| Jan 6, 2009
| 10:10 PM
Betty Freeman, a fiercely independent philanthropist and photographer often described as a Medici for contemporary classical music, who supported a Who's Who of modern composers, including John Cage, Philip Glass, Pierre Boulez and John Adams, died...
| Oct 4, 2008
Pierre Boulez once infamously called for burning down opera houses as a way of beginning all over again with what seemed, to progressives in the 1950s, a moribund art form. He, of course, kept his matches in his pocket.
Thursday night during a Los...
| Jun 7, 2009
The Ojai Music Festival has a long tradition of picking some of the era's most important artists to serve as its music director, a position that rotates annually. But though the festival has sometimes chosen more than one person at a time for the job,...
| Nov 1, 2009
Google "viola joke" and you'll be rewarded with thousands, an afternoon's worth of hilarity at the expense of one of the most expressive sound producing machines ever conjured up.
Here's a popular example: What's the difference between a viola and a...
| May 8, 2012
| 10:00 AM
No sooner have the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti unpacked their bags from their successful tour of Russia and Italylast month than they are making plans for two more foreign trips together next season.
The music director will take his...
| May 22, 2012
| 12:30 PM
Eric and Mary Ross: Boulevard d'Reconstructie
May 25, 8 p.m., $8-$15, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org.
It's the spooky solo instrument in every '50s sci-fi movie orchestra. It's the trippy, skyward warble in...
| Dec 1, 2010
| 9:32 PM
Eminem, once a music-industry pariah, cleaned up at the nationally televised nominations Wednesday for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards. Nearly a decade after he divided Grammy voters because of his explicit lyrics and was denied an album of the year......
| Nov 2, 2011
| 10:14 AM
This weekend, Wesleyan University will host an array of events paying tribute to composer Alvin Lucier, who retired from the faculty in July after 40 years of teaching.
Even if you aren’t familiar with Lucier’s work, you’d be challenged...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 9:51 PM
PARIS -- You can't have music without rests, and musicians without rests don't sound so great either, so after six straight nights of concerts, the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra finally got a day off to set out on various quests.
| Dec 7, 1993
There was a story Frank Zappa liked to tell about the time in the late '60s when he and the Mothers of Invention were booked, along with Woody Herman's big band, to play a dinner for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.Seeing as these were...