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Classical Beat: August, 2011

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 08/27/2011

Link: Wolf Trap’s opera gala

A link to my review of the Wolf Trap Opera’s feel-good gala earlier this week. I’m a tough gala audience, but I enjoyed a lot about this one.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:14 PM ET, 08/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 08/27/2011

Weekend disaster edition, 2011

In times of mourning, classical music comes into its own, with memorial concerts and new works commemorating past tragedy. A brief look at the host of classical music commemorations attending the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:05 PM ET, 08/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 08/26/2011

NSO reaches out close to home

The National Symphony Orchestra will do a week of outreach close to home: in the NW DC neighborhood of Columbia Heights.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:54 AM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 08/19/2011

A new music primer: your ABCs here.

In this week’s Washington Post, I give a basic introduction to a few works of contemporary music, aimed at people who don’t know anything about the field. Which three works would you pick to create your own introduction?

By Anne Midgette  |  04:15 PM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Podcast on pops

A link to a WQXR podcast on pops from earlier this summer, and an article about the NSO’s new pops conductor: As “pops concert” becomes synonymous with “film music,” is a segment of light classical music falling into oblivion?

By Anne Midgette  |  03:14 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Podcasts: The last word on clothes

Since everyone was talking about Yuja Wang’s dress, WQXR invited a few of us to do a podcast on the subject — which was, predictably, lively. Listen here.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:46 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Reich turns page on 9/11 CD cover

Public outcry against the image of the burning World Trade Center on the cover of his upcoming CD leads the composer Steve Reich to change the cover — even though the image was perfectly in keeping with the message of his powerful piece “WTC 9/11.”

By Anne Midgette  |  04:35 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Link: Friday Morning Music Club moves house

The Friday Morning Music Club, 125 years old and evicted from its long-time rent-free performance venue, finds a new home.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:00 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 08/10/2011

Santa Fe Opera, 2011 edition

Charles T. Downey weighs in on the Santa Fe Opera for the Washington Post; plus, a roundup of reviews of this year’s five operas by other critics from around the country.

By Charles Downey and others  |  11:29 AM ET, 08/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 08/09/2011

On the (lack of) classical style

When the 24-year-old pianist Yuja Wang wore a short tight dress to perform at the Hollywood Bowl, critics found it risqué — despite the fact that Hollywood starlets her age wear comparable outfits all the time. Anne Midgette argues that it’s time for classical music to get over its kneejerk conservatism, even sexism.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:30 PM ET, 08/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 08/08/2011

The opera-izing of the American musical

By Anne Midgette  |  12:44 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 AM ET, 08/08/2011

Reviews: Wolf Trap Opera’s “Hoffmann,” Tan Dun’s “Martial Arts Trilogy”

Two contrasting performances at Wolf Trap: while the NSO played Tan Dun’s “Martial Arts Trilogy,” three concertos from the composer’s soundtracks, the Wolf Trap Opera offered “Tales of Hoffmann.”

By Anne Midgette and Stephen Brookes  |  01:10 AM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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