The Score of Final Fantasy Gets Its Due at the Concert Hall

The beloved music for this video game and others have been covered on YouTube for years. Now some are performed at classical music’s grandest venues.

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At 75, the Ojai Music Festival Stays Focused on the Future

This storied California haven of contemporary classical music returned, organized by the composer John Adams.

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A Giant Violin Floats Down Venice’s Grand Canal

This 39-foot-long instrument, built by local artisans and carrying musicians performing a live concert, sets a course for the future.

#boats-and-boating, #canals, #classical-music, #handicrafts, #livio-de-marchi, #venice-italy, #violins-and-violas, #vivaldi-antonio

A Cabaret Star and an Opera Star Walk Onto a Stage …

The punchline is “Only an Octave Apart,” featuring the unlikely collaborators Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

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The Sunday Read: ‘The Composer at the Frontier of Movie Music’

Nicholas Britell’s scores — for “Succession,” “Moonlight” and “The Underground Railroad,” among others — suggest whole new ways of writing for film and television.

#audio-positive-happy, #britell-nicholas-1980, #classical-music, #jenkins-barry, #moonlight-movie, #music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #succession-tv-program, #the-underground-railroad-tv-program

Fake Rock Nearly Crushes Opera Star: Accident or Sabotage?

Feuding stagehands, falling props: It might sound like the plot of an opera, but in France it has been the subject of a court case.

#classical-music, #opera, #smith-robert-dean, #toulouse-france, #tristan-und-isolde-opera

There Are Three Versions of Bruckner’s Fourth. Why Choose?

Jakub Hrusa and the Bamberg Symphony have released a new recording of them all.

#bamberg-symphony-orchestra, #bruckner-anton, #classical-music, #hrusa-jakub

Jaap van Zweden to Step Down as New York Philharmonic’s Maestro

Citing a reassessment of his priorities during the pandemic, the conductor will leave his post after the 2023-24 season.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #borda-deborah, #classical-music, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #new-york-philharmonic, #van-zweden-jaap

Review: For 9/11 Tribute, the Met Opera Returns Home

The company’s first performance inside its theater since March 2020 was an inspired rendition of Verdi’s Requiem.

#classical-music, #deyoung-michelle, #metropolitan-opera, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #owens-eric-1970, #perez-ailyn-1979, #polenzani-matthew, #verdi-giuseppe

Top Orchestras Have No Female Conductors. Is Change Coming?

At the largest American ensembles, one of music’s most stubbornly homogeneous spheres, a shift might be on the horizon.

#alsop-marin, #classical-music, #discrimination, #grazinyte-tyla-mirga-1986, #malkki-susanna, #women-and-girls

The Met Opera Races to Reopen After Months of Pandemic Silence

The company, which faced steep losses after the pandemic forced it to shut down on March 12, 2020, is working to lure operagoers back to its 3,800-seat theater.

#blanchard-terence, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #gelb-peter, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #opera

Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Era Violinist (and a Son of One), Dies at 90

His father, David, was one of the 20th century’s finest violinists, but Igor more than held his own as a musician and interpreter performing throughout the West.

#classical-music, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #oistrakh-david, #oistrakh-igor, #violinists

Classical Music Looks Ahead to a Fall in Flux

How will performances feel in the midst of pandemic regulations? Will institutions respond in actions, not just words, to calls for racial equity?

#black-people, #carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #new-york-philharmonic, #opera

The Changing American Canon Sounds Like Jessie Montgomery

This composer’s music — improvisatory, open to influence, personal yet resonant — will be hard to miss in the coming season.

#catalyst-quartet, #chicago-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #dworkin-afa-s, #montgomery-jessie-1981, #race-and-ethnicity, #sphinx-organization, #tower-joan

Review: The Met Opera Reunites, With Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’

After a year and a half, the company’s forces came together for an outdoor performance of the sprawling, ecstatic symphony.

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‘We’re Like Athletes Here’: The Maestro With a Gym Habit

Lorenzo Viotti’s sporty social media posts don’t fit the image of an opera conductor. But they help classical music reach a new audience, he says.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #dutch-national-opera, #netherlands, #netherlands-philharmonic, #opera, #social-media, #viotti-lorenzo-1990

For Music, a Fall Deluge of Performances Is Beginning

Summer has been quiet, but the weekend brought some brilliant concerts. (Delta variant be damned.)

#alarm-will-sound, #attacca-quartet, #classical-music, #music, #sorey-tyshawn

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Trumpet

Listen to Louis Armstrong’s sweetness, Miles Davis’s wild squall, Handel’s Baroque majesty and other favorites.

