| Jun 14, 2009
In her four decades of performing on the international stage, Kiri Te Kanawa has appeared to live a fairy-tale existence. Adopted as an infant, Te Kanawa enjoyed a modest New Zealand youth until the age of 19 when she placed second in that country's...
| Apr 4, 2010
The Arts Club in Chicago is a tony member's eatery favored by architects and artists, featuring a steel staircase designed by Mies van der Rohe and a permanent collection of works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.
It was no...
| Jun 5, 2005
FRANK ZAPPA once wrote, "The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has the medieval aroma -- like the days when everything used to sound like that.... It's a great noise -- nothing else makes that noise."
Nothing else resembles the bassoon...
| Dec 12, 2004
Few violists are born. Most have the instrument thrust upon them. In fact, the viola -- the overlooked stepchild of the orchestra's string section -- is rarely studied as a first instrument at all. Until fairly recently, the road to mastering it...
| Sep 12, 2004
Decades ago, Ripley's Believe It or Not clued readers in about the English horn. The instrument, it declared, is "neither English nor a horn."
In fact, there's little agreement about where the name of this double-reed woodwind, a member of the oboe...
| Nov 9, 1986
Something strange seems to be happening in that spiffy new concert hall in Orange County. People are clapping.
The happy and justifiably proud Costa Mesans, and friends, are clapping con brio and con gusto. They are clapping loudly, smugly and dutifully....