Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 6:00 am
December is just around the corner — a time when we look back at musical events, catalog our favorite records of the year and, inevitably, remember musicians who died.
One of 2011's biggest losses was composer Daniel Catán. Tomorrow (Friday the 25th), many PBS stations will broadcast his final opera, Il Postino, in the world premiere LA Opera production starring Placido Domingo.
Emily Dickinson is all over Tucson, Ariz. Reading, lectures, classroom lessons — it's all part of the Big Read Project, a National Endowment for the Arts project devoted to "inspiring people across the country to pick up a good book." In Tucson, people aren't just picking up Dickinson's poetry books — they're celebrating her in reading, dance and even desserts.
Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 3:34 pm
For this sixth volume of their complete Shostakovich symphony cycle, conductor Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have a task and a half at hand: transforming two works – among Shostakovich's weakest conceptually and architecturally – into forceful, persuasive and galvanizing performances.
<strong>Where everybody lives to love:</strong> In Act 2 of <em>Follies, </em>what's been a relatively dark story explodes into a riot of color in what's known as the Loveland sequence — an homage to the spectacular Broadway follies staged between the World Wars.
Credit Joan Marcus
Ron Raines (Benjamin Stone) and Company perform in the recent production of Stephen Sondheim's <em>Follies</em>.
Credit Joan Marcus / Courtesy of the artist.
<strong>Now and then:</strong> Ron Raines and Bernadette Peters sing passionately of a less cynical time, while their younger selves (Lora Lee Gayer and Nick Verina) hover in the half-light.
When Grammy-winning classical violinist Hilary Hahn plays in front of an audience, you can expect classics from Beethoven and Bach, performed with a flair and energy that's uniquely her own. Now, Hillary Hahn has a new project in the works: She wants to bring back the encore.