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Pennsylvania Ballet Names Shelly Power As Executive Director

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:00:45 +0000

(image) Power is currently the artistic director and CEO of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition and is the former administrator and AD of the Houston Ballet Academy. She said, "I like to build things, I like to develop things, whether it’s programs or strategic planning, and implementing and organizing strategically the path ahead."dixon-256202-f-wp-content-uploads-2017-11-906681_cd83782485719df-e1510933018728-1155x770

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Top Posts For AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 11.19.17

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:45:29 +0000

Arnold Schoenberg’s Musical Response to FDR   What kind of American was Arnold Schoenberg? In Los Angeles, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany, he adopted English as his primary language. He watched The Lone Ranger on TV. For his children, ... read more AJBlog: Unanswered QuestionPublished 2017-11-18 Anarchy! Classical music has a mindset. Or I might call […]

Diana Ross Reflects On Her Life In Music - And Her Future

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:30:53 +0000

(image) As the legend gets a lifetime achievement award, and during the 55th anniversary of the Supremes' debut, Ross says, "Motown was genius! It put all of this energy together and created music that traveled around the entire world. Berry Gordy had a vision, and so did I. We were surrounded by [so much] talent, and […]la-1510821637-ac4nxz667m-snap-image

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Hungarian Film Wins At Poland's Film Fest As Awards Season Ramps Up

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:32 +0000

(image) On Body and Soul, a movie about strangers sharing dreams, won the Golden Frog (yes, frog) at the Camerimage Fest. But "before announcing the top prize winners, juror Stephen Goldblatt said the body felt they had to make a statement decrying what he called the 'high degree of gratuitous, misogynistic and voyeuristic' violence seen in […]on-body-and-soul-hungarian-movie

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Is The Simpsons' Apu A Problem?

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:30:24 +0000

(image) Comedian and political commentator Hari Kondabolu thinks the 30-year-old series definitely needs to clean up its act with its only South Asian character. His documentary goes on a quest to find out why. "What really emerges — as Kondabolu sits down with former Simpsons producer Dana Gould, and culls comments [Apu voice actor Hank] Azaria […]ap_17317632219334-7cb138a2d6a078207c64ea9125e77f84c6652716-s1500-c85

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Finally It's Time To Acknowledge And Celebrate Alice Coltrane

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:00:50 +0000

(image) Why hasn't her music been appreciated before? Well, it's kind of like John Lennon and Yoko Ono: "Her talents weren’t hugely appreciated in the 1960s. This was partly due to the man with whom she fell in love in 1963. John Coltrane became her husband two years later and asked her to step into his […]2400

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Inception: A Novel Written By A Character On A TV Show, With A Blurb By The Actual Writer, Is Out Now

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:30:55 +0000

(image) Follow this: "In the very first episode of Jane the Virgin — the hit show about a young woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine visit to her gynecologist — viewers learn that Jane wants to be a writer. Over the course of the show, she attends graduate school, obtaining her Master’s degree […]17janethevirgin-book-item2-master768

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Ojai Music Festival's Artistic Director Will Step Down In 2019

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:00:35 +0000

(image) Thomas Morris, who has been artistic director of the California festival since 2004, has changed and - The New York Times adds - broadened the reach of Ojai, which has a different music director every year.PYFT6XCA5VCJLNDJKEPISOD3QI (1)

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Louise Erdrich, Who Just Published Her 16th Novel, Is The 'Great American Novelist'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:30:42 +0000

(image) Ann Patchett thinks she'll win the Nobel Prize someday. She's published 30 books - nonfiction, children's novels, and more. Sherman Alexie says she writes entertaining hyperrealistic literary fiction. And she owns a bookstore. "In a strange way, Louise Erdrich is perhaps our least famous great American writer; she is not reclusive, but she is reticent, […]louise-erdrich-great-american-novelist-is-just-ge-2-31778-1510700556-1_dblbig

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Is Spike Lee Solving His 'Woman Problem' With A Reimagined Heroine?

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:00:13 +0000

(image) Lee's movie She's Gotta Have It is now a Netflix series, which, in 30-minute episodes, has changed the main character and given her many more facets. Also ... "with television came a writer’s room, one that Mr. Lee filled with African-American female artists and writers." That didn't hurt.19gotta-have-it4-master675

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The Creator Of Brazil's Outdoor Museum Has Been Sentenced To Nine Years In Jail

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:30:28 +0000

(image) Contemporary art museum creator Bernardo Paz, "an eccentric and celebrated figure in Brazil’s art scene, was accused of using money raised abroad for Inhotim for expenses related to a conglomerate of mining and steel companies he ran. Mr. Paz’s sister, Virgínia de Mello Paz, was also convicted in the scheme and sentenced to five years […]18brazilInhotim1-master768

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Cate Blanchett And The Artistic Manifesto

