Arts

Deceptive Cadence
8:38 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Symphonic Sensations From Saint-Saens

Septuagenarian conductor Neeme Järvi brings youthful vigor to an album of brilliant pieces by Saint-Saëns.
Simon van Boxtel

As far as single-disc compendiums of Camille Saint-Saëns' shorter orchestral works go, this new release on the Chandos label buries the competition. Neeme Järvi may have been 74 when he made these recordings with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, but he conducts with the zest of a Gustavo Dudamel, setting a new standard for everything on this consummately programmed disc.

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Arts
8:23 am
Tue September 4, 2012

WNIJ Seeks Authors

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WNIJ is issuing a call to authors for our first-ever Winter Book Series. We're looking for writers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin who've recently published novels, short story collections, poetry collections, memoirs, and academic works that could interest a general audience. We expect many of these books will be published by independent presses or university presses, but we will consider self-published works that have been professionally edited. Submissions will be accepted through October 5.

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Music Al Fresco
1:03 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Classical Guitar In The California Breeze

"My first memories are listening to music and feeling my body tingle," says Philip Rosheger, a classical guitarist who performs outdoors in Berkeley, Calif.
Thom Brekke

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 12:43 pm

Weekend Edition's series on the sounds of street music winds down with a classical guitarist: Philip Rosheger, who performs on the corner of Vine and Walnut in Berkeley, Calif. Rosheger says he was keen on music from an extremely young age — which didn't sit well with his father, a bandleader in the U.S. Air Force.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Candidate Up By 4.33 Points

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:52 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 5 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer John Cage.

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri August 31, 2012

A 'Numpty' Glance, Minnesotan Muddles And Brass Bullies

Violinist Nicola Benedetti, whose interview with the Scottish Sun this week sparked a furor — including the writer being called a "numpty," or fool.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:26 pm

  • It's not all that often anymore that sexism and female objectification are so revoltingly obvious, but then someone dreams up something like this: a leering and condescending interview in the Scottish Sun with violinist Nicola Benedetti. (I don't really want to give the Sun any credence with more page views, but this one has to be read to be believed.)
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Deceptive Cadence
2:22 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Violinist Hahn-Bin: A New Name, A Modern Look — And A Very Old Sound

The violinist now known as "Amadeus Leopold."
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:52 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
1:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Barenboim's Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim captured in a 2006 photo from Berlin.
MIGUEL VILLAGRAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:15 pm

Conductor, pianist and peace advocate Daniel Barenboim first recorded all five of Beethoven's piano concertos in 1967. Barenboim, a brash and fantastically smart 24-year-old, was paired with an elder statesman, conductor Otto Klemperer. There was real magic in that collaboration, yielding recordings that still set a benchmark.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:26 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

President Obama congratulates pianist Van Cliburn after presenting him with the National Medal of Arts in 2011.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:53 pm

Renowned Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has bone cancer. Long time friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone issued this brief statement Monday afternoon.

"Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer," Falcone said. "He is under excellent care and resting comfortably at home. His spirits are high. We ask that his privacy be respected."

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Music
4:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.
Ryan MacDonald Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 12:37 pm

The late Stephane Grappelli is perhaps the best-known jazz violinist in history. His collaborations with guitarist Django Reinhardt have influenced countless musicians. A comparison to Grappelli is one of the highest honors a young, rising violinist can receive.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:20 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

To The Opera House — And Beyond!

Cellist Karl Huros alights a helicopter for his 2007 performance in Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet, taken from his opera cycle Light.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:53 pm

I don't typically expect to read stories about classical music on iO9, the Gawker-owned website dedicated to science and science fiction. After all, their tagline is WE COME FROM THE FUTURE.

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