Mostly Moonstruck at Lincoln Center

August 14th, 2014

By Sedgwick Clark Lincoln Center was once a place I avoided like the plague in the summer—staid programs, mediocre performances—but there’s no denying that the kinks have long been worked out of its two major summer festivals. One may have one’s likes and dislikes, as I expressed last week about three of this summer’s Lincoln […]

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Leon Fleisher – All the Things You Are (CD Review)

August 13th, 2014

Leon Fleisher All the Things You Are Bridge Records CD 9429   At 85, pianist Leon Fleisher remains as compelling a musician as ever. Since the mid-1960s, due to battling an affliction called focal dystonia that affected two fingers on his right hand, Fleisher is best known for championing repertoire for the left hand alone. […]

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RIP Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014)

August 8th, 2014

  One of Australia’s foremost composers, Peter Sculthorpe, has passed away at the age of 85. Sculthorpe’s extensive body of work (including eighteen string quartets) addressed a wide range of subjects, including the Iraq War, the plight of detained immigrants seeking asylum in Australia, and climate change. His music demonstrates a polyglot palette that includes Aboriginal and […]

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Lincoln Center Festival Memories

August 7th, 2014

By Sedgwick Clark The Tsar’s Bride What a night at the concert opera, primarily due to the conducting of Gennadi Rozhdestvensky! Returning to New York after far too many years for a pair of performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, he reminded listeners once again of the importance of character in a musical performance. A silly, self-evident […]

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“Switzerland in America”

July 31st, 2014

That’s how Werner Klemperer described Aspen to me when he was performing at the town’s noted music festival in the early ’80s. When I arrived in Aspen to cover the Music Festival’s 1977 summer season for Musical America (December ’77), the town’s first stoplights had been installed recently, riling old timers who saw their community […]

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Welcome To The New Visa Reality!

July 24th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. Dear Law and Disorder: We filed visa petitions for O-1 and an O-2 visas. USCIS is asking for a contract between each of the O-2s and either the petitioner or the employers. This has never been an issue before and we’ve been doing this for 20 years. They are also […]

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Music for Heart and Breath

July 17th, 2014

    Richard Reed Parry Music for Heart and Breath DG CD   Richard Reed Parry is best known for his work in the Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire. He is also active as a composer of concert music. On his debut portrait disc in this latter role, he enlists an all star roster of […]

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Is Ethics Only In The Eye Of The Beholder?

July 17th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: An artist we have been representing for over 10 years just told us that he is leaving our roster and will be joining the roster of another management company. We didn’t have a written agreement, but we’ve never needed one as we’ve always believed that […]

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Botstein and the ASO Exhilarate at 20

July 10th, 2014

By Sedgwick Clark Leon Botstein just ended his 20th season as music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, during which he led an opera-in-concert performance of Richard Strauss’s Feuersnot, Bruch’s oratorio Moses, a concert of English music that included Walton’s Symphony No. 2, which Botstein called “one of the great symphonies of the twentieth century” […]

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When Is A “Work For Hire” Not A “Work For Hire”?

July 10th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: An orchestra commissioned one of our artists to make an arrangement of a work for them to perform. We agreed that it would be a “work for hire.” Now, the orchestra wants to record their performance of the arrangement and has come to us asking […]

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