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    Keith Lockhart talks about his job...conducting.

    Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart loves his work. Here is an interview which aired on public radio's Marketplace.

    Keith Lockhart (born November 7, 1959, Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.) is an orchestral conductor. He is the current Music Director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, taking over from John Williams in 1995. Previous to this, Lockhart was associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops, as well as Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, all based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lockhart is an alumnus of Furman University, and of the Brevard Music Center, where he had his first experience of conducting. He was a conducting fellow at Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. More Wiki Bio | Official Site | ON THE WEB | IMAGES | SHOP Keith Lockhart

    Pianist Leonard Pennario dies

    Leonard Pennario, a popular classical pianist known for his enthusiastic public performances and recordings of the more melodic modern composers, died Friday [27 JUN 2008] in La Jolla. He was 83.

    The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said Mary Kunz Goldman, who is writing his biography.

    Mr. Pennario, who also became a life master in tournament bridge, was listed in both the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge. As a pianist, he made many recordings in the days of long-playing records, notably of works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, and appeared with well-known orchestras and conductors. Beginning in the 1960s, he also played in trios with the violinist Jascha Heifetz and the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

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    Leroy Anderson birth centennial

    WOODBURY, Mass. The music of a composer best known for his tribute to winter will be celebrated as the town honors the 100th anniversary of beloved composer Leroy Anderson's birth with a series of events that begin Saturday morning a commemorative postal cancellation at the Woodbury Post Office. MORE

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    100th anniversary of the birth of composer Leroy (pronounced luh-ROY) Anderson. Anderson, who was born June 29, 1908, was a master of light classical works, many of which have become so popular that we hardly realize anymore that they're by Anderson.
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    HUGO DISTLER Birth Centennial

    24 JUNE 1908 Birth of German composer and organist Hugo DISTLER in Nuremberg. d-Berlin, 1 NOV 1942. He is known mostly for his church choral music. He attended Leipzig Conservatory first as a conducting student with piano as his secondary subject, but changing later, on the advice of his teacher, to composition and organ. He became organist at St. Jacobi in Lübeck in 1931. He also taught at the School for Church Music in Spandau, and became a professor of church music in Stuttgart in 1940.
    Becoming increasingly depressed from the death of friends, aerial attacks, job pressures, and the constant threat of conscription into the German army, he committed suicide in Berlin at the age of 34. He chose to end his life by his own hand (with fumes from his own gas oven) rather than be conscripted by the Nazis into the German armed forces. His work is polyphonic and frequently melismatic, often based on the pentatonic scale. Because of these characteristics, his work was stigmatized by the Nazis as "degenerate art."

    Jussi JALAS

    23 JUNE 1908 Birth of Finnish conductor Jussi JALAS. Sibelius' son-in-law, born in Jyvaskyla. Armas Veikko Jussi Jalas (until 1944) aka Jussi Blomstedt. Died October 1985. He was a famous Finnish conductor and among other things, the Finnish National Orchestra and the Finnish National Opera conductor. Jalas taught at the Sibelius Academy. He also recorded as pianist. Jussi Jalas's father was architect George Blomstedt. Jalas's wife Margaret was composer Jean Sibelius's daughter.

    RENE BIANCO Birth Centennial

    21 JUNE 1908 Birth of French baritone Rene BIANCO in Constantine. Debut as Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 1934. Bianco performed regularly at the Paris Opera with a large repertoire of classics- especially works by Verdi, Gounod and Bizet. He taught voice until his retirement then lived in the Lyon region until his death in Charbonnieres-les-Bains on January 23, 2008.

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    Prokofiev in his own words

    The composer's diaries, rescued and decoded from the Soviet archives, reveal ceaseless work and words as polished as his music.
  • G S Smith, Times Online
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  • 1708 Birth of German composer J G JANITSCH

    19 JUNE 1708 Birth of German composer Johann Gottlieb JANITSCH in Schweidnitz, Silesia. He graduated from the University of Frankfurt an der Oder. He held various positions at the court of the Kingdom of Prussia, eventually becoming the personal musician of Frederick the Great. Janitsch died in the Prussian capital Berlin. Unfortunately, most of his music was lost during World War II. His manuscripts were stored at the Berlin Singakademie which was plundered during the war. Died 1763 in Berlin.
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    Natasha Marsh

    Natasha Marsh, 32, is the voice of the theme music for ITV's Euro 2008 coverage. Her debut album, 'Amour' reached No 1 on the classical chart in 2007; her next album, 'Natasha Marsh', is released on 23 June

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    Alondra de la Parra

    Alondra de la Parra (born October 31, 1980) is the founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, an orchestra that promotes young soloists and composers from the Americas. Raised in Mexico City, Alondra began her piano studies at age 7 and the cello at age 13. During adolescence she discovered her passion for conducting and at the age of 16 moved to London to study music at the St. Leonard’s Mayfield School. Alondra was awarded the Presser Scholarship at Manhattan School of Music and in the year 2000 at age 19, moved to New York City to study Piano and conducting, obtaining a BM in Piano Performance under the direction of Jeffrey Cohen.
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    John Verrall birth centennial

    17 JUNE 1908 Birth of American composer John VERRALL in Iowa, raised in Seattle and died in there in 2001. He was a composer and professor of music at the University of Washington. His body of work includes a wide variety of instrumental, orchestral, chamber and vocal compositions. MORE
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    Joseph Willem Mengelberg (28 March 1871 – 21 March 1951)

    Joseph Willem Mengelberg (28 March 1871 – 21 March 1951) was a Dutch conductor.

    January 4, 1921, Tuesday...William Mengelberg, orchestra leader of Amsterdam, arrived yesterday on the Holland-America liner Ryndam to be the guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra for some thirty concerts.
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    composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher

    Pintscher is one of Germany’s most exciting young composers, whose awards include first prize in the Hitzacker Composition Competition, the Salzburg Easter Festival Composition Prize and the Hindemith Prize from the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. MORE | ON THE WEB | IMAGES | SHOP Matthias Pintscher

    Voigt Returns to Opera Role at Center of Firing

    All Things Considered, June 13, 2008 - Opera singer Deborah Voigt will be reprising the title role in "Ariadne auf Naxos" at London's Royal Opera House next week. The role is one from which she was fired in 2004 because of her weight.


    14 JUNE 1908 Birth of German tenor Bernd ALDENHOFF in Duisburg. MET Opera Début 25 FEB 1955. [Tannhäuser] Tannhäuser, 1-season (1954-55) 4-perf. in 3-roles. Teacher was Lenz. Created Migel Manara in Don Juan de Manera (Tomasi). Bernd Aldenhoff was not only one of the last heldentenors, but also one of the most interesting. Knappertsbusch called him the most "human heldentenor" of his time. As an interpreter, Aldenhoff was, without a doubt, the most precise and sensitive Wagner tenor of his generation. He died in Munich on 08 October 1959 at the peak of his career from food poisoning.

    Remembering Wayne Connor

    Operatic tenor Wayne Conner was a classical-music radio personality as well as a teacher at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Academy of Vocal Arts and the Peabody Institute. For 30 years, he also produced and hosted WHYY's "Singer's World" and "Collector's Corner." Connor died May 9 of liver cancer at the age of 79.

    Fresh Air from WHYY, June 12, 2008 | ON THE WEB

    Richard Georg Strauss birth anniversary

    Richard Georg Strauss (June 11, 1864 – September 8, 1949)

    He was a German composer of the late Romantic era and early modern era, particularly noted for his tone poems and operas. Strauss was also a noted conductor.

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    Conductor Michal Nesterowicz wins competition

    Michal Nesterowicz has won the International Conducting Competition in Barcelona. Seventy five entrants competed for the awards. The international jury was chaired by the famous Russian conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Thirty four year-old Nesterowicz is delighted with the success, which gives him the opportunity to appear with over 30 leading European orchestras during the next three years.

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    Karl Jenkins- contemporary composer

    KARL JENKINS will be one of the famous faces who will be at the Trinity Arts Festival in Carmarthen, Wales, this week. Jenkins will talk about his life and work, interspersed with recordings of some of his most famous works, including the Adiemus project, The Armed Man and some less familiar works.
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    Mechanical Dreams Come True

    In the annals of science George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr are remembered as the improbable inventors of a system for the radio control of airborne torpedoes that they called frequency-hopping. By rapidly switching a radio transmission among a large number of frequency channels the idea offered a way, they theorized, to direct missiles that could resist jamming attempts by the Nazis. They actually received a patent in 1942, though there was no interest among the American military until the 1960s. The story of these unlikely scientific collaborators is told in an imaginative, two-character multimedia 80-minute play, Frequency Hopping, written and directed by Elyse Singer and recently presented by The Hourglass Group in New York City.
    MORE, NYTimes | ON THE WEB | IMAGES | SHOP George Antheil | SHOP Hedy Lamarr

    Margherita CAROSIO

    7 JUNE 1908 Birth of Italian soprano Margherita CAROSIO in Genoa. d-10 JAN 2005. Debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti). Appearing in public at the extraordinarily young age of 14, she was still singing leading roles in her early 60s and was considered one of the leading bel canto sopranos of her day. Carosio retired from the operatic stage in 1959 and for the next 40 years pursued a second career as journalist and music critic in her hometown, where she died.


    Jean Coulthard

    Jean Coulthard was a composer and teacher whose music garnered wide recognition; she died in 2000, and this year marks her 100th birthday.
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