ABRSM Launches ‘Start Here’: A New Podcast Journeying Through Music’s Diverse Landscape
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by ABRSM
2d ago
Country music aficionado and veteran DJ Bob Harris, bhangra stars Punjabi Hit Squad and classical organist Anna Lapwood will guest as ABRSM launches a new podcast series, Start Here. The ten-part series, hosted by ABRSM Artistic Director Alexis Ffrench, will focus on different music styles each week, inspiring new listeners to expand their playlists by helping them ‘unlock’ genres as diverse as Afrobeats, musical theatre and stadium rock. Other Start Here episodes will feature jazz, hip hop and K-pop, with episodes exploring the origins of grime music with author Jeffrey Boakye and the directi ..read more
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Red Rocks: A Chronicle of Iconic Performances and Natural Wonders
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by ON Stage
6d ago
The June of 1978 marked a rare occurrence. The American rock legend Bruce Springsteen had a reputation for being reluctant to perform outdoors. But when he was told, “Red Rocks is simply indoors without a roof ”, a curious Springsteen was compelled to come around. His debut at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado that summer became his first outdoor performance. “Nice place you got here…bunch of big rocks,” he said, marvelling at the stage. The Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a one-of-a-kind open-air amphitheatre, a few miles from the state capital of Denver. Nestled in the unique transit ..read more
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Maria Caniglia: A Life in Opera’s Limelight
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by ON Stage
1w ago
Maria Caniglia was born in Naples on 5th May 1905. It was considered a blessing when Agostino Roche accepted her as his student, since he was responsible for the stellar technique of Ebe Stignani, one of the great mezzo sopranos of the 20th century. Stignani was older than Caniglia by two years and made her debut five years ahead of her. From the very first time Caniglia heard Stignani, she was astounded, not having the faintest idea that in time to come both were destined to sing together constantly. Roche claimed from the beginning that Caniglia was a spinto since her voice was large and fil ..read more
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Suzuki, Einstein and India
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by Luis Dias
1w ago
Suzuki is a household name worldwide for any western music student or teacher. As someone invested in music education, the life of Shinichi Suzuki is endlessly fascinating to me. So I found ‘Suzuki: The Man and his Dream to Teach the Children of the World’ (2022) by Eri Hotta a gripping read. Hotta’s comprehensive biography also addressed the needless controversy created by American violin virtuoso and composer Mark O’Connor (whom I regard highly on both counts) when in 2014 he accused Suzuki of fabricating his life story (calling it “one of the biggest frauds in music history”) to promote his ..read more
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Renowned Conductor Seiji Ozawa Passes Away at 88
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by Serenade Team
2w ago
Seiji Ozawa, the illustrious Japanese conductor celebrated for his advocacy of modern composers and extensive work with prestigious orchestras worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director for a remarkable 29 years, has passed away. He was 88 years old. Ozawa died from heart failure at his home in Tokyo on February 6, 2024. Early Years and International Success Ozawa, born on September 1, 1935, in the Japanese-occupied city of Mukden, displayed an early aptitude for m ..read more
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The Transformative Power of Music
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by Panos Karan
2w ago
I had the privilege of experiencing the extraordinary performance of the Chennai Youth Sinfonietta on December 11, 2023, where the stage became a canvas for a mesmerizing fusion of talent and dedication. As the founder of Keys of Change, witnessing the realization of our collaborative project with Musée Musical Foundation was truly a night to remember. The orchestra, comprised of exceptionally talented young musicians, radiated passion and dedication as they graced the stage. Their overarching goal of using music to spread positivity throughout the city was palpable in every note. The careful ..read more
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From the Stage to the Concert Hall
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by ON Stage
2w ago
In the Spring 2024 Season, the Symphony Orchestra of India will be performing a wide array of orchestral works, mostly from the 19th century, some with evocative titles and others with none. Some of these pieces were initially meant for the concert hall, while others were meant for the opera house, from where they came—as did a lot of great orchestral music from operas—into the concert hall. Is there a fundamental difference between these two kinds of music? As is the case with modern film music, incidental music (i.e., music for theatrical performances) and music for operas and ballets need t ..read more
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What does an orchestra conductor really do?
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by The Conversation
3w ago
In recent years there have been many films about orchestra conductors. In films such as Divertimento, Tár, and Maestro, you can sense the halo of mystery that surrounds the figure of the conductor, which composer and music critic Robert Schumann called “a necessary evil” as early as 1836. To the untrained eye, the conductor stands on a podium and wildly gesticulates in front of a group of musicians who already have an intimate knowledge of the scores they are performing. The conductor is the only member of an orchestra who has no instrument, and makes no sound of their own throu ..read more
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Innovation, Inclusion, and International Collaboration: Anthony Bowne’s Trinity Laban Journey
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by Nikhil Sardana
3w ago
Professor Anthony Bowne’s distinguished career encompasses leadership, education, and creative expertise, notably steering Trinity Laban since 2010. His pivotal role in the merger of Laban and Trinity College of Music formed the largest conservatoire in UK higher education. Anthony’s diverse background includes dance education, economics, and architecture, with a career spanning from an economist in the motor industry to a position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His creative ventures in lighting design and architecture, exemplified by the Stirling Prize-winning Laban Building, s ..read more
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Gustav Mahler’s Symphonies on the Big Screen
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by The Conversation
3w ago
The works of the composer Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) are among the most often played in many orchestras’ repertoire. This was not the case during his lifetime, however, when he was much more popular as a conductor than a composer – his critics finding his compositions too different, too complex and, as one critic put it, “dangerous”. One champion of Mahler after the second world war was the composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990), who played an important part in the posthumous breakthrough of Mahler’s music. Bernstein’s love of Mahler has been dramatised in two films this year, Mae ..read more
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