Posts Tagged ‘composer’

view of an orchestra hall from the point of view of a player with a music stand and a piece of music open on the stand. The concert hall is empty.

Jews, Richard Wagner and Anti-Semitism

This summer at Camp Interlochen, I struggled with how I felt about playing music by anti-Semitic composers. The events of Pittsburgh have once again brought my feelings into question, and I’m still figuring out where I stand. Toward the end of my six weeks at Interlochen, my orchestra and I were told we were going…

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Daniel Barenboim conducting

Daniel Barenboim Is Named Musical Director of La Scala Opera House

October 13, 2011 Israeli composer Daniel Barenboim is named as the musical director of Milan Italy’s La Scala Opera House. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1942, Barenboim moves to Israel in 1952 with his family. Beginning to study classical music and the art of conducting at the age of 14, he is quickly recognized…

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Aaron Copland

Detroit’s Classical Music and Aaron Copland

Locally, there is a vibrant classical music scene. This is largely due to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the many community orchestras and ensembles that play in the Metro Detroit area. One of the most common composers performed by these groups is Aaron Copland. Aaron Copland Copland wrote many influential works such as Appalachian Spring,…

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Leonard Bernstein in the Detroit Jewish Chronicle April 12, 1946

Leonard Bernstein – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

Leonard Bernstein, the legendary composer, pianist, conductor and all-around great man of American music, would have been 100 years old in 2018. There will be thousands of events around the world this year to commemorate the life and career of this son of Ukrainian Jews as a part of #Bernsteinat100. The National Museum of American…

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Igor Levit classical pianist

Tickling Ivory

It’s Gilmore Keyboard Festival time — meet two of this year’s stars. Just after performing a powerful concert in London, classical pianist Igor Levit received some powerful news: He was the 2018 winner of the Gilmore Artist Award. The prize? An impressive $300,000 in recognition of his piano talents. The award, conferred every four years…

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