The first known photograph of Leonard Bernstein (left) as a conductor, taken at a summer camp on 1937. CREDIT: Library of Congress, Music Division “Moynik!” (“Music!”), the young Leonard Bernstein would exclaim, even before his second birthday. He was clearly fascinated by the sounds emanating from his parents’ Victrola at home in Lawrence, Massachusetts and… Read More
CREDIT: DUTCH NATIONAL ARCHIVESWIKIMEDIA COMMONS Andres Segovia in recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, 1962 The “grandfather” of his instrument. Virtuoso, transcriber, mentor, innovator. Andres Segovia, the quintessential master of the classical guitar, earned all of those designations, and more, during his long and distinguished career.  Feb.21 marks the 125th Read More
SONY PICTURES/ In theatres from February 9 The title character in director Will Gluck’s new film adaptation of “Peter Rabbit” describes an unlikely plot twist as being “right on the verge of believability.” True enough. This updated and expanded version of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale, first published back in 1902, combines live action with animation,… Read More
Leonard Bernstein in 1971, during rehearsals for his “Mass” CREDIT: MARION S. TRIKOSKO/U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT With the start of 2018 comes a major anniversary on the world’s musical calendar: the centennial of the birth of America’s most versatile musician, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). “Lenny,” as he was affectionately known to family, friends, Read More
  Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ has been a major soundtrack of the season since its premiere in 1892. gabrielsaldana / Flickr ‘Tis the season for all manner of festivities, from celebrations of the holidays at home to premieres of new works for the theatre.  In fact, many productions enjoyed their first performances at this special time… Read More
When it comes to motion pictures associated with Halloween–films that can really scare us–they can succeed in many ways. Sometimes a picture can literally shock us with its imagery; in other cases, it may disturb us (in an entertaining way, of course) on a deeper, purely psychological level. Here’s a short list of Steve Reeder’s… Read More
  “The H8ful Eight” marks the fifth film colaboration for director Quentin Tarantino and composer Ennio Morricone, pictured here. Olivier Strecker / Creative Commons As the annual Academy Awards presentation approaches, we have a special interest in the five nominees for Best Original Score, a category recognized by the Oscars since 1934. Three of Read More
  A recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The score that accompanied this moment is a staple of classic horror film music. Credit Rain Rannu / Flickr With another Halloween approaching, horror, thriller, and supernatural films come to the fore.  Many of these pictures feature original music by composers… Read More
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