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Music Headlines
The Man Who Created Bugs Bunny
PJ-BW001_jones2_G_20140721173244“Charles M. Jones (1912-2002) was, in fact, easily one of the greatest comedy directors in the history of motion pictures, indisputably on a par with Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder, Mel Brooks or Woody Allen.” Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:45:50 +0000
Queen Elizabeth Appoints First Woman Master Of The Queen’s Music (It Only Took 388 Years)
Judith WeirJudith Weir says there is still a sneaking suspicion that the world of classical music is carved up by a few big institutions and a handful of powerful cultural leaders. That really is an establishment; but Weir does not need the role of the master for access to classical music’s top table. The opportunity of […] Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:25 +0000
Why Crowdfunding Doesn’t Necessarily Create A Successful Movie
zach-braff“If everyone who wants to see your movie is part of the pool of people who gave you money online and you were able to raise $1 million or $2 million, that’s a fantastic story. But if those are the only people who are interested in your movie, that’s a big disaster.” Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:38:17 +0000
Netflix Profits Double
_76427284_464384005“The company said revenue from its streaming content service rose nearly 50% to $1.2bn, compared to $837m a year earlier. Netflix said it added 1.69 million users during the period from March to June. The streaming video firm now has 50 million users in over 40 countries.” Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:21:57 +0000
The Way TV Is Currently Programmed Is Anachronistic (It Soon Won’t Be)
_76442183_remote_thinkstock2“The current way TV is packaged, divided into hours and half-hours and series (or as we now call them “seasons”), is a product of the linear channel age. Online delivery opens the way for exploring new forms of TV.” Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:20:11 +0000
Vijay Iyer–The Most Happy Fellow
Vijay Iyer and the Brentano Quartet in a live performance of sections from Mutations at Greene Space Over the past two decades, Vijay Iyer has recorded some 18 albums of bold, genre-defying and original music that navigates the fine line between composition and improvisation, between jazz and New Music.  Although his restless musical imagination roams […] Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:42:43 +0000
FCM on Monday
On Monday, July 21st at 8 PM, the last concert of Tanglewood’s 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music is a well-stocked program of orchestral works. The centerpiece is Roger Sessions’s Concerto for Orchestra, a work commissioned by the BSO thirty years ago. Steven Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing will feature as soloist Sarah Silver, one of […] Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:21:19 +0000
The Importance of the New
In June I sat on a panel organized by Opera Cabal, in their visit to the Kitchen to produce Georg Haas’ Atthis, with two other critics, John Rockwell and Zachary Woolfe. While the audience was sparse, they were generally attentive and the talk, which began with the question of whether or not we missed City […] Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:38:22 +0000
2014 Ojai Music Festival – The Classical Style
The 2014 Ojai Music Festival opened on Thursday June 12 to begin 4 days packed with informative talks, movie screenings, parties and concerts. The Festival’s Music Director this year is Jeremy Denk and the resident musical groups included The Knights orchestral collective and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet. Friday night’s concert was built around an […] Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:07:15 +0000
Dogstar 10: Experimental Music Concert Series in Los Angeles
The annual Dogstar Orchestra concert series of experimental music has been going in various locations in and around Los Angeles since May 30. The venue on June 10 was the Wulf, a converted industrial loft space on Santa Fe street downtown, and a good-sized crowd settled in for an evening of spoken and electronic works. […] Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:32:51 +0000

NYT > Music
Melodrama in Full Flower (and With a Wink)
Marieann Meringolo delivers ballads and melodrama with grand style (and a trio) at the Metropolitan Room. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
New Music: Common Has a New Album and Audra MacDonald as ‘Lady Day’
Common’s 10th album us about his hometown of Chicago; a recording of Ms. MacDonald’s Tony-winning role in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.” Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
A Newly Found Mite Is Jenny From the Reef
A research team that liked listening to the music of Jennifer Lopez called an aquatic mite it discovered Litarachna Lopezae. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Coveting Vintage Discs in a Digital Universe
“Do Not Sell at Any Price,” by Amanda Petrusich, and “Dust & Grooves,” by Eilon Paz, look at people who are obsessive about collecting old records. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Baton in This Race Is the Conductor’s
The unusual task of scoring a 10-kilometer track race led an Oregon conductor to answer unexpected questions, personal and musical. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

NYT > Jazz
A Reflection of the Heat, on a Pair of Pianos
This summer’s Jazz in July season will explore the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and Miles Davis, among others. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Unleashing Her Voice, With Ferocity and Finesse
The jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli wielded her powerful instrument to entrance an appreciative audience during her opening show on Thursday night. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Terse, Genial or Blazing, a Bandleader Reveling in His Role
The trumpeter Sean Jones, whose album “ = never before seen” comes out Tuesday, plays with his quartet at Jazz Standard. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Jazz Listings for July 18-24
A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
A Former Prodigy Continues to Break Ground in Collaborations
The guitarist Julian Lage led a new trio at the Jazz Standard on Wednesday night, and it drew his artistry into clearer focus, even while inviting some pointed comparisons. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S.
