Orchestras

SCOTUS Strikes Down Racially-Gerrymandered Congressional Maps

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>"A state may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the majority opinion for a crucial Supreme Court ruling issued on Monday.<p>The justices ruled 5-3 in …

Judiciary

#3985: Music For an Imaginary American West

Listen to the latest record from Cuban-American Delia Gonzalez, a composer & multi-disciplinary artist based in both New York City & Berlin. Hear "Roulette" from <i>Horse Follows Darkness</i>, which gradually layers in interlocking piano rhythms and riffs, along with sweeping synths, rolling in like a …

Music

How Did Toby Keith Get To Do A Concert In Saudi Arabia?

One of the more baffling cultural intersections to take place during President Trump's first overseas trip was a concert that took place Saturday night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It featured American country music star Toby Keith, who performed for an all-male audience.<p>Keith's performance came …

Middle East

Other Minds 22, Resounding Sacred Tributes from Music to Wheaties

Nicole Paiement led a touching performance of Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro<p>Nominally this was a celebration of the life and music of Lou Silver …

Music

Teacher Sounds the Alarm on Graduation Gap

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>The end of the school year should be one of celebration and accomplishment. Nationwide graduation rates are at an all time high — in 2015, the high school graduation rate was 83 percent — but what that statistic doesn't show is the gap …

Education

Opera Parallele presents Philip Glass’s surreal ‘Enfants Terribles’

One of the music world’s most intriguing hybrids, “Les Enfants Terribles” combines music, choreography, vocalizing, and speech.<p>Philip Glass’ 1996 …

Classical Music

Bringing the humanity and greatness of Beethoven to life again

For a music lover, there are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe the magic of what Hershey Felder does on stage in his shows about …

Classical Music

Trump stops by Toby Keith concert in golf cart with Saudi King

The president was in a large golf cart, sitting next to the Saudi leader and took a long look at the concert while passing by.

Toby Keith

Decoding the music masterpieces: Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony

“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragic plays and tragic reality”, said the prophetic protagonist in the German philosopher …

Classical Music

Our class act: The San Diego Symphony's Jahja Ling takes a final bow as music director

During his 13 years as the music director of the San Diego Symphony, Jahja Ling has led the orchestra in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall and …

Classical Music

Royal Ballet mixed bill review – Scarlett and Yanowsky deliver a mesmerising melodrama

Royal Opera House, London A magnificent performance by Zenaida Yanowsky in Liam Scarlett’s Symphonic Dances crowns a programme including Balanchine, Forsythe and Wheeldon<p>When Zenaida Yanowsky retires at the end of this season, the Royal Ballet will lose one of its most profoundly intelligent and …

Royal Ballet

BBC Radio 3 - BBC Proms - How to get into the Proms if you thought you couldn’t

Although all seats for some concerts may have been sold, tickets are still available for over 60 Proms.<br>Here is a handy guide to the most popular Proms and some recommended alternatives which might tickle your fancy.<p><b>Hear John Adams throughout the summer</b><br>We are celebrating John Adams’s 70th birthday …

Classical Music

#3668: Music for Violin Plus

Hear new music featuring violin on this New Sounds program, including selections from Anna Clyne's remarkable multimedia work, "The Violin" and the centerpiece of Irish fiddler/composer Adrian Hart's record, "Cuisle." Listen to Hart’s suite for violin and electronics "Cuisle ‘is Tonnta," where …

Classical Music

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Shakespeare's words and Mendelssohn's music in DSO ReMix concert | Dallas Symphony

With the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Soluna Festival circling the theme of "dreams and illusions" this year, what could be a better fit than …

Classical Music

Enjoy a performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra on PlayStation VR's The Virtual Orchestra - PlayStation.Blog.Europe

<b>The Philharmonia Orchestra</b> and Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen today announce the next stage of their project to develop …

