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ADAM -I THINK THIS ALREADY PART OF THE ARTS BLOG (AND IF IT ISN'T, IT SHOULD BE) I've been going around talking with our arts leaders about how the lousy economy is impacting what they do and how they are all coping. Symphony, opera, ballet, GCAC, OAC. You can find these pieces over on - click on arts and culture. Here's Barbara Zuck, Columbus Dispatch Arts Diva and radio/horse farm chatelaine talking with me yesterday - her take on The Arts in Columbus in the Current (Crummy) Economy. [audio:christopher_and_zuck.mp3]  

Mozart's Requiem for JFK

Jun 4, 2009

ADAM- HAS A 10-MINUTE AUDIO PIECE [caption id="attachment_1797" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Jacqueline Kennedy with Cardinal Cushing"][/caption] Mozart's Requiem was sung in context of a High Requiem Mass celebrated by Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston on January 19, 1964. Erich Leinsdorf conducted the Boston Symphony and the Chorus ProMusica (Alfred Nash Patterson, conductor).

ADAM -  HAS AUDIO [caption id="attachment_1805" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Anita Cerquetti"][/caption] Italian soprano Anita Cerquetti (b. 1931) had a nine year career that ended in 1960. Why her career was so short has been argued about ever since. There seems no definitive answer, and the lady herself, alive, well and gregarious in Rome, isn't saying. The point is that by the time she was thirty she had retired from the stage. What a loss! Listen to this large, warm Italianate voice.

HAS AUDIO PIECE   I ran across a recording of Eric Whitacre and David Noroña's What If today.

Study Shows That Singing Is Up, But Choir Programs Are Not

Jun 2, 2009

According to a new study just released by Chorus America, an estimated 32.5 million adults sing in choruses today, vs. an estimated 23.5 million in 2003. When children are included in the tally, the number rises to 42.6 million. This means more than 1 out of every 5 households has at least one family member singing, making this the most popular art form for both adults and children.  On the face of it, this sounds great, doesn't it? Yet, there is reason for concern.

Big Breaks for Bernstein and Toscanini

Jun 2, 2009

Leonard Bernstein and Arturo Toscanini are two of the giants in the world of classical music.  They were a couple of generations apart in age, but they both had huge international careers,  and they both became the first "super-stars" of conducting in the United States. They also increased the audience for classical music in this country more than anyone else before or after them.

ADAM: THERE'S AUDIO ON THIS PIECE... Dr. Harvey Friedman is Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, Philosophy and Music at The Ohio State University. Dr. Friedman uses a technique he calls Digital Sculpting to reproduce piano performances available at first only to him, in his head. Dr.

Healing the Divide Concert for Peace and Reconciliation

May 29, 2009

One of the more interesting concerts I ever attended was in New York City at Lincoln Center in September of 2003.  Healing the Divide Concert for Peace and Reconciliation gathered together a truly eclectic group of musicians from around the world for a unique event.  They included: Philip Glass, The Kronos Quartet, flutists Nawang Khechog and R.

Every fall and spring day after school the girls walked downtown together to their perch atop the hillock on the lawn of the government building across the street from the theater.  As they walked, they'd chat about the day’s events, which boy was cute and which wasn't, why they soooooo hated Mr.

Here's an interview I did with George Manahan, who is one of several conductors being looked at and listened to as a potential Music Director for the Columbus Symphony. He begins by talking about Beethoven's 5th Symphony, and goes on to describe the way his career developed as an opera and symphony conductor. (As a conductor, period, one should say.) Manahan comes to Columbus after serving long appointments with the New Jersey Symphony and the Richmond Symphony, where he served as Music Director for many years.

Glass rods amplified by plastic aluminum piano...a piano inflatable banjo. These are just a few of the many pieces of art which defied the American definition of art as put forth by Agent Sam Lacher, who was at one time the Arts Section Director for the U.S. Customs Department.

Beverly Sills at 80

May 28, 2009

May 29 is - okay would have been - Beverly Sills' 80th birthday. She died in July, 2006. Thirty years after her last performances, it's easy to forget the extent of her fame as an artist. In her later years she became a slightly over exposed TV personality. She served as General Manager of the New York City Opera, later as Chairman of the Metropolitan and at Lincoln Center.

Music From Crystal Clear Glass

May 28, 2009

Yesterday I had a trip down memory lane...America's and mine...and I took three family members along for the ride. One of Colonial Williamsburg's foremost musicians, Dean Shostak, presented a multimedia concert on instruments made of glass. Yes - fragile, clear, breakable glass.

John Rittmeyer Recalls the West-East Connection

May 27, 2009

I saw the Cleveland Orchestra on a public-school field trip when I was around 12, and the Beatles in 1966 (who actually got me actively interested in music).  But there was a West-East connection that I only became aware of years later that may have influenced my eventual love of classical music. After I came to Columbus to attend Ohio State, I began listening to WOSU-FM while studying because classical music seemed like good background stuff to have on.  Well, I had one of those big A-ha!

Conductor George Manahan makes his second trip to the Ohio Theater May 29 and 30, conducting the Columbus Symphony in an all Beethoven program: Leonore Overture No. 3 Piano Concerto No. 3 with Orli Shaham Symphony No. 5 The May 30 performance will be broadcast live over WOSU 89.7, as are all Columbus Symphony Classical Series concerts. I'll be on hand for pre-performance talks one hour before concert time. I hope Mr. Manahan will be joining me.