Jackie Evancho to Sing Opera at Davies Symphony Hall in Frisco
Shades of Charlotte Church…Good or Bad for an 11-Year-Old to Do This?
Please don’t shoot the messenger, but some are questioning the wisdom in the blossoming career of Jackie Evancho, the 11-year-old who burst onto the music scene with her performance on America’s Got Talent. There is no disputing the fact that she is extremely talented, but unlike those who play instruments at an early age, the risks in pushing a young voice too quickly are much like allowing young athletes to snap off a curve ball before their bodies mature. Do too much too soon, or use your voice incorrectly, and you’re done.
Only time will tell what kind of career Ms. Evancho will have and how her voice will change with age. It is, however, always intriguing to watch and marvel at such talent in one so young.
Read Jackie Evancho to Bring her Opera Voice to Fresno (Fresno Bee)
Read Jackie Evancho to Sing Grand Opera (Norman Lebrecht)
Watch Jackie Evancho sing Time to Say Goodbye with Sara Brightman
Another big prize for Simon Rattle. Why?
Writer and critic Norman Lebrecht wants to know how Maestro Rattle, who is seldom even IN Denmark, was awarded over $100,000.
Read Another big prize for Simon Rattle (Arts Journal)
You Know More About Music Than You Think
At least that’s the opinion of neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. He has set out to demystify classical music for those who think they have no business listening to it because they don’t understand it.
The researcher likes to quote country sheriff Andy Griffith when it comes to classical music.
“Opera ain’t nothin’ but a bunch of hollering, but it’s high class hollering.”
To prove his point, Levitin puts together a concert and conversation each year he calls Beethoven and you Brain, an opportunity for the audience to listen to various pieces of music, asking questions and commenting in between.
Read Beethoven’s Brain is a Lot Like Yours (Toronto.com)