Amid Ukraine War, Orchestras Rethink ‘1812 Overture,’ a July 4 Rite

Some ensembles have decided not to perform Tchaikovsky’s overture, written as commemoration of Russia’s defeat of Napoleon’s army.

#1812-overture-musical-work, #boston-pops-orchestra, #classical-music, #cleveland-orchestra, #hartford-symphony-orchestra, #independence-day-us-july-4, #national-symphony-orchestra, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

The ‘Philosopher King’ of Percussion Starts His Next Chapter

Steven Schick, a renowned figure in contemporary music, had nearly burned out as a performer. But a new recording project shows he’s hardly finished.

#a-hard-rain-album, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #music, #musical-instruments, #schick-steven

‘A form of hope’: As air-raid sirens sound, a Lviv orchestra opens a summer festival with Mozart’s Requiem.

Even as the Lviv Philharmonic theater became a wartime hub for humanitarian supplies, it has remained a home for musicians and choirs.

#classical-music, #lviv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

A Violin From Hollywood’s Golden Age Aims at an Auction Record

Played in “The Wizard of Oz” and other classic films, Toscha Seidel’s Stradivarius could sell for almost $20 million.

#auctions, #classical-music, #movies, #seidel-toscha, #stradivari-antonio, #tarisio-auctions-llc, #violins-and-violas

Carnegie Hall Announces Its 2022-23 Season

The presenter is planning a return to full-scale programming for its 2022-23 season. Our critics and writers chose 15 highlights.

#carnegie-hall, #classical-music

There Are Many Russian Cultures. Be Careful What You Cancel.

Those who react to the war in Ukraine by canceling “everything Russian” are in danger of falling into a familiar brand of nationalist thinking.

#classical-music, #culture-arts, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #poetry-and-poets, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #writing-and-writers

When Classical Music Was an Alibi

The idea that musicians and their work are apolitical flourished after World War II, in part thanks to the process of denazification.

#camilla-williams, #classical-music, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #music, #schoenberg-arnold, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Franz Mohr, Piano Tuner to the Stars, Is Dead at 94

“I play more in Carnegie Hall than anybody else,” he said of his career adjusting instruments for Horowitz, Gould and others, “but I have no audience.”

#carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #mohr-franz-1927-2022, #pianos, #steinwaysons, #tools

Ukraine Benefit Featuring Russian Ensemble Is Canceled in Vienna

Organizers said they canceled a performance by MusicAeterna after the Ukrainian ambassador in Austria expressed concern about featuring Russian artists.

#austria, #classical-music, #currentzis-teodor-i, #musicaeterna, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #vienna-konzerthaus, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Two Musicians of Color Are Creating Their Own Space

“Everything Rises,” by the violinist Jennifer Koh and the singer Davóne Tines, mines their experiences in the white-dominated classical music field.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #everything-rises-musical-work, #gedeon-alexander, #koh-jennifer, #race-and-ethnicity, #tines-davone, #ueno-ken-1970, #university-of-california-santa-barbara

For This Opera Director, a Lot Is Riding on a ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

For her English National Opera debut, the company’s new artistic leader, Annilese Miskimmon, has chosen a work she hopes can bring in a new audience.

#atwood-margaret, #classical-music, #english-national-opera, #miskimmon-annilese, #music, #opera, #ruders-poul, #the-handmaids-tale-opera

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Renaissance Music

Here’s your introduction to the shining, stirring sounds of a revolutionary period in cultural history.

#art, #classical-music, #culture-arts, #music, #renaissance-historical-era

Anne Parsons, Who Revived the Detroit Symphony, Dies at 64

She shepherded the orchestra through a bitter six-month strike and then worked to ensure that it flourished after what many considered a near-death moment.

#classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #detroit-mich, #detroit-symphony-orchestra, #parsons-anne-1957-2022, #strikes

2022 Grammy Awards Winners: Updating List

The list of winners for the 64th annual Grammy Awards.

