Mostly Mozart Festival Celebrates…Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie(Photo: Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra de Paris)
Igor Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie(Photo: Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra de Paris)

Stravinsky Crashes The Party

Popular culture has enshrined Stravinsky as the musical provocateur who set Paris on its ear in 1913 with the premiere of his ballet, “The Rite of Spring.” What, if anything, does that have to do with Mozart? Some say because of his so-called neoclassical period, something which Stravinsky himself said meant “absolutely nothing.”

Read Stravinsky crashes the party (Wall Street Journal)

Watch Igor Stravinsky conduct The Rite of Spring

Where Musicians Go To Unwind And Recharge

Aspen, Tanglewood, and Marlboro are but three of the many festivals attracting music lovers this time of year, but one of the best places to hear great music is in the shadow of the Tetons…Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Read An Orchestral Player’s Shangri-La (Wall Street Journal)

Resurrecting A Symphony Orchestra, One City At A Time

Every day, there are stories being written about this symphony orchestra struggling, that one arguing with musicians, and another one simply closing up shop.  One city, however, is attempting to write a different story.

A new business model has been put together at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music.  Two former Syracuse Symphony musicians presented the model to other unemployed musicians yesterday. SU plans to form the new “Center for Live Music in the 21st Century” as a place to research and design a successful business model that can be repeated as classical music organizations struggle to survive across the country.

Read Syracuse Philharmonic Society (Syracuse Post-Standard)

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