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:00:29 +0000

(image) The director of Blanchett's Manifesto (an art installation ... or a movie?): "The political landscape has shifted towards populism and against 'elitism.' ... 'Every populist wants to cut down cultural budgets and educational budgets for a good reason: because they need stupid minds to be manipulated and to become sheep of consumerism.'"5184

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The Nightmare Future Of Filmmaking, Courtesy Of Amazon

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:30:08 +0000

(image) The pieces are all in place: "Amazon has built a stable of services touching just about every part of the entertainment industry, from film and game development to ebook publishing and video streaming. It’s also built a retail empire on cheap piecemeal labor, free material generated by users, and an arcane system designed to connect […]Screen Shot 2017-11-19 at 09.16.13

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Jamestown Slashes Its Library's Funding, Library Sells Its Valuable Collection Of Art, Protests Ensue

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:00:45 +0000

(image) There are protests, of course, but the library in New York says there's no other way to keep going: "The nine works to be sold Tuesday are an assortment of 19th-century creations by artists like Giovanni Boldini and Emilio Sánchez Perrier that the auction house has estimated could bring in a total of as much […]00library-master768

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Playwrights Are Finding Money, And Love, On The Small Screen

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:30:54 +0000

It's true: "In years past, this relationship was an illicit tryst, a badge of shame. Today, it is an artistic triumph. Many writers head to theater school with dramatic polygamy in mind, and those already established in theater actively pursue meetings with TV executives."Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 21.42.23

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Girish Bhargava, The Editor Of 'Dirty Dancing' And So, So Many Dance Shows, Has Died At 76

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:00:37 +0000

(image) We would know so little of dance without him: "Bhargava edited films that captured the work of Balanchine, Peter Martins, Bob Fosse, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and many other prominent choreographers, in the process creating an archival record of a genre that had historically been difficult to preserve. And through Dance in America and other […]18bhargava-master768

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Last Living Person Linked To Gardner Art Theft Seeks Prison Release On Separate Charge

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:30:19 +0000

(image) Robert Gentile's attorney says he can't remember pleading guilty on a weapons charge and thus, "the reputed Connecticut mobster, who authorities say is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in U.S. history, wants to await sentencing in an unrelated weapons case at his home."Art Heist Mystery

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Torch Song Trilogy, The Herald Of A New Era, Turns 35

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:30:31 +0000

(image) Stuart Emmerich: "My only experiences of gay theater had been plays like The Boys in the Band, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Tea and Sympathy and Streamers — plays where the gay character was either closeted or bitter or suicidal, and usually all three. It was a shock to see Mr. Fierstein, as Arnold, strutting around […]19TORCHSONG3-master768

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Dance Has Always Been Political, But This Year ... Wow

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:00:54 +0000

(image) One choreographer: "We don’t have time to play around anymore."merlin_128111024_14b66fd9-a161-4ee7-9d54-f4834977f478-superJumbo

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It's Getting Easier To Pirate Movies, And Hollywood Isn't Pleased

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:30:32 +0000

(image) A religious power couple in Atlanta run TickBox TV, and they're being sued for that because TickBox is a device that allows people to obtain unlicensed (aka stolen) content via technology that scrapes other streaming devices. "Set-top box piracy also tends to attract older users and families, intellectual property experts said. It even looks more […]la-1510966526-s8mxusdpw2-snap-image

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UK Lottery Sales Are Way Down. Arts Funding Is Suffering. Scottish Officials Say Other Arts Funding Is Needed

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:33:15 +0000

(image) With National Lottery income making up nearly 40% of Creative Scotland’s and sportscotland’s total income, these reductions are of critical concern and put both jobs and provision at risk. Figures released by National Lottery operator Camelot in June 2017 showed arts funding was down £55m, with expectations that the “disappointing” sales would continue this year. Creative […]scottish_parliament

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The (Considerable) Consequences Of Memoirs

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:01:31 +0000

(image) "At one minute past midnight on July 19, 1975, my father was hanged. For twenty-seven years, I told no one about it. Then I published a memoir. I have lived with the aftermath of that decision ever since, as does anyone who has published their own story, who has unwrapped what had previously been concealed: […]daniel-and-lions

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Love The Art, Hate The Artist?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:24:53 +0000

(image) "I expect art to be troubling because I expect people to be troubling. I am prepared to like and dislike something in every work. I can also appreciate the aesthetic genius of a moral monster without feeling that I am becoming inured to monstrosity. Just as I can read Heidegger without becoming a Nazi, I […]download

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Stabilization? Met Museum Cuts Its Projected Deficit, Adds To Endowment

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:04:18 +0000

(image) "Where a shortfall of $15 million had been projected for the fiscal year 2017, which ended in June, that figure was contained to $10.1 million, according to the report, and the Met said it is on track to eliminate its deficit by 2020. In addition, the museum’s endowments increased by almost $300 million, to a […]merlin_130153631_03ce3d57-ac85-48f5-a0fd-11e667674a79-blog427

