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A Helena Tulve moment

A Helena Tulve moment Und von liehte vinster, for bassoon and string quartet (2012), takes its title from the Middle High German of Meister Eckhart: "On earth, this entrance [to divine nature] is nothing but pure detachment, and when the detachment reaches its climax, it becomes ignorant with knowing, loveless with loving, and dark with enlightenment." Source: Music-1 A Helena Tulve moment Read More »

BASTA: Boots and Saddle

BASTA: Boots and Saddle

BASTA: Boots and Saddle Chapter Two of the continuing saga of Evan Ingersoll, opera-loving bar-back. The guy in the plaid shirt motioned Evan over within seconds of spotting him at Aura. Evan rolled his eyes, checked his abs, and sidled up to the bar.  “What’s up?” “Hey, Sam, remember me?” “Name’s not Sam. So nope.” “It’s not? Hold it right there.” The man undid the top three buttons of his green flannel to reveal a silver ... Read More »

The party of Lincoln

The party of Lincoln

The party of Lincoln Gala concerts are much like life in general. You do not want the wonderful parts to end, you know the unpleasant parts will pass quickly enough, and there are always bad outfits to make fun of. The Metropolitan Opera has returned regularly to the format through the years, with star-studded concerts in 1966, 1972, 1983, 1991, 1996, 2006, 2009 and 2017 to mark a change of address, a general manager’s retirement ... Read More »

9 Reasons Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside Are 100% #BestieGoals

9 Reasons Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside Are 100% #BestieGoals

9 Reasons Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside Are 100% #BestieGoals It is a great tragedy for dance history that iconic ballet partnerships like Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev or Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov weren’t able to document their backstage shenanigans on social media. (Okay, maybe not a great tragedy, but you have to admit that you’re curious.) Lucky for us, that isn’t the case with today’s star dancers—like American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Isabella ... Read More »

Message to Audiences: Put Down Your Phone!

Message to Audiences: Put Down Your Phone!

Message to Audiences: Put Down Your Phone! -Hey. U up? -Ya. I’m at the ballet. -Oh ok. Talk later. -Nah, it’s cool, it’s a slow part right now. Nope, it’s not cool. Put your phone away. In the hushed darkness of an auditorium, light explodes from that screen like shrapnel, blasting those around you out of their viewing experience. Your fellow audience members have ponied up considerable cash for tickets, and the artists onstage and ... Read More »

The Evolution of Figure Drawing: The Best Tips and Tricks Throughout History

The Evolution of Figure Drawing: The Best Tips and Tricks Throughout History How artists approached figure drawing has constantly evolved. Learn how to take the best practices of the past to inform your own figure drawing methods. The post The Evolution of Figure Drawing: The Best Tips and Tricks Throughout History appeared first on Artists Network. Source: Fine #art The Evolution of Figure Drawing: The Best Tips and Tricks Throughout History Read More »

A shocker is born

A shocker is born

A shocker is born On this day in 1900 Hariclea Darclée added Tosca to a repertoire which also included Gilda in Rigoletto, Ophélie in Hamlet, Valentine in Les Huguenots, Violetta in La traviata, Desdemona in Otello, Mimì in La boheme, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, and the title roles in Manon, Manon Lescaut, Aida, and Carmen. On this day in 1900 Puccini’s Tosca premiered in Rome.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLR3lSrqlww     Source: Music-2 A shocker ... Read More »

Purple hearts

Purple hearts

Purple hearts “If I loved you, time and again I would try to say all I’d want you to know.” The composer Gregory Spears is a unique example of this maxim: one must be “deeply rooted in tradition in order to innovate with integrity.”  This argument, advanced by the theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber, is clearly something of a paradox; radical thinking is possible only when one is deeply invested in the past. The true way to ... Read More »

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