Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:36 am
Few classical musicians these days are serious improvisers — aside from organists and early-music practitioners. But pianist Gabriela Montero is absolutely fearless when it comes to creating a new piece, right out of the air, right on the spot. At her concerts she takes requests from audience members. They can suggest a song for her to improvise on, or simply a topic of interest.
This Veteran's Day, music from Leonard Bernstein, John Phillip Sousa, and George Gershwin will fill the Majestic Theatre as the San Antonio Symphony is joined by the US Air Force's Band of the West.
"We'll use some of their players, they'll use some of our players, and we will all join together for Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!" said Captain Mike Hoerber, adding that it is a great way to continue the mission of the band.
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is being marketed as the home for San Antonio’s artistic community. What was once Municipal Auditorium is now just a shell as the rest of the theater is re-built from the ground up.
If ever the term ‘opposites attract’ were applied to an opera, it should applied to Jules Massenet’s Thais. Two of the unlikeliest of characters will carry on an extended, obsessive and sublimated non-affair affair. It will inspire some of the composer’s most popular music, the Meditation for violin and orchestra, though the work as a whole has never quite become part of the repertory. It falls between two of his most well known works Werther and Cendrillion.
Richard Stoltzman is a legendary musician, winning Grammy Awards, playing chamber music, new music and concerti around the world. He's also famous for his jazz, playing with greats like Woody Herman, Mel Torme, and Chick Corea. This weekend, Stoltzman will share his artistry with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic.
It would be well beyond facts to make the claim that every comedian is also inherently musical. However, I expect the exceptions would be a meager number when compared to those comedians who are, or in the case of comedians of yesterday, were endowed with significant musical abilities. Consider Steve Martin, today as much musician/banjo player as comedian. Even the recently departed Phyllis Diller played piano, apparently well enough in her younger years to consider a career in music. And what about Charlie Chaplin, who wrote music for his films?
Did you hear Paul Moravec's new work this weekend at the San Antonio International Piano Competition? Composers communicate to us with music, but they also write words sometimes as well. Composer Jennifer Jolley writes a great blog about music - check it out!
Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am
Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.