Author Interviews
8:07 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Jodi Picoult Turns Tough Topics Into Best-Sellers

Adam Bouska Atria Books

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 10:24 am

When you think about blockbuster best-sellers, genres like mystery, crime and romance typically come to mind. Ethical or moral fiction? Not so much. But that's how Jodi Picoult, who has 33 million copies of her books currently in circulation, describes her novels. So how did an author who writes about divisive issues get so popular?

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Deceptive Cadence
1:12 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Concert Calamities: When Bad Things Happen To Good Musicians

From problematic pianos to self-destructing violins, almost anything can happen onstage.

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 10:24 am

Some people go to auto races secretly hoping to see a crash. You wouldn't go to a concert for that reason, but with live music you really never know what might happen.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:32 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: March 9, 2012

A stunning look "inside the music" — images that turn instruments' interiors into architectural wonderlands.
Bjoern Ewers courtesy of the Berlin Philharmonic

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 2:09 pm

  • So beautiful, I want to go to there: photos from inside a guitar, violin, cello, flute and pipe organ. They were taken for a marketing campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic's chamber ensembles, but I would prefer to live inside them.
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Deceptive Cadence
11:35 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: Popping Opera's Bloated Bubble

Soprano Veronique Gens and tenor Joseph Kaiser star in a production of Gluck's Alceste at the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 8, 2012 10:41 am

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

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Deceptive Cadence
3:17 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

'Kinshasa Symphony': An Ode To Musical Joy In Central Africa

A member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste plays outdoors in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 1:34 pm

An amazing new documentary film is a must-see not just for music lovers, but for anyone who needs to see the nourishing power of the arts and human connections.

Kinshasa Symphony takes us into the everyday lives of the members of a most unlikely ensemble: the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place ravaged by war, endemic poverty and corruption.

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4:03 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

The Theatrical Curtain Call: More Than Just Bows

The cast of the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.
Donald Bowers Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 11:32 am

My first grown-up show: Oliver! Mom and me way up high in the upper balcony, watching all those kids down below.

One older character, Nancy, who looked a little like my mom, died in the second act — a development that I found pretty shocking — and by the time for the curtain calls, it still hadn't occurred to me yet that the actress hadn't died.

So everybody else comes out for applause, reprising the songs they'd sung earlier, which was the custom in musicals back then, including little Oliver, who sang a verse of a song that Nancy had taught him earlier.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:02 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Witold Lutoslawski: Always Searching For A New Sound

Pioneering Polish composer Witold Lutosławski struggled to find his musical voice.
L. Kowalski Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue March 6, 2012 11:01 am

It wasn't always easy for Polish composer Witold Lutosławski to find his musical voice.

His Symphonic Variations, which opens this third disc in a series of Lutosławski's music, was shunned by a Warsaw Conservatory professor in the late 1930s. Not understanding the young student's score, the teacher, Witold Maliszewski, said, "For me your work is ugly."

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Deceptive Cadence
1:13 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Parabéns, Heitor Villa-Lobos!

An undated picture taken in Paris of composer and conductor Heitor Villa Lobos.
STR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 12:55 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
3:44 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: March 2, 2012

Detroit native Kid Rock (photographed here in Royal Oak, Mich. at a Mitt Romney campaign rally) will for perform a benefit concert for the struggling Detroit Symphony.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 1:28 pm

  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra booked an unexpected guest artist, and his name is: Kid Rock. They're doing a benefit concert together May 12 to raise $1 million for the struggling symphony, with tickets from $100 to $1500. Says the singer: "As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution.
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Deceptive Cadence
8:46 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Kickstarting Classical Musicians, One Pledge At A Time

Brooklyn Rider funded their newest album nearly twice over by using Kickstarter.
Sarah Small

Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 12:05 pm

One of the founders of the website Kickstarter, Yancey Strickler, made a startling statement recently: His company, which allows individuals and groups to post ideas for new creative projects and then solicit donations, will distribute $150 million in 2012.

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