Arts http://delmarvapublicradio.net en The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/great-war-100-music-conflict-and-remembrance One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.<p>Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations. The extraordinary level of destruction inspired them in myriad ways. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 58481 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/war-words-met-opera-may-signal-shutdown When an opera company is in the midst of contentious labor negotiations, the results can be dramatic. This week, the war of words between unions and management at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the world's largest opera company, escalated. An Aug. 1 shut down now seems likely.<p>At the center of the debate is the ballooning Met budget, which stood at $200 million in 2006 but has since climbed to more than $325 million. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 58422 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 58337 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S. http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/americas-youth-orchestra-hits-road-time-playing-us <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7AvzsibovU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9k4SqNnb9A</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:57:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 58173 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S. A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/guitar-hero-draws-his-own-sketches-spain If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> by Spanish composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98281968/joaquin-rodrigo" target="_blank">Joaquín Rodrigo</a>. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58060 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/olafur-arnalds-world-cafe <em>World Cafe</em>'s<em> Sense of Place: Iceland</em> guest today is a busy man. Composer and musician Ólafur Arnalds creates beautiful, sweeping neoclassical music, perfect for the soundtracks that have won him high praise. He's been in especially high demand since winning a BAFTA award for his musical contributions to the British TV series <em>Broadchurch</em>.<p>Arnalds joins the show with his band at the studios of Iceland's Rás 2 radio station to play a set in front of a group of World Cafe Travel Adventurers. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 57884 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Olafur Arnalds On World Cafe How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/how-three-tenors-sang-hits-and-changed-game <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcGoY4COi-I</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNQeKvVPPlc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXQGyYy-oZI</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 57848 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/la-marseillaise-unmasked-bastille-day-puzzler "The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/06/13/321696397/join-a-nationwide-performance-of-the-national-anthem" target="_blank">attention it's been getting</a> is again a reminder of how <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvQ5hZadFok" target="_blank">difficult it is</a> for many Americans to sing our national anthem.<p>Not so for the French, who have <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mW8D0UNyLk" target="_blank">"La Marseillaise,"</a> composed by Claude Joseph de Lisle in 1792 as the French Revolution was in ful Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57699 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/conductor-lorin-maazel-who-brought-america-podium-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esL_i0nFBaA</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:41:00 +0000 editor 57671 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/richard-reed-parry-turns-musicians-metronomes Richard Reed Parry is famous for making music sound big. As a core member of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16334660/arcade-fire" target="_blank">Arcade Fire</a>, the Grammy-winning indie rock group from Montreal, he wields multiple instruments to help create deep, layered textures in which strings and synthesizers, slow ballads and disco dance tracks are all at home.<p>Parry's first solo album is a departure even from that broad sound. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 NPR Staff 57663 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Richard Reed Parry Turns Musicians Into Metronomes A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/voice-velvet-and-bronze-carlo-bergonzi-90 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94e1ARaqJx8</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57563 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 Christina Vantzou, 'VHS' http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/christina-vantzou-vhs <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ipEDFkFL_A</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:47:00 +0000 Robin Hilton 57510 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Christina Vantzou, 'VHS' Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/even-broadway-has-its-b-sides-lost-songs-sheldon-harnick Sheldon Harnick has been a working lyricist for over 60 years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the musical <em>Fiorello! </em>and a Tony Award for <em>Fiddler On The Roof</em>. But he says a career in the theater means writing some songs that, for whatever reason, don't make the show.<p>"Sometimes, the song was changed because a scene was changed and it no longer accommodated the song," Harnick says. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 57244 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/after-36-years-trumpeter-sounds-his-last-note-new-york <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWZoejVZnzc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGLw9wC1bEE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVRSI6-MMiQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVcnjIr2Ugo</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:53:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 57132 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/best-songs-year-so-far-puzzler The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 57051 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tracy-silverman-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/06/12/154835249/conducting-business-crowdfunding-classical-music" target="_blank">Tracy Silverman</a> has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56854 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/julius-rudel-longtime-director-new-york-city-opera-dies-93 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1vD1tJCoH0</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Mark Mobley 56752 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93 New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-york-philharmonics-lead-fiddler-rests-his-bow <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHU82TvSB_o</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 56609 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/whats-worth-45-million-or-more-one-viola <em>Update Wednesday, June 25, 2014: A representative from Sotheby's tells NPR that the instrument did not sell "at this time." </em><p>Wednesday, Sotheby's auction house plans to announce the sale of a rare viola made by Antonio Stradivari. The <em>minimum</em> bid is $45 million. If it sells, it will be the most expensive instrument of any kind in history.<p>Here's an old musician joke: How do you keep your violin from getting stolen? Put it in a viola case.<p>The viola has long played second fiddle to its far more popular, higher-pitched sibling, the violin. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 56586 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/sounds-summer-night-puzzler Summer has officially breezed in with not only longer days but also sultry nights. There's something about summer nights that inspires composers — perhaps a certain stillness in the air or the allure of a new romance. To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in this nocturnal puzzler dedicated to musical snapshots of warm summer evenings. Score high and turn the air conditioner up a notch. Score low and sweat it out till morning. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56514 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gertrude-stein-opera-finds-beauty-mundane <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjbUAJjYexs</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jim Dryden 56419 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rhythm-thats-waltzed-away-hearts <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ek3eCbfqp0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCFEk6Y8TmM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zEfp_ZeiT0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YZpng2PL34</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjnhGwxQkFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GWaNt9pPQM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZD_ZzubDxs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_X9Plz0zc4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k1RjZ-SOLU</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 56220 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/2014-world-cup-anthems-quiz In case you've been hiding under a rock (or a patch of AstroTurf), there's a little sporting event underway that has much of the world glued to the television. As the <a href="http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html" target="_blank">2014 World Cup</a> blasts into its second week, 32 teams (in groups of four, lettered A-H) continue to battle it out in Brazil.<p>Before each game begins, one important custom must be observed — the singing of each team's national anthem. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56189 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/eliot-fisk-and-paco-pe-tiny-desk-concert Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">J.S. Bach</a> and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bob Boilen 56016 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert Join A Nationwide Performance Of The National Anthem http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/join-nationwide-performance-national-anthem <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIqdGIn2uLM</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Mark Mobley 56009 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Join A Nationwide Performance Of The National Anthem An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/opera-remembers-tragedy-asian-american-soldier About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.<p>But an opera? He couldn't refuse.<p>"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for <em>An American Soldier</em>, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.<p>Set to premiere on Friday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the production is based on news accounts of Chen's life and the investigation into his death. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 55987 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/concerto-400-year-old-recipe-still-cooks The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 55890 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80 http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rafael-fr-hbeck-de-burgos-versatile-spanish-conductor-dies-80 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMALVK_I8hE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlZ3FmBzbo4</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 55819 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80 The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/composer-sphinx-richard-strauss-puzzler Music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15870129/richard-strauss" target="_blank">Richard Strauss </a>is heard in symphony halls and opera houses across the world. He needs little help to boost his considerable fame. Yet 150 years after his birth, the German composer remains an enigma to some classical music fans and a polarizing figure for others. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 55815 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/i-hear-bells-npr-music-wedding-puzzler Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.<p>Music has long been an essential ingredient in weddings, from ushering brides down aisles to celebrating happy couples with dancing. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 55735 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler