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Archive for February 14, 2014

Soprano Christine Goerke Shows Her Stuff

Christine Goerke

Lyric Opera is investing a lot in this artist. She is one of the cornerstones, cast as Brunnhilde in a new Ring cycle. Now New Yorkers are catching the fever. Of Saturday’s broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times noted: “…this was a breakthrough night at the Met for the American soprano Christine Goerke

Black History Month: William Grant Still’s 2nd Symphony

William Grant Still

By 1930, William Grant Still had emerged as an all-American composer; all-American because he was uniquely American; he could not have come from anywhere else. His ancestry was African, European, and native-American . His musical voice was a melting pot of spirituals and European traditions. 1930 was the year of Still’s First Symphony, which he titled “Afro-American

Web Exclusive: Conversation with Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein, photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

New Release of the Week: the latest from Simone Dinnerstein. She spoke with New Releases host Lisa Flynn about drawing poetry from Bach. The Inventions and Sinfonias would seem like exercises to J.S. Bach, except they’re so musical. He set out to write one of each