Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra withdrew from his remaining performances in Chicago in October due to illness (“extreme gastric distress”)
The orchestra was able to engage Pierre Boulez to stand in for the ailing Muti.
Boulez will conduct Mahler’s Seventh Symphony for the PBS More >
Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 is tied with No. 5 for being my favorite Mahler work. So naturally when a friend told me he was going to conduct it I was excited. No. 6 presents two problems that the conductor needs to resolve. One is the ordering of the middle movements. More >
Composer Max Reger famously wrote to Dr. Rudolph Louis, a critic for the Münchner Neueste Nachrichten who had published a bad review on February 7, 1906 : “I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment it will be behind me!” (“Ich More >
Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice were onstage together at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts here in Philadelphia on July 27. The concert description on the Mann website describes it as “an evening of classics and R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” The media have dubbed it “The Diva and the Diplomat.”
The AP provides excerpts More >