Catching some Z’s Johannes Brahms

I always thought that my grandfather was the luckiest person on earth! No matter how dull the conversations, boring the sermon or uncomfortable the journey, he always managed to nod off. At first I thought he was just pretending, but [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 8th, 2014
The Waltz King – Three Strauss Brothers

This is a big year for Strausses! We have celebrated the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, composer of the great tone poems Ein Heldenleben Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Don Juan, Don Quixote and Thus Spake Zarathustra and his controversial operas [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | October 4th, 2014
Tango Beyond Piazzolla I. Introduction

When Astor Piazzolla went to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger, he was embarrassed by his non-classical music past, and that he played tango music with a bandoneón in a cabaret at night. No matter how hard he tried to [...] more >>

by Jenny Lee | September 18th, 2014
A serious case of the Flu! Johannes Brahms and H2N2

Throughout his life, Johannes Brahms equated corporeal infirmity with frailty of character. An avid outdoors enthusiast, who boasted that he had never consulted a physician or taken any medication, Brahms confidently asserted the connection between a healthy body and a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 16th, 2014
Maurice Ravel: Mysteries of the Brain

Maurice Ravel was small and slender in stature, standing about 162 centimeters, with an unusually large head in relation to his body. He was an avid walker and swimmer and until the age of 50 he was perfectly healthy. Ravel [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 5th, 2014
“I drink, therefore I am” Modest Mussorgsky

When the legendary British surreal comedy outfit “Monty Python” announced a reunion show in 2014, tickets sold out in a matter of minutes and additional shows had to be hastily arranged. Performing in London’s O2 Arena, satellite live feeds broadcast [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 18th, 2014
Dancing into the Past

John Adams, born 1947, made the world look at East-West relations in a new light with his ground-breaking opera Nixon in China. First performed in Houston in 1987, the opera took a look behind the scenes of an event of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 16th, 2014
Egos and Ballet

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 Once upon a time, a ballet dancer had a dream of doing a ballet on a classical Greek theme. At the time, he was just a dancer in the Imperial Russian Ballet and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | August 13th, 2014