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Pierre Boulez

Steinbeck, Sontag, and Boulez

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Daniel Asia

For anyone who follows the Wall Street Journal's Terry Teachout's 'dramatic' wanderings throughout America, it is known that theatre is thriving throughout this land. This is certainly true in Tucson, AZ.

January Woes

Paola K Amaras | Posted 01.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

January is a time of renewal and regression, happiness and sadness, life and death. It's two-faced Janus, looking backward and forward. It's a time of...

"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.

Pierre Boulez, a genious made of ice and fire

Dionysios Dervis-Bournias | Posted 01.13.2016 | Arts
Dionysios Dervis-Bournias

Pierre Boulez was one of those figures who leave a lasting, indelible mark on the chronology of their art with a 'pre-' and a 'post-'. As a composer, ...

Young French Clarinetist of Extraordinary Talent Plays NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

Raphaël Sévère made his debut in the YCA Series on Tuesday, April 7 at Merkin Concert Hall. The program was bookended by two pillars of the clarinet repertoire, the Brahms Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat, and the oh-so-French Poulenc Sonata.

The Inconvenient Music -- Invisible and Unhearable

John Mauceri | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

We might also encourage every orchestra to look into its past and how it dealt with issues like anti-Semitism (and this includes our American orchestras) and what music was played during the war years and after.

Kids, Make It New! Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013)

Norman MacAfee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Patrice Chéreau, the French theater director, was barely 32 when he began remaking, rethinking, reimagining Richard Wagner's music drama, Der Ring d...

The Persistence of Memory

Jaime Lubin | Posted 05.21.2013 | New York
Jaime Lubin

Near the end of "Bad Role Models," Frost wonders, "Is life more like a dream, or a movie?" When immersed in the quick-paced cinematic atmosphere Frost creates onstage, I'm inclined to say "movie."

Honoring Ernest Fleischmann, Legendary Impresario

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 05.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Barbara Isenberg

With one music director after another, Fleischmann extended the orchestra's reach musically, financially and geographically.

That was the decade that was!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Brian Dickie

I have had the good fortune to have been in Chicago for the whole of the first decade of the 21st century which ended over the weekend. It has been a...

Time for the Boulez Blimp?

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

In the post-O.J. media age, the bar has been raised and us classical music promoters are going to have to jump a bit higher to get people's attention. Boluez Blimps. DiDonato Dirigibles.

Bless This House

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Opera, is dark as it undergoes a year of renovation. It is a house of past and perhaps future artistic importance in two art forms.