#blues-music, #classical-music, #folk-music, #gospel-music, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #pop-and-rock-music

Ukraine’s Most Famous Living Composer Is Now a Refugee

As Russia’s war against Ukraine intensified, Valentin Silvestrov, 84, fled to Germany and has become a musical spokesman for his country.

#classical-music, #music, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #valentin-silvestrov

Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Is Ambrosia. Here’s Why It Matters.

Notes on a great American composer.

#cancel-culture, #classical-music, #critical-race-theory, #internal-sub-only-nl, #music, #opera, #pianos, #ragtime-book, #theater

The Violinist Natalie Hodges Writes About Her Devotion to Music

In “Uncommon Measure,” a genre-defying memoir, Natalie Hodges writes about the years of her young life spent in classical music.

#books-and-literature, #classical-music, #hodges-natalie, #uncommon-measure-a-journey-through-music-performance-and-the-science-of-time-book

Ukrainians Fill Streets With Music, Echoing Past War Zones

In subway stations and apartment buildings, artists are playing Bach, Vivaldi and folk songs.

#balkan-states, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #classical-music, #kyiv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #syria, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Richness in Stasis: La Monte Young Finally Releases ‘Trio’

The breakthrough Minimalist, not known for making albums, has at last put out an authorized recording of his 64-year-old “Trio for Strings.”

#classical-music, #dia-art-foundation, #music, #trio-for-strings-musical-work, #young-la-monte

The Philharmonic Plans Its Return to Geffen Hall, With Fanfare

The New York Philharmonic announced its 2022-23 season, a celebratory slate of about 150 concerts to inaugurate its renovated home.

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

Planned Before War, a Festival Embraces New Ukrainian Music

Marked by performer absences because of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival returned for its third edition.

#classical-music, #merkin-hall-manhattan-ny, #ukraine, #ukrainian-contemporary-music-festival

Heather Christian’s Choral Work Is a Study of Time. Patience, Too.

The composer’s “Oratorio for Living Things,” forced to shut down because of the pandemic, returns to the Ars Nova stage in Manhattan.

#ars-nova, #christian-heather, #classical-music, #evans-lee-sunday, #oratorio-for-living-things-musical-work, #theater

Review: Gustavo Dudamel Wraps Up a Philharmonic Audition

The superstar conductor, a possible successor to the New York Philharmonic’s podium, led a cycle of Robert Schumann’s symphonies and two premieres.

#classical-music, #dudamel-gustavo, #new-york-philharmonic, #os-passaros-da-noite-musical-work, #pinto-correia-andreia, #schumann-robert

What Happened to One of Classical Music’s Most Popular Pieces?

César Franck’s only symphony was a pillar of the repertory for decades. But it’s now a rarity.

#classical-music, #franck-cesar-auguste

Metropolitan Opera’s Concert Honors Ukraine

A concert to benefit relief efforts featured a young Ukrainian singer, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and the Met’s prima donna of the moment.

#barton-jamie, #beczala-piotr-1966, #beethoven-ludwig-van, #buialskyi-vladyslav, #classical-music, #davidsen-lise, #gelb-peter, #green-ryan-speedo, #kyslytsya-sergiy, #metropolitan-opera, #netrebko-anna, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #van-den-heever-elza

Ukraine’s National Anthem Reverberates Around the World

“Ukraine’s glory hasn’t perished,” begins the anthem, which is being played by orchestras worldwide as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine.

#ax-emanuel, #classical-music, #kavakos-leonidas, #kennedy-john-f-center-for-the-performing-arts, #ma-yo-yo, #metropolitan-opera-orchestra, #music, #national-anthems, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #orchestre-de-paris, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Trinity Church Fires Conductor After Misconduct Accusation

The conductor, Julian Wachner, denied the allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2014. The church said it had not verified the accusation, but fired him for behavior “inconsistent with our expectations.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #choir-of-trinity-wall-street, #classical-music, #music, #poole-mary, #sex-crimes, #trinity-church-manhattan-ny, #wachner-julian

A Conductor on Why He Stayed in Russia After the Invasion Began

The Estonian American conductor Paavo Järvi chose to remain in Moscow temporarily to lead a Russian youth orchestra: “I felt a responsibility.”

