An Eye to the Future
23 Aug 2012 -- New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew
VanBesien speaks with Monica Parks about his path
to the Philharmonic, his reaction to a new hometown,
and his hopes for the Orchestra’s future.
Haute Couture at New York City Ballet
15 Aug 2012 -- Fashion, as the world knows, is the guiding passion of Valentino Garavani, the renowned designer and master couturier, often
known simply as Valentino. Less well known is Valentino’s passion for the ballet.
What Mozart Learned from the Birds
01 Aug 2012 -- One day, as he walked past a bird store, Wolfgang Amadeus heard a caged
starling singing one of his own melodies. The remarkable thing was, no one had heard that
piece aside from Mozart.
BBC Proms Dazzles on Opening Night
16 Jul 2012 -- An elegant and distinctly celebratory opening concert launched the 2012 version of London's BBC Proms Concerts at Royal Albert Hall on July 13. Frank Cadenhead reports.
A Wider Spectrum
11 Jul 2012 -- When the New York Philharmonic plays its Concerts in the
Parks, the entire city is invited. Stephen Greco reveals the
inspirations and ambitions behind this long-running cultural
gift to New York City.
A Window on the East
06 Jul 2012 -- Lincoln Center Festival spotlights contemporary
Chinese Dance, Theater and Opera.
Q&A With Baritone Liam Bonner
04 Jul 2012 -- The Bard SummerScape Festival presented its first comic opera on Friday, July 27, giving the original 1887 version of Emmanuel Chabrier’s The King in Spite of Himself (Le roi malgré lui) its first staged production in the U.S.
03 Jul 2012 -- Washington National Opera’s 2012–2013
season features a dynamic group of strong
female characters with compelling musical and
dramatic stories, portrayed by outstanding
singers—it is a season of divas.
Madame Butterfly: A Love Story for the Ages
27 Jun 2012 -- “I love Puccini. I love him like crazy love.” Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch is unabashed in his admiration for the music of opera master Giacomo Puccini, especially his Madame Butterfly.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
26 Jun 2012 -- Tony Bennett called it "the best jazz room in the city," while leading publications like DownBeat and Jazz Times voted the venue one of the world’s best.
Music and Movement, Space and Sound
11 Jun 2012 -- When Alan Gilbert met the Park Avenue Armory, inspiration
struck. Barrymore Laurence Scherer explores the result of this
epiphany: Philharmonic 360, the fascinating program that will
conclude the season in spectacular fashion.
11 Jun 2012 -- Ethan Stiefel may be retiring from American Ballet Theatre, but fortunately he’s giving us a chance to say good-bye.
The Modern Mind of Mozart
10 Jun 2012 -- The Mostly Mozart Festival celebrates the 10th season of Renée
and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée with the music of
Schubert and the sound of birdsong.
Paris Opera Ballet
07 Jun 2012 -- Ballet’s classic tragedy Giselle returns to Kennedy Center July 5–8 in a romantic production from the company where it was created.
Empowering the Voices of Tomorrow
21 May 2012 -- Across the world something truly eventful is happening in
music education. Jon Deak talks about the Philharmonic’s
own celebration of children’s creativity — the Credit Suisse
Very Young Composers program.
16 May 2012 -- American Ballet Theatre’s repertory is well stocked with works that offer dancers the opportunity
to exploit something rather like a split personality.
With the Crack of a Whip, and a Warm Embrace
09 May 2012 -- Magnus Lindberg’s journey as a composer, and three years as
the Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence, has brought the
former radical to a warm embrace of tradition. Scott Timberg
explores the path that has led to the premiere of the Finn’s
Piano Concerto No. 2 this month.
Making the Grade
03 May 2012 -- Marina Harss highlights the women who make up the the famous
“Kingdom of the Shades” scene from La Bayadère.
A Chat With: Organist Christopher Houlihan
02 May 2012 -- An interview with the organist Christopher Houlihan, who performs at Christ and St Luke's Episcopal Church in Norfolk on May 3 at 8:00 pm. The concert is co-presented by Virginia Arts Festival and the Tidewater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Houlihan will perform music by JS Bach, Louis Vierne, Camille Saint-Saens and Franz Liszt.
27 Apr 2012 -- The Lincoln Center Festival brings the world to our doorstep.
25 Apr 2012 -- To close out the St. Louis Symphony subscription season, Stephen Hough
plays the “Rach Fest,” in which the phenomenally skilled piano virtuoso
takes on the formidable task of performing three Rachmaninoff concerts
over two weekends.
