November 20, 2013 |
"Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," the HBO documentary that premiered this week, follows the life of Moms Mabley, the pioneering black comedian who rose to fame for her folksy, sometimes off-color humor. In chronicling her career, the documentary also shines a light on the chitlin' circuit -- the informal collection of live-performance venues where black entertainers could find work during segregation. The chitlin' circuit -- named after chitterlings, the soul-food staple of cooked pig intestines -- was a safe haven for black performers of all genres, allowing them to work at a time when many venues refused to employ people of color.
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November 6, 2013
Clarence 'Ace' Parker Oldest living Football Hall of Fame member Clarence "Ace" Parker, 101, a star of New York City football in the 1940s who was the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Wednesday, the Canton, Ohio-based Hall of Fame announced. He had been hospitalized with a pulmonary condition since late last month, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported. Born May 17, 1912, in Portsmouth, Va., Parker was an all-around athlete who played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University, earning All-America honors as a tailback in football.
October 9, 2013 |
It was said to have been a disastrous seven days for classical music in America. "Hell week" is what Russell Platt called it in the New Yorker last week. New York City Opera declared bankruptcy and shut down. Minnesota Orchestra's music director Osmo Vänskä resigned in frustration over a contract dispute that forced management to cancel all of last season and, still unresolved, resulted in the cancellation of a high-profile tour to Carnegie Hall next month. Speaking of Carnegie, the country's most famous hall canceled its opening night gala last week because of a strike by the stagehands.
October 2, 2013 |
Carnegie Hall's opening night gala -- an annual highlight of the New York cultural calendar -- has been canceled at the last minute because of a strike by the organization's stagehands. The Wednesday evening concert was to feature the Philadelphia Orchestra led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with appearances by violinist Joshua Bell and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. The labor strike stems from a disagreement over stagehands' jurisdiction over Carnegie Hall's education wing, which is scheduled to open next year.
February 5, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra has played all over the city, UCLA's Schoenberg Hall and the Skirball Cultural Center included. But it hasn't ventured outside of L.A. Now the orchestra will finally hit the road -- and it's headed straight to Carnegie Hall . “Why settle?” says Artistic Director Russell Steinberg. More than 75 students, ages 8 to 18, will travel to New York for a Feb. 25 concert. The evening is in honor of their late program director and viola coach Eve Cohen, who passed away from cancer last October.
November 29, 2012 |
Osvaldo Golijov is one of the most in-demand composers working today, with commissions from major orchestras around the world. But the past few years have been difficult for the Argentine composer: He has missed deadlines for new pieces and was accused earlier this year of plagiarism. On Thursday, Golijov whiffed again with the announcement that his new violin concerto -- already delayed -- will not be ready for its scheduled performances in January. The piece had been scheduled to be performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos, in concerts in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall.