NY Phil’s Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti

The New York Philharmonic recently presented an innovative production of Ligeti‘s Le Grand Macabre. To accompany this brilliant show, the NY Phil’s marketing department put together a series of behind-the-scenes flip cam videos. So many times we wonder what it takes to put together the wonderful concerts we attend, and thankfully, the New York Phil has given us a backstage pass via YouTube. They say the show will be back in 2012, and I can’t

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Composer of the Week: Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky wrote some wonderfully iconic additions to the classical repertoire, and that is why he is our Composer of the Week! b. March 21, 1839 in Karevo, Russia d. March 28, 1881 in St. Petersburg, Russia Modest Mussorgsky began studying piano with his mother at age six and went on to become one of “The Five” nationalist Russian composers. He worked as a civil servant for much of his life and led his life

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Composer of the Week: Amy Beach

It’s high time we get a female composer represented up in here! Amy Beach is super awesome, so she’s the first. b. Henniker, New Hampshire, September 5, 1867 d. New York, New York, December 27, 1944 From an early age it was obvious that Amy Cheney Beach was a musical prodigy, and though her mother was a piano teacher, she resisted the fact that her daughter embodied such vast musical talent — Beach was forbidden

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Salon97 Visits ArtsJournal

We had a new guest at our “Terrible Twos” celebration on Saturday, Chloe Veltman, a musician and freelance culture correspondent for the New York Times. A few days later, Chloe wrote me to ask if we’d submit a guest post for her blog, Lies Like Truth, with the ArtsJournal network of cultural blogs. We are honored! Here’s a segment of her post: At the weekend, I attended an hour or so of a lively Salon97

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Composer of the Week: Max Steiner

He wrote the groundbreaking scores for King Kong and A Summer Place, which means Max Steiner is more than awesome enough to be a Composer of the Week! b. May 10, 1888 in Vienna d. December 28, 1971 in Beverley Hills When he composed his first song at age 11, it was immediately apparent that music came naturally to Max Steiner. Being influenced by his father and grandfather — both theater producers and managers, respectively

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Composer of the Week: Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy, a composer at the forefront of French Impressionism, wrote some awesome preludes and many other great Composer of the Week-worthy pieces! b. August 22, 1862 d. March 25, 1918 A prominent and very talented French composer at the turn of the 20th century, Claude Debussy’s iconic compositions bridged Late Romantic Era music with 20th Century Modernism. His experiments with chord structure were demonstrated in numerous orchestral works, piano works, and even in four

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