The Lion’s Face, a new opera on the effects of ageing and memory loss, premieres in Brighton, England May 20, 2010, then tours the UK for the summer. The music is by Elena Langer, and the lyrics by Glyn Maxwell. The creation of the opera involved an intense collaboration with scientists and doctors at the … Read more
The scene was straight out of Hollywood. As my husband Jim and I left our small hotel room on 49th Street we had only 20 minutes to go before the curtains rose at Broadway theaters throughout the district. I had only 30 minutes earlier purchased tickets at TKTS (the half-price ticket booth on Times Square—see … Read more
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Keep this schedule handy, support live performances, and best of all enjoy yourself at these wonderful live jazz events: Jazz Festivals & Places to See Live Jazz Part 1 Jazz Festivals & Places to See Live Jazz Part 2 Jazz Festivals & Places to See Live Jazz Part 3
This took a little research to find, but thought that opera and ballet fans in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex would find this theater schedule handy for upcoming productions from major opera/ballet companies around the world. How exciting is this! Gather up your friends or your music class and plan a night at the opera, Texas … Read more
Enjoy front row seats at the latest operatic productions from Milan’s La Scala and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, as well as from other European venues, all in the comfort of your local movie theater. Join opening night audiences throughout the world to experience these outstanding operas in digital HD. Oh brave new world that … Read more
ArtsEdge, Kennedy Center’s interactive website for music and arts education, is a free online resource every teacher, librarian, parent, and caregiver should know about, but probably doesn’t. One of my favorite features was Xploring Xtremes. Kids can explore and analyze musical extremes in dynamics, tempo, and other elements of music, through a variety of listening, … Read more
Photo by Candace DiCarlo PRODIGY (not), PULITZER WINNER (yes) Brooklyn-born Jennifer Higdon was a late comer to music, not beginning formal studies until she was 18. A self-taught flutist, she did not begin to study composition until she was 21. From this laid-back musical beginning, she has since catapulted herself onto center stage, becoming … Read more
Westward Ho! Our Texas roots got the best of us in our new spring catalog, which should be arriving in your mailbox any day, if it hasn’t already. We have lots of interesting new materials in all categories, but I think you and your kids will especially enjoy the pioneering spirit of the Old West, … Read more
Will the busy world stop and listen to a subway violinist at rush hour, even if he is Joshua Bell? If only we had the ears and heart of a 3-yr.-old. . .
2009 Kennedy Center annual gala honors musicians Brubeck, Bumbry, Brooks & “Bruce the Boss” for a lively evening of jazz, opera, musical comedy, and rock.
“A superb singer is really a highly trained athlete. You must stay in training.” – Grace Bumbry. Transforming herself from mezzo to high soprano proved her point.
Non-profit music and arts groups will suffer big losses in charitable donations if Congress fails to extend the IRA Charitable Rollover by the end of 2009. Act now to help save the arts.
Ben Stevenson, celebrating a 40-year career as one of the most acclaimed figures in American ballet, continues to supercharge the Texas Ballet, after turning the Houston Ballet into a worldclass company.
Star Wars-based musical concert, complete with original score, costumes, and narrated by C3PO’s Anthony Daniels, lures young and old fans into the world of classical music.
“Where the Wild Things Are” & “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” offer a kid-friendly intro to opera. “Let the wild rumpus start” in these fantasy operas by composer Oliver Knussen & author/artist Maurice Sendak.
A keyboard stairway in the Stockholm subway offers commuters a tuneful and healthier alternative to the escalator.
Millions, including kids and teens, are experiencing Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), which is irreversible. It is also preventable with early education, and a few simple rules.
How far is an elementary school entitled to go in bringing politics into the classroom?
Do monkeys respond emotionally to music? Well, maybe not to human music, but they respond with excitement or relaxation to species specific music composed just for them.
Will the Sydney Opera House survive? Badly in need of refurbishing, this landmark piece of architecture may be renovated as a multipurpose art venue.
For daily news of musical events, competitions, concerts, and industry buzz, keep up with the latest from the League of Symphony Orchestras’ online site: THE HUB.
Houston Grand Opera is offering incredible specials for teachers for the 2009-10 season. Check it out!
Thanks to the support of all who called their state representatives and senators, the fine arts amendments to the Texas education bill were retained!