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What Place Do Art Fairs Have In Art-Rich Berlin?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:32:45 +0000

(image) “Yet another fair feels like a car company offering another new model: there are already more than enough different cars, besides other options like bicycles, trains and planes. But, like the possibility of a new and really interesting car model entering the stage—an electric one, for instance—there’s always a chance of a new and really […]Dusseldorf

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Memphis College Of Art Says It Will Close

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:01:43 +0000

(image) The final decision had been made two weeks earlier, spurred by a combination of declining admissions — down by 35% just this year, according to High Ground Memphis — increasing real estate debt, and the school’s small endowment fund. Tuition at the school is $35,000 per year. While many remain optimistic that the school could remain open, […]memphis-college-art-building-40

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How France Is Branding Its Culture Across The Globe

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:31:31 +0000

(image) "The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi over the weekend is the latest example of how traditional French cultural diplomacy is being supplanted by brand politics: Abu Dhabi bought the rights to use the Paris museum's famous name at a price tag of over $500 million over three decades. This example of "soft power" goes […]0c621d4f8f2a44e5bf7b87c19da3afa0

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New Plays At The Center Of A Touring Scheme

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:01:23 +0000

(image) The organization acts as a producer and manager all in one, from mapping out a show’s tour route to managing it on the road. “We view ourselves as being in service to the artists and the work, and we also view ourselves as being in service to our colleagues who will be our client.”at_dec17_Tectonic_group_

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French Teachers Suggest Practical Alternative For The 'Masculine Prevails' Grammar Rule

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:04:32 +0000

(image) "The teachers' objection was not just philosophical; it was philological. The rule, they said in the French version of Slate, was a parvenu (it was enunciated in the 17th century and became widely taught only in the 19th century) and politically motivated (it buttressed French laws that denied women equal rights). ... In its place, […]french grammar

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Our Struggle With The Idea Of Scientific "Progress"

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:28:55 +0000

(image) "Accelerating scientific invention does not make human beings any more good-natured or reasonable but simply increases their capacity to achieve their goals. In practice, this means the groups that are most powerful will increase their hold over the rest. Schemes for improving the human animal by technological means will not alter these facts. What counts […]2017_45_books_lead

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Now 'Downton Abbey' Has Its Own Traveling Museum

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:01:44 +0000

(image) "All the old habitats, including Mr. Carson's pantry, the servants' dining room and Lady Mary's bedroom (faintly scandalous with its memory of Kemal Pamuk’s coital demise) are painstakingly recreated, right down to the forks and spoons arranged just so on the Crawley dinner table. Behind the green baize door lies the servants' quarters just as […]downton

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Oliver Sacks' Essential Qualities Of Creativity

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:31:51 +0000

(image) "All of us, to some extent, borrow from others, from the culture around us. Ideas are in the air, and we may appropriate, often without realizing, the phrases and language of the times. We borrow language itself; we did not invent it. We found it, we grew up into it, though we may use it, […]oliversacks_onthemove20

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Why We Still Need Chekhov's Plays, Even After A Century

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:09 +0000

(image) Lyn Gardner: "If the anniversary of the Russian revolution offers one reason for the current glut of Chekhov revivals, the other may well be the way the plays speak so directly to a world in flux, where the characters cannot comprehend or adjust to the cultural, social and political earthquakes that engulf them."chekhov

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Do Civilizations Actually "Collapse"?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:31:49 +0000

(image) "The stories are often presented as cautionary tales to frighten us into correcting the error of our ways – lest we bring about the end of our own global civilisation. They promote an ethic of environmental responsibility that we ignore at our peril. It is no coincidence that they focus on climate change, human-caused environmental […]images

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So, When Are We Going To See The First Billion-Dollar Painting? (Probably Not For A While)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:03:17 +0000

(image) Some people are asking that very question following the record-smashing sale of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi for $450 million. But there were some special factors at play here that are unlikely to be repeated - as Robin Pogrebin reports, "the artwork achieved an unprecedented price because it was an unprecedented piece."billion dollar painting

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*This* Is Probably The Right Way For An Orchestra To Do A Nightclub Concert

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:35:04 +0000

(image) Anne Midgette on a National Symphony Orchestra concert at Anthem, a new riverfront club in southwest DC: "[Rather than] pander to a younger audience by giving it what they think it wants to hear, ... this performance had the orchestra, in street clothes, simply playing the music it does well, including large chunks of this […]NSO nightclub concert

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Athens - 'Whatever You Do, Don't Call Us The New Berlin'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:04:53 +0000

