October 12, 2012 |
James Levine has just earned some of the most important rave reviews of his long and distinguished career -- not from music critics, but from doctors on his medical team, who say that the long-ailing conductor has achieved a "remarkable" recuperation from severe back injuries and can resume performing with the Metropolitan Opera next spring. The Met announced Levine's impending return on Thursday, with what may be the first news release by a performing arts group to be dominated by quotes from four physicians.
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May 10, 2012 |
Mort Lindsey, a conductor, arranger and composer best known as the music director for Judy Garland in the 1960s and for his more than two decades as music director for "The Merv Griffin Show," has died. He was 89. Lindsey, who was in declining health since breaking his hip six months ago, died May 4 at his home in Malibu, said his son Trevor. A pianist and a former staff conductor for CBS and ABC in New York in the 1950s, Lindsey was music director for Garland at her historic Carnegie Hall concert on April 23, 1961.
December 26, 2011 |
As the old joke goes: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice, practice. " That punch line would have to be rewritten for vocal coach, performer and composer Ben Toth. Toth, 34, got to Carnegie Hall — and the Hollywood Bowl and Broadway — by helping other people practice, practice and practice some more. During a late November interview at a Los Feliz cafe, Toth — whose clients include Lea Michele, Taye Diggs, Josh Radnor, Wayne Brady, Christina Hendricks and Mandy Patinkin — was on a high from serving as musical director, arranger and backup singer for "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music From the 'Mad Men' Era" at Carnegie Hall" on Nov. 18. But there wasn't much time to relax and enjoy: Toth was also coaching Beau Bridges for his Broadway singing debut in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
May 8, 2011 |
When discussing the rapid rise of Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden, there's inevitable mention of maestros such as Georg Solti and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. As the concertmaster of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 16 years (and the youngest in its history), Van Zweden learned conducting 4 feet away from many of the greats of the age. And it was Leonard Bernstein who encouraged Van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, to first take up the baton during a rehearsal Bernstein led years ago of Mahler's First Symphony.
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July 16, 2010 |
Cuban singer Olga Guillot, who was hailed as "the queen of the bolero" and became the first Latin artist to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall, has died. She was 87. She died Monday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla. A family spokeswoman said Guillot had a heart attack. Her biggest hit was "Mienteme" ( "Lie to Me"), recorded in 1954. It was popular across Latin America and earned her three consecutive awards in Cuba as her homeland's best female singer.
December 25, 2009 |
Wayne Brady is savoring a big year, with doors opening to him at Carnegie Hall, the White House and, in multiples, on "Let's Make a Deal." The actor-singer-funnyman debuted in October as host of a revival of Monty Hall's classic game show, riding herd on eager contestants choosing between cash and the chance of prizes tucked, famously, behind doors No. 1, 2 and 3. The game show gig and Brady's sold-out Carnegie Hall debut in New York followed...