BBC Proms 22

For Monday night, this was a special occasion on many accounts for the BBC Proms. It was the debut for award-winning French early music ensemble Pygmalion and their artistic director Raphaël Pichon. The 32-year-old violinist, countertenor and conductor had dreamed of developing a ensemble - now called Pygmalion - ever  ...

A Study On Effort

The effort of lifting The effort of missing The effort of surrender The effort of not knowing The effort of listening The effort of pleasure The effort of taking care As part of the 37th season of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, “A Study of Effort”  ...

Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

After centuries of ballads, poems and other folklore culminating in dozens of movie treatments does the world need another recounting of the Robin Hood legend? The answer is a resounding “yes,” when it’s the imaginative and rollicking “Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!” receiving its world premiere at The  ...

Vail Dance Festival

Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Tiler Peck, James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston. Jared Angle, Carla Korbes, Lauren Lovette, Marcelo Gomes. The list of ballet dancers appearing on Friday, August 4 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Dance Festival was like a roll call  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Is classical ballet dead? A good way to test this patient’s viability is to stage Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner Symphony” in an outdoor setting, where living things abound in the lush splendor of orange poppy-fringed trees and meadows. See how it pales or thrives compared to the majesty of a summer’s  ...

BBC PROMS 6

As a BBC Proms regular, Nicola Benedetti had the Royal Albert Hall’s attention all to herself when she performed to a packed auditorium on Tuesday night’s Proms 6. It was her time to shine with Shostakovich’s No. 1 Violin Concerto, which she recently recorded on disc, with works by Glazunov,  ...

BBC Proms 2017

Welcome to the BBC Proms 2017. Marking their 90th anniversary, the Proms continues to pursue Henry Wood’s founding principles and present classical music to the widest possible audience with celebrated international artists, orchestras and conductors. The annual summer festival has its devoted followers and ‘prommers’ rounding up early in the  ...

Orchesta Filharmonica de Jalisco

President Trump proudly extolled the virtues of western civilization in a speech he gave in Warsaw, Poland, in 2017, but colonization, which is one of its biggest and sometimes most virulent by-products continues to drive it, as it did in Libya and does now in Iraq and  ...