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2008-09-22 00:00:20

By Michael Savage When Beethoven stood up to conduct the first performance of his Fifth Symphony in 1808, he did little to encourage its popularity. While an under-rehearsed orchestra struggled to play the music, the audience, sat in a freezing concert hall, was too cold to care. But 200 years on, the work is enjoying a revival after an unlikely pair of celebrity conductors directed Ludwig van Beethoven's masterpiece during the BBC's reality television series, Maestro. Sales of Symphony...

2008-09-12 06:00:27

By Cheryl North Why would the management of New York's Carnegie Hall look all the way across the United States to San Francisco to fill the niche for its upcoming opening night gala commemorating the 90th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth? Because the Bay Area's maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are arguably the best qualified in the country to do the job. MTT, as Thomas is popularly known, is likely the artist most deeply influenced by, as well as...

2008-09-11 09:00:25

By DAN DUKE By Dan Duke The Virginian-Pilot Bernstein. Tchaikovsky. Falletta. With the three of them, this is a special weekend for classical music lovers in Hampton Roads. Leonard Bernstein is the subject of a PBS program that airs tonight, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 is the featured piece as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra opens its season Friday. JoAnn Falletta, music director of the orchestra, has a central role in both events. Falletta hosts the "Berlin Celebration...

2008-09-03 06:00:16

Ovation TV, the only network devoted exclusively to art, culture and personal creativity, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birthday and the 50th anniversary of his debut at Carnegie Hall with the premiere of "Leonard Bernstein Reflections." This rare film, produced in 1978, is being released for the first time in the United States and will receive its exclusive US debut on Ovation TV on Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. "This is one of those 'hidden gems'...

2008-08-22 09:00:43

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The legacy of Leonard Bernstein -- as a conductor, composer, and music advocate -- in the history and trajectory of twentieth-century America music can hardly be overstated. In this anniversary year for the composer, Sony BMG Masterworks is releasing The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein -- specially created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth on August 25, 2008 and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as Music Director...

2008-08-07 03:00:21

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 7--Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera saved the best for last. "West Side Story," the final production of its 2008 summer season, took the company out on a soaring and emotional high. The well-polished and stylish production owes much to its ensemble of youthful performers portraying the Jets, Sharks and -- pardon the dated expression -- their girls. It's their show as they glide, leap and tumble through Mark Esposito's choreography,...

2008-07-31 03:00:31

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 31--The loveliest summer concert series in Pittsburgh may be First Fridays at the Frick. It's hardly a secret. Typically, thousands of music lovers show up for the free events that are presented on the lush grounds between the museum of the Frick Art and Historical Society and Clayton, the Frick family mansion that dates back more than a century. Pittsburgh Symphonic Brass steps up to the First Fridays stage at 7 p.m. in Point Breeze...

2008-07-30 09:00:56

NEW YORK, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2008 Beijing Music Festival, which runs October 2nd - 19th, will host an extraordinary gathering of internationally celebrated musicians in a landmark year of cross-cultural exchange between China and the West. Currently the largest classical music festival in the eastern hemisphere, each year the Beijing Music Festival has grown in stature and reputation and with this year's stunning line-up of artists and popularity with international visitors, it's...

2008-07-27 00:00:29

By Clifford Bishop The street violence in Bernstein's version of 'Romeo and Juliet' gives added power to its high-energy mix of danger and romance Dance West Side Story Sadler's Wells LONDON Spartacus Coliseum LONDON Some things are timeless. In the 1950s, when oily quiffs were a grow-your-own kind of hoodie, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote a song called "Gee, Officer Krupke" that brilliantly anatomised the next half century's circular thinking on the topic of juvenile...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Rhoda Koenig First Night WEST SIDE STORY Sadler's Wells LONDON **** You can see why they were terrified. Gang fights, race hatred, flick knives - you call this a musical? It's no wonder the Tony judges, with - in the language of Arthur Laurents' book - the spit scared out of them, gave the award for the best show of 1957 to The Music Man (now enjoying a dazzling revival at Chichester, for those who want to make their own comparisons). But, though the initial Broadway run was also...


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