Virtual Reality

Verdict in Oklahoma Raises Old Fears of Racial Tension in Tulsa

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>This week, a jury in Tulsa, Oklahoma acquitted the police officer who had been charged with first degree manslaughter in the shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.<p>In the video of the incident, Crutcher, who is African-American, can …

Policing

Classical:NEXT 2017 - day one

Classical:NEXT 2017 – day one<p>9:15, 19th May 2017<p>In line with the theme of Classical:NEXT 2017, the British Association of Songwriters, Composers and …

Classical Music

Trump Visits Saudi Arabia as 'Drunk Americans' Singer Toby Keith Plays Men-Only Concert

He sang in front of the Trumps at the "Make America Great Again!" welcome celebration.

Middle East

How the Far-Right Media Spin Trump Chaos

Stories of Trump spilling classified information and trying to influence the former FBI director has dominated news around the world -- except in those places where it could not penetrate. On 4chan, Fox News, InfoWars, and right-wing radio, it was as if the scoops didn't matter or even …

Classical Music

Sukanya; Don Carlo; L'Orfeo review – to hell and back

Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Royal Opera House; St John’s Smith Square, London Eastern and western classical traditions dance the night away in Ravi Shankar’s beautifully staged opera. Plus, mesmerising Monteverdi<p>No one can fill the gap left by Ravi Shankar. All his life he strove to unite eastern …

Royal Opera House

Intoned Absurdity: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

<i>In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story.</i><p><i>Read the rest of our classical music coverage</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>______<p>LEONIDAS …

Classical Music

Toby Keith to perform in Saudi Arabia on weekend of Trump's trip

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump isn't the only American traveling to Saudi Arabia this weekend.<p>Country singer Toby Keith will perform Saturday at a free concert in the capital Riyadh, according to the Associated Press. The show will be open to men only, and Keith will perform alongside an …

Donald Trump

2CELLOS Performs The Lord of the Rings Song 'May It Be' With the London Symphony Orchestra

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser of 2CELLOS performed an incredible cover of the song “May It Be” from <i>The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring</i> …

The Lord of the Rings

Sunday Edition | Europe's first all non-white orchestra is changing the face of classical music

Europe's first all non-white orchestra is changing the face of classical music<p>May 12, 2017<p>Meet Chi-chi Nwanoku, the powerhouse double bass player who …

Classical Music

Maurizio Pollini to Play Chopin at Carnegie Hall

At 75, the pianist Maurizio Pollini may no longer be the guarantor of crystalline precision he was for much of his storied career. In recent years, bouts of illness have cut holes in his concertizing schedule, and reviewers of his solo recitals almost always mention the odd fudged run or …

The Arts

Opera training: how to hit the high notes | Advice

If you want to train as an opera singer, Britain seems a good place to be based. In the 2017 listing by subject, QS World University Rankings placed …

Classical Music

Kent Nagano, Gideon Zelermyer elated to work on Elijah

There’s more here than meets the eye. They’re both huge Leonard Cohen and Habs fans. They were both recruited by search committees, headed by former …

Classical Music

BBC Radio 3 - Radio 3 in Concert, Takacs Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets, The 19th-century string quartet written "for a later age"

Beethoven's String Quartet no.9 – “Razumovsky" – mystified his contemporaries when it was first performed in 1808, but as this breathtaking final movement shows, the composer was at the height of his powers.<p>The Takács Quartet, recorded at Wigmore Hall, London, on 15 May 2017, rise to the challenge …

Classical Music

A Syrian Journalist on Chronicling Life, Not Just War

Western media have long struggled to convey the enormity of Syria's now six-year war and sustain the attention of audiences, both because of the conflict's relentlessness and complexity, and because it has been nearly impossible to cover from the ground. Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim is working to …

Syria

A Special Election That Isn't About Trump

In the last 50 years, Montana has only voted for a Democratic presidential candidate once, with Republican candidates often winning by 20-point margins -- including Donald Trump's 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton. This has led many outside commentators to assume that the state's upcoming special …

Elections