(image) "Artists, collectives, new bars, farm-to-table restaurants, startups, and alternative music venues are amassing in Athens. Abandoned buildings, the scars from what Greeks simply call 'the Crisis', are turning into cultural spaces and homes for startups. Political statements are now emblazoned as street art. Artists from Mexico, Bali, New York and Western Europe are making Athens […]athens

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Kyle Abraham Explains Why He's A Political Choreographer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:48:20 +0000

(image) "There are times when I do just want to make a dancey dance. ... But for me, I always get to a certain point when I feel it's a waste of time and energy. Being black and gay there's so much that I've faced in my life that I can't be oblivious to what's happening […]kyle abraham

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From A Rural South African Township To The National Ballet Of Canada

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:33:59 +0000

(image) Siphesihle November, aged 19 and a new member of the NBC corps de ballet, talks to Q about his personal and artistic journeys to the far side of the globe. (audio)siphesihle-november

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An Angry Marina Abramović Explains What Happened To The $2 Million Raised For Her Institute

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:17:26 +0000

(image) Responding to a New York Post article - headlined in the print paper "The Art of the Steal" - questioning the fate of the funds intended for her now-abandoned performance-art institute in Hudson, New York, Abramović - in a statement titled "The Art of the Truth" - wrote that "the [tabloid's] allegations are so false, […]marina

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Last Missing Piece Of Magritte Painting Found After 85 Years

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:02:48 +0000

(image) "The enigma of The Enchanted Pose, which depicts side-by-side female nudes, began decades ago. It is listed in the comprehensive catalog of Magritte's works, but its location had been marked as 'unknown' since 1932. Magritte, who died in 1967, never said anything about its fate." Turns out he cut it into four, painted over the […]magritte

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L.A. Phil Picks Seattle Symphony's Simon Woods As Next CEO

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:46:34 +0000

(image) "The Los Angeles Philharmonic's spring news earlier this year that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, was departing for New York sent the arts world spinning. Since then, one question has hung - or rung, like a symphonic triangle - in the air: Who would replace her?" We now have the answer.LA Phil simon woods

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Matthew Halls Says No One At Oregon Bach Festival Notified Him Of Any Complaints About Behavior

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:31:58 +0000

(image) Following the report that, at the time Halls was fired from the OBF artistic directorship, he was being investigated over claims that he discriminated against women, he wrote in a statement, "I am reading about these complaints for the first time now. At no stage did anybody from the University of Oregon or the Oregon […]OBF-Halls

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Comcast In Talks To Buy 21st Century Fox: Report

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:15:42 +0000

(image) "Comcast is interested in the same set of assets that Disney approached Fox about earlier this year, sources said. Also of interest to Comcast is acquiring the international assets of Fox, given that the Philadelphia-based company is heavily concentrated in the U.S." (includes video)comcast 21st cent fox

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'How To Survive A Plague' Wins UK's Top Prize For Nonfiction

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:10:08 +0000

(image) "Opening with a quote from Paul Monet, 'Grief is a sword, or it is nothing', [David] France's book chronicles how the activist community fought to develop the drugs that would turn HIV into a largely treatable condition. ... [The book] beat titles including Simon Schama's Belonging and Christopher de Bellaigue's The Islamic Enlightenment to win […]how to survive a plague

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Gaudí's First Masterpiece, Casa Vicens, Opens To Public In Barcelona

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:37 +0000

(image) "The Moorish-influenced Casa Vicens, commissioned by the stockbroker Manuel Vicens Montaner [as a residence] and built between 1882-88, was the architect's first major project. ... Fifteen lavishly decorated rooms by Gaudí have been restored with input from the descendants of its original tenants as well as extensive archival research."gaudi casa vicens

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Sydney's Largest Art Museum Announces New Wing, Which Everyone Will Now Argue About

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:44:20 +0000

(image) "[The Art Gallery of New South Wales's] new wing, Sydney Modern, will step across the Cahill expressway and spill north down the Domain towards the harbour, under an ambitious plan to increase visits to the city’s pre-eminent gallery. But the latest plan, though more modest than the first version released in 2015, is still likely […]art gallery of nsw

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Toxic Culture? No, Everything's Lovely Here, Say Queensland Symphony Chairman And Musicians

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:29:51 +0000

(image) In response to a news report saying that staff turnover has been high and morale low at the Brisbane, Australia-based orchestra - with sources blaming music director Alondra de la Parra and CEO David Pratt - the QSO section principals released a statement supporting the two, and the board chairman said, "I know that morale […]queensland symphony orchestra

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.16.17

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:35:21 +0000

Did Ken Griffin Buy the Leonardo (or provide $$$ for Art Institute of Chicago to acquire it)? While we’re all still coming to terms with the fact that a damaged 26″ x 18″ oil-on-walnut painted panel has just sold for $450.3 million, here’s a potential scoop that is based on some data, ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published […]

Chief Operating Officer, Cultural Facilities & Services

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:49:40 +0000

Houston First Corporation invites applications for the position of Chief Operating Officer, Cultural Facilities & Services.

Seattle: A Culture Of Growth (For Both Good And Bad)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:01:30 +0000

(image) "Over the past decade, Seattle has added 220,000 jobs, an increase of nearly 15 percent. Amazon, which employs 40,000 people here and holds about one-fifth of the city’s premier office space, has keyed that growth, but the revival has spilled far beyond it. Thirty-one Fortune 500 companies now operate research and engineering hubs in Seattle, […]lead_960

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Kickstarter Launches New Artist Project Subscription Program

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:29:13 +0000

(image) Individual artists and collectives, podcasters, and experimental groups create pages on the site, and visitors can subscribe to certain projects, or whatever else the artist decides to make available to them. Artists have the option to create tiers of membership for different kinds of access, and the goal is that these subscriptions will help fund […]Screen-Shot-2017-11-15-at-5.38.53-PM

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The Russian Oligarch And The $450 Million Leonardo Painting

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:03:12 +0000

(image) One can be forgiven for initially overlooking another elephant in the room — the identity of the seller. When there’s this much money involved, though, it usually pays to follow it, and here the money leads directly back to the Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev.Mundi_Rybolovlev-1460

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London's Old Vic Theatre Reveals 20 Complaints Of Behavior Against Kevin Spacey

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:32:42 +0000

(image) Those affected said they "felt unable to raise concerns", and he "operated without sufficient accountability". The London theatre said it "truly apologises" for not creating a culture where people felt able to speak freely._98776812_spacey_afp

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What Happened To The $2 Million Marina Abramovic Raised For Her Institute?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:02:08 +0000

(image) The edgy artist, who became world famous for staring down people in her blockbuster 2010 MOMA show, The Artist is Present, touted her multi-million dollar Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art as a place for artists to conduct grand experiments. The Yugoslav-born Abramovic also said it would “change the local economy” in […]abramovic

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Can A New "Mayor Of Nightlife" Save New York's Music Scene?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:32:06 +0000

(image) "The announcement of New York’s Office of Nightlife comes not long after the release of an influential report, in March, by the city’s Office of Media and Entertainment, which oversees the city’s music industry. It found that more tickets are sold for live performances here than in any other city in the world (5.4 million in 2015) and […]10-night-mayor-lede.nocrop.w1600.h2147483647.2x

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Art As Engagement Or Communicator Of Something More?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:01:47 +0000

(image) "There is an interesting link to be made between art and populism. Populism is not only something that embeds itself into actual politics; it is also a disease affecting the art world. In many institutions the focus on popularizing the programs is so big that one wonders whether the emphasis is still on the art […]download-1

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The Midwest As Cultural Anyplace (Comforting But Problematic)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:34:46 +0000

(image) "If the Midwest is a particular place that instead thinks of itself as an anyplace or no-place, it is likewise both present and not present in the national conversation. The Midwest is, in fact, fairly frequently written about, but almost always in a way that weirdly disclaims the possibility that it has ever been written or thought about […]THR_2017_Fall

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The Art Of The Hidden Track, That Surprise On Your CD Or LP

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:01:15 +0000

(image) We gained a lot when albums went fully digital, but we also lost a bunch of stuff along the way. Among the things we lost: Record sleeves, media towers, and Tower Records. We have digital equivalents of all these things, so it's not like we necessarily miss them. But perhaps the one thing we lost […]hidden tracks

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Study: Art In The Workplace Inspires Creativity

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:31:09 +0000

(image) "Appreciating art induces inspiration, which in turn facilitates performance on creative tasks. Our results show that simply displaying art in the work environment could enhance employees' creative capabilities, thereby driving innovation."download

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How Big A Mess Was David Hallberg When His Foot Injury Nearly Ended His Career? This Big

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:02:40 +0000

(image) "It turns out he was adrift in a sea of Carlton Draughts ... During more than a year of self-imposed exile in Melbourne, he spent hours on park benches, washing away the pain of a wrecked career with six-packs of beer." Sarah Kaufman looks at Hallberg's new memoir.david hallberg

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Queen Victoria's Fake Cranach Turns Out To Be Genuine

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:03:50 +0000

(image) "For more than a century art historical experts have labelled a painting Queen Victoria bought as a Christmas present for Prince Albert a 19th-century fake. But a new generation of art historians has discovered they were wrong. Victoria and her advisers were correct when they bought the painting in 1840. It is a genuine work […]victoria's cranach

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And This Concert Is How Propaganda Is Made

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:31:05 +0000

(image) Anne Midgette: "An ultimate test of cultural diplomacy is the question of who controls the narrative. On Monday, the organizers restricted media access to this high-security event. After trying unsuccessfully to reach media representatives before the event, then waiting at the door, I was told that the fire marshal had ruled that no more people […]wash

