Behind the scenes

Moonlighting as Orchestral Conductor

It’s relatively easy to moonlight as a burger flipper at your local fast food joint, or to deliver ready-made foods to hungry customers. But it gets somewhat more complicated when you supplement your income from regular employment by moonlighting as [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 9th, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Philipp Kirnberger

“Johann Sebastian Bach’s method is the only one and the best one. It is regrettable that this great musician has written nothing theoretical about music, and that his teachings have been made available to posterity only through his pupils.”

by Georg Predota | June 23rd, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Friedrich Gulda and Martha Argerich

Around Martha Argerich’s 5th birthday, her mother placed her under the pianistic tutelage of Vicente Scaramuzza. Even though Mr. Scaramuzza was considered a sadistic fanatic, he gave her a superb technical grounding and laid the foundations for her unique cantabile [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 16th, 2017
Recitative Squabble

Count Giovanni de’Bardi was a seriously important man in Florentine society of the Renaissance. He studied Latin and Greek, took lessons in music composition, and as a soldier fought a number of successful wars. Yet he is primarily known for [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 7th, 2017
Leonard Bernstein and the Nixon Tapes

Leonard Bernstein’s Mass was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy as part of the opening ceremony for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It premiered on 8 September 1971 and is based on the Roman Catholic [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 14th, 2017
Big Luciano and his Little Friend

Luciano Pavarotti was well into middle age, enormous in circumference, and rich beyond comprehension. He certainly was famous the world over, and it came as no surprise that his passion for women—only rivaled by his love of food and money—would [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 20th, 2017
Leonard Bernstein and the Black Panthers

Leonard Bernstein (1914-1990) was one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history. He once told the New York Times, “I want to conduct. I want to play the piano. I want to write for Hollywood. I [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 2nd, 2017
Vassyl Slipak: Great Baritone killed by Sniper

Opera singers die on stage almost every night! However, it’s somewhat rare for them to actually perish in real military engagements. But that’s exactly what happened to Ukrainian bass-baritone Vassyl Slipak on 29 June 2016. After singing at the Paris [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 30th, 2017