Gustavo Dudamel will be headlining at Walt Disney Concert Hall for at least seven more years, through the 2021-22 season. The charismatic maestro with the wild locks and exuberant baton extended his contract with the L.A. Philharmonic…
This is particularly interesting because a headline like this is usually reserved for athletes or maybe even a famous actor. However a conductor being celebrated with a great deal only helps the world of classical music!
via LA Times
His work on the new and updated version of Carl Sagan’s original Cosmos, this time starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a superb score. Silvestri masterfully weaves the drama, adventure, and mystery of the universe in a surreal score.
Opera singers Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner are among those who died in the Germanwings Flight 9525 plane crash in the French Alps on Tuesday.
Wind Band enthusiasts are in for a treat as a master conductor rehearses one of the finest bands in the world.
Renowned post-modern minimalist Philip Glass written an autobiography of his life.
Big-hearted and open-minded, this irresistible memoir helps to show how Glass has channelled and transformed the sounds of our time.
via The Independent
Scientists may have discovered a link between music and autism. They found Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 “Pathetique” to calm children on the autism spectrum.
The results showed listening to classical music enhanced activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion (the feel good hormone), and “transport synaptic function, learning and memory.” … While classical music worked to regulate some genes, it “down-regulated” others associated with neurodegeneration — the process of neurons losing their structure or function — “suggesting the importance of familiarity and experience in mediating music-induced effects.”
“Respectable people do not write music or make love as a career.” — A. Borodin
The Guardian has compiled a list of composers that had interesting second careers.
- Alexander Borodin – chemist
- Philip Glass – cab driver and plumber
- Ethel Smyth – writer
- Ignacy Jan Paderewski – prime minister of Poland
- John Cage – visual artist
- Olivier Messiaen – ornithologist
- St Hildegard of Bingen – mystic and writer on science and medicine
- Iannis Xenakis – architect
- Lera Auerbach – writer and visual artist
- William Herschel – astronomer
Composer and conductor, Pierre Boulez celebrates his 90th birthday today (March 26th) and also publishes his top ten great works of the 1900’s. He list is just as opinionated and unapologetic as his music.
Brash, opinionated, animated, and often brutally honest, Boulez can seem like an intimidating figure. But he is also funny and charming and very, very smart.
Boulez: 10 Great Works of the 20th Century
- Edgard Varèse, Ameriques
- Alban Berg, Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
- Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
- Béla Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
- Anton Webern, Six Pieces for Orchestra
- Luciano Berio, Sinfonia
- Karlheinz Stockhausen, Gruppen
- Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 6
- Arnold Schönberg, Erwartung
- Pierre Boulez, Repons