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I Am the Very Model: Gilbert and Sullivan and Light Opera I

It’s of some tribute to librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) that 140 years after their first comic operas hit the stage, we can still find a great deal of humour in their works and many of [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 16th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe George Frideric Handel II

When Ludwig, or Louis Spohr (1784-1859) died at the age of 75, Johannes Brahms lamented that the last of the great masters had died. This seems high praise indeed for a composer whose posthumous neglect is shockingly at odds with [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 15th, 2018
At the Center of the Musical Universe George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) is consistently acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of his age. He contributed to virtually every vocal and instrumental genre in his time, and decisively invented and shaped the evolution of the English oratorio. Handel [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 8th, 2018
108 Desires of Purcell

In his opera King Arthur, the third act starts with a dramatic scene – Emmeline meets Oswald, who is ardently wooing her, but she’s frozen IN terror. Oswald, showing off, whips out his magic wand changes the entirety of England [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 7th, 2018
Lyricism and Percussionism

We associate John Cage with a number of different sound events – the percussion group that he took on tour around the West Coast in the late 1930s, random radio sounds from his work for 12 radios (Imaginary Landscape No. [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 3rd, 2018
Ring Bells! Sing Songs!: The Musical VI

Roaring onto the Broadway stage and changing the musical forever was Disney’s The Lion King, with music by Elton John. No musical had taken a children’s animation as its source and turning the fantasies of a cartoon into a performance [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 2nd, 2018
A Champagne Toast to 2018!

People across the globe celebrate the arrival of the New Year with a variety of delectable customs. In Spain, tradition dictates the eating of 12 grapes—washed down with a glass of Cava—with each stroke of the clock at midnight. In [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 1st, 2018
A Musical New Year in Vienna

The New Year’s concert by the Vienna Philharmonic is commonly regarded as the most important classical concert worldwide. Seen by an estimated audience of 1 billion viewers around the world, the concert always features works by the Viennese Strauss family, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 31st, 2017