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.
When rock ‘n’ roll pianist Ben Folds writes songs, he often does so with an orchestra in mind. Now on tour performing with leading symphonies, Folds is experiencing a homecoming of sorts, reports Jeffrey Brown. Continue reading