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Who Are Land Acknowledgments Really For?

Who Are Land Acknowledgments Really For?

Who Are Land Acknowledgments Really For? Most dance performances used to begin predictably: The lights dimmed, the curtain rose and the music started. But in recent years, some audiences have started experiencing a new kind of preshow ritual: Someone walks onstage—perhaps the director or an usher—and names the indigenous tribes that have lived on the land where the venue is situated, maybe offering some information about those people or taking a moment of silence to ... Read More »

Close encounters

Close encounters

Close encounters Tuesday night marked the New York premiere of Zauberland: An Encounter with Schumann’s Dichterliebe, an expanded and staged version of the song cycle that touched on themes of forced migration, loss, exile, and dehumanization. Composer Bernard Foccroulle has inserted 19 new songs in the cracks of Schumann’s original sixteen, taking the cuts made by Schumann (Dichterliebe originally contained 20 songs) before the cycle’s publication as invitations to intervene. After all, as Foccroulle writes ... Read More »

In Memoriam Raymond Leppard

In Memoriam Raymond Leppard

In Memoriam Raymond Leppard When I learned of the death last week of Raymond Leppard at age 92, I felt both sadness and enormous gratitude so “Trove Thursday” acknowledges the late conductor’s important influence with a live broadcast of his seminal “realisation” of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo plus some Cavalli and Monteverdi tidbits in which he accompanies his great longtime collaborator Janet Baker. Just after I turned 11, I first spied the schedule for the upcoming Texaco-Metropolitan ... Read More »

ABC’s answer to trick or treat

ABC’s answer to trick or treat

ABC’s answer to trick or treat “In additional to Margaret Hamilton and Billie Hayes, the special also includes appearances by Billy Barty, Tim Conway, Roz Kelly, Florence Henderson, Betty White, and Donny & Marie Osmond.” //www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCJ0D4pI0tI On this day in 1949 Marc Blitzstein‘s opera Regina opened on Broadway. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYjXBAhnD58 Source: Music-2 ABC’s answer to trick or treat Read More »

Let Your Creativity Flow with Distressed Texture

Let Your Creativity Flow with Distressed Texture Do you have a passion for color? Do you revel at the sight of color running a little wild? If so, you’ll want to explore the unlimited possibilities of fluid #art using Marabu’s new Alcohol Inks and Aqua Inks on Ampersand Claybord. No artist likes to get stuck in a rut. To keep the creative […] The post Let Your Creativity Flow with Distressed Texture appeared first on ... Read More »

With a New Director and Departing Dancers, the Paul Taylor Dance Company Faces the Future

With a New Director and Departing Dancers, the Paul Taylor Dance Company Faces the Future

With a New Director and Departing Dancers, the Paul Taylor Dance Company Faces the Future The last year and a half has seen profound change at the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The most dramatic event, of course, was the death of Paul Taylor, the man who founded the company in 1954, creating almost 150 works over the ensuing six decades. He died in August of last year, only months after selecting the then-35- year-old company ... Read More »

The long listen

The long listen

The long listen The Boston music season opened on September 21 this year with Odyssey Opera’s concert performance of Saint-Saëns’s Henry VIII. Like most of the offerings of this lively and explorative company, Henry was once popular and is now rare on any stage. But this performance (besides the excellent cast—Michael Chioldi, Ellie Dehn, Hillary Ginther) offered the additional inducement of almost an hour’s music that had been cut before the world premiere in 1883. ... Read More »

Soprano-crusher

Soprano-crusher

Soprano-crusher Robert J. Landry in Variety: Although “Norma” is a soprano-crusher and the newcomer is in rare company, if not always in rare form, in singing the role, the mood of the opening night crowd was, almost perversely, to hand the palms to tenor Mario Del Monaco as the Roman governor and Fedora Barbieri as Norma’s fellow nun (if that&8217;s the word) in the Druid religious order. Indeed, at the conclusion of Act III Mme. ... Read More »

Karen Kain to Retire as National Ballet of Canada's Artistic Director in 2021

Karen Kain to Retire as National Ballet of Canada's Artistic Director in 2021

Karen Kain to Retire as National Ballet of Canada's Artistic Director in 2021 On Friday, National Ballet of Canada announced that artistic director Karen Kain will step down in January 2021 to become artistic director emeritus. Kain, who has served as artistic director since 2005, joined NBoC as a dancer in 1969 and went on to become one of the company’s most beloved stars, often dancing alongside Rudolf Nureyev. None During her tenure as artistic ... Read More »

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