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Archive for February 24, 2014

American Dance Music

Leonard Bernstein c. Jack Mitchell

It’s a famous story: in November of 1943, Bernstein’s enormous talent was only beginning to turn heads when Bruno Walter fell ill and needed a sub for his New York Philharmonic concert. On short notice, the energetic assistant conductor from Boston took the podium; the concert was heard live across the nation on CBS radio, and Leonard Bernstein was an overnight success. He became one of the most charismatic

Lyric Opera’s Moonlighters

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She has a degree in chemistry from Yale. He has coached singers for more than a hundred operas at Lyric. Violinist Heather Wittels and pianist Eric Weimer are driven, successful people. Both artists work for Lyric Opera, though playing together isn’t in the job description.

Exploring Music: Two Victorian Composers in a Rapidly Changing World

Saturn, which is depicted as "The Bringer of Old Age" in Holst's famous work "The Planets"

When they were kids, England’s most popular composer was Arthur Sullivan. Gustav Holst and Frederick Delius were destined to choose different paths, looking to Germany, to landscapes, to America, to India, or even to the planets for their inspirations. Born in the second half of the 1800s, they witnessed a Europe obsessed with Wagner, the end of tonality, and a world at war