Arts

Deceptive Cadence
10:37 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Orchestra Strikes, The Winter Of 'Spring For Music' And A Fertile Face For Opera

Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony in happier times.
Todd Rosenberg courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • The biggest news of the week was the walkout at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which forced the cancellation of the first Saturday night concert of the 2012-13 season. Management and the players wrestled over players' health care contributions. How does their compensation stack up, you may ask? "The current average salary of CSO musicians, who have a base salary of $145,000, is $173,000.
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Live in Concert
10:15 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Efterklang With Wordless Music Orchestra, Live In Concert

Efterklang performs with Wordless Music Orchestra at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Danish art-rock trio Efterklang took the stage with the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thursday for this, the American premiere of music from the band's album Piramida.

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Arts
4:03 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Fifty Years Of Old-School Country At WLUV

WLUV AM, Loves Park.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Travel down the long dirt driveway leading to WLUV just north of Rockford and you’ll find yourself in a different time and maybe even a different place. Not much has changed at the tiny AM country radio station since it signed on the air 50 years ago this weekend. 

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Deceptive Cadence
3:34 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Klaus Heymann: On 25 Years Of Naxos — And Changing The Classical Music Business

Naxos founder Klaus Heymann.
Lam King Yin Courtesy of Naxos

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:07 pm

Twenty-five years ago, no one — and I mean no one — would have predicted that a little budget label out of Hong Kong would totally upend the classical music industry. But after doing everything pretty much counter to received wisdom, the Naxos catalog includes more than 7,000 recordings, and they've sold more than 115 million CDs worldwide. A very popular streaming service, the Naxos Music Library, contains nearly a million tracks.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:45 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The 2012 Gramophone Awards: Some Surprises, Lots Of (Repeated) Familiar Names

Tenor Joseph Calleja, the 2012 Gramophone Artist of the Year.
Mathias Bothor courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:07 pm

In terms of international prestige, it's hard to think of bigger prizes in the classical community than those given annually by the British classical music magazine Gramophone (where I served as the North America editor for several years). Sure, the Grammys have more general name recognition, but these Eurocentric awards, completely dedicated to classical music, offer far more depth and breadth than their nearest American counterparts, both in terms of artists and repertoire.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:27 am
Wed September 26, 2012

A Young Pianist Triumphs In Music From The Young 20th Century

Another solid album from Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz shows he's an artist of distinction.
Felix Broede DG

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:08 pm

Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz was just 20 years old when he swept all five top prizes at the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. His domination was so thorough the judges declined to award a runner-up.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:01 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Glenn Gould: Beyond Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'

Glenn Gould would have turned 80 years old on Sept. 25. His legacy includes much more than the music of J.S. Bach.
Don Hunstein Sony Classical

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 9:25 am

Today, Sept. 25, 2012, would have marked the 80th birthday of Glenn Gould, and Oct. 4 is the 30th anniversary of his death. One can only wonder what Gould might have done had he lived a full life — he had many plans and spoke of them with customary enthusiasm — but I have no doubt that he would have loved the internet above all.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:05 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani

Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the music of Agostino Steffani, a 17th-century composer who led a double life as a diplomat.
Decca

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:09 pm

Cecilia Bartoli has a passion for musical archaeology: "I am the Indiana Jones of classical," she says jokingly to All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.

Bartoli rummages through music history to uncover forgotten opera composers deserving of her detailed and dramatic performances. Her new album, Mission, introduces her most recent "find," the late-17th-century Italian Agostino Steffani.

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Arts
7:33 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Area Museums Win Awards From State Association

Several area museums have won awards from the Illinois Association of Museums.

Rockford’s Midway Village won Certificates of Excellence for the educational program “100th Anniversary Titanic Steerage Supper” and for Social Media and Websites. The Sycamore History Museum won a Certificate of Excellence for the exhibit “Why Sycamore Works.”

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Arts
11:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Zambian Musician, A Success In The Pop World, Wants To Preserve His Country's Traditional Music

Matthew Tembo playing a kalimba (Zambian thumb piano)
WNIJ

Zambian Matthew Tembo got his bachelor's degree in classical music-playing Bach on the piano. He moved on to become a leading touring and recording artist in both the reggae and Afropop genres. But for the last several years, he's devoted himself to kindling an interest in his countrymen for Zambia's traditional instruments and music. To that end, he founded the Sing Your Own Song Festival, which encourages musicians to create music that embraces that tradition. More recently, he has come to Northern Illinois University, where he is working on master's degree in World Music.

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