Music

A Gajillion Gallons Of Water, A Piano, And A Concert

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“The Armory’s latest installation-meets-performance piece Tears Become…Streams Become…required its staff to slowly, over the course of a 10-minute piano piece, fill the 55,000 square feet of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall with a standing pool of water that would mirror the hall’s gilded ceilings.”

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The Highs And Lows Of Classical Music In 2014 – A Roundtable

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“Joining host Naomi Lewin for this discussion … are Anne Midgette, the classical music critic of The Washington Post; David Patrick Stearns, classical music critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer and for WQXR’s Operavore blog; and Zachary Woolfe, freelance classical music critic for The New York Times.” (audio)

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San Francisco Symphony Transforms A Dead Acoustical Space Into A Sound Marvel

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“Using real-time reverberation and spatialization algorithms, this sound engineering solution tricks our brains into perceiving vastly different acoustic spaces. Add comfortable, if scarce, seating, evocative video projections, blue-and-green mood lighting, and of course alcoholic libations, and you might have created just the kind of alternative venue that would make Jonny Greenwood proud.”

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Andrew Litton Named Music Director Of New York City Ballet

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“It is unusual for a symphony conductor of Mr. Litton’s stature to decide to lead a ballet company ensemble: He is the music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, and was formerly music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.”

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A Reborn NY City Opera? (It Could Happen)

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“NYCO Renaissance is, in fact, one of several suitors who have been angling to take over the City Opera name and assets, and the group still has to win approval from a bankruptcy judge. But Capasso and Niederhoffer have raised $2.6 million in pledges, garnered support from former City Opera musicians, and have planned an all-star tribute gala to the late City Opera maestro Julius Rudel in March.”

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Philadelphia’s Largest Professional Chorus To Disband

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“The Philadelphia Singers’ board voted to shut down after learning in November that the William Penn Foundation had turned down a request for a three-year grant for general support; after its executive director resigned; and in view of $125,000 in debt, said Michael Martin Mills, board vice president.”

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Detroit Symphony Continues March Toward Stability

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Officials confirmed that, following some very difficult years and the aftermath of the bitter 2010-11 strike, the DSO has posted the second balanced budget in a row and renewed contracts with music director Leonard Slatkin and president Anne Parsons through 2016-17.

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Is Paris’ New Concert Hall The First “Perfect” Concert Hall?

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“The Philharmonie is a huge, organic structure rising up in the Parc de la Villette, the arts and science park built just inside the boulevard périphérique on the site of the old Paris meat market and abattoirs. It is the latest and, sadly, possibly the last major manifestation of the energy and willpower of Pierre Boulez, composer, conductor and the godfather of music in France.”

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Ludovic Morlot Quits La Monnaie

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“I can only see that the orchestra and I have not been able to share a common artistic vision, and that is why, in the interest of their future as mine, I made ​​the decision to leave. “

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Visiting The Classical Dept. At The Last Tower Records Left

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“But Tower’s flagship Tokyo store, nine stories high, has remained the Godzilla of the world’s record stores, the largest and indestructible. It’s still there, just up the block in the Shibuya district from the busiest intersection in the world. A giant sign in Tower yellow and red reads: No Music, No Life.

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Showdown At Seoul Philharmonic: Music Director Says He’ll Quit If CEO Isn’t Removed

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Less than a week after the orchestra’s staff openly demanded the resignation of their boss, Park Hyun-Jung, artistic director Myung-Whun Chung (a local hero in Seoul because of his high-level career in Europe’s capitals) said that Park’s on-the-job behavior “is a clear violation of human rights [of her staff] … such attitude is not acceptable.”

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