During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China staged eye-popping public ceremonies in the Bird's Nest, an iconic stadium built for the occasion. Last summer, singers in the Rochester Oratorio Society zipped by the Nest about two weeks before the Games began. It was thrilling to see it in person!
Now the Bird's Nest is in the news again. With seating for 90,000 spectators, the Nest has stood virtually empty since the Games ended. But it may be saved by the arts; more specifically, by a production of Puccini's Turandot.
The fact that “Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou will restage his famous production of Puccini's "Turandot" at the stadium in October comes as a noteworthy development. Zhang's mega-production, which was originally staged at the Forbidden City in 1998, will include new and improved special effects in addition to the cast-of-thousands pageantry that marked its first outing,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
You can walk in, touch, feel, and listen in the space where Aaron Copland wrote his memoirs and a number of major works.
I’m a history geek, so I love the fact that Copland’s house in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., has been declared a national historic landmark by the National Park Service. It’s the only national landmark devoted to a American classical music composer. Copland House now houses a nonprofit organization that runs musical and educational programs. Check out the website. You can see pictures by clicking here.
"The day I enter a music competition is the day the New York Phil and Chicago Symphony duke it out in a steel cage Mahler death match." What are the benfits of music competitions?
The High Falls Business Association has teamed up with the Hochstein School of Music & Dance and WXXI to launch Hochstein at High Falls, a noontime summer concert series.
They seem to come in waves.
Classical music pops up in commercial advertisements and disappears for awhile. Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t watch a lot of commercial TV, so when I happen to catch it in ads, I notice.
The other day, my ears perked at the sound of this ad featuring "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's Planets. Watch for the big bite in tempo with the music.
And how 'bout this classic?
What fun this must have been to put together!
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The next time you visit Philly, check out the birthplace of American singer Marian Anderson.
The modest, nineteenth century, two-story house has Art Deco touches and a small basement, which the singer remodeled for enjoying music and hanging out with friends. Conductor Arturo Toscanini said she had “a voice such as one hears only once in a 100 years.”
In 1939, after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her sing at Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall, Anderson performed for 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial.
One of the oldest and most interesting pipe organs in town isn’t in a public space. It’s in a private home, a mansion on Mt. Hope Avenue near Highland Park. Here are pictures!
We in Rochester are so blessed to have lots of resources right here in our area to enjoy great classical music. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Youth Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music and all of its ensembles, the Hochstein School, Madrigalia, Rochester Oratorio Society -- those that we all think of immediately are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other great regional orchestras, choirs, operas, church and school music...too many to name individually.
And now, as if this is not enough, satellite technology