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Mostly Mozart Festival Celebrates…Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie (dess
Igor Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev, Jean Cocteau, Erik Satie
August 10, 2011

Morning Round-up: The Mostly Mozart Festival celebrates…Stravinsky, Where musicians go to unwind and recharge, and resurrecting a symphony orchestra, one city at a time.

A Symphony And A Ballet For Igor Stravinsky’s Birthday

Igor Stravinsky and Dancer/Choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky as Petrouchka, c. 1911
Igor Stravinsky and Dancer/Choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky as Petrouchka, c. 1911
June 17, 2011

This Friday evening at 7 p.m. tune-in to Classical 101 for a birthday tribute to Igor Stravinsky including his Symphony in Three Movements and the ballet, Petrouchka.

Monday Morning Classical News Round-up

Musicians warm up on the stage of Detroit's Symphony Hall
Musicians warm up on the stage of Detroit's Symphony Hall. The Orchestra's President, Anne Parsons, has reached an agreement to stay on for another 3 years.
6, 2011

A few headlines for your Monday morning: Detroit Symphony President Anne Parsons signs on for another three years, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas is no more and the Primrose International Viola Competition has named a winner.

Watch the Bolshoi Ballet Dance Stravinsky’s “Firebird”

a dancer in the bolshoi ballet's production of stravinsky's firebird
The Bolshoi Ballet's production of Stravinsky's Firebird is poetry in motion.
May 6, 2011

Watch the Bolshoi Ballet dancing Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet, choreographed by Mikhail Fokine. 

OSU Contemporary Music Festival Honors Donald Harris

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Composer and OSU Professor Emeritus Donald Harris.
May 2, 2011

Each year a notable composer is brought to campus for the annual OSU Contemporary Music Festival: this year the festival honored composer Donald Harris, who founded the festival in 2000.

Local Artists Rework Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”

Igor Stravinsky.
Igor Stravinsky in 1921, three years after he wrote The Soldier's Tale.
April 29, 2011

Local musicians, dancers and narrators will present a new version of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘A Soldier’s Tale’ this Sunday, May 1 in Columbus Foundation’s Davis Hall. The work is designed to blend ad push artistic boundaries.

Classical Haiku: Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky on coin (sketch)
April 10, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku honors Igor Stravinsky, the great modernist, who channeled an angular world into works of music.

Columbus Symphony Performs Music from Russia

Photos of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Left); Igor Stravinsky (Right).
5, 2011

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s both wrote pieces audiences loved to hate.

Coco (Chanel) and Igor (Stravinsky)

Mads Mikkelsen and Anna Mouglalis
Photo of Mads Mikkelsen and Anna Mouglalis on the movie poster for "Coco and Igor."
29, 2010

Coco and Igor, directed by Jan Kounen and starring Mad Mikkelson as Stravinsky and Anna Mougalis as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is fun and draws interesting parallels between Igor Stravinsky’s and Chanel’s work.

Princess Winnaretta Singer Musical Legacy

Music's Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac book cover
Winnaretta Singer: Music's Modern Muse
January 5, 2010

I’ve been spending some time with a piece new to me, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments. In my research I was pleased to see a name that has long intrigued me, and the subject of a recent biography by Sylvia Kahan, Winnaretta Singer.