Kenneth Thompson, executive director of Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, remembers the first time he heard Rhiannon Bishop play. It was at a recital featuring area students. “I was sitting there enjoying the concert, but when Rhiannon was performing, there was something that really reached through my ears and into my heart.”
Artistic revolutions are rarely born easy. They complained about cubism, they grumbled about the "talkies" — and boy, did they bellyache over Wagner's trailblazing operas, especially Tristan und Isolde, which debuted 150 years ago Wednesday.
NOTE: I have never felt the need to preface a music review until now, but there's a first time for everything. Valentina Lisitsa has recently been criticized for what some have described as 'hate speech' in her Twitter feed. A native of Kiev, Lisitsa is vocal in her opinions about the conflict in Ukraine. Lisitsa's Tweets are often blunt and inelegant.