When was the last time you went to the theater, or watched a modern dance concert? Why are Americans less connected to the arts? In his new book, “Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America,” Michael Kaiser, a former chief of the Kennedy Center, American Ballet Theatre and others, considers what arts organizations can do to thrive and survive. Kaiser discusses his book with Jeffrey Brown. Continue reading
Italian conductor Claudio Abbado died peacefully in Bologna at the age of 80. He will be remembered for his extraordinary conducting skills, a teacher who championed both new music and new talent. Continue reading
Set on the backdrop of mideast conflict, Jeffrey Brown profiles the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a musical ensemble that brings Israelis, Palestinians and other Arab citizens together for a common goal of creativity and maybe more. He talks to their founder, renowned conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim. Continue reading
After a sixth-month strike over pay cuts and balanced budgets, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra returned to the stage this weekend for two free concerts thanking fans for their support. Ray Suarez talks to Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press about how the symphony’s return impacts the struggling city. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown speaks with rock legend Sting, who just added a 45-piece orchestra to his act. The rock star says it’s his job to keep his older hits alive with a renewed enthusiasm. Continue reading
International pop star Sting is in the midst of an American and world tour with his ‘band’. This summer, that means a 45-piece band made up from members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who have been helping him re-create his past hits with a very different sound. He has a new album called “Symphonicities.”
On his latest album, pianist Brad Mehldau takes listeners on a journey where each track become like stops on a road trip. A mix of jazz, classical and pop, the double-disc release, “Highway Rider,” was a collaboration with producer Jon Brion and is Brad Mehldau’s first album compiled entirely of his own compositions.