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A 25th Anniversary Tour for Wim Vandekeybus

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

In the 1980s, Punk Rock, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” and Mike Tyson’s boxing championships made the ear-splitting, the nocturnal, and the hard-hitting de rigueur. Contemporary dance followed, becoming faster, more brazen and muscular. When the Belgian Wim Vandekeybus arrived on the scene with his first work, “What the Body Does Not Remember” (1987), performed by his company Ultima Vez, New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff began her review with these six slamming words: “Tough, brutal, playful, ironic and terrific.” And so it was with great anticipation that I attended, at Madrid’s Teatros de Canal on November 23, the reprisal of the dance, which is making a two-year world tour in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

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A Message from Edna Landau

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

To All Our Loyal Readers: Over this past summer, I came to the sad conclusion that it is time to take leave of “Ask Edna”. I have greatly enjoyed addressing a wide variety of questions on this blog and will continue to offer career advice through my other professional career development activities. I will miss […]

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Commencement Address Excerpts to Inspire Your Summer

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. The summer is a special time for many of us, presenting an opportunity to take a break from our normal routine and relax sufficiently to enable us to reassume our job responsibilities with increased vigor and renewed enthusiasm. For those who are graduating, the summer […]

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Everything in its Right Place

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. When I visit with students at conservatories and music schools around the United States, the question I am most frequently asked concerns the right time for approaching management. I tell students, as well as young artists who are already actively concertizing, that developing artistic recognition, […]

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Piano Retailers as Resources

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. In a column I wrote in February (Using Google to Find Concert Opportunities), I addressed the challenge that pianists confront in identifying new venues in which to perform or run through repertoire in advance of major recitals. I have always been sympathetic to the limitations […]

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An Extraordinary Musical Pilgrimage

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. House concerts are a wonderful way to discover new talent. My friend Michael Reingold, who is the founder and Artistic Director of New York House Concerts, recently invited me to hear a young American cellist by the name of Dane Johansen in a concert consisting […]

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Playing by Heart

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Early one morning, a few weeks ago, I was listening to radio station WQXR, when I heard the following:  “All of the artists you hear on WQXR play with heart, but not all of them play by heart.” It was the intro to an announcement […]

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Thank You Notes

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. A young artist who seeks my advice from time to time recently asked me about a note she was planning to write to a conductor following what she thought was a very successful collaboration. She wanted to be sure that what she had drafted was […]

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The Road to a Grammy Nomination

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Gloria Cheng has always impressed me as someone with very high standards, impeccable taste, and an unerring sense of how to do something correctly. Add to those qualities brilliant artistry, keen intelligence, an inquisitive mind, and a soft-spoken endearing presence coupled with steely determination, and […]

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Using Google to Find Concert Opportunities

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. I am often asked: How can I find opportunities to perform? There are several possible answers to this question but they all have one thing in common. There is a lot of work involved and there are no shortcuts that I am aware of. One […]

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