January 4, 2005 |
A semi-staged concert version of "Passion," starring Patti LuPone, Michael Cerveris and Audra McDonald, was a success last summer for the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill. Now audiences in New York will get to see what the fuss was all about -- and so will television viewers across the nation.
August 15, 2004 |
So you want be an artist but think the starving part is not for you? Advice is at hand. Writer Adele Slaughter and actor Jeff Kober have gathered tips for those who wish to make money off their creative pursuits. Their book, "Art That Pays: The Emerging Artist's Guide to Making a Living," which came out of a workshop series at CalArts, is a how-to compendium on surviving as an artist.
August 26, 2003 |
Protest songs aside, the relationship between music and politics has seldom been close, and for every Verdi (who campaigned for the unification of Italy) or Paderewski (who became prime minister of Poland), there have been rather more composers and performers who refused to burden their art with worldly concerns. It's not my business, they would say -- citing Wagner's racist rants as an example of what happens when musicians step beyond the boundaries of their expertise.
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April 30, 2003 |
The 53-year-old diabetic with a weakened heart, a white, unkempt beard and several missing front teeth awakens in his $35-a-day room the size of a jail cell, cradling his electric guitar. He gets dressed and shambles a couple hundred feet down the street to a seedy BART plaza in the Mission district. He sits on a battery-powered amplifier, plugs in the guitar, puts a cardboard donation box on the ground and begins to play and sing.
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June 21, 2002 |
Nonchalance is not an option when making your Carnegie Hall debut. Just ask 15-year-old Sarah Crespo-Szabo. "I'm so nervous my hands are shaking," the percussionist confides to a cellist moments before the Santa Monica High School Symphony walks onstage. Crespo-Szabo and her 78 orchestra mates had spent months preparing for this moment, and, typical teenagers, many wanted to seem blase.
April 13, 2001 |
Musical Passions--settings of the Gospel accounts of the betrayal and crucifixion of Christ--seem unlikely vehicles for popular success in a secular, post-modern age. After all, this venerable genre, which began in the 10th century, has survived outside liturgical use almost exclusively on the strength of just two works, the "St. Matthew Passion" and the "St. John Passion" by J. S. Bach.