#classical-music, #jazz, #music, #trumpets

When Europe Offered Black Composers an Ear

Spurned by institutions in America, artists were sometimes given more opportunities across the Atlantic.

#black-people, #classical-music, #dunbar-rudolph, #europe, #price-florence-1887-1953, #still-william-grant

How Do You Write Down a Scratching, Crunching Violin ‘Chop’?

The chop turns string players into beatboxers. After it developed organically over decades, musicians are making new efforts to notate it.

#berklee-college-of-music, #classical-music, #driessen-casey, #folk-music, #jazz, #sana-oriol, #violins-and-violas

Michael Morgan, Adventurous Oakland Maestro, Dies at 63

As music director of the Oakland Symphony, he sought diversity in his audiences as well as in his programming.

#black-people, #chicago-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #morgan-michael-d-1957-2021, #music, #oakland-calif, #oakland-symphony, #race-and-ethnicity

A Celebrated String Quartet Plans to Disband

The Emerson String Quartet, known for its energy and nuance, will end a 47-year run in 2023.

#classical-music, #emerson-string-quartet

Met Opera Reaches Deal With Orchestra, Paving Way for Reopening

The labor deal means that the company, the largest performing arts organization in the nation, is on track to reopen next month after the pandemic kept it closed for more than a year.

#american-federation-of-musicians, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gelb-peter, #local-802, #metropolitan-opera, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #wages-and-salaries

‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

Yes, the comfy chair. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco put in roomier seats just in time to try to lure audiences back from the couches they got used to during the shutdown.

#chairs, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dancing, #furniture, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #height-stature, #hudson-theater-manhattan-ny, #koch-david-h-theater, #lyric-opera-of-chicago, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #shilvock-matthew, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #war-memorial-opera-house, #weight

A Celebrated Afghan School Fears the Taliban Will Stop the Music

The Afghanistan National Institute of Music became a symbol of the country’s changing identity.

#afghanistan-national-institute-of-music, #afghanistan-war-2001, #classical-music, #music, #sarmast-ahmad-naser, #taliban, #women-and-girls

After a Quarter-Century, the Queen of Salzburg Calls It Quits

Since 1995, Helga Rabl-Stadler has ruled the Salzburg Festival, classical music’s premier annual event, as its president and public face.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #hinterhauser-markus-1958, #opera, #rabl-stadler-helga, #salzburg-festival

Asian Composers Reflect on Careers in Western Classical Music

For all their shared experiences, each of these five artists has a unique story of struggles and triumphs.

#chin-unsuk, #china, #classical-music, #du-yun-1977, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #huang-ruo, #race-and-ethnicity, #sheng-bright, #south-korea, #tan-dun, #united-states

Even the Tuning Up Gets an Ovation as Tanglewood Reopens

The mood was festive as the Boston Symphony returned to its summer home for its first in-person performances since March 2020.

#ax-emanuel, #beethoven-ludwig-van, #boston-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #nelsons-andris, #skride-baiba-1981, #summer-season, #tanglewood-music-festival-lenox-mass, #volpe-mark

China’s Communist Party Turns 100. Cue the (State-Approved) Music.

A wave of nationalistic music, theater and dance is sweeping China, part of Beijing’s efforts to improve the party’s image and strengthen political loyalty.

#art, #china, #classical-music, #communist-party-of-china, #dancing, #music, #opera, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #theater, #xi-jinping

Violinist Apologizes for ‘Culturally Insensitive’ Remarks About Asians

Pinchas Zukerman was criticized for invoking ugly stereotypes about Asians during a master class at Juilliard, which called his remarks offensive.

#apologies, #asian-americans, #classical-music, #discrimination, #juilliard-school, #zukerman-pinchas

Hit Hard by Pandemic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center to Merge

By joining forces, the two institutions hope to bounce back from the severe losses brought by the coronavirus.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #finances, #kimmel-center-for-the-performing-arts-philadelphia-pa, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-orchestra, #philadelphia-orchestra-and-the-kimmel-center-inc, #theaters-buildings

The End of Most Covid Rules in New York: What to Know

Precautions remain in places like the subway and hospitals, and businesses have the option to ask customers to wear masks.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-philharmonic, #vaccination-and-immunization

How a Family Transformed the Look of European Theater

The Bibienas, the focus of an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, dominated Baroque theatrical design.

#architecture, #architecture-theater-and-fantasy-exhibit, #art, #bibiena-family, #bibiena-ferdinando-galli-1657-1743, #classical-music, #design, #europe, #morgan-librarymuseum, #theater

A Trailblazing Female Conductor Is Still Alone on the Trail

As Marin Alsop leaves the Baltimore Symphony after 14 years, the field is taking a step backward: 25 major American orchestras, no female music directors.

#alsop-marin, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #baltimore-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music

Bruised by the Pandemic, Carnegie Hall Plans a Comeback

New York’s premier concert hall hopes a star-studded season will draw virus-wary fans. But there’s still uncertainty.

#carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gillinson-clive

A Doctor’s Call to Return to the Activities You Love

The miracle of the Covid vaccines means we can safely return to the things that make our lives whole. I’m returning to live music.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #music

Want More Diverse Conductors? Orchestras Should Look to Assistants.

At top American ensembles, young assistant conductors are a far more varied group than the reigning music directors. How can the next generation come to power?

#classical-music, #hiring-and-promotion, #minorities, #women-and-girls

A Pianist Comes Around on Period Instruments

Early in his career, Andras Schiff disdained historical authenticity. Now he embraces it, including on a revelatory new Brahms recording.

#brahms-johannes, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #orchestra-of-the-age-of-enlightenment, #pianos, #schiff-andras

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Percussion

Listen to the varied, explosive, resonant sounds of instruments struck, shaken, pounded, scratched.

#classical-music, #drums, #music, #musical-instruments

Bach’s Cello Suites, Now on Violin, With a Folksy Feel

With an ear for dance and a new five-string violin, Johnny Gandelsman set out to transform a towering classic.

#bach-johann-sebastian, #classical-music, #gandelsman-johnny

He Came to Berlin to Change the World. Then the World Changed Berlin.

The Volksbühne theater’s longtime musical director Sir Henry arrived amid a post-Cold War artistic flowering in the city. The musician bemoans what followed.

#berlin-germany, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #nijenhuis-john-henry-sir-henry, #theater, #volksbuhne

A Beloved London Concert Hall Grows Bold as It Turns 120

Smart choices in the pandemic mean that the Wigmore Hall is reopening in a more confident position than many other British venues.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gilhooly-john, #london-england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #wigmore-hall-london-england-music-venue

Hollywood Bowl Plans to Open at Full Capacity

With regulations changing by the week, the Bowl went from planning a modest reopening for sparse crowds to weighing vaccine requirements to planning to return at full capacity.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dudamel-gustavo, #hollywood-bowl, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-philharmonic

10 Classical Concerts to Stream in June

The Met Orchestra’s return, an opera from Paris and a Philip Glass circus work are among the highlights.

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They’ve Given $6 Million to the Arts. No One Knew Them, Until Now.

Moving quickly in the pandemic, a wealthy money manager underwrote performances via a new foundation, with a little help from a violin-obsessed adviser.

#alphadyne-foundation, #balletx, #classical-music, #dance-theater-of-harlem, #dweck-jay, #kaufman-music-center-manhattan-ny, #khuong-huu-philippe, #national-sawdust-brooklyn-ny-performance-space, #nonprofit-organizations, #perlman-music-program, #philanthropy, #shakespeare-in-the-park

Extraordinary Beethoven, and an Adventurous Streak

The pianist Stewart Goodyear plays the standards brilliantly, and also writes music that nods to rock and calypso.

#beethoven-ludwig-van, #classical-music, #goodyear-stewart-1978, #ninety-second-street-y

Franco Battiato, Pop Singer and Versatile Composer, Dies at 76

Though hugely popular as a singer-songwriter in Italy, he never stopped experimenting. He composed for movies, opera and ballet, directed films and painted.

#art, #battiato-franco-1945-2021, #classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #italy, #music, #pop-and-rock-music

Bach Invented. Now a Pianist Is Trying to Match Him.

With “Inventions/Reinventions,” Dan Tepfer fills out Bach’s missing two-part inventions with daring free improvisations.

#bach-johann-sebastian, #bargemusic, #classical-music, #jazz

The Conductor Who Whipped American Orchestras Into Shape

Toting a loaded gun on the podium, Artur Rodzinski turned ensembles into technical marvels in the 1930s and ’40s.

#chicago-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #cleveland-orchestra, #content-type-personal-profile, #los-angeles-philharmonic, #new-york-philharmonic, #philadelphia-orchestra, #rodzinski-artur, #united-states

Met Opera Announces Its First Live Concerts Since Shutdown

Despite ongoing labor tensions, members of the company’s orchestra and chorus will perform with soloists and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

#american-federation-of-musicians, #blue-angel, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gelb-peter, #international-alliance-of-theatrical-stage-employees, #knockdown-center-maspeth-queens, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #opera, #owens-eric-1970, #queens-nyc