The Cellos of the New York Philharmonic
24 Apr 2012 -- The foundation of the strings and often the baritone
melodists, the cello section plays a varied role in the
orchestra, a diversity that Rebecca Winzenried has
observed among the lives of the musicians themselves.
An Obscure Opera Relishes the Spotlight
18 Apr 2012 -- The revival of a long forgotten French opera was cheered by Parisian opera fans. Daniel-François-Esprit Auber's La Muette de Portici, which just finished a run at the Opéra-Comique, has proven to be a celebrated success and a highlight of the season.
A Conversation With Tenor Nicholas Phan
18 Apr 2012 -- As springtime comes into full bloom, rising star American tenor Nicholas Phan, named one of NPR’s Favorite New Artists of 2011, prepares for two exciting firsts.
Singing the Ring
13 Apr 2012 -- This spring, the Met presents the first complete cycles of Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, led by Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. How do the singers prepare for the daunting task of bringing Wagner’s vast cosmos to vocal life?
Ballet Speaks French
11 Apr 2012 -- This summer, for the first time in 16 years,
New York’s dance fans will be able to experience ballet in its original language, when the Paris Opera Ballet settles into the David H. Koch Theater for 12 performances as part of the
annual Lincoln Center Festival.
Nina Stemme: Becoming Salome
11 Apr 2012 -- This month,
Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a
rare concert performance of Strauss’s Salome. In a recent break from her
performances in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera,
Nina Stemme discussed the challenge of performing as
Salome in what will be her Carnegie Hall debut.
Finding His Way Home
04 Apr 2012 -- Jaap van Zweden, the former violinist who is now a
conductor, makes his Philharmonic debut this month.
Olivia Giovetti reveals how his appearance represents
a kind of homecoming.
04 Apr 2012 -- On June 6, Pinchas Zukerman and the New York Philharmonic
are performing together for the 100th time. Robin
Tabachnik speaks with the eminent multitasker, who is
conducting and performing as violin soloist this month through the 9th.
Music for All of Us
03 Apr 2012 -- The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Academy of Music this June for a special concert series—the first in a decade—led by
the exuberant Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting,
among other great works, highlights from Fantasia.
02 Apr 2012 -- The Met season will come to a close with Nathan Gunn taking on the title role of Britten’s Billy Budd for the first time with the company. The dynamic baritone spoke with the Met’s Charles Sheek about Billy, Britten—and what he learned from Domingo.
Russian Connections: Simon Trpˇceski
29 Mar 2012 -- Macedonian pianist Simon Trpˇceski
reveals his affinity for Tchaikovsky
in his appearances on this year’s
Summertime Classics concerts.
A Chorus Prepares
22 Mar 2012 -- The St. Louis Symphony covers repertoire from John Adams
to J.S. Bach in a matter of weeks. Eddie Silva spotlights the Chorus.
A New Requiem in Dresden
09 Mar 2012 -- Raphael Mostel reports from Dresden where, for the first time since they began performing concerts to commemorate the catastrophic World War II firebombing of the city (and amidst some 1,600 neo-Nazi and 13,000 anti-Nazi demonstrators), the Staatskapelle has commissioned and performed a new requiem.
Murder, He Wrote
06 Mar 2012 -- Baritone Thomas Hampson, who takes on the title role of Verdi’s
Macbeth for the first time at the Met this month, tells Philipp Brieler why this opera marks a turning point in the composer’s output.
The Adventure Ahead
06 Mar 2012 -- Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic’s journey together
continues in the 2012–13 season, bringing audiences to
exciting musical destinations. Karissa Krenz is your guide.
Inside the Pennsylvania Ballet's 2012-2013 Season
01 Mar 2012 -- With each passing season, Pennsylvania Ballet steps ever closer to its golden anniversary. In 2012-2013, the Company will take on some of the most groundbreaking work in its storied history, complemented by revered classics.
The Mystery of The Lighthouse
24 Feb 2012 -- Peter Maxwell Davies turned to the mystery of the Flannan Isles lighthouse as the subject for an opera. The Lighthouse will be presented at Dallas Opera in March.
L’Arpeggiata: Musical Time Travel
22 Feb 2012 -- Constantly finding new ways to
re-imagine the 17th-century music
that forms the core of its repertoire,
L’Arpeggiata is the first early-music
group to have its own Perspectives
series at Carnegie Hall.
Meet Ms. Meade
15 Feb 2012 -- Just a few years ago, Angela Meade was a voice student competing in the Met’s National Council Auditions. Now she’s one of
opera’s fastest-rising stars. The Met’s Matt Dobkin found out how
the genial diva got to the top ranks of the world’s sopranos.