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Looking Back At The 'Gay Girl In Damascus' Hoax And The Middle-Aged Married White Guy Who Pulled It

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:04:24 +0000

(image) Tom MacMaster did some real damage with the blog where he pretended to be Amina Arraf, a young Syrian-American lesbian caught in Damascus when the Arab Spring arrived - especially when, about to be exposed, MacMaster posted that "Arraf" had been kidnapped. Kevin Young considers the hurt that the hoax caused to MacMaster himself, other […]Gay-Girl-in-Damascus

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Jeremy Hutchinson, Who Argued Some Of The Most Important Court Cases In Britain's Cultural History, Dead At 102

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:36:48 +0000

(image) He was one of the two attorneys whose groundbreaking defense prevailed in the 1960 obscenity trial of Penguin Books for publishing Lady Chatterley's Lover; eleven years later, he won a more difficult case against Paul Ableman's The Mouth and Oral Sex, establishing the "literary merit" argument. "He added a service to the arts by ending […]jeremy hutchinson

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Old Vic Investigation Turns Up 20 Complaints Of Sexual Harassment By Kevin Spacey

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:05:43 +0000

(image) "An investigation opened by the theatre, following allegations that the actor had sexually assaulted young men while working [as artistic director] there, led to 20 people coming forward to report incidents of inappropriate behaviour up to 2013. ... The Old Vic said a 'cult of personality' had existed around Spacey during his time as director […]kevin spacey

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New York Public Library Unveils (Another) New Master Plan

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:34:58 +0000

(image) "The $317 million plan, approved by the board on Wednesday, will be the largest renovation in the history of the [system's flagship] building, which opened in 1911. ... [The plan] does not dictate any specific future for the most hotly disputed unused historic space in the building: its seven football-field-size floors of stacks, which have […]NYPL

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The New Museum Of The Bible Does Its Job Very, Very Well - And Yet ...

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:18:00 +0000

(image) Philip Kennicott: "What it does well, it does as well or better than any museum in the country ... bearing with it something that most historians and museum professionals may have thought was long discredited: the 'master narrative' idea of history, that there is one sweeping human story that needs to be told, a story […]museum of the bible

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Another Classical Music Critic's Job Is Gone: David Patrick Stearns To Leave Philadelphia Inquirer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:03:54 +0000

(image) Faced with the almost-certain elimination of his position, Stearns has accepted a buyout offer from the paper after more than 17 years.DPS

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Masha Gessen, Jesmyn Ward, Robin Benway, Frank Bidart Win 2017 National Book Awards

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:47:20 +0000

(image) "At a glitzy gala in New York City on Wednesday night, four writers emerged with one of the world's most illustrious literary prizes, the National Book Award: Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing, won for fiction; Masha Gessen's The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, for nonfiction; Frank Bidart's Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, for poetry; […]national book awards

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$450 Million - Leonardo's 'Salvator Mundi' Is Now The Most Expensive Artwork In History

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:32:41 +0000

(image) "After 19 minutes of dueling, with four bidders on the telephone and one in the room, Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi sold on Wednesday night [at Christie's] for $450.3 million with fees, shattering the high for any work of art sold at auction. It far surpassed Picasso's Women of Algiers, which fetched $179.4 million at […]salvator mundi

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Philadelphia Orchestra Names Two Interim Co-Presidents To Succeed Allison Vulgamore

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:16:35 +0000

(image) "Matthew Loden and Ryan Fleur will share administrative leadership, with the title of interim co-presidents, as the orchestra looks for a successor to ... Vulgamore," who departs Dec. 31. "Fleur and Loden are currently executive vice president for orchestra advancement and executive vice president for institutional advancement, respectively."PhilOrch co-presidents 200

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Documenta Promises This Year's Massive Deficit Won't Derail The Next Festival

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:01:57 +0000

(image) "The dates have been set for the next Documenta, the pace-setting quinquennial German contemporary art exhibition, allaying fears that the future of the show was in doubt after this year's edition ran over budget and caused a deficit expected to be €5.4m at the end of the year. The city of Kassel is able to […]documenta

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This Movie Drew So Many Violent Protests In Russia That - They're Making It Into A TV Series

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:45:02 +0000

(image) Russian Orthodox extremists have demonstrated, made death threats, and even committed arson to protest Matilda, a romantic period film about a ballerina with whom the young Nicholas II had an affair before he married. (The last tsar, now considered a saint and martyr, would of course never have done such a thing.) So director Alexei […]Matilda

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'Toxic' Office Culture Leads To Massive Staff Turnover At Queensland Symphony: Report

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:30:23 +0000

(image) "Twenty-seven full-time and part-time staff have left [the Australian] orchestra in just 21 months, an unusually high turnover rate for the company which currently lists 26 people on its staff. ... Orchestra insiders claim that morale at the QSO is 'toxic' and an external consultant has been contracted to improve morale and company cohesiveness. Former […]Alondra de la Parra

