Spotts on Karajan, Knappertsbusch and the Nazis

Spotts on Karajan, Knappertsbusch and the Nazis

By Frederic Spotts / Bel Canto Society Blech, Böhm, Furtwängler, Karajan, Knappertsbusch, Krauss, Schillings with Hitler, Goebbels, Berger, Ralf, Rode, Rosvaenge and the Berlin Philharmonic. Performance footage plus newsreels: excerpts from Tell, Meistersinger, the Beethoven Ninth and the Schubert “Unfinished” Symphonies. Includes a 20-page booklet with exposés and biographies by Frederic Spotts. 53m. B&W. DVD or […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Debussy – Children’s Corner Suite

Emil Franzi on Music: Debussy – Children’s Corner Suite

By Emil Franzi DEBUSSY – CHILDREN’S CORNER SUITE From the 2015/16 TSO series Claude Debussy, like many geniuses, was not a very nice man. Personal relationships were messy with both women and friends who, like Ravel and Chausson he alienated. He stated “I intend to live according to my wishes.” He mostly did. Admitted to […]

TSO Just for Kids performance of ‘Mel and Mama Cholla’

TSO Just for Kids performance of ‘Mel and Mama Cholla’

By SoAzNewsX The next program in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just for Kids Series is Saturday, March 19 with two performances of “Mel and Mama Cholla” at 10:00 a.m. and again at 11:15 a.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. (1 block south of Grant). Just for Kids is a popular series […]

Arizona Opera presents ‘Falstaff’ Opening April Fool’s Day

Arizona Opera presents ‘Falstaff’ Opening April Fool’s Day

By SoAzNewsX Never before seen on the Arizona Opera stage, Verdi’s Falstaff comes to life in this new production opening April Fools’ Day. Irascible, randy and boastful, John Falstaff concocts a scheme to seduce the wealthy Wives of Windsor and nab their riches. His plot quickly unravels in a series of elaborate pranks as the […]

Carmina “Beerana” to feature beer brewed by TSO musicians

Carmina “Beerana” to feature beer brewed by TSO musicians

By SoAzNewsX The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Borderlands Brewing Co. are partnering on a pre-concert event before the TSO’s performance of Carmina Burana on Friday, March 18. Nine Tucson Symphony musicians brewed a maibock at Borderlands in early January and the results will be sampled beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the brewery, 119 E. Toole […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Ibert – Divertissement

Emil Franzi on Music: Ibert – Divertissement

By Emil Franzi IBERT – DIVERTISSEMENT – from the 2015-16 TSO Season Britannica’s anonymous writer describes Jacques Iberts’s ”colourful, technically polished and often witty neo-classical style”. Some Brits even called him “Jacky Bear”. ARKIV recordings discuss his “orchestral bon bons in the manner and spirit of Ravel.” Try “Ravel light” combined with similarities to some […]

Arizona Theatre Company challenge grant sought

Arizona Theatre Company challenge grant sought

By SoAzNewsX Leveraging an artistically powerful season generating equally powerful reviews from media and audiences alike and following a strong financial performance that provided an operating surplus for the 2014-15 season, Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) board member Mike Kasser and his wife, Beth, have offered a generous $500,000 challenge grant to keep the momentum charging […]

SASO musicians return from Brazil music festival

SASO musicians return from Brazil music festival

By SoAzNewsX Musicians of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra recently returned from Brazil, where the orchestra gave two performances at the Gramado In Concert International Music Festival. Gramado is picturesque town in the mountains of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, and is also home to an internationally known film festival. The […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Ste #2

Emil Franzi on Music: Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Ste #2

By Emil Franzi RAVEL – DAPHNIS ET CHLOE STE #2 Johnny Carson, after reminding Frank Sinatra how men played his music to set a romantic mood, then asked Frank what he played to accomplish that himself. He answered “Daphnis and Chloe”. Which tells us something about both Frank and Ravel. Probably Ravel’s greatest – and […]

Arizona Theatre Company presents Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”

Arizona Theatre Company presents Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”

By SoAzNewsX Arizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) powerhouse season continues with one of the most celebrated works in American literature, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the emotional and stirring account of migrant workers George and Lennie who dream of settling down on a farm where the land stretches forever and the soft rabbits need tending, […]

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