November 3, 2005 |
Kenneth Branagh will direct a film version of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the BBC reports. James Conlon, who becomes music director for the Los Angeles Opera in 2006-07, will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Filming will begin in January at London's Shepperton Studios. Stephen Fry, who collaborated with Branagh on the 1992 Branagh-directed film "Peter's Friends," wrote the libretto, transferring the setting to World War I.
July 11, 2006 |
Long Beach Opera will celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday next season by ignoring his music but staging three Southern California premieres centered on the composer. The three-work "No Mozart" program, Sept. 29-30 at the Vault 350 nightclub in Long Beach, will include "Letters, Riddles and Writs" by Michael Nyman, "M Is for Man, Music and Mozart" by Louis Andriessen, and "Mozart-Adagio" by Arvo Part.
December 30, 1991
What was No. 1 last year? When it came to measuring up 1991, the numbers told the tale. Some choices were made by popular ballot--consumers voted with their wallets at the check-out stands or ticket counters, while others punched in their picks with the TV remote control. A few big-buck choices were made at the auction houses, while others simply twisted the radio dial.
January 2, 1991 |
Worldwide, 1991 will see the commemoration of the bicentennial of Mozart's death, at the tragically early age of 35. Locally, the Orange County Philharmonic Society takes the lead in scheduling concerts in honor of this commemoration, including a number of promising operatic events: * Christopher Perick will conduct the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a concert version of Mozart's "Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail" on March 6 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
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July 30, 1998
Laboratory rats exposed to a Mozart sonata (K. 448) before and after birth are able to complete mazes more rapidly and with fewer errors than those exposed to minimalist music (a Philip Glass composition), white noise or silence, researchers from the University of Wisconsin report in the July issue of Neurological Research. The rats were exposed to the sounds before birth and for 60 days after, then tested in mazes for five days.
February 4, 1991 |
Unless you have been off the planet the last six months, you must know that Mozart died in 1791. Practically every musical organization is noting the fact with some sort of observance this season, not that Mozart's music was ever in short supply. Certainly the bicentennial has not been lost on Fred Sherry.
June 20, 2006 |
It has been close to five months since Mozart's 250th birthday, a milestone so major that even the musical skinflints at National Public Radio sent a couple of correspondents to Salzburg to cover the celebration in the composer's Austrian birthplace breathless sportscaster style. But that was only the beginning. Mozart is all over the map every spring and summer, and much more so this year. Last month in Tokyo, for instance, the Japanese squeezed 377 Mozart concerts into four days.
January 1, 1999 |
What's the biggest challenge facing classical music? The decline of arts education? The rise of Celine Dion? No, as troubling as those things are, there is a larger and more insidious threat out there. It's the Mozart Industry. The Mozart Industry, not to be confused with the composer himself, is a sprawling multinational concern, with no identifiable headquarters. It manufactures not only merchandise but opinion.