Stile Antico is a 13-member a cappella choir based in London. These young, fresh-faced singers have already racked up some impressive awards for their recordings — mainly of intricately woven music from the Renaissance.
One of the premier classical pianists of her generation, Ruth Laredo (1937–2005) was known as America's First Lady of the Piano. In partnership with Marian McPartland and Dick Hyman, Laredo produced wildly popular Three Piano Crossover Concerts, exploring the boundaries between classical music and jazz.
Terry Riley's In C might be considered one of the seminal pieces of minimalism, but at its heart it's an open invitation. The score resides on a single sheet of paper with 53 phrases to be repeated by an indefinite number of musicians.
Imagine a dinner party that never ends. The guests can't leave. That's the premise for Luis Buñuel's classic 1962 surrealist film The Exterminating Angel. It might seem an unlikely subject for an opera, but that's just what London-born composer Thomas Adès has brought to New York's Metropolitan Opera.
Two musical groups are creating something very special: one choral, one orchestral. So, what is new? First, the Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School choir and the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra face an exciting challenge.
The harp is very much part of modern musical programming, and also a vital inspiration to contemporary composers. It has a voice appealing to much music, but there’s no doubt the image of the instrument, the stories and early music, take many of us back in time beyond our childhood to lands of myth and romance.
The performing arts this autumn are brimming with plans, led by the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis. Time itself is being stretched, with all of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s season openers ahead. The first Masterworks symphony concert is with violinist Jennifer Frautschi. She will also open the River Rhapsodies season. First Masterworks, and a bit of background about the soloist.
Sept. 24 begins the commemoration ceremonies for the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis. Celebrities are coming in, and bringing their own contributions. Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., noted for his research on African-American history, is working with a composer creating an opera on the Little Rock Nine.
Molière’s plays, in his lifetime, were always rude and unkind, but his audiences always came back for more. His name, what he said, and how he said it have endured; particularly The Misanthrope, one who hates everyone and everything.