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #estonia, #nhk-symphony-orchestra, #paavo-jarvi, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-national-youth-symphony-orchestra, #tonhalle-orchestra, #war-and-armed-conflicts

On a Stage 5,000 Miles Away, He Sings for His Family in Ukraine

At the Metropolitan Opera, the bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi has become a symbol of his country’s struggles.

#classical-music, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #vladyslav-buialskyi

Trinity Church’s Conductor Put on Leave Amid Investigation

Julian Wachner has been accused of sexually assaulting a Juilliard School employee during a music festival in 2014. He denies the accusation.

#choir-of-trinity-wall-street, #classical-music, #music, #sexual-harassment, #trinity-church-manhattan-ny, #wachner-julian

Unsuk Chin on the Violin Concerto She Swore She’d Never Write

Unsuk Chin was inspired by Leonidas Kavakos to return to the genre, and the result comes to Carnegie Hall on Monday.

#boston-symphony-orchestra, #carnegie-hall, #chin-unsuk, #classical-music, #kavakos-leonidas, #music, #nelsons-andris

‘Wozzeck,’ the 20th Century’s Most Influential Opera, Turns 100

Alban Berg’s brutal classic, a tale of a lowly soldier’s degradation and death, continues to inspire artists.

#berg-alban, #boston-symphony-orchestra, #carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #opera, #wozzeck-opera

Review: Gustavo Dudamel Could Be the New York Philharmonic’s Future

As the orchestra searches for a new leader, this superstar conductor led the first of two programs pairing Schumann symphonies with new works.

#borda-deborah, #classical-music, #dudamel-gustavo, #new-york-philharmonic, #ortiz-gabriela-1964, #schumann-robert

Geffen Hall’s $550 Million Makeover Is Fully Funded

The New York Philharmonic’s home will reopen in October, a year and a half ahead of schedule, after construction was accelerated during the pandemic.

#borda-deborah, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #new-york-philharmonic

Cities and States Are Easing Covid Rules. Should the Arts Follow?

Cultural institutions face tough decisions: Is it safe to drop mask and vaccine requirements, and would doing so be more likely to lure audiences back or keep them away?

#art, #blue-note-jazz-club-manhattan-ny, #center-theater-group, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #culture-arts, #los-angeles-calif, #masks, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #metropolitan-opera, #museums, #nelson-atkins-museum-of-art, #opera, #theater, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

After a Punishing Sprint, Yannick Nézet-Séguin Can Celebrate

The Met Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra conductor recently took a break because of exhaustion. Then he found himself in the middle of a performance marathon.

#carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #metropolitan-opera, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #philadelphia-orchestra, #vienna-philharmonic

Too Close to Putin? Institutions Vet Artists, Uncomfortably.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led arts organizations to reconsider who performs, forcing them to confront questions about free speech and policing political views.

#bolshoi-ballet, #carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #culture-arts, #gergiev-valery, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trifonov-daniil

A Musician’s Turn to Improvisation Bears Fruit

The pianist and composer Eric Wubbels’s work has achieved new heights in an album of collaborations with two younger artists.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #field-of-action-contraposition-album, #lee-charmaine, #olencki-weston, #roulette-brooklyn-ny-performance-space, #wet-ink-ensemble, #wubbels-eric

He Break Dances. He Pole Dances. He Sings Like an Angel.

The Polish countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski has the credits you’d expect for a fast-rising classical music star, and some others you might not.

