Dave Bing and Ben Townsend appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Augusta Heritage Center on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. A member of the Bing Brothers Band and the old-time revivalist string band Gandydancer, Dave Bing (a native of Roane County, W.Va.) is a widely respected veteran teacher and musician. A master of traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo music, Bing can move seamlessly from bluegrass to square-dance standards to old-time tunes.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 3:36 pm
Montreal band The Barr Brothers formed in 2005 when singer and guitarist Brad Barr met concert harpist Sarah Page after hearing her practice through the wall of his apartment. He and his brother, Andrew Barr, had played together in Boston as The Slip. But The Barr Brothers, as an official group, only took form after Page joined.
Here, the band plays songs from its new album, Sleeping Operator.
Sierra Hull makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. A gifted singer and mandolin player, Sierra Hull already sports an impressive resume at 23: She made her first appearance alongside Alison Krauss at 12 and released her first album at 16.
Joining the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma as a special guest artist, in the opening concerts of the Society’s 12th season, baritone Randall Scarlata and Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble musicians offered the Overture on Hebrew Themes Op 34 for clarinet, piano and string quartet by Sergei Prokofiev, a selection of six lieder for baritone and piano by Franz Schubert, Thea Musgrave's Four Portraits for baritone, clarinet and piano, Dover Beach Op 3 for baritone and String Quartet by Samue
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 10:29 am
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was among those who showed up at the Metropolitan Opera last night to denounce the production of The Death of Klinghoffer, which protesters say glorifies terrorism.
Chanting "Shame on the Met!" protesters, numbering about 400, said the performance of the 23-year-old opera was an affront to the memory of Leon Klinghoffer, a passenger on the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro that was hijacked by members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1985. Klinghoffer, 69, was shot in his wheelchair and dumped overboard.
Mark O'Connor has been visiting Mountain Stage since 1988, during which time he's become one of America's most beloved and highly regarded violinists. O'Connor composed what has become the world's most-performed modern violin concerto and released nearly 40 albums, including Hot Swing, a tribute to legendary French jazz master (and O'Connor's longtime friend and mentor) Stephane Grappelli.
Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm
I love composer anniversaries because they afford us opportunities to look at musicians anew, and 2015 will mark the centenary of the death of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. It's quite possible that you've never heard of Scriabin, but take comfort in the fact that even his biographer said, "No one was more famous during their lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after death."
Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 5:26 pm
The Metropolitan Opera in New York is bracing for one of the more controversial productions in its history. Since its first performance more than 20 years ago, some critics have charged that composer John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer is anti-Israel, and even anti-Semitic. But the opera's supporters dispute that. They argue that Klinghoffer is a dramatic masterpiece that deserves to make its Met debut on Monday.