Salon97 Digest, 31 July 2011

To Fill a Gap in Commercial Radio, Classically Trained Apps by Bob Tedeschi, New York Times Cool classical music apps for iPhones and Androids! Do you have a fave? Let us know about it! A Tradition Shattered: Israelis Play Wagner at Bayreuth by Robert Siegel, NPR Music When Israelis play music by anti-Semite Wagner, it’s a big deal. Staying Cool with Classical Music and Salon97 by Holly Payne, Skywriter Books Last but not least! Holly

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Salon97 Digest, 24 July 2011

Finding America’s Composers by Rob Deemer, NY Times A fabulous accounting of how one musician’s career morphed from aspirations of being a band teacher to becoming a composer and radio curator — and who he met along the way. Brazil’s Orchestral Crisis by Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc Drama, classical style. Conductor who forced many musicians to re-audition for their seats now has to take a reduced role with the orchestra. Through Static, The Voice of

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Salon97 Digest, 17 July 2011

Apparently it’s opera week. Who knew? The Sopranos By Jessa Crispin, The Smart Set You’ve always wondered about those fervent opera fans. Now you know. Can Korea Globalize Homegrown Operas? By Do Je-hae, The Korea Times Perhaps they can, and wouldn’t that be cool? San Francisco Opera’s Ring Cycle a Financial Hit By Sarah Duxbury, San Francisco Business Times How lucky we were to have this amazing production here in San Francisco! It’s fantastic to

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Salon97 Digest, 9 July 2011

Since Salon97 exists to school you on the awesomeness of classical music, we’re adding a new feature to our website! Each week we’ll post a selection of interesting/funny/inspiring articles collected over the past seven days (and a few extra days this time since this is our first post of this nature). Have something to add? Please leave a comment! Vivaldi: A Canadian composer, eh? By Murray Charters, Brantford Exhibitioner Is there a connection between Antonio

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Bach and My Father

Last week my dear friend Holly shared a poem she came across in Writer’s Almanac. Its simple beauty speaks for itself, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Bach and My Father by Paul Zimmer Six days a week my father sold shoes To support our family through depression and war, Nursed his wife through years of Parkinson’s, Loved nominal cigars, manhattans, long jokes, Never kissed me, but always shook my hand.

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Composer of the Week: Frederick Delius

b. January 29, 1862 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England d. June 10, 1934 Grez-sur-Loing, France Born to German parents, Frederick Delius was born Fritz Albert Theodore Delius; he anglicized his name in the early 1900s. Delius spent time apprenticing with his father, a wool distributor, before leaving for the United States to run an orange plantation in Florida. He spent a year-and-a-half there and was endlessly fascinated with the songs of the plantation workers he saw

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