Five years ago, Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman stumbled across a copy of Hughes”Ask Your Mama.” She was instantly struck by the power and potential of the piece, believing it cried out to be realized as a 21st century multimedia performance.
British conductor Sir Edward Downes ended his life last week at the age of 85, alongside his wife Joan, 74, in Switzerland. He had not been ill (though his daughter reported he was nearly blind and deaf), but Lady Downes had been suffering from terminal cancer. After 54 years of marriage, the couple had decided to die together, in front of their two children, at a Zurich assisted-suicide clinic.
Through a series of unfortunate events, apparently, Daniel Handler did not grow up to be a musician. Instead, he — or rather, one Lemony Snicket — grew up to write the wildly popular series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”
For the past several years, classical music composers have gathered to share their more eclectic scores at the “Bang on a Can” festival in North Adams, Mass. Jeffrey Brown explores the origins of the event. Continue reading
Master pianist Van Cliburn reflects on his historic victory at the 1958 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and on the vitality of the classical arts. Continue reading