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A timeline of Leonard Bernstein

1918 The eldest of three, Bernstein is born on 25 August in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to Jewish parents, both immigrants from Russia. He starts piano lessons at ten against the wishes of his father, a supplier of hair and beauty products. 1935-39 At Harvard he studies with Walter Piston and forms friendships with Dimitri Mitropoulos and Aaron Copland. Continuing his conducting at the Curtis institute, he appears at Tanglewood Summer School. 1943 He shoots to fame replacing an ill Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall. Within months the orchestra are playing his First Symphony (‘Jeremiah’). 1951 He marries Chilean actress Felicia Montealegre with whom he subsequently has three children. Having completed a Second Symphony (‘The Age of Anxiety’, 1949) he returns to more popular territory with Trouble in Tahiti (1952), Wonderful Town (1953) and music for the film On the Waterfront (1954). 1957 Hot on the heels of Candide comes his masterpiece, the box-offic..

San Antonio only Texas city for classical music star Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project –...

Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Photo: Graham Hughes /Associated Press Photo: Graham Hughes /Associated Press Image 1 of / 68 Caption Close Image 1 of 68 Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Classical music star Yo-Yo Ma is bringing his Bach Project to San Antonio. Photo: Graham Hughes /Associated Press San Antonio only Texas city for classical musi..

Aldeburgh Festival releases 2018 line-up

This year’s Aldeburgh Festival has been curated by Artists in Residence violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, conductor John Wilson and flautist Claire Chase, and will take place from 8 to 24 June. Its focus this year will be on Britten, America and the centenary of Bernstein. The opening weekend features the world premiere of a new orchestration by Colin Matthews of Britten’s Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo with tenor Robert Murray, as well as Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, of which Bernstein conducted the American premiere in 1946 and then included it again in his last concert. The weekend will also feature individuals connected to the two composers, including Aaron Copland, whose ballet Billy the Kid will be performed. Conductor John Wilson will be leading his orchestra in both popular and less well-known Broadway hits by Bernstein including excerpts from West Side Story, On the Town, Candide, Peter Pan, Wonderful Town, Trouble in Tahiti and 1600 Pennyslvania Aven..

Chinese leaders watch traditional operas for new year

Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese leaders watched a New Year gala featuring traditional operas on Friday evening in Beijing. Leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the state, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Zhang Gaoli, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng, joined an audience of nearly a thousand at the National Center for the Performing Arts. The show featured various forms of traditional operas, including Kunqu Opera and Peking Opera. There are literally hundreds of forms of local Chinese operas, of which Peking Opera is the most popular. Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera are listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as intangible cultural heritage. The program on Friday night included classic opera excerpts featuring historical stories and martial heroes, as well as modern excerpts featuring stalwart CPC members, life in small towns, among others. Let's bloc..

The highs and lows in classical music in Chicago in 2017

This was no ordinary year for music in Chicago, or just about anywhere else, for that matter. Reports by national media outlets of alleged sexual misconduct rocked the highest echelons of classical music, an industry unaccustomed to receiving this kind of attention. It took no more than a few news cycles for classical music producers like the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras to sever ties with James Levine and Charles Dutoit, respected senior conductors with long-standing relationships with those institutions. Decades of artistic achievement came crashing down in an instant. Through the shocking headlines, through everything else, great music and great music-making somehow managed to survive. They always do. Here in Chicago there were things to regret, of course, but classical music lovers had much else to be grateful for, good things that perhaps could happen only here. To commemorate the highs and lows, we present our 41st annual Rheingold A..

Opera singer's story chosen for Sarasota's One Book program

Daniel Bergner, author of “Sing For Your Life” will speak in Sarasota in January Jay Handelman Arts Editor @jayhandelman A book about an American opera singer who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds as a child to perform at the Metropolitan Opera and on international stages is the latest selection for the Sarasota County library system’s annual One Book One Community program. Daniel Bergner’s 2016 book “Sing For Your Life” chronicles Ryan Speedo Green’s experiences growing up with an abusive and abused mother and spending time in a juvenile detention facility in Virginia because of his own violent activities. Over time, a caring teacher and her husband, among others, became guardian angels to the youth, encouraging him to pursue his music and education. He received a bachelor's degree in music from the Hartt School of Music and a master's in music at Florida State University. After a visit to the Metropolitan Opera with other students, “he was enthralled and looked..

Cantonese opera venues and new West Kowloon centre to coexist peacefully, official says, but...

Government-run Cantonese opera facilities will complement the Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon but the genre’s flagship union is less upbeat despite its first meeting with the hub’s controversial American director. Elaine Yeung Chi-lan, assistant director at the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, regarded the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District as “peacefully coexisting” with established venues at Yau Ma Tei and Ko Shan. The centre is due to open this year. “We’ve been in touch for the past two years on collaborating, such as staging some of our events at the Xiqu Centre, which is set to be the best venue in town for the genre,” Yeung said. ‘Father of Hong Kong opera’, 79, laments that he may ‘not live to see an opera house’ at the West Kowloon Cultural District“Xiqu is not yet in operation. But we do exchange information on future programming, especially major productions, to avoid clashing.” The centre’s primacy in the scene will not be affected by a new annex at Yau ..

My Favorite Classical-Music Release of 2017

The classical-music release that excited me most this year is a vast reissue: “Rudolf Serkin: The Complete Columbia Album Collection” (Sony), a seventy-five-disc set featuring a pianist whose classical-music recordings are among the very best that exist. Born in 1903 to a poor Jewish family in an Austro-Hungarian village now in the Czech Republic (a region that was rife with anti-Semitism), Serkin moved to Vienna at the age of nine, without his parents, to study music. He worked closely with Arnold Schoenberg from the age of fifteen until his career took off suddenly, at seventeen, when he was chosen by the famous violinist Adolf Busch to be his accompanist. Busch, perhaps the most intellectually demanding German violinist of the time, took Serkin into his family and quickly made him no mere accompanist but a musical partner and collaborator; they formed an authentic duo of musical equals. (The pianist also eventually married the violinist’s daughter, Irene, in 1935.) Rudolf Serkin pla..

Opera Software changes name to Otello Corporation

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway’s Opera Software has changed its name to Otello Corporation, it said in a statement on Monday. The developer of software for advertising, telecoms, games and other online business also plans to change its current OPERA ticker on the Oslo Bourse, although a new trading symbol has not yet been created, it added. The company sold its key internet browser business, known as Opera, in 2016. Reporting by Oslo newsroom Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Opera launches news app in Africa

Opera Software has announced the launch of Opera News, a newAI-poweredapp which enables people to access their favourite news articles and hottest trending videos. The release of the new app follows Opera’s recent announcement that its AI-powered news service inside Opera Mini grew to more than 100-million active users in less than a year, showing an incredible interest in news globally. Opera News is a news app with a powerful recommendation engine designed to keep you on top of all the things you love to read and watch. Opera News delivers a variety of trending news and entertaining videos and gets smarter with each use. In addition to delivering great content, Opera News can also save up to 80% of your mobile data use thanks to Opera’s unique data-saving capabilities. Last year, the company outlined plans to invest $100-million in the African market. It has now outlined its “Africa First” strategy. This strategy means that Opera will develop and launch its mobile products first for..

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