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It was the finale performance of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival opening night on Saturday and to be honest, the whole night threw me off guard.
America's leading British conductor, Benjamin Zander, is preparing to conduct what he believes to be England's greatest symphony, Elgar's First.
Similar to the diversity of the Syrian people, Jandali describes these different music forms as "independent and maintaining
This equation is simple:a few minutes of discipline equals hours of comfort, pleasure, a lengthened lifespan, and less time spent on medical procedures.
Why bother? Because, for better or worse, the symphony remains the greatest technical and aesthetic challenge and resulting statement that a serious composer can attempt outside of opera.
There's nothing revolutionary about the plot to the show, but it stands apart from others like it thanks to a heightened sense of importance. That's due to the fact that the show is set in Paris after World War II, where there's a spring in people's step for the first time in a long time.
Mina Zikri is doing something else that promising new artists sometimes manage to do. He's quietly gathering around him a group of other artists, like-minded people inspired by what he imagines, and dedicated to making what he imagines real.
We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.
It was the end of November, and my daughter and I were hoping to go to the Boston Symphony for a rare appearance by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It all depended on my getting to the box office in time to get tickets, which I had vowed to purchase if I could finish a certain project in time to leave my office by 5:00 p.m.
People who are enthusiastic about classical music should express themselves and allow others to do so. Those of us who care about it as a repertoire to be performed rather than a tradition to be admired should encourage more, not less, applause -- even if it comes at the "wrong" time.
Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW is pretty badass. Listen to them perform 43 cartoon theme songs (and there's even some custom animation to give you a clue as to the cartoon). Can you guess all the songs?
Have you ever been knocked sideways by a performance of a work that you know really well? In fact, so well, that you have approached past performances more as duty rather than a pleasure. It happened to me recently with the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, one of the most popular and often performed works in the repertoire.
They come in all shapes and sizes. They range in age. Their dress can vary from jeans to tuxedoes. The audience for classical music has always been somewhat diverse in appearance and appreciation.
What is essential is to allow yourself the opportunity of a really strong visceral experience and response to the musicians and the sheer sound of their music. You should ask the box office to recommend seats with the best acoustics and sight lines to allow just that.
Arabs and Jews have lived together for thousands of years. Our languages have cross-pollinated and we have developed a united mythology and set of traditions.This was all on display with the West-Coast premiere of Poems and Prayers, my third symphony.
The multi-genre musician and singer will tour with System of a Down in late July and August and then take his symphony through Europe in September.