Is the Berlin Philharmonic Still “Great”?

October 30th, 2014

That’s a deliberately provocative question, of course. But when the best one can say about Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala is that the scaffolding has been removed after three years, there’s a problem. The building’s elegant façade, glistening proudly in its new exterior lighting, looks simply gorgeous. It’s a necessary reminder that the beleaguered classical-music […]

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Whose Lawsuit Is It Anyway?

October 30th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: I’m dealing with a presenter who wants to cancel two weeks out due to poor ticket sales. While it’s not a huge engagement fee, my artist has already contracted its performers and paid out expenses for the date as its part of a bigger tour. […]

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Noted Endeavors with Ran Dank and Soyeon Lee: For-Profit or Not-for-Profit, That is the Question

October 28th, 2014

Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson of Noted Endeavors interview international prize-winning pianists (and husband-and-wife) Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee, founders of the concert series Music by the Glass. Kate and Ran discuss their reasons for wanting to be a not-for-profit organization. They explain, step-by-step, how and why they came to their decision and why it seemed […]

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Enter the Cockroach, Stage Left

October 23rd, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: My artist has an O-1 visa which expires in April 2015. We want to add a new engagement in May 2015. Can we just file for a “visa extension” or do we have to file a whole new petition? Your question contains the implication that […]

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Noted Endeavors with Talea Ensemble: Getting Grants – How To Ask For Funding

October 21st, 2014

Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson of Noted Endeavors interview Elizabeth Weisser, violist and Alex Lipowski, percussionist, of Talea Ensemble. Committed to promoting new, groundbreaking music by commissioning and programming progressive works, Talea Ensemble allows audiences to gain exposure to new composers and to explore cutting edge music. Percussionist Alex Lipowski is the Executive Director and […]

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The Oblique Censor, Part 3 of 3

October 20th, 2014

 By James Conlon The following post is adapted from James Conlon’s Keynote Address at the symposium “Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union: Echoes and Consequences” on August 9, 2014 presented by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative at the Colburn school with the cooperation of the Orel Foundation. A public cannot clamor for […]

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Noted Endeavors with eighth blackbird: What Makes You Stand Out – Identify Then Brand It

October 14th, 2014

Eugenia Zukerman and Emily Ondracek-Peterson of Noted Endeavors interview Matthew Duvall and Lisa Kaplan of the acclaimed new music ensemble, eighth blackbird. Combining “the finesse of a string quartet and the energy of a rock band,” this ensemble will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015. The three-time Grammy Award-winning group commissions new works from composers […]

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At the Majestic, in Casual Concert

October 10th, 2014

By Rebecca Schmid “This is not a minimalist piece,” announced Cameron Carpenter in onstage discussion of Terry Riley’s At the Royal Majestic, an organ concerto which made its German premiere with the Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester Berlin (DSO) at the Philharmonie on Oct.9. His feet laced up in knee-high converse sneakers, Carpenter proceeded to play an excerpt […]

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The Beauty of Nature (Trained and Untrained): A Schumacher Ballet Film

October 9th, 2014

Helene Davis, of Helene Davis PR, was good enough to send this short film, featuring Ashley Laracey and Harrison Coll in an excerpt from Dear and Blackbirds by Troy Schumacher. The excerpt appears to be shot in Colorado, or thereabouts… Ah, mountains, prairie and dark cumulous clouds. The statuesque dancers’ serious yet delicate interchanges mysteriously harmonize with the monumental landscape.

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Bring Out Your Dead!

October 9th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: Many years ago I hired an attorney to create an LLC for me, but I wound up never using it. Recently, I was presented with another business opportunity, but I’d like to have an LLC to do this. Can I still use the original LLC […]

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