Philharmonic Musicians Step Out
23 Nov 2011 -- Ensemble players, chamber collaborators, soloists:
in just one week in November, musicians from the
New York Philharmonic are being called on to be
any and all of these, as Stuart Isacoff explains.
Q&A: Cellist Anssi Karttunen
19 Nov 2011 -- Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present Fire: Light & Legend, the third and final program in the Orchestra’s 2012 Winter Festival—FIRE Jan. 20-22. Anssi Karttunen performs Kaija Saariaho's Notes on Light as part of the program.
A New Era For Ailey
18 Nov 2011 -- Change has been in the air at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since May 2010, when Robert Battle was named to succeed Judith Jamison as Artistic Director, the position she held with such eloquent and visionary grace for 22 years.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Countertenor Iestyn Davies
11 Nov 2011 -- This is shaping up to a breakthrough season for the charming and abundantly talented British countertenor Iestyn Davies. On Nov. 14 he made his house and role debut at the Metropolitan Opera singing Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda.
Kaija Saariaho: Compositionally Speaking
09 Nov 2011 -- Kaija Saariaho, this season’s Carnegie Hall composer-in-residence,speaks with Stony Brook University music professor Judy Lochhead about her residency.
Peter de Caluwe to Head Opera Europa
07 Nov 2011 -- Peter de Caluwe, director of the Brussels opera, La Monnaie (De Munt in Flemish), has been named President of the trade organization Opera Europa. He was elected during the October conference in Warsaw, Poland.
The Art of the Deal
31 Oct 2011 -- In the Met’s new
Jonas Kaufmann stars
as the hero whose
quest for knowledge
ends in tragedy. Des
the Faustian bargain
with a dreamlike
staging set in the
first half of the 20th
28 Oct 2011 -- Violinist Leila Josefowicz returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra as Artist-in-Residence.
Passio-Compassio at White Light Festival
25 Oct 2011 -- Avante-garde composer Mauricio Kagel once quipped, “not all musicians believe in God, but they all believe in Bach.” In Passio-Compassio, the closing concert of the White Light Festival on Nov. 19, Ensemble Sarband transports the audience using Bach’s Passions as a foundation.
Tchaikovsky in New York: The Opening of Carnegie’s Music Hall
25 Oct 2011 -- After conductor Walter Damrosch convinced Andrew Carnegie to build what would become the famed Music Hall, he needed a
name draw for the Hall’s opening festivities. At the time, there were certainly very few names bigger than Tchaikovsky’s.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Opera Legend Marilyn Horne
20 Oct 2011 -- A special installment from Marilyn Horne, one of the great figures of American opera, beloved by the public and critics alike. On Oct. 31, the Metropolitan Opera Guild paid tribute to Horne with a gala luncheon at New York's Waldorf Astoria.
Illumination at White Light Festival
18 Oct 2011 -- Necessary Weather took the audience's breath away when it was performed at the Kitchen in 1994. As Jane Moss programmed this year’s edition of the White Light Festival, she knew it had to be in the lineup.
Homecoming: Lorin Maazel
12 Oct 2011 -- This month Lorin Maazel returns to the Orchestra over
which he presided for seven years. It was a period
marked by excellence and a strong bond between
maestro and musicians, as Robin Tabachnik reveals.
08 Oct 2011 -- Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer and writer Julie Diana explores The Nutcracker and this perennial holiday production has endeared itself to generations of dancers.
A Frankenstein Monster That Is Here to Stay
08 Oct 2011 -- HK Gruber joins Alan Gilbert and the New York
Philharmonic Dec. 16-17, this time with his work Frankenstein!! Frank J. Oteri spoke with the composer/chansonnier about the genesis of this creature.
The Conversation: Michael Grandage
06 Oct 2011 -- Michael Grandage’s new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni premiered Oct. 13. Grandage describes his approach to opera’s ultimate anti-hero.
Strikes Trash New Season at the Paris Opera
04 Oct 2011 -- Last Wednesday evening would have been a highlight of New York artist Karen Kilimnik's year, if not for a strike that day by unions representing backstage workers at the Opéra National de Paris.
Where the Spiritual Meets the Sensual
29 Sep 2011 -- The New York Philharmonic’s 170th Season, which
officially opened on Sept. 21, continues Alan Gilbert’s
exploration of works that span centuries, coupled in new
and engaging combinations and, as Olivia Giovetti reveals,
with a more profound flavor.
