Emil Franzi on Music: Beethoven Symphony #4

Emil Franzi on Music: Beethoven Symphony #4

By Emil Franzi TSO notes from the 2013-14 season: BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY #4 “A slim Norse Maiden between Two Greek Gods” is one translation of Robert Schumann’s description of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. You might infer that it is a lesser work, following the Revolutionary “Eroica” and preceding the dramatic Fifth. Not hardly. The Fourth is an […]

AZ Opera’s Ryan Taylor to lead Minnesota Opera

AZ Opera’s Ryan Taylor to lead Minnesota Opera

By SoAzNewsX Arizona Opera Board Chairman Robert Tancer has announced that Ryan Taylor has accepted the position of Minnesota Opera’s General Director, according to a news release from Arizona Opera. Minnesota Opera is one of the top opera companies in the country, and the organization where Ryan began his career in opera as a Resident […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Dvořák Slavonic Dances. Op. 46/3, Op. 72/1/2/7/8

Emil Franzi on Music: Dvořák Slavonic Dances. Op. 46/3,  Op. 72/1/2/7/8

By Emil Franzi Dvořák – Slavonic Dances. Op. 46/3, Op. 72/1/2/7/8 The Slavonic Dances, Opus 46, were Antonín Dvořák’s breakout works. At 37, he was barely known, publishing often by sponsorship, and living as a church organist. He won several composition contests and one judge was Johannes Brahms who referred his MORAVIAN DUETS to his […]

Cheers to the Chieftains presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Cheers to the Chieftains presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra

By SoAzNewsX The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Hamilton Distillers are bringing a little luck of the Irish to the Old Pueblo on Tuesday, February 23 in a unique collaboration before The Chieftains perform with the TSO. The evening will feature the timeless music of The Chieftains and the signature flavors of Hamilton Distillers. The event, […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Haydn Symphony #104 in D Major “London”

Emil Franzi on Music:  Haydn Symphony #104 in D Major “London”

By Emil Franzi HAYDN – Symphony #104 in D Major “London” Adagio; Presto Andante Meneut: Allegretto; Trio Finale; Vivace Double winds (flute, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, horn) two trumpets, tympani and strings. Joseph (Franz) Haydn (1732-1809) produced over 100 symphonies from 1757 to 1795. This, the last, is from a set of 12 commissioned by the […]

R.I.P Alan Rickman

R.I.P Alan Rickman

  Culturally, this has been an awful week of loss for Britain, and for a world connected by our love of entertainers who — if the gods smile — become indelible popular artists. First David Bowie, dead at 69. Now comes news of the great actor Alan Rickman, who was also 69. His seductive feline […]

McManus performs Rachmaninov with SASO

McManus performs Rachmaninov with SASO

By SoAzNewsX Sheryll McManus will perform the lush  with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 31, Feb. 5 and Feb. 6. This is considered the most popular piano concerto ever written, according to a news release from the SASO. Enduring themes from this music can be heard in the soundtracks of numerous films, in […]

Emil Franzi on Music: The ten great Russian symphonists

Emil Franzi on Music: The ten great Russian symphonists

By Emil Franzi “Sergei Taniev is not at home” was the sign in front of the professor/composer’s home. It probably has something to do with the fact that he is Russia’s most neglected great composer. Pupil of Tchaikovsky, teacher of Rachmaninov and Scriabin among others, he was rather oblivious to fame and fortune. He wrote […]

R.I.P. music legend David Bowie

R.I.P. music legend David Bowie

Britain’s Prime Minister has led the tributes to David Bowie who died after losing an 18-month battle with cancer. The news was confirmed by his son on his official social media account. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said. David Cameron said he was […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Franz Schubert Symphony #9

Emil Franzi on Music: Franz Schubert Symphony #9

By Emil Franzi FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony #9 From the TSO Concerts of Jan 12-13 2014. — The “Great” C Major Symphony of Franz Schubert was given that name less as a compliment then as a differentiation. It was preceded by the Symphony #6, also in C, a shorter work also considered less profound. Schubert had […]