Chuck Berry rocks on from beyond the grave

Chuck Berry rocks on from beyond the grave

Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry has a brand-new album out. Recording was completed just before Berry died last March at the age of 90. Berry is considered as one of the most influential musicians of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and he started recording new songs in his studio in the U.S. state of Missouri soon […]

Arizona Theatre Company names Billy Russo Managing Director

Arizona Theatre Company names Billy Russo Managing Director

By SoAzNewsX The Arizona Theatre Company Board of Trustees has named Billy Russo as full-time Managing Director to complete the executive management team following the announcement that David Ivers will assume responsibilities as Artistic Director beginning July 1. Russo, who has served as Acting Managing Director since 2015, collaborated with current Artistic Director David Ira […]

Franzi on Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op. 110a

Franzi on Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op. 110a

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX SHOSTAKOVICH/BARSHAI – Chamber Symphony Op. 110a Premiere as String Quartet #8, Dresden, 1960. Dmitri Shostakovich (1910-1975) was a close friend of violist,conductor, and composer Rudolf Barshai (1924-2010). Barshai was a founding member of the illustrious Borodin Quartet in 1947 and played regularly with such great Russian performers as Oistrach, Rostropovich, […]

Franzi on Music: Prisoners of ‘culture’

Franzi on Music: Prisoners of ‘culture’

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX OLDER WOMEN The recent Met broadcast of Renée Fleming signing off on her signature role as the Marschalin  in Richard Strauss’ DER ROSENKAVALIER was interesting in displaying western culture of the early 20th century and how we are often prisoners of it. You never meet the Austrian Field Marshal to […]

Franzi on Music: Arcangelo Corelli – Christmas Concerto

Franzi on Music: Arcangelo Corelli – Christmas Concerto

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX CORELLI – Christmas Concerto Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) defined the roles of today’s principal string instruments and made the violin the most relevant of all. Corelli was to the Baroque Ccncerto Grosso what Haydn was to the symphony.  Both were able to establish a rare musical consensus  that lasted well beyond […]

Arizona Theatre Company names David Ivers new Artistic Director

Arizona Theatre Company names David Ivers new Artistic Director

By SoAzNewsX After a nationwide search, the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) board of directors has named David Ivers, most recently the artistic director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, as ATC’s new Artistic Director. Ivers will begin his new role on July 1. ATC’s current artistic director, David Ira Goldstein, will remain with the company until June […]

Franzi on Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Franzi on Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX Bachianas Brasileiras #4 Solo piano, 1939; orchestrated version premiere 1941 “Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was a gigantic talent who created music of originality and communicativeness, music of immense force…” Henry Fogel,longtime annotator for the Chicago Symphony. Villa-Lobos’ total output is staggering. Over 2000 compositions in almost every form –symphony, opera, chamber, […]

Franzi on Music: William Walton – The Wise Virgins

Franzi on Music: William Walton – The Wise Virgins

By Emil Franzi  / SoAzNewsX WALTON – THE WISE VIRGINS PREMIER April, 1940 of full ballet by Sadler’s-Wells. Suite from 1942. Willam Walton (1902-1983) published only a few more than 50 works in his over 50 years of active composing, but they reached into most genres from opera to symphony, concerto to chamber. Among them […]