Frogger of Seville

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For Rossini's birthday and Leap Day, the Google homepage featured cartoon froggies performing The Barber of Seville. They neglected to also feature Sadie Hawkin's Day, so I refer you to this In Honor.   … [Read more...]

“Nice is different than good”


Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was truly excellent in the recent City Center production of Merrily We Roll Along, started a series of Tweets that are continuing to this moment of Sondheim lower back tattoos (#sondheimlowerbacktattoo). This started when Miranda Tweeted back at theater publicist [I've since been corrected on Twitter - "Theater Publicist-in-the-making"...well congrats or I'm sorry, @mrtylermartins, You've Arrived!] Tyler Martins's suggestion of a Sondheim tramp stamp: You can read all the potential Sondheim lower back tattoos … [Read more...]

“Even better, you’re not watching PBS”

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Placido Domingo did VERY well on The Colbert Report last night. Stephen Colbert is obviously a fan, which makes the thing completely adorable. The two discussed "the most popular song of all time" ("La donna è mobile", obviously, not "Imagine"), why tenors get all the girls, and "soaking the snooty crowd". The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive After a commercial break, Stephen and Placido perform. Together. More classical musicians on TV, … [Read more...]

Who’s honoring classical music now


Tonight, Plácido Domingo will teach Stephen to sing on The Colbert Report. My sister points out that he probably needs to learn because Obama has been singing everywhere. The show has done a better job than most of supporting classical music, which is to say, I found three interviews. All from 2008, randomly enough. Here's Alex Ross, from January 29, 2008, talking about Ronald Reagan getting to first base with Communism: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video … [Read more...]

The Borrowers


Photoshopping one of Hilary's CDs into the back of Tiger Woods's crashed car is the extent my creative output, so I'm not going to judge composer Osvaldo Golijov. There is a controversy swirling around a commission for the Eugene Symphony. Respected NPR classical music critic Tom Manoff blogged about it here, and the Register-Guard picked up the story: When the Eugene Symphony performed the Pacific Northwest premiere Thursday night of “Sidereus,” a newly commissioned work by Grammy Award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov, two members of the … [Read more...]

Ladies and gentlemen: GUSTAVO!!

Dudamel Sesame Street

Recently credited with ending gang violence in LA, Gustavo Dudamel has achieved something even more impressive: on Monday, he will appear on the best television show of all time, Sesame Street. For those of you who don't remember, Sesame Street is on PBS. The Los Angeles Times reports: In the segment, Dudamel and Elmo demonstrate the word "stupendous" by conducting a sheep playing a violin, an octopus playing the drums and a chorus of opera-singing penguins. Would that the sheep was a Hilary Hahn sheep. Or a Hilary Hahn alpaca. Nico … [Read more...]