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NYT > Music
Pitchfork Music Festival Fashion
Musicians and attendees brought their unique styles to the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Can the Weeknd Turn Himself Into the Biggest Pop Star in the World?
He had millions of Internet fans for his strange, profane R.& B. Then he decided he wanted more. Sun, 02 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Samuel Pisar Dies at 86; Lawyer and Adviser Survived Nazi Camps
Mr. Pisar survived the Holocaust to create a life of accomplishment, including becoming an adviser to John F. Kennedy, whom he met at Harvard, and as a lawyer to corporate executives and movie stars. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Vic Firth, Who Gave Drummers Their Sticks, Dies at 85
Mr. Firth spent more than 40 years as the principal tympanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a company with his name now turns out some 12 million drumsticks and mallets annually. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
A Student Startup and Its Outsize Wagnerian Dream
Refusing to settle for anything less than a full-length opera, the new company Apotheosis Opera will present “Tannhäuser” at El Museo del Barrio. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Classical : NPR
Remembering Vic Firth, An Orchestral — And Entrepreneurial — Legend
He was with the Boston Symphony for 50 years, and his name was also stamped on the sticks of drummers from Buddy Rich to Charlie Watts to Questlove. Firth died Sunday at age 85. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:38:00 -0400
Unassuming Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Dies At 84
Eschewing a glitzy career, the pianist, who was heard in the movie Amadeus, earned a reputation as one of the greats of his generation, especially praised for his Chopin performances. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:05:27 -0400
Song Of A Haunted Childhood
"The Witch," from composer Sarah Kirkland Snider's new album Unremembered, inspires childlike fear. Hear singer Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond spin out a tale of terror. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:03:00 -0400
What Does Music Look Like?
Designing classical album covers is hard. But being new to the music makes it easier for Denise Burt. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:18:00 -0400
One Feisty Victorian Woman's Opera Revived
A skilled mountain climber who knew Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Ethel Smyth was a big personality whose politically charged opera The Wreckers gets its first fully staged production in the U.S. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:59:00 -0400
parterre box
Hunch confirmed
George Gagnidze and Zeljko Lucic will share the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met this fall, replacing Simon Keenlyside... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:21:02 +0000
A pretty girl is like a melody
On this day in 1933, the first singing telegram was delivered (to Rudy Vallée, actually.) Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:01 +0000
“Confusion now hath made his masterpiece”
I have found myself truly bewildered by some of the online reviews of the Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s Macbeth. So here I am, a long time fan of Parterre dipping my toe into the opera-infested waters here for the first time, feeling both excited and trepidacious!   Here’s my experience of the first night of the Glimmerglass Verdi Macbeth. Understood since pre-Freudian days as a superbly crafted musical masterpiece atmospherically charged and depicting, amongst other things, an insightful psychodrama of the Macbeths’ decline into madness against a background of supernatural interference, Verdi’s masterwork was at Glimmerglass reduced—by director Anne Bogart‘s battering [...] Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:52 +0000
Youth is wasted on the old
Piotr Beczala, Soile Isokoski and Kwangchul Youn star in this 2009 performance of Faust from the Wiener Staatsoper, idiomatically conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:00:16 +0000
Se uno squillo intenderĂ 
On this day 100 years ago, tenor Mario del Monaco was born. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:00:11 +0000
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

NYT > Jazz
Howard Rumsey, 97, Dies; Musician Invigorated West Coast Jazz Scene
As leader of the Lighthouse All-Stars in Hermosa Beach, Calif., Mr. Rumsey helped popularize the notion of a progressive West Coast jazz scene in the 1950s. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Review: ‘The Outrageous Sophie Tucker’ Recalls a Jazz Powerhouse
This documentary details the life and career of Tucker, a hobnobbing 20th-century jazz singer known for her big voice. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Jazz Listings for July 24-30
A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
The Drummer Gard Nilssen and the Trio Waxwing Release New Albums
New releases also include a debut album from Heads of State, consisting of Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams and Al Foster; and “Dark Lights Up” from the singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Jazz Listings for July 17-23
A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Jazz : NPR
Songs We Love: Lizz Wright, 'River Man'
Covering the elusive Nick Drake is rarely successful, but Lizz Wright's smooth, trumpet-accented version of "River Man" has the right kind of self-possession. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:10:00 -0400
Corky Hale On Piano Jazz
The pioneering pianist, harpist, flutist and cellist has worked with Mel Tormé and Billie Holiday. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:51:38 -0400
After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices
The band might not have a permanent lead singer, but on the new album Into The Deep, the musicians show just how well they've learned to play with others. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:16:00 -0400
Rio Clemente On Piano Jazz
The pianist's classical training paved the way for a vibrant career in jazz. Hear him perform his composition "Allegria" on this 2004 episode of Piano Jazz. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:27:54 -0400
KCRW Presents: Kamasi Washington
The saxophonist brings his signature sizzle and groove to Morning Becomes Eclectic. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:16:00 -0400
W3C Music Notation Community Group Launched
A World Wide Web Consortium Music Notation Community Group has been launched as the result of a partnership of MakeMusic, Steinberg, and Hal Leonard/Noteflight. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:52:25 +0000
Giving Voice: (Re)Discovering My Own
While campers experienced hiccups along the way, there was none of the insecurities, impostor syndrome, or existential angst that impairs so many young composers, including myself. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:15:00 +0000
Become Listening
How did the sounds and rhythms of the earth influence the birth and growth of musical traditions? How does our experience of particular natural environments influence the music we make? Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:35:32 +0000
Data-Driven DJ Brian Foo: Statistics That Sing
By combining data, algorithms, and sampled sounds, Brian Foo is using his computer programming skills to learn how to make music. In the process, he's turning these raw materials into deeply engaging and memorable sonic experiences. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:07:58 +0000
Giving Voice: Creating An Invisible Presence
When working with campers, I had to learn to move beyond my own personal choices in order to honor the individuality of their creative and musical interests. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:30:51 +0000


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