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A Pianist Reflects on Life and Death
Igor Levit’s ‘Life’
The German-Russian pianist Igor Levit has plenty to say – at the piano and via his social media network and interviews in which his forthright views, musical and political, are often given voice. His choice of repertoire, and his performances
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Mefistofele at the mighty Met
A standard evening at New York’s Metropolitan Opera is a healthy reminder why this opera house is casually referred to as the “Mighty Met”. The reprise of this Mefistofele production by Robert Carsen, last seen nearly twenty years ago, was
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Crème de la Crème Soloists
The Schubert Club International Artist Series
Major international cities are not the only places to hear high-quality music and stellar artists. The Schubert Club International Artist Series features the most thrilling artists on the planet, here in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For 136 years the Schubert Club
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Igor Levit, Pianist— Introspective and Transporting
Igor Levit the fascinating German-Russian pianist was featured on the Schubert Club’s International Artists Series here in Saint Paul, Minnesota recently. The highly anticipated program had us on tenterhooks as the lone piano stood on the empty stage. Then out
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La scala di seta (Farsa Comica)
Teatro “Cesare Caporali” sits in Panicale Umbria. Panicale is a jewel of a historic town as so many are in Umbria. You’ve never heard of it just as I’ve never heard of it either until 4 years ago, in spite
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Les Huguenots at Bastille Opera
Paris does glamour better than anyone. But clearly not at the opera. The Opéra National de Paris at the Bastille still looks like a second-tier suburban cinemaplex and the audience looks accordingly. Opening night has no dress code, no glamour,
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Music Through Words
The Concert Pianist by Conrad Williams
Philip Morahan is a British concert pianist. A once-great pianist, lauded by critics and adored by audiences, at 52 he can no longer play the piano. Marooned by performance anxiety, it seems that the sacrifices he has made in the
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Speaking the Piano
Reflections on Learning and Teaching: Susan Tomes
This is the fifth book by acclaimed Scottish pianist Susan Tomes, and unlike her previous books whose primary focus is on the exigencies of life as a professional musician – from ensemble playing and touring, coughers in the audience to
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