#break-dancing, #bullock-julia, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #eytan-pessen, #handel-george-frederick, #mitchell-katie-1964, #music, #opera, #orlinski-jakub-josef, #social-media, #vivaldi-antonio

A Conductor Brings Nearly a Century of Experience to Beethoven

Herbert Blomstedt, 94 and leading the New York Philharmonic this week, discusses the famous opening of the Fifth Symphony.

#beethoven-ludwig-van, #blomstedt-herbert, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #new-york-philharmonic

Anna Netrebko, Diva With Putin Ties, Is Out at the Metropolitan Opera

The Met said she would not appear for two seasons, and possibly more, after declining to comply with its demand that she repudiate her public support for Putin.

#classical-music, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko’s Putin Ties Threaten Their Careers

The Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and the diva Anna Netrebko have lost engagements because of their ties to Putin, as geopolitics and music collide once again.

#classical-music, #europe, #gelb-peter, #gergiev-valery, #homoki-andreas, #levit-igor, #metropolitan-opera, #munich-philharmonic, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #zurich-opera

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Wagner

Rian Johnson, Patti Smith, Alex Ross and others offer favorite highlights of a composer best known for his sprawling length.

#classical-music, #music, #opera, #wagner-richard

Review: ‘Don Carlos’ Finally Brings French Verdi to the Met

Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the sprawling masterpiece, which is being presented by the company for the first time in its original language.

#barton-jamie, #classical-music, #don-carlo-opera, #don-carlos-opera, #dupuis-etienne, #mcvicar-david, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #owens-eric-1970, #polenzani-matthew, #verdi-giuseppe, #yoncheva-sonya

Valery Gergiev, a Putin Ally, Fired as Chief Conductor in Munich

The conductor was dismissed from the Munich Philharmonic after he refused a demand to denounce Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #classical-music, #gergiev-valery, #mariinsky-theater-orchestra, #munich-germany, #munich-philharmonic, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Metropolitan Opera Says It Will Cut Ties With Pro-Putin Artists

The decision comes as arts institutions seek to distance themselves from some Russian performers amid the invasion of Ukraine.

#bolshoi-ballet, #classical-music, #gelb-peter, #gergiev-valery, #metropolitan-opera, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

What to See and Experience Live in New York This Spring

‘Funny Girl’ and ‘A Strange Loop’ on Broadway, Ashwini Ramaswamy’s dances, Olivia Rodrigo’s pop takeover: what our critics and writers are looking forward to this season.

#a-strange-loop-play, #classical-music, #confederates-play, #culture-arts, #cyrano-play, #dancing, #davis-anthony-1951, #for-colored-girls-who-have-considered-suicide-when-the-rainbow-is-enuf-play, #funny-girl-play, #gandelsman-johnny, #hangmen-play, #lucia-di-lammermoor-opera, #macbeth-play, #mearns-sara, #music, #opulence-dance, #ramaswamy-ashwini, #rigoletto-opera, #sour-album, #the-bedwetter-play, #theater

Valery Gergiev Faces Removal From Podiums Over Support for Putin

The Munich Philharmonic and other institutions threatened to cut ties with the Russian conductor unless he denounced the invasion of Ukraine.

#carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #gergiev-valery, #gillinson-clive, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #munich-philharmonic, #putin-vladimir-v, #rotterdam-philharmonic, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #vienna-philharmonic

‘Don Carlo’ or ‘Don Carlos’? Verdi Comes to the Met in French

On Monday, the company performs the much-revised masterpiece for the first time in its original language.

#classical-music, #don-carlo-opera, #don-carlos-opera, #french-language, #italian-language, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #opera, #verdi-giuseppe

Valery Gergiev, a Putin Supporter, Will Not Conduct at Carnegie Hall

The star maestro, scheduled to lead three high-profile Vienna Philharmonic concerts this week, will not appear after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

#carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #froschauer-daniel, #gergiev-valery, #gillinson-clive, #mariinsky-theater-orchestra, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #vienna-philharmonic