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Aaron Copland

Music Is but a Conversation Between Likened Hearts

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Rutendo Nyamuda

From years of classical training in flute and playing in school bands and orchestras, my mind understands the technical aspects of the piece. Crescendo; diminuendo. Solo; tutti. Adagio; allegro. It deciphers which instruments are playing at any given time and anticipates what's to come.

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.

Dog Ears Music: Born in November

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Aaron Copland, Francy Boland, Asmahan, and more.

A Conversation With Pianist Jeremy Denk - at San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

For Jeremy Denk, the tour comes at a most auspicious time. Just weeks ago he was selected for the MacArthur Fellowship. To know the artistry of Jeremy Denk is to understand the principle of the Fellowship.

Dog Ears Music: Volume Forty-Seven

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 10.20.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's column features Juana Molina, Aaron Copland, Tandemoro, Miguel Caló, My Brightest Diamond and Dave Apollon.

The Story of an American Jazz Musician

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Lionel Rolfe

Unquestionably Jazz is America's greatest musical form. It is our classical music. Like the Russians, we have excelled in producing great writers and great musicians.

Celebrating Progressive Patriotism on the Fourth of July

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Century-ism a Century Later

John Mauceri | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
John Mauceri

Perhaps you have noticed that 2013 is the centenary of the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Next year there will be much thought given to the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

From Folk Song to Song Art

Donna Fish | Posted 07.07.2013 | New York
Donna Fish

The program designed by Ms. Azrieli is united by a Jewish theme. It includes works by Jewish composers, operatic arias that evoke Jewish subjects, as well as Jewish folksong arrangements.

Glenn Gould, Petula Clark, The Beatles and 'the noise you make while breaking rules'

Dana Sachs | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Dana Sachs

Which music do you consider superior? The Beatles or Petula Clark? And, along these same lines, do you have an opinion on the "polarity," as Gould would have it, between Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky?

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

Pioneers: Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring

Network Awesome | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home
Network Awesome

Martha Graham could be called the Great American Dancer, but quite simply, she is one of the most influential dancers and choreographers of all time.

CDs of the Week: Adele and The Low Anthem

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

If you have adventurous ears and like music from all sorts of genres, keep checking in. This week, I've got two albums you should hear -- Adele's excellent second album and more distinctive Americana from The Low Anthem.

Remembering Paul Bowles

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Regina Weinreich

In our age of instant fame, it is useful to think about an artist who was famous for not being in the limelight. In Bowles' time, the cult of personality was taking hold.

A Tale of Two Sisters: Hollywood's Longest Running Feud

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It is exceedingly strange and more than a little sad that actresses Olivia de Havilland, 94, and her sister Joan Fontaine, 93, have been estranged for many years, the result of an intense sibling rivalry which has never dissipated.

A Unifying Voice, or, a Recommendation for Barack Obama's iPod

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

I know that listening to Copland's Third Symphony won't stop the monthly job losses, or clean up the financial mess. But hearing this amazing work will continue to keep my hope alive.

A Night at the Orchestra

Jennifer Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jennifer Schneider

I didn't feel obliged to get something out of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra -- I actually got something out of it: beauty, laughter, awe.