July 16, 2006 |
TOO good to be true? Apparently. There was considerable fanfare this month when a number of news organizations proclaimed the discovery of what they said was a print of the only authentic photograph of Constanze Mozart, the composer's widow, taken when she was 78. But scholars have now labeled the claim a hoax.
August 10, 1997 |
Inside his colonial duplex on a leafy street in Harvard Square, Mozart scholar, concert pianist and Harvard professor Robert Levin is lecturing to a class of one. Nearly 6 feet tall and dressed in two shades of his favorite color (royal purple shirt and plum-colored socks), he uses any one of six nearby keyboard instruments to illustrate his main point: the importance not just of reproducing Mozart's music but making it live.
December 8, 1996 |
There was a time when classical music was firmly separated from what the establishment regarded as lesser musical forms--a shining castle on the hill that could never be approached by performers of lesser musical forms. Benny Goodman's 1938 concert in Carnegie Hall, a hallowed classical music venue, was considered an astonishing achievement for a jazz band.
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.