Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners - John Luther Adams awarded the music prize!

Winning music, stories, photographs and cartoons, as well as bios and photos of winners, are available here. 

Congratulations to John Luther Adams for "Become Ocean" (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)!

Monday, April 7, 2014

From the Archives: George Shirley Interviews Marian Anderson

Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of an arts event that rocked a nation grappling with racial segregation. On April 9, 1939 – Easter Sunday black contralto Marian Anderson sang at the Lincoln Memorial after she was refused use of Constitution Hall. 

An internationally renowned opera singer, Anderson had performed in Europe, Russia, South America and across the United States, including a White House show for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But the Daughters of the American Revolution, which owned Constitution Hall, banned Anderson from performing in the auditorium. Eleanor Roosevelt, a member of the D.A.R., resigned to protest Anderson's exclusion. Listen here.

Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first "Madama Butterfly" at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner.

Just 2 1/2 hours later, the 34-year-old Latvian soprano was awakened by Met General Manager Peter Gelb, who wanted to know if she could take over a televised performance of Puccini's "La Boheme" that afternoon after Anita Hartig took ill.

Given the crazy question and unusual hour, Opolais said no thanks.
Five minutes later, she changed her mind.

Opolais on Saturday become the first singer in the Met's 131-year history to make two major role debuts within a day.  More

Conducting Guru Claims Women Shouldn't Be Conductors

Another outcry has arisen from comments about women being unsuited to be conductors. The remarks came from the Finnish conductor Jorma Panula, a veteran pedagogue whose students have included Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Susanna Mälkki, Mikko Franck and Sakari Oramo.

Panula was asked in a Finnish television interview on March 30 whether he appreciated the fact that more women are entering the profession. “I do not!” he responded. “What the hell, it is such a limited profession. There are more than enough men. They can try, but it is completely different. Some of them are making faces, sweating and fussing, but it is not getting any better – only worse!” More