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Tchaikovsky

A Conversation With Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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.

Famed Musician Yo Yo Ma Talks Gustavo Dudamel and What He Failed in College

Susan Michals | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Michals

You probably didn't know that not only is Yo Yo Ma is not only one of the most pervasive, iconic musicians of our time, he's also hilarious.

An Opening Night Of Champagne, Tchaikovsky, And Protest

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera opened its new season last night with a champagne gala inside the house, a packed Lincoln Center Plaza to watch on TV outside, ...

Why I Am Banning Tchaikovsky

Albert Imperato | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
Albert Imperato

My apologies for my lapse in posting. For this week, though, a guest blogger with an important announcement: Dear People of Russia, Our country has ...

Stars and Stripes Forever?

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Yes, this piece, celebrating Napoleon's retreat from Russia, has become the unofficial anthem of our most celebrated celebration. The public would forgo Sousa, John Williams and Gershwin but take away Peter Ilyich and all muskets would break out.

Happy Birthday, Tchaikovsky!

Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Famous for hummable masterpieces like "1812 Overture" and "Swan Lake," the classic...

Van Cliburn and My Two Enchanted Evenings

Mary Daily | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Mary Daily

News last week of the death of pianist Van Cliburn brought back fond memories for me, of someone who made an indelible impression on me at a young age.

A Hearty Evening of Brahms and Tchaikovsky

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

I've been hearing this music since the cradle, yet, when played right, it never fails to surprise me with its gems of tenderness. This evening, there were no such surprises. Pretty and attractive music, to be sure, but it's not the same thing as opening up the treasures of your heart.

'Swan Lake' In 3D?!?

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 05.16.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — If you've ever seen choreographer Matthew Bourne's version of "Swan Lake," you already know that his birds aren't the usual delicate,...

Exploring Mutual Russian-American Influences At Weill Hall

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.20.2012 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

They should have brought Anastasia Khitruk and her remarkable violin playing to the Yalta Conference -- she could have charmed the pants off FDR and S...

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul's YouTube Presentation From a Public Diplomacy Perspective

John Brown | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
John Brown

I've looked at/listened to newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul's recent video presentation to the people of Russia. Based on my Foreign Service experience in Moscow as Cultural Affairs Officer (1998-2001), several aspects of the talk struck me.

Who Is The Greatest Classical Composer Of All Time?

nytimes.com | ANTHONY TOMMASINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

YOU know that a new year has truly arrived when critics stop issuing all those lists of the best films, books, plays, recordings and whatever of the y...

Michael Vick, Black Swan, and David Foster Wallace: An Act in Three Acts

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Zac Hill

And what do we do with the worst parts of ourselves? We lose them. And we live.

Black Swan -- A Second Time

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

As the father of a ballerina I wanted to see Black Swan again, this time with her ballet teacher of many years. It was a completely different experience.

Nutcracker, Interrupted: Mark Morris' The Hard Nut Is a Delightfully Zany Take on the Beloved Holiday Ballet

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Curtis M. Wong

From the moment the curtain rises onto a pack of booze-swilling suburbanites engaged in a libidinous promenade, it's clear The Hard Nut is not your ordinary Nutcracker.

A Nutcracker to Shun

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
George Heymont

Over the years, I've seen some pretty awful movies. None, however, has been as expensive, as overproduced, as idiotic, as appalling, or as stupefyingly reprehensible as the The Nutcracker in 3D.