"The Challenges of Modernist Music" with Charles RosenThe first lecture of the series will be given by Charles Rosen, celebrated pianist and writer upon whom President Barack Obama conferred the National Humanities Medal in early 2012. Rosen is the author of the acclaimed The Classical Style, a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and a passionate advocate of new music. He will assess the impact of contemporary music in the 21st century, exploring issues such as the role of public and private institutions, the responsibility of education in keeping the arts alive, the divide between commercial popular music and the concert experience, and the challenges of art's accessibility from the 18th century until today.
What's the History of July 4th? Plus, 23 Surprising 4th of July FactsMany of us celebrate the Fourth of July every year with fireworks, barbecues, concerts and parades. Growing up, you may have heard that we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because that’s the day the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, but that’s not technically true! Although the Declaration was adopted on July 4, [...]1
Live music returns to Royal Opera House for an online audienceCollaboration with BBC will see three concerts live-streamed from the Covent Garden stage; Abbey Road reopens and welcomes back recording musicians; and BBC announces its first remote access documentary featuring the Kanneh-Mason family in lockdown
Throw a ‘Welcome to Summer’ Party for Your KidsMost school years go out with a bang: There are end-of-year concerts, field days, school-wide picnics, and all sorts of other pomp and circumstance. This year, it’s going out with a barely more than a whimper—a teacher dropping by to say a socially distanced goodbye, a final Zoom call with classmates. With everything feeling so bleak at the moment, one thing we can celebrate is the start of summer; by marking it with a party.
Tool Officially Cancel Tour So As Not To Tie Up Fans’ MoneyAfter coming back last year with the triumphant and long-awaited album Fear Inoculum, Tool were planning to spend their spring on a North American arena tour. They were two shows into that tour when the pandemic hit. (Maynard James Keenan has instead gotten busy with his ba Puscifer side project. Puscifer released their single "Apocalyptical" last month, and they've said that there's a new album coming this fall.) While many of Tool's peers have rescheduled their planned shows for fall or for 2021, Tool have announced on Facebook that they've made the difficult decision to straight-up cancel the rest of the tour. They've got a good reason for it. Fans who bought tickets to those Tool shows can now get refunds. If they hadn't canceled, fans would've been able to use their tickets for the rescheduled shows. But given that nobody knows when large-scale concerts will be able to return, they'd rather just give the money back. In their Facebook announcement, the band writes, "In our opinion,
Suite for Violin & Piano by William Grant Still presented by AmiciMusicViolin Suite by William Grant Still, composed in 1943. Performed by Timothy Schwarz, violin and Daniel Weiser, piano for the AmiciMusic series in Asheville, NC (www.amicimusic.org) at a House Concert in Hendersonville, NC. All three movements of this incredible piece are based on different works of art from Harlem Renaissance painters and sculptors.
Venues, Festivals Search For Hope Amid A Slowly Opening EconomyCompared to the other casualties of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, it barely registers in media coverage and the public consciousness. Yet in mid-March, the sudden shuttering of venues for live music—grand concert halls and…