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Pianist Stewart Goodyear -- on 'The Nutcracker'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.24.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear's new recording - The Nutcracker, Complete Ballet Arranged for Solo Piano - is the best new thing in Tchaikovsky...

This Weekend, New York Jazzharmonic Debuts a New Big Band at Symphony Space

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Jazz is making a comeback in New York City. Hipsters tip-tap their toes at joints like the Fat Cat and Iridium, taking in their grandparents' tunes. Nostalgia trends these days, and there's nothing like a wailing saxophone to put you in the mood.

Conversations With Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang and NCIS: New Orleans' Shalita Grant, Plus Fathers & Daughters, Ryan Aderréy, Golden Age and The Glorious Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Multi-platinum singer Michael Bolton and Richard Clayderman cover "(They Long To Be) Close To You"--a '70s hit for the Carpenters written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David--for the Fathers & Daughters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, presented exclusively at HuffPost.

Soprano Susanna Phillips: This Week With San Francisco Symphony, 9/30 through 10/3

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.29.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

This week San Francisco Symphony presents soprano Susanna Phillips in Samuel Barber's enduring composition from 1947, Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Global Warming Hits New York City Ballet's Swan Lake

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

There is no lake in this 20th century Swan Lake. Which may be a warning from Danish set designer and geologist Per Kirkeby about the crisis of global warming.

Preludes: Taming the Past

Barry Singer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I wanted to see Preludes at Lincoln Center Theater the minute I heard about it. A musical about Sergei Rachmaninoff's three-year writer's block brought on by the botched premiere of his first symphony, and the hypnotherapist who saved him? That's for me.

Daily Meditation: Hidden Worlds

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Past and Present on Parade: New York City Ballet at Washington's Kennedy Center

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Installed at the Kennedy Center this past weekend, New York City Ballet bowed to its glorious past and flaunted its protean present in two dazzling programs.

Sight But No Vision: 'Iolanta' and 'Bluebeard's Castle' at the Met

Opera Teen | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Opera Teen

The result of the Met's new production of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta paired with Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle was an evening as inert as the snow that blanketed Lincoln Center.

Human and Superhuman: Ballet San Jose in MasterPieces of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

In his warm-up speech on Saturday night, Ballet San Jose's new CEO, Alan Hineline, alerted the audience to the "superhuman level of athleticism" on display in the third and closing piece of the evening, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the Life and Music of Russian Composer Tchaikovsky With Three Week Festival

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.13.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

In tackling the life and times of Tchaikovsky, the DSO is really trying to do more than just play his music, but really dig deep into what made this man tick and why his music continues to be so relevant even today.

The Jaded Sing Hallelujah for Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.21.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"I am experiencing a kind of crisis," Tchaikovsky wrote gloomily, after being ordered by the tzar's flunkeys to compose a ballet score for a flimsy tale centred around children, rats and a candy kingdom. After the glory of The Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker commission seemed like an insult.

These Hip-Hop Dancers Are Remixing A Classic Ballet

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

This December, New York City's United Palace of Cultural Arts is adding some urban flair to Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in “The Hip Hop Nutcracke...

The Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Philharmonic Set the Auditorium Theatre Ablaze in Swan Lake

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.20.2014 | Chicago
Carla Escoda

Wheeldon's is hardly the first, nor the most radical, revision of Swan Lake. Yet purists may object to his elimination of the court scenes and the bracing folk dances that add a more respectable character to Act III than the striptease and the can-can.

Conducting Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Catherine L. Tully | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Catherine L. Tully

Tchaikovsky was the essence of the Russian Romantic era. He wore his heart on his sleeve, and his unforgettable melodies are full of the most honest expression.

A Conversation With Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Stewart and I found some interesting common ground in our childhood experiences of Tchaikovsky and Grieg -- films and recordings that would ignite a passion for classical music and for these composers specifically.

Colorado, Think Tchaikovsky Ever Got Stoned?

Greg Schwem | Posted 07.06.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

I applaud the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's recent decision to promote its music to a younger crowd -- and embrace the state's burgeoning marijuana trade -- by playing a series of "cannabis-friendly " concerts this summer.

A Conversation With Maestro James Conlon

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Beginning Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, San Francisco Symphony presents an extraordinary combination of masterworks conducted by James Conlon.

Ricardo Bustamante: Profile of a Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Last week's premiere at San Francisco Ballet proved to be an all-around artistic feat - again for Ratmansky, for the entire company of San Francisco Ballet and, yes, for Shostakovich who had not penned these compositions for the ballet stage.

A Conversation With Pianist Roman Rabinovich

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.11.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist Roman Rabinovich is currently on a cross-country tour with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. It is the orchestra's first appearance in the United States and is being led by its Principal Guest Conductor, Boguslaw Dawidow.

Maestros Ready

Lew Whittington | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

The pianist played some passages in the old style, with palm raised and fingers rigid, pounding the keyboard, but not for show, and the technical dexterity of the runs just transported.

American Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker': A Story That Enchants by Keeping Some Things Real

Meghan Feeks | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

"Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit around a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" This got me thinking about how bizarre many hallowed Christmas traditions are, perhaps none more so than The Nutcracker.

Curtain Call at Europe's Operas for Subodh Gupta, The Simpsons and Digital Divas

Simon Hewitt | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

Flitting around Europe to report on art events this Fall threw up evening opportunities to enjoy opera on either side of what was once the Iron Curtain.

People With Alzheimer's May Still Be 'There'

Marie Marley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's -- especially those in the later stages of the disease -- may stop talking or making other clear attempts to communicate. Too often we assume they don't know what's going on around them. We think they don't understand what people are saying to them or about them.

Bourne's Sleeping Beauty Dazzles in LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Matthew Bourne's dazzling and captivating interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is magnificent in every respect -- not simply the choreography, costumes and scenic design, but also Bourne's innovative and intelligent narrative.