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Music Headlines
“Artless In Every Sense”– Philly Museum Of Art’s Next Expansion Plan (Per Critic)
philly museumThe “Core Project” is the first of three stages of the museum’s Frank Gehry-designed expansion. “[It] involves tearing out the existing auditorium, which sits directly beneath the Great Stair Hall, and replacing it with a space labeled the Forum.” Thomas Hine argues that the Forum, as planned, misses every opportunity it has – and it […] Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:21:19 +0000
Madrid’s Reina Sofía Museum To Expand (Again)
reina sofia“[The capital's] main Modern and contemporary art museum will expand its permanent exhibition space by a total of 3,000 sq. m by the end of 2015. … The project will ‘finally’ join the Francisco Sabatini-designed building, which fully opened as an art museum in 1992, with the extension by Jean Nouvel, completed in 2005.” Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:00:17 +0000
In Praise Of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midwestern Immoderation
wrightJustin Davidson, who recently completed a Wright tour through Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: “This processional of midwestern masterpieces reminds us that great architecture is not always the most sensible solution, or the most frugal, or the sturdiest. Sometimes it’s brilliantly insane.” Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:39:43 +0000
The Unusual (Quaint?) Way San Diego County Distributes Arts Funding
san diego county arts AThere’s no longer an arts council to assess grant requests; that was eliminated in 1993. Now cultural groups compete – often in person, during two-day-long pitch sessions – with libraries, health-care organizations, wildlife conservancies, and other non-profits for pieces of each county council member’s discretionary funds. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:23:10 +0000
Could An Arts Council Work In San Diego County?
san diego county arts B“[Advocates say] it’s time for the county to look for a new, more transparent, professional and equitable option for funding the arts.” And there’s no reason an arts council (like the one in, say, the city of San Diego) couldn’t work. But it probably won’t. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:21:37 +0000
Inpire and Jane Manning and some Proms
For sixteen years now the BBC, as one of its many activities connected with the Proms, has run a program which it calls Inspire, comprising of a competition and several workshops for composers between the ages of 12 and 18. On this last Sunday, composer Fraser Trainer, who chaired the committee of judges for the […] Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:06:44 +0000
Peter Schulthorpe’s Earth Cry
A reminder of the muscular, haunting style of Peter Schulthorpe, who passed away a couple of days ago. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:45:17 +0000
A belated response to David Byrne
I’m happy to be returning to posting here at Sequenza21.  It has been a while. Recently, a quote from David Byrne was brought to my attention by Joe Benzola in a Facebook post. (The original Byrne post may be found here.)  Although the quote is from 2008, it’s new to me; besides, Byrne was responding […] Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:21:45 +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

NYT > Music
John Blake Jr., Versatile Jazz Violinist, Dies at 67
He combined strong classical technique with the expressive power of African-American spirituals, folk music and blues. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Her Hands Lead, Her Voice Follows
The soprano Barbara Hannigan, now performing at the Lucerne Festival, has developed a specialty of singing as she conducts, often enrapturing audiences. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Metropolitan Opera and Two Unions Reach a Tentative Deal
The opera house called off its threat to lock out its workers a little more than a month before its new season is set to open. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts
The deal had compromises from both sides, with the unions agreeing to their first pay cut in decades and management abandoning its toughest demands and agreeing to make significant reductions of its own. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Metropolitan Opera and Two Unions Reach a Tentative Deal
The opera house called off its threat to lock out its workers a little more than a month before its new season is set to open. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400

NYT > Jazz
John Blake Jr., Versatile Jazz Violinist, Dies at 67
He combined strong classical technique with the expressive power of African-American spirituals, folk music and blues. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Time to Focus on a Jazz Stalwart
The pianist George Cables, a first-call jazz sideman in the ’70s and ’80s, will lead the bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and the drummer Victor Lewis at the Village Vanguard. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
From Meditative to Modern, a Sense of Ripening Virtuosity
Sizing up new albums from Eric Harland’s Voyager, Cyrille Aimée, the Enrico Pieranunzi Trio, Bobby Broom and Hildur Gudnadottir. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Jazz Listings for Aug. 15-21
A selected guide to performances in New York City. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Worldly Music Branching Out From a Single Root
The pianist Fabian Almazan took his “Rhizome” project to the Village Vanguard, explaining how all music, like people, has commonalities under the surface. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions
While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met's major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:11:00 -0400
Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert
The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:03:00 -0400
First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind'
The organist aims to rescue his instrument from its church-bound traditions. With his new album, which includes Bach and Bacharach alike, Carpenter could land a multitude of converts. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:03:26 -0400
Centenarian Soprano Licia Albanese Dies
A long career began suddenly as she replaced the lead in Madame Butterfly mid-performance. A Metropolitan Opera stalwart, she sang the lead in La traviata there more than anyone before or since. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:11:00 -0400
Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery
Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:20:00 -0400

