Brian Wise appears in the following:
Friday, December 03, 2010
Gustav Mahler's bittersweet songs are getting renewed attention this year. To get some insight on this, Naomi Lewin talks with Norman Lebrecht, author of the new book, Why Mahler?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Long before Muzak, major American department stores were once hubs of musical activity. String quartets, pianists, choirs and full orchestras serenaded shoppers during the early 20th century.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has won the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for La Commedia, his 2008 opera based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The work received its U.S. premiere in concert last April in Carnegie Hall.
Monday, November 22, 2010
As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra enters the eighth week of their grueling strike, two other orchestras recently took significant belt-tightening steps.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
There’s no mystery about why Elīna Garanča is a rising opera star. But whether playing a fiery gypsy or a "trouser role," the mezzo-soprano has her own way of researching characters.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monica Ellis, the bassoonist in the Imani Winds quintet, shares five pieces that take the bassoon beyond its clichéd role as the jovial clown of the orchestra. "We do get to difficult things and it’s not just this big, clumsy, cumbersome instrument."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The young French pianist David Fray is fast gaining notice for his charismatic, sometimes eccentric performances of Bach and Schubert. Just don't compare him to Glenn Gould.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Henryk Górecki, a once obscure Polish composer who went on to become an international crossover phenomenon, has died in Katowice, Poland. He was 76.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Orchestras have been slow to catch on to the HD broadcast phenomenon, partly due to the costs but also because the medium requires something more visually compelling than 90 people wearing black and sitting down.
Monday, November 08, 2010
The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been named musician of the year by Musical America, the music industry "bible." Other winners include the composer Thomas Adès and baritone Simon Keenlyside.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Shirley Verrett, the American opera singer known for her powerful, dark voice, exceptional range and riveting characterizations, died Friday.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
When a singer at the Metropolitan Opera forgets a line, they turn to one of five full-time prompters, individuals who serve as safety nets and who possess unheralded and truly hidden talents.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Several arts executives make a new list of the top-paid CEOs running America's non-profit organizations.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein’s 1983 opera about marriage and family dysfunction is finally getting its New York premiere. But will audiences come around to its themes?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The discussion continues on Sospiri, Cecilia Bartoli's collection of operatic scenes and arias extending from Handel to Fauré. Listen to an excerpt from our Album of the Week and tell us what you think.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva became the first woman in 45 years to win the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Classical-music organizations can't get enough of social media right now. From the Top, the public radio show, and an upcoming orchestra festival are the latest to turn to Internet crowd-sourcing.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Our Album of the Week features the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, best known for her recent Metropolitan Opera appearances as Carmen. Read more about "Habanera," which features a variety of gypsy roles from opera, operetta and song.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King has been appropriated for film soundtracks, TV commercials, video games, and heavy metal bands. It's returning to the spotlight - and with an unlikely twist.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Google is once again bringing its mighty influence to the performing arts, announcing the return of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday. Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct.