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Music Headlines
New York Times
Fyre Festival’s Organizers Didn’t Pay a Restaurant Owner, So GoFundMe Donors Stepped In
With two documentaries bringing new attention to the 2017 music festival disaster, people raised more than $167,000 for a Bahamian restaurant owner who was exploited. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:21:35 GMT
Arming a Chorus of Women with Scissors
Julia Wolfe’s new oratorio, “Fire in my mouth,” is about the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. She scoured New York’s garment district for the right sounds. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 19:39:26 GMT
‘The 5 Browns’ Review: United by Music and Scarred by Sexual Abuse
A new documentary tells the painful but ultimately hopeful story of a classical music quintet of siblings, three of whom were molested by their father. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:20:38 GMT
He Knows the Stars’ Dirty Laundry. Because He Washes It.
Meet Hans-Jürgen Topf, the world’s top specialist for tour laundry, who has washed clothes for Madonna, Pink and Beyoncé, among others. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:21:06 GMT
Reggie Young, Guitarist Heard on Hundreds of Hits, Dies at 82
A studio mainstay first in Memphis and later in Nashville, Mr. Young recorded with Elvis Presley and countless others. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 20:29:05 GMT
Latest Classical Reviews
Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Sonatas (violin: Leonidas Kavakos, piano: Enrico Pace)
This joyous set of Beethoven's sonatas takes its place among the very best. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Septem verba a Christo (Sophie Karthaüser, Christophe Dumaux, Julien Behr, Konstantin Wolff, Academie für Alte Musik Berlin/Rene Jacobs)
In its own way, the Seven Words of Christ is just as sublime as the Stabat Mater. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Pictures, Sarcasms & Visions (feat. piano: Steven Osborne)
This sensitive, dynamic recording is a joy, and may even constitute a revelation. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Franz Schubert - Schubert Edition Vol. 7: Erlkönig (baritone: Matthias Goerne; piano: Andreas Haefliger)
The pair exhibits a refined style on these illuminating performances. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Benjamin Britten - The Rape of Lucretia (conductor: Oliver Knussen; Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble)
A deeply affecting experience that ought to win the opera many new admirers. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000
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Chopin Was The Quintessential Composer For The Piano. But Was He A Great Composer?
Alan Walker’s Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times, which came out in the U.S. last October, is the first full-scale English-language primary-source biography of Chopin.1Best known for his definitive three-volume biography of Franz Liszt, Walker has done an equally thorough and thoughtful job of recounting the life of Poland’s foremost composer, of whose music he is […] Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:03:41 +0000
How To Create A “Viral” Play (What Is That?)
Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour:  “Marketing-wise at the time I didn’t have anyone helping me, so I put my email address in the show. I urged people to write to me. I asked a random audience member to keep the script after the show; it’s my way of spreading the word. It was a strategy and […] Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:33:36 +0000
All-Or-Nothing? Following Dreams Is Fine, But It’s Not Everything
Advocates of dream-following, of commitment and career leaps of faith, often say: ‘You’ll regret it if you don’t.’ They might be right about that (actually, they almost certainly are). But here’s the rub: regret is not the sole preserve of the cautious compromiser. A failure to compromise can also beget future unhappiness. – Aeon Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:02:54 +0000
A Scaffold Is Intruding On A Historic James Turrell Ceiling “Window”
The obstruction seems to be protruding from the gargantuan high-rises going up across the street from PS1, at 22-44 Jackson Avenue. These two residential buildings, which replaced the former legendary graffiti haven 5Pointz, are also called 5Pointz and will house 1,115 units total (including 223 affordable housing units) when they’re finished. – Gothamist Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:29:57 +0000
Can Translations Be Anything More Than Compromises?
Doesn’t translating a work of literature inevitably involve moving things around and altering many of the relations between the words in the original? In which case, either the original’s alleged perfection has been overstated, or the translation is indeed, as pessimists have often supposed, a fine but somewhat flawed copy.  – New York Review of […] Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:01:33 +0000
New York Times
The Playlist: Maren Morris Is a Little Bit Country, and 11 More New Songs
Hear tracks by the Cranberries, Tamaryn, Dawn, the Killers and others. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:12:39 GMT
12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead. Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:00:10 GMT
At the NYC Winter Jazzfest, Learning How Less Can Be More
The 15-year-old institution is known for its size and scope. But a new Half Marathon provided an opportunity to stop and savor that informed the entire festival. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:30:03 GMT
Nicole Mitchell to Lead Jazz Program at University of Pittsburgh
Ms. Mitchell’s appointment, to a position once held by Geri Allen, suggests a new level of acceptance for avant-garde musicians in the academy. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:57:42 GMT
The Playlist: Radiohead’s Glooming, and 13 More New Songs
Hear tracks by Adia Victoria, Sam Smith and Normani, Potty Mouth and more. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:32:01 GMT
Latest Jazz & Blues Reviews
Steve Coleman and Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias
The most exciting and substantial Coleman release of the last few years. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Kyle Eastwood - The View From Here
Eastwood’s finest album to date, with a timeless quality. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Erik Truffaz Quartet - El Tiempo de la Revolucion
Truffaz remains one of the most consistently creative trumpeters around. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
The James Hunter Six - Minute by Minute
Hunter’s latest cuts recall the golden ages of soul and blues. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Marius Neset - Birds
An engrossing, beautifully produced album from a player and composer to watch. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000
Playbill News
Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows
Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.
