He took the reins of the company in 2006; “The Met: Live in HD” followed almost immediately. But ten seasons into this HD venture, Peter Gelb stops short of saying his signature initiative has changed the business. … More A Conversation with the Met’s Peter Gelb
If you were to ask ten people on the street to list ten things every American should know (books, songs, people, historical facts, etc.), how varied do you think their answers would be? … More Are You Culturally Literate?
The musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic have taken their lumps. They were pink-slipped in the 90s. They reorganized, learned how to run an orchestra and saved their jobs. Then, ten years ago, a hurricane ruined their concert hall. … More Ten Years After Katrina, Louisiana Philharmonic Goes Home
Folk singer Frank Hamilton remembers Rosa Parks, the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, and the song he taught to Pete Seeger and to protesters at the Greensboro sit-ins. … More ‘We Shall Overcome’: From Work Song to Civil Rights Anthem
Most everyone knows how it sounds, yet few speak of how it feels. For many homosexual men, sounding gay is a source of anxiety and a cause for ridicule (or worse). Freelance journalist David Thorpe decided to “fix” his voice. And he put the whole ordeal on film. … More ‘Do I Sound Gay?’ Exclusive
The glass ceiling between living composers and those of a hundred years ago seems to be splintering. One of the principal agents is Dallas-native Christopher Theofanidis. He is one of the most sought-after composers today, with performances by over seventy orchestras … More Video: A Conversation with Christopher Theofanidis
To perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, nearly three hundred people will come together under Riccardo Muti’s baton—a chorus, an orchestra, soloists—each having taken his or her own journey through steadfast determination … More Is It Scary to Sing for Muti?