Thursday Aug 28
Awkward tenor put drama ahead of the music
Queen's Hall GIVEN the roars that greeted the performances by tenor Ian Bostridge I'll probably be lynched after what I say about his singing of Mahler.
SF Classical Voice
Music News: Aug. 26, 2014
The full headline should read: "Least Expensive, Even Free Concerts." That's the venerable/youthful San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 97 years old, and getting ready for a varied, distinguished, and rich 2014-2015 season, including the traditional student recitals, and the large Faculty Artist Series, also now gratis.
Merola alumnus James Rodgers will give a house concert recital of Weill songs
Tenor James Benjamin Rodgers is an alumnus of the 2008 Merola Opera Program. Born in New Zealand and currently living in New York, Rodgers sang the lead in the 2008 Merola production of Benjamin Britten's opera Albert Herring .
On An Overgrown Path
Classical music demands some effort from the listener
My header photo* shows adepts of the Chisti Sufi order celebrating with Qawwali singing at the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia in Delhi.
The Habit of Art
The gay, leftist, British poet W.H. Auden and the gay, leftist, British composer Benjamin Britten enjoyed a brief, intense, sexually platonic friendship from 1935 to 1942, with the seven years older writer the bullying intellectual mentor to the young, supremely gifted musician.
Gerald Carpenter: Thomas Ade to Conduct Academy Festival Orchestra in All-Modern Finale
The dazzling young composer-pianist-conductor Thomas Ad will conduct the Music Academy of the West's Festival Orchestra in the closing concert of the 2014 Summer Festival, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Granada Theatre .
Britten's pacifist opera beats with a dark heart of violence
BATTLE: Ross Ramgobin, centre front, plays the son at war with his family over his rejection of a military career in Owen Wingrave.