Music 2 Titan

Entries for October, 2009

Early Music in the Village of the City

cited: New York Times
New York has always been known as a trend-setting capital of the world. Now, the newest thing in the Village is old-time music- think the 18th century and before. It’s a repertory, comprising music that celebrated the philosophy of performances that blossomed throughout the 20th century. It has taken the form a [...]

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Opera Revamped

cited: New York Times
Perhaps opera may do better to step out of the velvet corsets and Romantic sets, and bring the medium into the 21st century. The question burns, however: is it sacrilege to bring the likes of Verdi into the realm of a Pink Floyd laser show? Revisions of opera has seen far less [...]

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50 Cent Show Worth Far More

cited: New York Times
50 Cent’s Saturday concert looked like a détente between schools and generations of hip-hop. The This Is 50 Festival, on Governors Island’s Water Taxi Beach, began with insightful, still-sweet rappers Kid Cudi and Wale. 50 Cent, one of the last of the big-time gangsta rappers, who had multimillion-selling albums in 2003 and 2005 before [...]

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Brooklyn Reggae Star gets Stabbed

cited: New York Times
Sunday morning in Brooklyn took a bloodier turn than normal this past week, as reggae singer Major Mackerel was stabbed with a sword by a neighbor. Garfield Dixon, also known as Major Mackerel, after a confrontation with a neighbor over the neighbor’s wife, the police said. When the fight was [...]

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LA Hears New Conductor

cited: Los Angeles  Times
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Philharmonic welcomed its 11th conductor, Gustavo Dudamel with a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night, as opposed to a staid program in Walt Disney Hall, the orchestra’s home. The more formal show is on Thursday. “Bienvenido Gustavo!,” as the concert was called, ended [...]

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Gaga and Madonna

cited: Los Angeles Times
Perched (rather, trying to perch) on a piano, orbited by an assorted of metal rings around her body, Lady Gaga cracked up onstage in the beginning of Saturday Night Live’s new season. While the Swedish singer popped in her own right, the performance fizzled thanks to Gaga’s stage partner, Madonna.

The artist formerly known [...]

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iPhone now allows for iVirtuosos

Cited: New York Times
For both musicians and the melodically challenged, the iPhone music app. If you know how to play a real instrument, it functions as a pocket-sized version for impromptu jamming. If you can’t pick a string to save your life, you can still pluck out a song on the app- it’s even programmed to [...]

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Ukelele Notes Tickle the Eardrums and Heartstrings

cited: New York Times
LONDON — If you go to a Ukelele Orchestra show, the only expectation you should bring is for an exceptional performance. They recognize that not everyone is so caution-less, as orchestra member Dave Suich stated, “Relief is one of the major emotions of our audience.
But the happy surprise of encountering something completely [...]

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WQXR Unveils Programming Facelift

cited: New York Times
The plan: some DJ’s will stay on. Saturdays will still host the Metropolitan Opera. Vocal music and religious programming will fade out while Vivaldi will continue to blast- “Just about anything.”
WQXR, the only classical music station in New York, will have a new sound after Oct. 8, according to plans unveiled on [...]

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