Hear the world premiere of a piece by Samuel Adams — son of composer John Adams — and watch the orchestra's signature encore, from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:57:00 -0400
A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain
Milos, the one-named superstar of classical guitar, says the story of the instrument's 20th-century journey is told in the work of two Spanish composers. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:05:00 -0400
Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe
Today's Sense of Place: Iceland session features Arnalds, who creates sweeping neoclassical music. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:31:07 -0400
How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game
Twenty years ago, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti gave a sold-out concert at LA's Dodger Stadium. It still echoes today in both the music business and public TV. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:03:00 -0400
'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler
From movies and musicals to hit songs, the French national anthem has been appropriated in many contexts. Are you enough of a Francophile to spot them? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:03:00 -0400

Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow
The jazz pianist recovered from a coma in 2008 and was back on stage the next year. He hasn't slowed down since, and this month brings his latest album, a trio recording called Floating. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:03:00 -0400
Carmen Lundy On Piano Jazz
The contralto joined host Marian McPartland in 2000 to perform "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and Lundy's own piece, "Quiet Times." Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:54:00 -0400
'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered
"You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world," Haden told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:54:00 -0400
Bill Frisell On JazzSet
Guitarist Bill Frisell shines in three very different settings: with his band reworking John Lennon tunes, in a duo with violinist Jenny Scheinman, and with The Bad Plus playing music of Paul Motian. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0400
A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present
On an assured debut, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio pivots from jazz's bygone eras into the hyperlinked modern age and back again. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:43:00 -0400
Charlie Haden (1937-2014)—One of the Greatest
Death sucks, not for the person who dies—it's mostly a rational solution—but for the people who live on with the absence of a favorite living, breathing creature. There is a creepy scrawled note on my desk with “call Charlie” crossed off. For the past few years, we had been talking about making another Liberation Music Orchestra album. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:57:56 +0000
Sounds Heard: Dan Becker—Fade
This selection of chamber works composed between 1993 and 2008 suggest that Becker has an "on/off" switch resulting in either intensely energetic music, or in work of concentrated repose. There isn't a lot in-between, but clearly such extremes suit the composer. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:25:21 +0000
Why “Don’t Play for Free” Is Not Enough
I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the last two weeks because I felt that this was an unrealistic route to change. Here are some reasons why I think that the statement isn’t sufficient to address the problem of unpaid gigs. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:53:36 +0000
Visconti Chosen as California Symphony Young American Composer-in-Residence
Selected from a pool of over 80 applicants from across the country, Dan Visconti will be given the opportunity to work directly with the California Symphony and its music director Donato Cabrera over three consecutive years to create, rehearse, premiere, and record three major orchestra compositions, one each season. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:24:18 +0000
What Lies Ahead For Teenage Composers?
