Everybody knows a Renaissance man or two—people with a lot of knowledge in a few subjects or guys with perfect scores on Buzztime. But the poster child for this term, Leonardo da Vinci, possessed not only what art historian Helen Gardner describes as “feverishly inventive imagination,” which led to his ground-breaking innovations in art, science and engineering, but the rounded approach to education that reflected the ideals of 15th century humanists.
Joshua Dennis as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, David Walton as Oscar “Happy” Felsch, Christian Thurston as George “Buck” Weaver and Calvin Griffin as Eddie Cicotte in Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of “The Fix.” (Photo by Cory Weaver)
How much do you know about “No man’s Land?” Or what Bohemians are? Or what a “demi-mondaine” is?
Crucial to the story-lines of Silent Night, La Boheme, and La Traviata, ignorance of these concepts will not spoil your enjoyment of these opera icons. In fact, learning about these terms during a performance or afterwards may increase your appreciation. The same can be said for Joel Puckett (music) and Eric Simonson’s (libretto) The Fix which receives its world-wide premiere by the Minnesota Opera company at the Ordway Theater on Saturday, March 16th (also March 19, 21, 23-24).
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall residency is nothing short of brilliant. They are embracing this opportunity to showcase their unparalleled ability to push boundaries and showcase its vast repertoire of Classical standards.
It’s unusual for classical music presenters to “reinvent the wheel” per se, but there’s a new kid on the block! MESS NYC (Mise en Scène Studios) is creating a new model for classical music concerts and doing a kick-ass job.
It’s hard to imagine a pianist’s performance that is so utterly polished, yet spontaneous and endlessly imaginative. Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov’s performance at Carnegie Hall wasn't just solid, it wasn’t just excellent. It was a performance of legends.
Leon Fleisher has been a superstar pianist since the 1950s recording and performing with all the best orchestras and conductors. Yet because of focal dystonia, his career was cut short and took a turn for performing with left hand only works and conducting.
The Baroque period was a time of extraordinary innovation. Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is adding a whole new dimension to this old music to make it sound so new. The singer showcased his talents on January 31 at Carnegie Hall.
Award-winning pianist Seong-Jin Cho knows how to attract a crowd, which is what he has been doing ever since he stepped into the spotlight when he captured first prize at the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Rachmaninoff’s deeply Romantic symphony envelops the listener while the spirit of Beethoven hovers nearby as pianist Yefim Bronfman performs with the New York Philharmonic, led by Maestro Jaap van Zweden.
During the middle of a bleak January, David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center was filled with sweeping melodies, lush orchestrations, inspired lyrical passages, and dramatic emotions.
Juan Diego Flórez’s tenor voice rang throughout Carnegie Hall with favorite opera arias and songs as a sold-out crowd of adoring fans clamored for more. This was the scene on November 18 in New York City, as the superstar performed with Vincenzo Scalera on piano.
Canadian pianist and Portland Piano International guest curator Marc-André Hamelin played with a robust love for the piano in front of a crowd at Carnegie Hall, mastering grand arrangements with ease. This time he performed French popular songs and some of the most technically challenging classics in the repertoire.
Carnegie Hall presented a rare treat for concert-goers on November 14, as The Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera performed the North American premiere of its heralded Voices of the Mountains program.