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Christopher Rouse’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall

On May 5, Carnegie Hall launches the fourth and final season of its Spring for Music festival with a massive staging of Requiem, a work commissioned by the international sacred music foundation Soli Deo Gloria from the Pulitzer Prize-winning current composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Herman The innovative series Spring […]

Ursula Oppens – Thinking of the next note

Upon entering Ursula Oppens’ modestly furnished, yet comfortable Upper West Side apartment with a view of the pedigreed patina of the historistic cupola belonging to Columbia University’s campus building, one is immediately taken by the vibrant aura that surrounds the eminent musician. The personable pianist speaks softly, yet animatedly, in a welcoming way; her reputation […]

(le)Poisson Rouge’s in-house Ensemble LPR

Since (Le) Poisson Rouge, (LPR) opened in 2008; the venue has established itself as a sure ticket to an unconventional concert experience. LPR’s motto, “serving art and alcohol,” gives some idea of its free-spirited approach. Now, with the launch of its own ensemble, LPR has further expanded the venue’s ventures into unchartered, artistic territory. David […]

Miranda Cuckson – violinist with verve

  Photo credit: J. Henry Fair As part of this year’s Golandsky Institute’s Summer Symposium and International Piano Festival at Princeton, violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson appeared on stage with pianist Yegor shevtsov at the lecture of eminent composer, princeton’s own Steven Mackey, and the evening’s concert performance. Although the method is in its origins is designed to […]

The Blind – Lera Auerbach’s A Cappella Opera Provokes a Ritual Experience

“I am not a cheerleader,” Auerbach says in our meeting, the day after The Blind premiered on July 9th as part of Lincoln Center Festival. (until July 14th)“I am not trying to please anybody, which, by the way should not be the goal of any artistic endeavor. Yet, art should give you something you have […]

Pianist/Composer Seda Röder – Creating a New International Music Environment

To fulfill her mission: “Making contemporary music more approachable for everyone,” Turkish Pianist/Composer Seda Röder, has tapped into internationally seismic changes of accessible entrepreneurship in the arts. Röder brings her boundless energy and entrepreneurial instincts to all of her endeavors in her native Istanbul, Europe, and the US, giving lectures, recitals, and performance collaborations while […]

OMW – Original lifestyle in Music

 Brooklyn has become a meeting of the minds between music and entrepreneurship. One of the big new players is Paola Prestini, who was recently highlighted in The New Yorker.  The young “composer-impresario,” whose current project is orchestrating Oceanic Verses for its European premiere at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra this May, was recently named […]

Piano Battle – Andreas Kern versus Paul Cibis

Strutting their stuff, before and during the duel Photos: Matthias Bothor The 19th century virtuoso was familiar with the idea of proving one’s prowess at the keyboard with gusto, by competing against another virtuoso.  Thalberg/ Liszt are perhaps the most famous example of having such a duel, facing each other down -keyboard to keyboard. German […]

Hanna Arie-Gaifman – collaborative workings at the 92 Street Y

As the Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts, overseeing the 92Y’s concert series and Unterberg Poetry Center endowed by the Tisch Family, Hanna Arie-Gaifman indulges her deep love and knowledge of literature and music. “I came to the 92Y in 2000,“ shares Gaifman, sitting at her small desk, loaded with […]

Young Concert Artists – launching and nurturing profound new talent for the future of music-making

  It takes real enthusiasm and a vision to bring about the change politicians speak about.  In real life, it is only the most invigorated doers, like YCA’s Susan Wadsworth, who are able to implement new strategies and changes that have an enduring significance for the future. It all started on the ground floor loft […]