Musician and Vocalist Artist Interviews
Audiophiles the world over know the name Mark Levinson. For some, it's one of Harman International's high-end brands. But long before that, it was—and still is—the name of a multitalented man with an unswerving vision of what audio recording and reproduction can and should be.
Kansas-bred mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato seems to go from strength to strength. Not long after the release of her latest album for EMI Classics, Drama Queens, her video Homecoming - Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS, received a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Performance.
In the 25 years that they have been performing together, and the 20 years they've been recording for Harmonia Mundi, the four women of Anonymous 4 have enriched our lives with an impressive discography of rarely performed music written between medieval times and the present day.
Welcome to an artistic pairing for the future. Cellist Matt Haimovitz, perhaps the first classical musician to take his music and instrument into club settings, and pianist Christopher O'Riley, known for championing young artists on his National Public Radio and PBS TV shows, "From the Top," have teamed up to create their latest CD set...
American director Peter Sellars, 58, has been at the forefront of contemporary theatre and opera production since 1980. Initially attracting attention from some outrageous productions he mounted as a Harvard undergraduate...
On September 10, 2011, one day before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, composer Christopher Theofanidis' first opera, Heart of a Soldier, has its world premiere at San Francisco Opera. A modern day hero's journey / love story, the opera tells the tale of Rick Rescorla, a multi-decorated Vietnam war hero who, years later, rescued over 2700 people from the World Trade Center before perishing in the Twin Towers collapse.
In a relatively short amount of time, Philippe Jaroussky, 33, has built an international reputation as a leading countertenor. Jaroussky came to prominence in 2004, when his first solo recording for Virgin Classics caught fire. Since then, his light, soprano-like sound, facility with coloratura, boyish looks, and rare dynamic flare have made him equally popular on stage and YouTube.
Seventeen years into their founding, appearance by the Tetzlaff Quartet remain extremely rare. One glance at the schedule of the quartet's founder, renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and the reason becomes clear. In the months preceding the quartet's seven-city U.S. tour in April, Christian Tetzlaff will perform orchestral, small chamber, and solo concerts in Berlin, Salzburg, Miami, Strasbourg, St. Petersburg, LÃ¼beck, ZÃ¼rich, Boston, New York's Carnegie Hall (one of three Carnegie appearances this year), London, Paris, and several other European cities.
Drummer and composer Eric Du'sean Harland, 34, was all of 17 when Wynton Marsalis heard him perform and encouraged him to study in New York City. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, and pursuing ministerial studies at Houston Baptist University, Harland launched a drumming career that has now spawned over 80 recordings with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Stefon Harris, McCoy Tynor, Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, and Ravi Coltrane. Currently active in four major ensembles, he has received 1st Place in the last three DownBeat â€œRising Star Drumsâ€ polls.
Less than nine months after her dynamic 2009 San Francisco Symphony debut conducting the symphony's annual Day of the Dead concert, conductor Alondra de la Parra, 29, returned to lead four consecutive concerts with the orchestra. Her wide-ranging repertoire â€" two nights of American and America-associated music, one all-Russian eve, and a refreshing Dolores Park afternoon that mixed Dvorak's New World Symphony with some of Mexico's finest compositions â€" was as diverse as her roster of top-flight soloists.
Ever since he emerged a half century ago as music director of the Chico Hamilton Quartet, saxophonist Charles Lloyd has been at the forefront of jazz innovation. One of the first jazz artists to sell a million copies of a recording, which he made with a quartet that included a young Keith Jarrett, and two other legendary artists, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Cecil McBee, Lloyd has done everything from jam with the Doors, The Grateful Dead, and the Beach Boys to birth a new music from diverse cultural and spiritual traditions.
Zuill Bailey's Telarc recording of Bach's six unaccompanied Cello Suites soared to the top of the Billboard charts this past February. In an age when classical music is increasingly marginalized, the continued surge of interest in the music of J.S. Bach is cause for rejoicing.
This is not your average interview. In the exchange you're about to read, the great singing actress and comedienne Carol Channing shares many details of her personal life that she rarely if ever discusses in public.
When soprano Leah Crocetto sang Verdi at San Francisco Opera's Merola Grand Finale in the summer of 2008, we in the audience were stunned by the sheer size, weight, and power of her voice. Soon thereafter, when I interviewed San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald, she echoed my sentiments.