This is an absolutely fascinating animation from the New York Times of the connection between a conductor’s gestures, the responses of the musicians and the sounds that are created. Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic talks it through: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/04/06/arts/music/the-connection-between-gesture-and-music.html?ref=classicalmusic#
Image by Branco Gaica, courtesy Opera Australia. Opera Australia’s production of Falstaff opens in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House tonight, Friday February 15th, in its continuing ‘Verdi-fest’. Based on Shakespeare’s comic play The Merry Wives of Windsor, this production is directed by Simon Phillips and conducted by Antony Walker. Warwick Fyfe…
The pigeons of Trafalgar Square rightly had their feather ruffled when they had to make way for the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra. The musicians, who were looking very cool gave their first open air concert in Trafalgar Square, with their conductor Valery Gergiev. Here’s the link to the gallery: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/gallery/2012/may/15/lso-trafalgar-square-concert#/?picture=390137981&index=2
Scenes from the opening night of Dazzling Virtuoso – Gabriele Cassone performing the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concerti on the keyed trumpet with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
The conroversy continues over Professor Adrian Walter’s appointment to the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts: http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/menuitem.2af62ecb329d3d7733492d9253a0a0a0/?vgnextoid=37ddbd1435657310VgnVCM100000360a0a0aRCRD&ss=Hong+Kong&s=News
Ensemble Offspring has an exciting venture. It is a new annual recording series, Offspring Bites, celebrating the creation of new art music in Australia today, featuring an audio release alongside newly commissioned video art created by video artists Samuel James and Oliver Miller paired with the recordings. It is a start towards realising what Ensemble Offspring…