January 21, 2001 |
Classical music critics and audiences claim to yearn for artists with personality, but Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is more than some of them bargained for. She's been called the Method Actor or the Bad Girl of the Violin. She's been criticized for interpreting music too intensely, for overpowering the composer's intentions. Some people also don't like her sultry looks, tough talk on TV shows, or concert dress that is either too casual or too revealing. Take your pick.
April 28, 1986 |
There was a time when Dvorak's Violin Concerto was a repertory staple; it turned up in virtually every symphonic season, as beloved and ubiquitous as Brahms and Tchaikovsky are today. No longer. The Violin Concerto by Dvorak has gone the way of those by Goldmark and Vieuxtemps--exhumed sporadically, but largely forgotten.
August 5, 1987 |
At 15, Midori Goto seems to be a normal, even typical, teen-ager who lives in Manhattan. A native of Japan, she attends high school in her Upper West Side neighborhood; studies algebra, French, English and history; has "a lot of friends" and enjoys shopping at Macy's. But she also has another life. A violinist since the age of 4, Midori--the single word is now her complete, professional name--came to this country five years ago to study with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School.
August 23, 1987 |
Joseph Swensen is not an easily daunted musician. "I want to try to change the atmosphere of the place with the music, not change the music to fit the place," says the 27-year-old violinist, who will make his Hollywood Bowl debut Thursday with Brahms' Concerto. Swensen says he is very excited about the possibility of playing for so many people at one time. Indeed, he stressed the issue of excitement, and the challenge of communicating it musically, in a recent phone conversation.
June 28, 1992 |
The snow may have melted, but Aspen is one ski town that doesn't drowse the summer away. Instead, the hills are alive with musicians and fans--the Aspen Music Festival and School serves nearly 1,000 students with more than 200 faculty and guests, drawing an estimated 100,000 visitors to the Colorado town.
August 12, 1997 |
The Pacific Symphony has named a new concertmaster: Kevin Connolly, a violinist with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra who also is concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Connolly, 39, worked this past season as guest concertmaster for two performances with the Pacific, Orange County's largest professional resident orchestra. The concertmaster fulfills a leadership role in management of the orchestra, besides being its principal violinist and heading the first-violin section.