in this most recent offering, Swafford gets to the core of the man and deep inside the music.

Disillusionment at the Ancestral Court

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Lionel Rolfe

Now I stood in the foyer of 790, behind the heavy entrance doors, uncomfortable because I could be naught but a stranger to the bearded Jews chanting in the next room with a passionate, melodic, electric hum that I recognized.

When Silence Gives the Opera Meaning

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts
Henriette Lazaridis

It's a marvel to me that the moment I would consider the opera's most powerful -- indeed, the moment in which the underlying seriousness of this seemingly comic fluff reveals itself -- comes in silence.

Songs From the Big Chair Gets Supersized: Chats with TFF's Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith, Lloyd Cole and Lang Lang...Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Songs From The Big Chair celebrated across six discs. How did all this material come together?

Gustavo Dudamel Will Conduct His First Ever Complete Beethoven Symphonies Cycle, July 8-12, 2015, in Bogotá

Laurence Vittes | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

Since its opening five years ago, this vast arts complex has fulfilled the mission of the Santo Domingo family who imagined and built it, and the vision of Ramiro Osorio who directs it.

A Conversation With Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's fourth presentation in the 2014/15 season is Handel's hit from 1730, Partenope. Directed by Christopher Alden, the production debuted in 2008 and is a joint effort with the English National Opera and Opera Australia.

Lili Haydn's Exquisitely Brilliant New CD "Lililand:" A Journey For Your Heart, Soul And Mind As Well As Your Ears

Ira Israel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

Lili Haydn and I are "old school" and thus after our last chance meeting we exchanged our latest creations.

An Entrepreneur and God Walk Into a Café ...

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

"I don't believe in you," says the entrepreneur. "I just want to make that clear." "Okay," God says. "But in the interests of transparency, I think you should know that I believe in you." They order their coffees in ceramic cups to avoid adding to the landfill.

Forbidden Love in Salzburg, Austria

Betsy Talbot | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Betsy Talbot

We left Salzburg with the reminder that "no" isn't a final answer when it comes to love, thanks to Archbishop Wolf Dietrich and Salome Alt. Creative couples will always find a way to be together, and passionate people will always find a way to continue their life's work.

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

Still Edgy After All These Years: Jacaranda Music's First Decade

Rodney Punt | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts
Rodney Punt

It's hard to imagine the Southern California music scene without Jacaranda's "Music at the Edge of Santa Monica" shaping and defining it.

The Magic of Mark Morris' Acis and Galatea

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Mark Morris gets Handel like no one else gets him: He crafted a towering piece of dance architecture in L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and now Acis and Galatea (the jazzed-up Mozart arrangement) gets the witty and lightly absurdist Morris treatment.

From the Score to the Stage: Opera Behind the Scenes

Rodney Punt | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Rodney Punt

In this large, richly illustrated book (pictured above), written in lucid and accessible prose, Baker, a former dramaturge and stage director himself, lifts the veil from behind the scenes of opera.

Brilliant People's Schedules: The Real Story for Women Writers

Anna Leahy | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven't had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week.