I believe that this merry band of students has the power to change the music world as we know it, but I fear the "bump" when they leave this environment and explore college options. Will the post-secondary world continue to foster their leadership potential? How will these "over-educated" young composers approach the college experience? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:31:21 +0000
OPERA America Headline RSS Feed
David Pogue makes opera debut at Wolf Trap with Google Glass in ‘Carmen’
At Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, David Pogue is going on stage in “Carmen” with a Google Glass headset, a small wearable computer, and broadcasting snippets of the onstage action to give the audience a sense of what it’s like to be out there under the lights. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Facebook Still Drives More Traffic Than Any Other Social Network
From June 2013 to June 2014, Facebook drove 23.4% of social referrals across the web. Pinterest trailed at a distant second at 5.7%. Twitter, at 1%, came in third place, beating the combined referrals from StumbleUpon, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google Plus, according to content discovery company Shareaholic. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Legal Pitfalls of Using Social Media
There's no escaping the power or reach of social media, as newspapers, magazines and books are steadily being replaced by digital content on iPads, Kindles and smartphones. As both consumers and professionals, we are never far away from a device connecting us with online content that can be instantly shared with our friends and followers – which leaves us potentially vulnerable when it comes to legalities online. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Arts companies must adapt to changes at Facebook, report reveals
A new report released today by digital consultancy One Further reveals that updates to Facebook have resulted in arts companies' messages reaching fewer and fewer people. A new approach to Facebook page management may be necessary. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The Great Dream: An American Opera
Philip Glass has penned at least 17; the fecund imagination of John Adams has so far brought forth two operas, a numbers musical, and an oratorio. Dominick Argento's 14 operas are a model of elegance and emotional integrity; William Bolcom's 10 are stylistically fearless and suave. In the near past, Gian Carlo Menotti created more than 25 "giovanni scuola" operas, two of which were awarded Pulitzer prizes. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The New Yorker:  Arts & Culture
Sasha Frere-Jones: The new R. & B.
R.​& B. has always constituted a large part of pop music. But, more than a decade ago, when Beyoncé was a member of Destiny’s Child, R. & B. was a genre like many others, healthy but not dominant. ’NSync, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Louis Menand: How women got in on the Civil Rights Act.
Most Americans who made it past the fourth grade have a pretty good idea who Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., were. Not many Americans have even heard of Alice Paul, Howard W. Smith, and Martha Griffiths. But they played almost as big a role in the . . . Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Goings On About Town: Movies
goatcategory--> NOW PLAYING Begin Again Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made “Once.” In New York, a high-minded and depressive singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley)—a British Joni Mitchell, perhaps, whose music seems crossed with . . . Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Emily Nussbaum: “Being Mary Jane” review.
In the first episode of “Being Mary Jane,” a cable-news anchor (Gabrielle Union) gets a booty call. While her drunk boyfriend waits outside the door, she plucks off her bandanna, hides her vibrator in a drawer, and frenziedly strips her wall of yellow stickies, on which she . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Briefly Noted book reviews.
paragraph class=no-indent> ASTONISH ME, by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf). Set in the world of ballet, this gripping novel spans three decades, starting in the mid-seventies, when Joan, a young American dancer, helps a Baryshnikov-like star defect from the Soviet . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
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The Classic FM Blog
The new way of learning how to read music
When I began learning the piano, it was all about sheet music. Now, it seems, it's all about the iPad... Sat, 03 Mar 2012 21:23:23 +0000
Classic FM Live is back!
Find out more about our preparations for a very big party at London's Royal Albert Hall... Sat, 03 Mar 2012 20:42:24 +0000
Something for the weekend?
There's even more to look forward to on the weekend as we unveil a new face, a familiar face, and some excellent new programmes. Fri, 06 Jan 2012 10:55:05 +0000
Pavel Haas Quartet Tour Diary
The critically acclaimed quartet hit the road recently and sent us back a diary and some snaps... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 11:51:50 +0000
All you need is… a Paul McCartney interview
So, there I was a few years back sitting in a wine bar in north London with one of my best friends and, on the table was a bottle of fizz and two glasses. It was quite an occasion, you see. The conversation was going something like this: ME: “But, he was just, you know Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:31:26 +0000


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