A Musical Call to Arms

The Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra recently performed a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim — nine programs devoted to the nine Bruckner symphonies, which on two evenings were preceded by [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | February 12th, 2017
Sumi Jo banned from performing in China

If you live and work in the Asia-Pacific region you surely are familiar with THAAD. The acronym actually stands for “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense,” and represents an anti-ballistic missile system designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles. The missile carries [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 9th, 2017
Still too hot to handle! Daniel Auber: La muette de Portici !

The Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels hosted a rather special performance on 25 August 1830. William I, Prince of Orange and King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg was celebrating the 15th year of his reign, and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 5th, 2017
Elphie has landed in Hamburg!

The project was delayed by 7 years, and overran its projected budget by 700 Million Euros! But finally, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg—tenderly referred to as “Elphie” has landed! Placing a wave of glass on top of several refurbished old harbor [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 22nd, 2017
Another Casualty of War Alexandrov Ensemble

Flying is supposed to be the safest form of transportation; at least that’s what statistics will tell you. In very recent memory, a crash in South America has received lots of media coverage because it carried a first division Brazilian [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 10th, 2017
Ancient Sounding Timbers Pianos by Stuart & Sons

If you’ve been reading my column on instrument makers over the years, you certainly must have noticed that I am highly critical of the huge number of mass-produced and bland pianos that are being churned out by established brands every [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 20th, 2016
Patriotism and Nationalism VII: Patriotic Songs but Not National Anthems

Many countries have songs that are patriotic but that are not their national anthems. Sometimes these are known as the ‘unofficial national anthems’ and sometimes they’re just more familiar.

by Maureen Buja | October 7th, 2016
Patriotism and Nationalism VI: South Africa and Belgium

For many countries, their National Anthems are symbols of their place in the world. They may reflect many different aspects of a country, sometimes listing nature’s bountiful beauties, sometimes giving an encapsulated history of a country, or reflecting a particularly [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | September 30th, 2016