Dance/Music in St. Louis
29 Sep 2011 -- The most delightful art couple - dance and music - are in step
throughout the 2011–12 season at St. Louis Symphony. Eddie Silva details the offerings.
Rodelinda Redux: Renée Fleming
25 Sep 2011 -- Renée Fleming scored a major triumph when she starred
in the Met premiere of Rodelinda in 2004. As she returns to
the role, the soprano tells the Met’s Matt Dobkin
why Handel continues to seize audiences’ imaginations.
A New Holiday Revue at Jazz at Lincoln Center
22 Sep 2011 -- “The holidays are here again and playing shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center is indeed a joy” is how Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpeter Marcus Printup characterizes this year’s A New Holiday Revue.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Tenor Stephen Costello
21 Sep 2011 -- On Sept. 26, just days before his 30th birthday, Philadelphia-born Stephen Costello sang the tenor lead in the season-opening performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Metropolitan Opera. He is the latest contributor to our irreverent Q & A series.
One Orchestra, Two Maestros
14 Sep 2011 -- There is no single method of achieving result with an orchestra, and though many maestros through the centuries have been remembered for their bravura, Sir Colin Davis may well be remembered for an equally captivating reserve.
Dame Emma Kirkby Offers NYC Performance Oct. 23
12 Sep 2011 -- Dame Emma Kirkby, lauded as one of the 10 “Greatest Sopranos of all time” by BBC, returns to New York City Oct. 23 for a single performance with celebrated lutenist Jakob Lindberg.
10 Sep 2011 -- Violinist Erin Schreiber makes her St. Louis Symphony Orchestra solo debut, performing Berio’s Corale (on Sequenza VIII), Nov. 18-19 at Powell Hall.
Injured James Levine Withdraws From Fall Met Performances
08 Sep 2011 -- After a fall last week that damaged one of his vertebrae, James Levine underwent emergency surgery on Thursday in New York, forcing him to withdraw from his performances at the Metropolitan Opera this fall. Fabio Luisi has been named Met Principal Conductor.
07 Sep 2011 -- Bernard Haitink is returning to the New York Philharmonic in November after a long absence; Peter W. Goodman catches up
with the eminent conductor.
20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Pianist Alexandre Tharaud
02 Sep 2011 -- With his knack for creative programming and a keen ear for sonority, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud is gaining a reputation as an artist of rare distinction. He contributes to the latest installment of "20 (Plus) Questions."
Jerry, the Night, and the Music
24 Aug 2011 -- Famed American choreographer
Jerome Robbins’ In
the Night is a one-act ballet
portraying the relationships
of three couples evoking
moods ranging from
romantic serenity to
agitation and aggression.
Nina Ananiashvili to Dance Ratmansky Program Nov. 4-6
20 Aug 2011 -- On Nov. 4, 5 and 6 Nina Ananiashvili, one of the world’s greatest Prima Ballerinas, will return to perform with 13 dancers from the State Ballet of Georgia in a program that will include three ballets all choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
Fighting for Felix
16 Aug 2011 -- Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Mendelssohn Festival aims to put the composer back on the pedestal where he belongs. Jaap van Zweden conducts the eight-day, four-concert event Sept. 22–Oct. 2.
Philip Glass Comes to the Philharmonic Nov. 2-3
02 Aug 2011 -- The composer/performer is approaching two
milestones: his 75th birthday in January and, with
this month’s performances of Koyaanisqatsi, his New
York Philharmonic debut. He shares his memories of
creating this seminal work with Scott Timberg.
The 2011/12 Season: Revealed!
01 Aug 2011 -- A tour of the the plans that Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic have in store for the 2011-2012 season.
A Versatile Virtuoso: Christopher Plummer
26 Jul 2011 -- Christopher Plummer brings his artistry to Avery
Fisher Hall to tell the story of Shakespeare’s
Henry V, set to music by William Walton, Sept 17. Lawrence Van Gelder catches up
with the busy actor and music lover.
Impulse at 50
20 Jul 2011 -- Bassist Reggie Workman will honor John Coltrane with his own African-American Legacy Project, conducted by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and featuring pianist Stanley Cowell, Oct. 28 and
29 in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Q&A: Kommilitonen! Conductor Anne Manson
15 Jul 2011 -- Anne Manson will conduct the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! (Young Blood!) – an opera co-commissioned by Juilliard and the Royal Academy of Music – Nov. 16-20 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.