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.15.17

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:31:54 +0000

Another classical music critic is sent into the night … and this time it’s me. Life in the newspaper world these days can’t help but feel like Russian Roulette. With every wave of layoffs, my position has seemed that much closer to its end. And I’m surprised that I lasted as long as I did. […]

Why The Sound Of A Voice Is A Multi-Sensory Experience

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:04:19 +0000

(image) "The phenomenon of multisensory perception can help us to understand why we assign metaphorical properties of softness, roughness or depth to voice. Think of a politician whose voice is flat. Flatness is a multisensory concept because it is both tactile and visual. We can recognise flat surfaces by either touching or seeing them. These sensory […]idea_sized-sarah_vaughan_-_william_p_gottlieb_-_no_1

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What's The Place Of Live Theatre In A More Virtual World?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:28:40 +0000

(image) “I believe the future is less about what ‘live theatre’ is or isn’t, and more about the further blurring of lines of categorization. People will be less clear about the difference between “theatre” and “live performance” and “immersive” and “public art” and “interactive",  especially once ‘reality’ based technologies like AR/MR/VR invade the live sphere with […]J_Mandell_FoST_ Photo 1 alt

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Has The History Of Books Been Kidnapped By Ponderous Academics?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:55:37 +0000

(image) "Bibliographical analysis, involving patient collation and comparison of printed texts, and the identification of the distinctive ornaments with which printers enlivened otherwise blank spaces, flourish. They remain the bedrock on which, over the last thirty years or more, a ponderous superstructure of interpretation has been erected. Local and national pride have sustained enquiries: a specific […]

Distraction Has Gotten A Bad Rap. Let's Reconsider

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:32:13 +0000

(image) Distraction need not simply be another name for attention shifted (“I was looking at this, then I looked at that”). Attention is a form of “tension,” but the relaxation here — both that which creates the condition for the new perception and that which follows from it — is primarily conceived as passive (objects fall “upon the eye, are […]disappearance_suitiii_gaspar

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How The Art World Structure Enables Abuse

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:31:40 +0000

(image) "The art world’s most important business goes on in private and is hardly subject to public scrutiny. The art world is a largely unregulated industry in which the rich and powerful that dominate see themselves as being above the law. It’s a business that requires endless socializing, where deals are sealed over drinks, in expensive […]degas_inte__rieur_philadelphia_museum_of_art_1986-26-10_720

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What A Musician Needs To Survive Today

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:01:20 +0000

(image) “You have to know how you’re going to make a living. You have to know how to write a grant proposal, you have to know how to talk to an audience, you have to know how to produce a concert, you have to know how to develop a professional network. This is what it is […]Erin-Barra-2

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Building Broadway Audiences With $10 Tickets At A Time

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:31:14 +0000

(image) “We knew if we were going to get extremely reduced ticket prices for the kids, then it would require a lot of bridge-building to all of the producers. After all, you’re asking for them to make an investment in their future, and, when they’re not sure they’re going to be open next month, it is […]960x0

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Universal Beauty? No Such Thing

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:01:04 +0000

(image) "Scientists have struggled to find universals that permanently link our species. Although we come to the table with biological predispositions, a million years of bending, breaking and blending have diversified our species’ preferences. We are the products not only of biological evolution but also of cultural evolution. Although the idea of universal beauty is appealing, […]13622_177fdb0c18f85f1fa5dcfc76d9b2cdd9

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Do We Have Too Much Public Shame (Or Too Little)

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:31:54 +0000

(image) "In recent decades, psychology research has found that feelings of shame can demoralize people or generate aggression because they make individuals feel bad about themselves. (This differentiates shame from guilt, which, because it focuses on a person’s acts rather than his or her character, can lead to apology and redress.) Today, public scholars like social […]imgres-2

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How Cities Develop Collective Moral Codes (And How Easily They Can Break Down)

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:01:48 +0000

(image) "Cities are very unequal places. They are mixtures of very rich people and very poor people, very connected people and very disconnected people, people with a big inheritance and people that are utterly disinherited. The interesting question is why - despite extreme, structural, long-term, ongoing inequalities - these places cohere in some fashion. They cohere […]city morality

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Language As A Conveyor Of Culture And History

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:27:54 +0000

(image) "With the historic complacency of having the leading world language for a mother tongue, we lag behind many other countries in translating. But numbers are not the only indicator. The ways English expression is changing reflect the flourishing throng of writers using it who are in one way or another not from England. This isn’t […]cov3922

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How Junot Díaz Got TV, Spider-Man, His Father, And America All Mixed Up Together

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:02:31 +0000

(image) "I was five when my neighbor in Santo Domingo bought the first set on our street, the first I'd ever laid eyes on. ... Maybe I would have been O.K. if I'd seen anything else: the news, a variety show, a political debate. But my earliest exposure to television was a Spider-Man cartoon ... My […]junot diaz