Go Inside the First Rehearsal for If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka Off-Broadway
The world premiere of Tori Sampson’s new play will begin performances at Playwrights Horizons February 15.
A First Look at Brooklyn's Immersive Oscar at the Crown
The queer musical/nightclub experience, inspired by Oscar Wilde, began performances January 18.
Jason Gotay, Darrell Hammond, Randy Rainbow Join Carmen Cusack and More in Encores! Call Me Madam
Performances will run February 6–10 at New York City Center.
Musical America Blogs
Berlin Opera in Good Health
By: Frank Cadenhead. Positive annual results for 2018 have just been announced by two largest Berlin opera houses. For the Berlin State Opera (Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden) the occupancy rate was 92 percent, two percent less than the previous year. During the calendar year, some 235,000 seats were occupied for some 300 performances. Touring was […] Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:13:40 +0000
A Bloody Evening and Offenbach
By: Frank Cadenhead.  The shooting in Strasbourg on Tuesday, December 11, received international attention. Three dead and thirteen wounded. What is seldom heard are stories of how individuals were peripherally affected by the attack. Thomas Quinquenel, a bassoonist with the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, was inside the opera house in Strasbourg and told his story […] Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:39:58 +0000
Brexit and the Arts
By: Frank Cadenhead  Deborah Warner is staging La Traviata opening Wednesday night at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées. She tweeted this photo and text: “The #Traviata creative team on the Avenue Montaigne last night. Please note @10DowningStreet the passports held by this team:- French, Greek, Australian, Danish, Italian, Belgium & British. Tell me EXACTLY what happens […] Mon, 26 Nov 2018 18:38:32 +0000
France Musique in English
By: Frank Cadenhead.  Frequent world travelers often expect, whether in Dubai or Berlin, Rome, Tokyo or Santiago, that their English will normally get them from the airport to a hotel and restaurant, etc. Many notice, however, that in Paris, or elsewhere in France, a French language phrasebook can be a helpful tool. The French are […] Mon, 05 Nov 2018 08:09:06 +0000
A new theater: La Scala de Paris
By: Frank Cadenhead Last Tuesday, a new theater opened in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris. Well, it was not exactly “new” but, thanks to a visionary couple, “La Scala de Paris” is reborn as a 550 seat performing arts center. Recently home to some 200 pigeons, it had, before that, been a porno cinema. Completed […] Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:01:54 +0000 New York City Stories
Boundless Theatre Company Opens Submissions For BOUNDLESS EXPOSED
Boundless Theatre Company (Maria-Cristina Fuste, Executive Artistic Director) has opened submissions for Boundless Exposed, a workshop and mentoring opportunity for emerging theatre designers of color. During this two-week program, participating designers will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced mentors in shaping an installation-style design appropriate for a short play. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:54:59 PST
The Castillo Theatre Company Commemorates 30th Anniversary Of The Murder Of Yusuf Hawkins With Production Of BILLIE
The Castillo Theatre (Dan Friedman, artistic director; John Rankin, associate managing director) is proud to announce that it will produce a revival of the 1991 play by Fred Newman, Billie, Malcolm & Yusuf, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Yusuf Hawkins' murder in 1989.  Billie, Malcolm & Yusuf will be directed by award-winning director, Gabrielle Kurlander.  The production includes blues and rap music. The Castillo Theatre is located at 543 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Performances are between February 15 and March 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:41:23 PST
The Kimmel Center Announces DOUBLE DARE LIVE!
Charlie Blum Entertainment / CB Entertainment and Red Tail Productions LLC, in partnership with Nickelodeon, announce new tour dates for Nickelodeon's Double Dare Live stage show.  Coming off of a successful fall 2018 tour, Double Dare Live -- featuring original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo -- will resume touring March 26 in Lancaster, PA, and will play the Kimmel Center's Merriam Theater, March 28 & 29. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. and are available at Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:00:08 PST
Concert Artist Guild Presents PREVAILING WINDS, 2/12
Concert Artists Guild welcomes Imani Winds; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Tanya Bannister, piano; Tom Gallant, oboe; and PUBLIQuartet for an evening of wind-centered works on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30pm. The program includes works by Poulenc and Martin , as well as music by contemporary composers Russell Platt, Jeff Scott, Lalo Schifrin, and Valerie Coleman. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:43:38 PST
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Returns To Carnegie Hall With Four Concerts In March
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, returns to Carnegie Hall for four concerts in March in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The first two programs, conducted by Ádam Fischer, include Bartok's Two Pictures and Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m. Maestro Fisher returns the following afternoon, Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. with Haydn's Symphony No. 97 and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, 'Turkish' featuring Leonidas Kavakos along with Mozart's Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter." Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:18:52 PST
Playbill News
Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows
Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.
Go Inside the First Rehearsal for If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka Off-Broadway
The world premiere of Tori Sampson’s new play will begin performances at Playwrights Horizons February 15.
A First Look at Brooklyn's Immersive Oscar at the Crown
The queer musical/nightclub experience, inspired by Oscar Wilde, began performances January 18.
Jason Gotay, Darrell Hammond, Randy Rainbow Join Carmen Cusack and More in Encores! Call Me Madam
Performances will run February 6–10 at New York City Center.


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