Operatic Disasters I

We all remember that horrible night in 1996, when the Venetian opera house “La Fenice” was destroyed and gutted by fire. What at first looked like an innocent accident soon turned out to be a mindless case of arson! Enrico [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 3rd, 2017
Ondes Martenot: Mystical Waves

The history of early electronic musical instruments is filled with evocative and colorful names. We find the Telharmonium (1897), Theremin (1919), Spharophon (1924), Electronde (1933), Trautonium (1930), Mellertion (1933), and the Ondes Martenot (1928). All these early synthesizers make use [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 27th, 2017
A Symphony Orchestra in Bombay

This September, the Symphony Orchestra of India, India’s only professional orchestra, is ten years old and will present a special anniversary season of canonic orchestral works at the orchestra’s home, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on the [...] more >>

by Serenade | May 14th, 2017
Music at the Nazi Games of 1936

The association of the Berlin Games with the Third Reich severely tainted the Olympische Hymne by Richard Strauss, even though the commission for the hymn did not come from the National Socialists but from the International Olympic Committee.

by Georg Predota | April 29th, 2017
Miami Sets a Precedent with New World Symphony

Miami, Florida conjures pristine beaches, blue skies, steamy air, trendsetting nightlife and Cuban food. But there is more to Miami than that—classical music! Take in high-quality performances by The New World Symphony at their stunning concert venue New World Center [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | April 23rd, 2017
When Music meets Business: Leadership and Communication with Marc-Antoine Hamet

The worlds of business and arts rarely meet. But both worlds have things to teach the other, and in recent years there’s been a growing trend for collaboration and discussion about aspects of life and work common to people working [...] more >>

by William Cole | April 23rd, 2017
Stingy Olympic Judges

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, was raised and educated in the classical tradition. “He was particularly impressed with the idea of what it meant to be a true Olympian, someone who was not only athletic, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 11th, 2017
The True Embodiment of the Olympic Spirit Micheline Ostermeyer

Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic games strongly believed that sports and the arts had become artificially separated. As such, he looked to integrate music alongside other art forms in the Olympic competition itself. The first “pentathlon of [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 19th, 2017