June, 2012

57 Posts
Military Funding vs. Funding for the Arts: What Does the Difference Say About American Values?
During World War II, Britain’s finance minister recommended to Winston Churchill that they cut arts funding in order to better support the war effort. Churchill’s reply was, “Then what are we fighting for?” This remark resonates with an enormous difference
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Krzysztof Penderecki
One of the most versatile, multi-faceted and stylistically diverse composer of modern times, Krzysztof Penderecki was born 23 November 1933 in Dębica, Poland.
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The Cultural Ambassador – pianist Xu Zhong
Once a French concession, Shanghai, with its rich culture and roadside platanes, is regarded as the ‘Paris’ in China. Pianist Xu Zhong, who grew up in Shanghai and furthered his study with Dominique Merlet in Paris, is perhaps one of
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Fauré – Poulenc
FauréDolly, Ballet Suite, op. 56 (Orchestration : Henri Rabaud) PoulencLes biches, Ballet Suite Aubade (‘concerto choréographique’), for piano and 18 instruments Performed by Fabienne Jacquinot, piano Anatole Fistoulari, conductor London Symphony Orchestra Westminster Symphony Orchestra Recorded in 1953 Fauré: Dolly,
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Let’s get the Party started!
Franz Liszt and Caroline de Saint-Cricq
One of the foremost musical personalities and arguable the greatest virtuoso of his day, Franz Liszt (1811-1886) expanded the technical limits of the piano and the performer in both his own playing and in his compositions. However, what really distinguished
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Susan Graham – D’amour l’ardente flamme : Berlioz “La Damnation de Faust”
Susan Graham will be performing La Damnation de Faust at Tanglewood.
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Cello Concerto Overview – Two Three and Four cellos!
Krzysztof Penderecki Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos (2000) Virtually every time I mention that I play the cello, the response is an enthusiastic “Oh I love the cello!” Despite the fact that the soulful instrument is very popular
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Adapting, Revising, Provoking
BROADWAY audiences have spoken. “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” is a big hit at the Richard Rodgers Theater, where it opened in January. The run has been extended through September.
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