Igor Stravinsky

Here's why you should never doze off at the orchestra.
To be fair, both Balanchine and Ratmansky come from Russian backgrounds, not American. But if you ask nearly anyone in the
Raphaël Sévère made his debut in the YCA Series on Tuesday, April 7 at Merkin Concert Hall. The program was bookended by two pillars of the clarinet repertoire, the Brahms Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat, and the oh-so-French Poulenc Sonata.
It seems safe to say that Michael Tilson Thomas -- or MTT, as he's been known since street banners announcing his appointment as music director of the San Francisco Symphony, 20 years ago, went up all over town -- had a spectacular birthday weekend recently.
"I've always been a roots enthusiast really, it's always been based around the blues and folk music, so there are large areas of influence there. I didn't just want to just make a straight blues album."
Robery Craft has written several books on composer, Igor Stravinsky's life and work, and he has even more to disclose, controversially it turns out, in Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories.
Exactly 100 years ago today Igor Stravinsky dazzled and simultaneously enraged music lovers in Paris with the debut of his
Perhaps you have noticed that 2013 is the centenary of the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Next year there will be much thought given to the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
2013-03-13-ballet_escoda.jpgSan Francisco Ballet's contribution to the centennial celebration of Stravinsky and Nijinsky's controversial masterpiece may well prove to be a beacon in the storm.
Yannick Nézet-Séguinmost most appealing trait is the keen aggression he has, tempered by superb restraint. Add to that his youthful enthusiasm and openness, his will to succeed and the friendly and positive mood he inspires in the orchestra members, and you've got a winner.