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 […]

Tucson Premium Outlets concert series

Tucson Premium Outlets concert series

By SoAzNewsX The Tucson Premium Outlets and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance have partnered to bring live music to Southern Arizona each and every week. The Tucson Premium Outlets Concert Series supports local musicians with the opportunity to perform weekly in the community’s largest and only outlet shopping center.  The series supports a […]

Franzi on Music: Richard Strauss, ‘Metamorphosen’

Franzi on Music: Richard Strauss, ‘Metamorphosen’

By Emil Franzi / SoAzNewsX RICHARD STRAUSS – METAMORPHOSEN Premiere January 1946, Zurich Switzerland Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was born In Munich before there was a united Germany. He died in nearby Garmisch when Germany was again divided. His music reflects that wide swath of German history with several eras of his own. From early almost […]