Performers often comment on the intimate, introspective, and profound nature of the string quartet. Philip Glass says: “In an odd way, string quartets have always functioned like that for composers. I don’t really know why, but it’s almost impossible to get away from it. It’s the way composers of the past have thought and that’s no less true for me
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Noel Morris
He was hailed as a wunderkind when he seized the reigns of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 34, half the age of other prominent conductors. Many observed that his boyish good looks made him seem even younger, but the people of Los Angeles quickly discovered this much-hyped maestro to be an intense and serious musician.
Monday, October 20, 2014 by Noel Morris
Fans are mourning the loss of American composer Stephen Paulus who died on Sunday at the age of 65. Paulus wrote works for many American artists and ensembles, including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Singers were particularly drawn to his treatment of the human voice, which garnered commissions from Deborah Voigt, Samuel Ramey, Thomas Hampson
Friday, August 8, 2014 by Noel Morris
The glass ceiling between living composers and those of a hundred years ago seems to be splintering. One of the principal agents is Dallas-native Christopher Theofanidis. He is one of the most sought-after composers today, with performances by over seventy orchestras worldwide. While he’s had plenty of attention
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by Noel Morris
February-March 1875, Paris – Within the span of one month, the Parisians saw the premieres of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and Bizet’s Carmen. For the audience, there was something different, something exotic about those pieces – eventually people would be whistling them in the streets.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Noel Morris
Do you think music has meaning?
Music can move you; music can make you want to move. For most listeners, it’s a simple transaction. There are those who look deeper into our relationship to music, however, and wonder why it affects us so. Igor Stravinsky was one of them. Not always inclined to subtlety
Friday, July 25, 2014 by Noel Morris
Getting beyond “The book was better” – Last week, when Lyric Opera presented a sneak peek at the opera based on Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel “Bel Canto,” general director Anthony Freud quickly closed the door on comparisons to the book.
Addressing a gathering of patrons and members of the media, Mr. Freud shared some of
Monday, June 9, 2014 by Noel Morris
WFMT features the music of Richard Strauss in June in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Join us for operas, songs, orchestral works, a brand new radio documentary, and more.
Richard Strauss was born in Munich on June 11, 1864. He lived until 1948.
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Noel Morris
As WTTW’s “10 Buildings that Changed America” neared completion, WFMT got to thinking, what pieces of music have had that kind of significance? We decided to enlist the help of a broad swath of critics, composers, educators and conductors—the people who have had access to those who write music, access to the audiences, to the performers; and most importantly, to the music
Monday, January 21, 2013 by Noel Morris
At 33 years of age, Anthony McGill has come into his own. Since his performance at the 2009 Inauguration of Barack Obama, he’s been one of the most sought-after soloists in Classical music. When not on the road, McGill serves as Principal Clarinet to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and also teaches at the Juilliard School. more…