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Musicians and Artists: Virtuosos and Ingres

The French neo-classical painter Jean-Auguste-Domique Ingres (1780-1867) was very much a student of the academic painter Jacques-Louis David and brought David’s classical and restrained model into the nineteenth century. In addition to his considerable painting skills, he was also a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 14th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Ethel Waters and Beauford Delaney

The American artist Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1901 and showed skill in drawing from an early age. His activities in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance as a pastel portraitist brought him into conjunction with [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 23rd, 2019
Composers and their Poets: Strauss Gets Married

Richard Strauss used the world of literature in his song settings, from sixteenth-century poems by Shakespeare to the poems of his contemporaries such as Richard Dehmel. His experience in writing operas also developed his song-writing abilities. His first song, “Weihnachtslied’ [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 16th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Pasqualini and Sacchi

The signs of greatness can include many things, but being crowned by Apollo, the god of music and the arts (among many other attributes), is a definite signal. Marc’Antonio Pasqualini (1614-1691) was a celebrated male soprano from Rome, first singing [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 9th, 2019
Classical Music at Hong Kong International Airport

I’ve been traveling extensively throughout the world, and for me personally, Hong Kong International Airport still ranks as one of the best such facilities in the world! Built on a large artificial island, it replaced the old Kai Tak Airport [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 8th, 2019
Music to Save Your Life An Interview with Jeanne Kelly of Encore Chorale

In America, we tend to think of music as something done by children, or professionals, or, perhaps done by adults who are still channeling their inner child (a nod to Mr. Jagger, now hitting a youthful 75). In other countries, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 2nd, 2019
Cooking with the Classics

I was in a shop recently and found BeepEgg, an egg timer that goes into the water with your eggs and lets you know when they’re done. I bought the one with Classical Music themes, called BeepEgg Nori, decorated with [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 28th, 2019
Musicians and Artists: Berlin, Whiteman, Dove and others

As part of his six 1927 music paintings, Arthur Dove did three on George Gershwin’s music and one on Irving Berlin’s music. The link between Dove and these six paintings was Paul Whiteman and his Experiments in Modern Music concert [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 26th, 2019