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A Leonardo For Sale? Jerry Saltz Has Big Doubts

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:31:26 +0000

(image) "Not only does it look like a dreamed-up version of a missing da Vinci, various X-ray techniques show scratches and gouges in the work, paint missing, a warping board, a beard here and gone, and other parts of the painting obviously brushed up and corrected to make this probable copy look more like an original."13-leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi.nocrop.w710.h2147483647.2x

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Milan Kundera's Last Novel In Czech Published For First Time In Czech Republic

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:03:49 +0000

(image) "Kundera, now 88 years old, left Communist Czechoslovakia in 1975 after he was dismissed from his teaching position and had seen his books banned. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting was published in French in 1979. Two years later it was released in Czech by a Canadian publisher - but it has never actually been […]Milan_Kundera

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Revisiting Edith Hamilton, Who Introduced Generations To Classical Greece And Rome

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:35:49 +0000

(image) "Although less well known in Europe, Hamilton achieved such popularity in the United States that, when I tell people that I study Classics, most people over the age of fifty who are familiar with the subject tell me that Hamilton was their entry point." Now that her The Grrek Way (1930) and The Roman Way […]edith hamilton

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David Lang's New 'Symphony For A Broken Orchestra' (He Means That Title Literally)

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:04:58 +0000

(image) The Pultizer-winning composer (The Little Match Girl Passion) has written the piece for 400 musicians, all playing damaged instruments from Philadelphia's public school system. (The work was created as a one-time fundraiser - the money will be spent to repair the instruments and return them to Philly classrooms - but other school districts are already […]symphony for broken instruments

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The 'Lion King' Effect: How A Broadway Smash Changed South African Lives

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:33:44 +0000

(image) "Over 20 years, hundreds of performers have joined the show in cities around the globe. These are some of their stories - laced with hope, tragedy, homesickness and triumph."lion king a

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Tourists Complain Of Price-Gouging In Venice; Venice Mayor Says Shut Up And Pay Up

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:17:57 +0000

(image) "Over the past few weeks, news of scams against visitors to the city have been ricocheting around the European press, with complaints that tourists' naïveté and limited language skills have led to them being parted from their money in dishonest if not openly illegal ways." Mayor Luigi Brugnaro is publicly siding with the overchargers - […]venice

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Fired Oregon Bach Festival Director Was Under Investigation For 'Discrimination [And] Harassment Based On Sex And Race'

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:02:42 +0000

(image) A document from the University of Oregon, which operates the festival, showed that, when he was fired in August, former director Matthew Halls was the subject of two complaints. One was the widely-reported joke, made to an African-American singer, that someone who overheard it interpreted as racist; the second was that "Halls does not call […]OBF Halls

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Walker Art Center's Director Steps Down After Difficult Year And Tensions With Board

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:46:43 +0000

(image) "In a surprise announcement Tuesday, the Walker said [Olga] Viso, who has led the internationally known center since 2008" - with a considerable record of achievement, it must be said - "will leave by year end. Four sources close to the board characterized her resignation as the end result of a monthslong process fueled by […]walker viso

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Lincoln Center Festival To Shut Down; Mostly Mozart, Now Revitalized, To Expand

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:31:42 +0000

(image) "When Jane Moss arrived at Lincoln Center 25 years ago to shake up its programming, many people thought that the days of its well-loved but staid Mostly Mozart festival were numbered. The creation of a rival summer festival - the multidisciplinary Lincoln Center Festival, which was run by others - in 1996 only added to […]jane moss

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Louvre Abu Dhabi's Treatment Of Migrant Workers Has Gotten Better, But Has It Improved Enough?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:15:20 +0000

(image) "In a gesture of inclusiveness that is rare in the region, the workers who had built the Jean Nouvel-designed museum on Saadiyat Island were given their own party. ... Yet questions remain over the welfare of these and other construction workers, mostly migrants from the Indian subcontinent, on the island." Annual reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers note […]LouvreAbu_Dhabi

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Michel Chapuis, One Of 20th Century's Greatest Organists, Dead At 87

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000

(image) He held some of the most prestigious positions his profession had to offer - at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Saint-Séverin in Paris, and the Chapelle Royale at Versailles - and he was a pioneer, as performer and scholar alike, in reviving the organ repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, notably on historical organs. His […]chapuis

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BalletX Is Getting A New Home, And 40 New Works Will Be Created There

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:44:37 +0000

(image) The company is breaking ground for its first permanent studio, a former furniture store and auto repair shop in South Philadelphia that will be called the Center for World Premiere Choreography. BalletX director Christine Cox is serious about that name: in addition to space for morning dance class and rehearsal, the Center (which is expected […]BalletX

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