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Deceptive Cadence
3:56 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: January 27, 2012

An unmussed conductor Long Yu in a 2008 file photo taken in Vatican City.
Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 2:27 pm

  • New York's Columbus Avenue isn't exactly the mean streets – but Chinese conductor Long Yu might not think so anymore. On the eve of making his New York Philharmonic debut last Tuesday, Yu was walking after dinner with a friend when a man approached to bum a cigarette. When Yu waved him off, the man lashed out and struck the conductor in the eye.
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Deceptive Cadence
3:53 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: Arias, Odds And Ends

Soprano Patricia Ciofi sings an aria from Verdi's Rigoletto.
Bertrand Langlois AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 12:37 pm

(Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.)

It happens every day. You're at the opera and the know-it-all next to you starts analyzing arias, cataloging cabalettas and generally running on about recitatives. You gulp your champagne with equal measures of disgust and shame.

If you only knew what the oaf was pontificating about, you could call his bluff on buzzwords from da capo arias to ariosos. For such occasions, a little operatic ammunition — in the form of jargon-busting — is necessary.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:55 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

A Quarter-Century Of Banging, And Still As Fresh As Ever

Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.
Christine Southworth courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:00 am

Here at Deceptive Cadence, we hope the music we share most Tuesdays — what's piqued our interest and pricked up our ears — will urge you towards discovering new sounds in a flash. But today's review has even more of a time-stamp than usual.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:53 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Musical Dim Sum: Five Chinese Composers In America

Celebrating Chinese New Year, last year, in New York's Chinatown.
Matej Krajcovic iStock

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 1:32 pm

Happy New Year — Chinese New Year, that is. Today marks the first day in the Year of the Dragon and, according to the Chinese calendar, the end of the winter season. The Chinese think of it as their spring festival.

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Classics in Concert
11:47 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Live Tonight At 6 ET: Lang Lang's Chinese New Year At WQXR

Lang Lang joins the Quintessenso Children's Choir for a concert of Chinese New Year favorites, part of WQXR's China in New York festival.
Marco Borggreve

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 9:13 am

The outburst of Western classical music in China over the past decade has been called nothing short of a frenzy by some observers. Estimates vary widely, but it's reported that somewhere between 50 and 100 million Chinese children are studying piano, violin and other Western instruments. One piano manufacturer alone, the Pearl River Company, builds around 100,000 pianos per year.

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Movie Reviews
10:01 am
Fri January 20, 2012

'Crazy Horse': Color And Light, And Bodies In Motion

The productions of Le Crazy Horse de Paris blend technical and choreographic artistry, using bodies, lights and costumes to create an erotically charged experience. Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman set out to document how it all comes together.
Antoine Poupel Zipporah Films

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 10:56 pm

Over nearly four decades and 40 documentaries, 82-year-old director Frederick Wiseman has taken reluctant ownership of terms like "direct cinema," "cinema verite" and "fly on the wall" — each suggesting a transparent sort of artistry, in which real life unfolds before the camera with minimal guidance from the man behind it.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:35 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: In the Basement With The Basses

Seismic singing from the bottommost voices: Know your basso buffo from your basso profondo.
iStock

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 2:12 pm

(Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.)

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Deceptive Cadence
1:37 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Keyboardist, Baroque Master Gustav Leonhardt Dies at 83

Sony

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 12:41 pm

One of the most influential and widely hailed figures in the modern early music movement, conductor, harpsichordist and organist Gustav Leonhardt, has died at 83. Just a month ago, after a concert at Paris' Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Leonhardt abruptly announced that he had just given his last public performance. According to Dutch press reports, he died yesterday in Amsterdam, though the cause of death was not released.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:19 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Attention, Teenage Orchestral Musicians: Here's Your Big Chance

Conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the first season of an American national youth orchestra in 2013.
Marco Borggreve courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 8:00 am

Are you an extremely talented orchestral player? Looking for something to do summer after next? Are you a teenager? If the answer to all three is yes, here's a chance to meet other kids who love Bach and Brahms as much as you do and to learn from some of America's finest musicians. Many of your expenses will be paid, you'll have the honor of being associated with one of the world's foremost presenters, and — oh yeah, one last thing — you'll get to tour the world with Valery Gergiev.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:18 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: January 13, 2011

In better days, a New York City Opera attendee takes in a display about the beleagured company's rich history.
courtesy of New York City Opera

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 6:15 pm

  • As of Monday, New York City Opera had locked out orchestra and chorus members though the company's first production of the 2011-12 season, a weeklong run of La Traviata at the Brooklyn Academy of Music scheduled to begin Feb. 12. Risa Heller, a spokeswoman for the opera, says City Opera is taking things 'one day at a time.' But with a first performance scheduled for Feb. 12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, time is running out.
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