March 2, 2004 |
"Ainadamar" is Arabic for "Fountain of Tears." This is what medieval Spanish Arabs called the source of a canal carrying water into the city of Granada. And it was at this grimly fitting site that fascists executed the great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca early on the morning of Aug. 18 or 19, 1936, along with other victims of the Spanish Civil War, throwing the bodies into a mass grave.
October 13, 2002 |
The talk about him and Mozart began innocently enough, as a midsummer joke. Osvaldo Golijov was at the annual music festival on Cape Cod for a performance of his "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind." When the players finished it, they beckoned him onto the stage of the Brewster Baptist Church to share the audience's standing ovation, a form of ego stroking the 41-year-old composer has had to get used to of late.
April 22, 2013 |
Eleven minutes and 22 seconds of what was once expected to be a major half-hour string quartet is not, quite yet, a comeback. But a little more than 11 minutes of very good music by a wonderful composer, loved by audiences and performers alike and simply one of the great musical forces of our time, is a start. What's to be done about Osvaldo Golijov other than wait? Probably nothing. His "Qohelet," which the St. Lawrence String Quartet played at Irvine Barclay Theatre on Sunday afternoon, had its first performance at Stanford University in 2011.
August 16, 2007 |
New York's Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera will co-produce stagings of John Adams' "Doctor Atomic" and a new work by Osvaldo Golijov. "Doctor Atomic," which had its world premiere at the San Francisco Opera in October 2005, will open at the Met on Oct. 13, 2008, and at the ENO in February 2009, the companies announced Wednesday.
January 23, 2013 |
A valuable Scarampella violin is at the center a brewing legal dispute involving a musician with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Filip Fenrych, a Polish-born violinist with the orchestra, claims that he doesn't owe $43,000 to a woman who authenticated a Scarampella violin after she sold it to him, without authentication, for a reduced price. The case was reported by Courthouse News. Fenrych is arguing that Tara Moore of Mesquite, Texas, asked for $90,000 for the violin that bore a Scarampella label, but wasn't authenticated.
May 27, 2001 |
"The way to write American music is simple," said critic and composer Virgil Thomson. "All you have to do is to be an American and then write any kind of music you wish." Which means that American music could be European music. Or African music, or Caribbean or Indonesian. Anything. Paradox and perplexity, it seems, is the price of freedom. "Music of and About the Americas" is the theme of the Ojai Music Festival this year, running Wednesday through next Sunday.