Makoto Ozoné On Piano Jazz
The pianist solos in his original "Lullaby for Rabbit," host Marian McPartland performs a "Portrait of Makoto Ozoné," and together they enjoy musical jokes in Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon for Two." Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:14:00 -0400
Curtis Stigers On 'Song Travels'
Stigers performs his original "You've Got the Fever," and host Michael Feinstein joins him for a duet of the standard "You Are Too Beautiful." Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:08:00 -0400
Drum Fill Friday, With Guest Host Matt Wilson
The jazz drummer and public radio host grew up in the 1970s, and knows the TV themes, reggae beats and hit single breaks to prove it. Test your ear against his genre-spanning picks. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0400
Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet
Held each summer in the lovely hillside country of Westchester County, the Caramoor Jazz Festival is in a rolling woods, 40 miles northeast of New York City. Hear Dee Dee Bridgewater lead her quintet. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0400
Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain
We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:40:00 -0400
New Music USA Requesting Feedback on Project Grants
A brief list of questions has been posted to collect your thoughts on the application experience, your use of the site, areas for further development, and anything else you’d like to share. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:24:50 +0000
Sounds Heard: J.C. Sanford Orchestra—Views From The Inside
Composer-trombonist-conductor JC Sanford's recent release Views From The Inside on Whirlwind Recordings delivers loads of aural surprises wrapped up in layers of jazz orchestra. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:18:02 +0000
British Report on Commissioning Fees Inspires Concern
Sound and Music, a national agency for new music in Britain, has conducted a survey of 466 composers designed to explore the economic challenges facing the creation of new work. Average fee per commission in 2013: ÂŁ1,392. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:57:56 +0000
Claire Chase and the Winner-Take-All Economy
We are subsuming a mindset that places little value in our work and then wondering why no one cares about what we do. If a touch of entrepreneurship is how we survive our present situation, so be it. But I do not believe entrepreneurship holds great promise for our future. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:47:28 +0000
All Up In Your Space: Billie Howard on How Artists Live
Is there a mess on the desk? Evidence of vice or obsession? A disruptive cat or two? Billie Jean Howard’s blog By Measure offers the voyeuristic pleasure of vicariously poking around another artist’s home. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:54:08 +0000
OPERA America Headline RSS Feed
Musical Chairs in S.F. Opera Administration
The San Francisco Opera's Director of Production, Greg Weber, will become Tulsa Opera's managing director in October. The search has begun to find his successor.  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Play it again: how to make an opera’s second run a success
How do you make an old and over-performed opera feel fresh and new? Start by reexamining the score, writes one conductor Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
John Adams Explains Why His Northridge Earthquake Opera Took 19 Years to Reach L.A.
It’s not a musical — there’s no dialogue between the songs. 

It’s not a traditional opera — there are no musical transitions from one emotional moment to the next.

Composer John Adams calls I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky a “songplay.” Librettist June Jordan calls it an “earthquake romance.” However their collaboration is pigeonholed, it hasn’t been heard in California since its world premiere in 1995 in Berkeley; the only professional American performance after its original run in Montreal, New York and Europe was in Cleveland 12 years ago.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts
After months of harsh words and escalating threats of a lockout, the Met and the unions representing its orchestra and chorus looked into the abyss and reached a tentative deal early on Monday, agreeing to significant and somewhat surprising cuts. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Arts: When understudies triumph
After soprano Jane Ede heard she might be needed to step in at the last minute to the demanding lead role on the opening night of The Elixir of Love, her reaction was understandable.
"When I first got word there was a possibility I might be on, my husband found me on the floor in the foetal position going, ‘No, no, no, no, nooo’, because the task seemed fairly insurmountable at that point," she says.

Mon, 18 Aug 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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