New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain : NPR

NYC Opera has tried virtually everything — from quitting Lincoln Center for a nomadic, in-the-neighborhoods presentation of repertoire, to a Kickstarter campaign — but it is going broke according to its director, and may shut down as early as the end of this month.

Steel makes a pretty 6 figures.

Mm-hmm.

11 September 2013 ·

Alpine horn players set world record

The BBC reports from a mountainside in Switzerland momentarily populated by 500 Alphorn players.

19 August 2013 ·

BBC News: Choral work seeks lowest bass singer

Written by Military Wives composer Paul Mealor, the choral work De Profundis includes a low E, which lies more than two octaves below middle C.

It is six semitones below the lowest note ever written for a choral piece - a B flat from Rachmaninov’s Vespers.

The search for the bass voice will take place via trade magazines and online.

“My setting of De Profundis calls for a rich and powerful voice; a voice that can not only touch the heart with its sincerity and truth, but also make every fabric of the human body resonate as it plunges into the very lowest parts of the vocal spectrum,” said Mealor. The deepest note ever produced by a human voice is an extremely low F sharp, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

2 February 2012 ·

Moron alert: marimba ringtone stops Mahler symphony dead, moments from the end

via doctom666:

In the ensuing pause, some in the [NY Philharmonic] audience reportedly called for blood, shouting: ”Kick him out!” and “$1,000 fine!” the witness recounted.

Gilbert quietly employed shame until the offender — described as an elderly man by another blogger — confirmed that the phone was off.

Before continuing with the concert, Gilbert apologized and explained that normally it’s best to ignore such disturbances, but he said this was “so egregious that I could not allow it.”

This was the first time Gilbert has stopped the orchestra for a violation of the “cell-phones off” rule, a media contact at the symphony said, but at least the second time that it has happened in the symphony’s history.


13 January 2012 ·

revolutionism:

rubixkube:

Yesterday, thugs and gangs tore areas of London to pieces.
Today, decent people came out and cleaned up after them to show we’re not defeated by fear.

Loving the solidarity that’s shone through today :)))

revolutionism:

rubixkube:

Yesterday, thugs and gangs tore areas of London to pieces.

Today, decent people came out and cleaned up after them to show we’re not defeated by fear.

Loving the solidarity that’s shone through today :)))

(via anarchofabulous)

9 August 2011 ·

I’ve been watching footage from the rioting in London today…

…unreal. I understand the grievances, but not the chaotic destruction. And I get the distinct feeling that more than a few of those kids are just looking for an excuse to pillage. 

8 August 2011 ·

Lesbians with boats: heroic couple saved 40 swimmers in Utoeya tragedy

redofromstart:

A married lesbian couple saved 40 kids the day Anders Behring Breivik killed 76 people in a combined bombing and shooting attack in Norway, reports Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen were eating lunch on the other side of the shore from the campsite where Breivik attacked. Kids started to run into the water to swim away from the attacker. Once they saw what was happening, they jumped into their boat and collected kids from the water, and took them to the opposite shore to safety. They did four trips and saved 40 kids. They noticed bullet holes in the side of their boat in between trips. Talk About Equality, a gay rights blog, wrote about the story wondering why more major news outlets haven’t picked it up, saying, “Several blogs and gay and lesbian publications are now picking up the story, but the heavy hitters who usually kill for hero stories like this, have remained silent.” 

These ladies should be known as heroes, not as lesbians. 

But they are that—and so here we have another fine example of the downfall of society at the selfish, immoral hands of gaydom. Right?

3 August 2011 ·

Wang Dalin, winner of a recent “bee-wearing” contest in Hunan Province, China, attracted 57 lbs. of bees onto his person. 

Wang Dalin, winner of a recent “bee-wearing” contest in Hunan Province, China, attracted 57 lbs. of bees onto his person. 

17 July 2011 ·

Strad sold for $16m to raise money for Japan disaster relief

The violin was made in 1721 and is known as the Lady Blunt after Lord Byron’s granddaughter Lady Anne Blunt who owned it for 30 years.

It was sold by a music foundation in Japan for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in March.

The price is more than four times the previous record for a Stradivarius.

Proceeds will go to the Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

The violin was offered for sale by the Nippon Music Foundation, owner of some of the world’s finest Stradivari and Guarneri instruments.

21 June 2011 ·

nyphil:

JUST ANNOUNCED: May 23, 2011, New York Philharmonic performance in Leipzig, Germany, will be streamed live from the Gewandhaus at nyphil.org/leipzig — Part of EUROPE / SPRING 2011 Tour. Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts an all-Mahler program, featuring Kindertotenlieder with baritone Thomas Hampson, and the Symphony No. 5, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

nyphil:

JUST ANNOUNCED: May 23, 2011, New York Philharmonic performance in Leipzig, Germany, will be streamed live from the Gewandhaus at nyphil.org/leipzig — Part of EUROPE / SPRING 2011 Tour.

Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts an all-Mahler program, featuring Kindertotenlieder with baritone Thomas Hampson, and the Symphony No. 5, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

17 May 2011 ·

Just some of the recent destruction in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A large F4 or F5-class tornado tore through densely populated areas of the city near the U of Alabama campus on April 27, 2011. Over 600,000 accounts lost electricity across the Tennessee Valley, and the dead in Alabama alone numbered around 300 as of April 29. Thousands of homes were destroyed by the storms which relentlessly pounded the South for more than 12 solid hours. Numerous communities were devastated along a wide path spanning hundreds of miles. 

Just some of the recent destruction in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A large F4 or F5-class tornado tore through densely populated areas of the city near the U of Alabama campus on April 27, 2011. Over 600,000 accounts lost electricity across the Tennessee Valley, and the dead in Alabama alone numbered around 300 as of April 29. Thousands of homes were destroyed by the storms which relentlessly pounded the South for more than 12 solid hours. Numerous communities were devastated along a wide path spanning hundreds of miles. 

29 April 2011 ·

YES

YES

2 April 2011 ·

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Anthony Hopkins is to have music performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony in an upcoming concert, The Guardian reports:

The man who played Hannibal Lecter is set to show off his musical side. Anthony Hopkins will present his original classical music, including a new piece composed for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, at two UK concerts…

"We all know his work in movies of course but Tony is also a fine composer and I know his music means a lot to him personally," explained concert producer Tommy Pearson, who will interview Hopkins on stage. "We’re all looking forward to discovering a new dimension to a world-famous legend."

4 March 2011 ·

Boredom Enthusiasts Unite in the UK

From the Wall Street Journal. Really funny.

For seven hours on that Saturday, 20 speakers held forth on a range of seemingly dreary diversions, from “The Intangible Beauty of Car Park Roofs” and “Personal Reflections on the English Breakfast,” to “The Draw in Test Match Cricket” and “My Relationship With Bus Routes.” Meanwhile, some of the 200 audience members—each of whom had paid £15 (about $24) for a ticket—tried not to nod off.

Not many did, surprisingly. “It is quintessentially English to look at something dull as ditchwater and find it interesting,” said Hamish Thompson, who runs a public-relations firm and was in the audience.

30 December 2010 ·

Curtis Lindsay
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