Thursday, September 22, 2011
New York City Ballet’s fall season opened to a sellout crowd last night, with the world premiere of Ocean’s Kingdom. Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, wrote the original orchestral score, his first for a ballet. His daughter, acclaimed clothing designer Stella McCartney created the costumes. New York City Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins choreographed the work on City Ballet principal dancers Sara Mearns and Robert Fairchild.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the choral music conductor Francisco Núñez and the WNYC host Jad Abumrad are among the 22 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants," to be announced today.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Kurt Sanderling, a conductor whose career path embodied the entwinement of politics and art in 20th-century Europe, died Saturday in Berlin, just two days shy of his 99th birthday. The cause of death was old age.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
A new scientific model on humans' response to consonance and dissonance provides insights into why atonal music continues to be challenging for so many listeners.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
North Korea says a prominent South Korean maestro has conducted two orchestras in the North in a sign of easing tensions between the countries.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Confession. I have worked hard to avoid most of the 9/11 tributes, reflections, reliving and agonies of the past weeks. I chose to watch the George Bush National Geographic interview, and was impressed with his honesty, humanity and frailty. I helped program an event for WQXR in The Greene Space. But I couldn’t watch the TV loops, the commentators, or look again at those pictures.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
When the Montreal Symphony opened its new concert hall to the public on Wednesday night, the festivities included acrobats from the Cirque Éloize. Host Naomi Lewin reports on the three-ring festivities from our neighbors to the north.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Composer John Adams, looking back at On the Transmigration of Souls, his 2002 piece remembering Sept. 11, expresses satisfaction with the work's success, but also concerns about the public's "orgy of self pity."
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
James Levine, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera, has cancelled his fall appearances at the Met, after falling and damaging his vertebrae on Thursday. Fabio Luisi will take over for Levine in his new role as principal conductor.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Salvatore Licitra, a tenor who rose to fame as a last-second substitute for Luciano Pavarotti at the Met, died on Monday after being severely injured in a motorbike accident.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
In Verona, Italy, massive opera productions take place every summer in a Roman coliseum. In San Francisco and Washington, DC, operas will be simulcast on ballpark jumbotrons. Can stadiums and ballparks bring opera back to its populist roots?
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Protesters disrupted a performance Thursday by the Israel Philharmonic and violinist Gil Shaham as part of the BBC Proms, one of Britain’s most venerable concert series.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
After a decade-long construction process and a cost of $271 million, the Helsinki Music Center opened Wednesday evening. WQXR's Graham Parker writes that, while not perfect, it "raises the bar on design, purpose and relevance."
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Salvatore Licitra, one of the leading tenors on the international opera scene, is hospitalized in critical condition in hospital near Modica, Sicily from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on a Vespa on Sunday.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A day after Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim led his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a concert at the borders of North and South Korea, he is now hoping to bring the ensemble to Cairo's Tahrir Square.