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Britten's War Requiem: 50 Years On, Still As Harrowing As Ever

May 29, 2012

There are two war-related anniversaries this week that make today's album review all the more timely. Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the U.S.; tomorrow, May 30, marks 50 years since the world premiere of English composer Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral. The War Requiem was commissioned for the cathedral's reconsecration after it had been destroyed by a Nazi bombing raid in 1940.

'I Am The Cheese': A Nightmarish Nail-Biter

May 29, 2012

Ben Marcus is the author of The Flame Alphabet.

I Am the Cheese opens with Adam Farmer riding his bike. He carries a package for his father and needs to get it to him fast. So far, it's a perfectly harmless adventure story.

'Selected Poems': The Essential Nabokov In Verse

May 29, 2012

The publication of Vladimir Nabokov's Selected Poems is a major literary event. The great, grand and much missed novelist (Lolita, Pale Fire) was "first a poet," as the book's editor Thomas Karshan writes. Yet there hasn't been a new collection of his poetry in more than three decades — which is especially shocking given the insatiable hunger for his work.

Digital books are the fastest growing area of publishing. Libraries are seeing a surge in demand for e-book titles as well, but there's a downside. Most major publishers won't allow libraries to lend their titles, while others impose restrictions or charge double or triple the print price.

One of the first things Michelle Obama did as first lady was to dig up part of the beautifully manicured South Lawn of the White House and plant a vegetable garden. The garden was just one of Obama's many efforts to encourage Americans to eat nutritious food and live healthier lives. Her latest project, a book called American Grown, is a diary of that garden through the seasons and a portrait of gardening in America, past and present.

Vanessa Perez: A Rising Star From Venezuela

May 27, 2012

Some of the best recent classical music stories have come from Venezuela, that country's youth orchestra program El Sistema and its most popular graduate, Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

When the Canadian Brass came to NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert, the group kicked off the show with a piece its members say has been central to its repertoire for more than 40 years. It's a transcription of an organ work, Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little" Fugue in G Minor.

If you drive about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe, N.M., into a place called the Chama Canyon, you might hear the clanging of church bells in the distance. The Monastery of Christ in the Desert was founded there in 1964 and is home to a community of Benedictine monks. They spend their days in prayer, work, meditation — and music.

PROGRAM:

  • BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

  • SCHUBERT Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

  • CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 25

  • LISZT Romance, S. 169

  • LiSZT Grande Etude de Paganini, S. 141 "La Campanella"

Yet More News From 'Opera News'

May 25, 2012

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Yesterday, the opera world was jolted by a rapid-fire sequence of stunning turns at the Metropolitan Opera — and not by divas onstage. In the morning, the New York Times carried a front-page story by Daniel J.

Not many classical pianists maintain blogs where they ruminate on everything from eating a terrible bowl of meatballs while on tour with Joshua Bell to seeing Twilight: New Moon (twice) and hearing strains of a Schubert song.

Orphaned at age five from a musical family, French composer Félicien-César David had a religious upbringing, and would go to study at the Paris Conservatory in 1830. But he left after eighteen months, later making his way to Egypt, where music of the East would make a lasting impression on him.

David wrote a significant body of work, including a highly acclaimed and innovative symphonic ode Le Désert in 1844. It established him as the first French romantic orientalist and gained him a reputation throughout the continent.

PROGRAM

  • BRAHMS Violin Concerto

  • KAIJA SAARIAHO Laterna magica

  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 in B Minor

The Cleveland Orchestra brought an intriguing mix of old and new to this concert at Carnegie Hall: one of the best-loved violin concertos of all time played by a master soloist, an emotionally inscrutable mid-20th century symphony and an exciting new work by a Finnish master.

Ever dream of participating in a world premiere of music by one of the world's most widely beloved and celebrated composers? Here's your big chance.

Around The Classical Internet: May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012

  • This week has ended on a very sad note with the passing of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died earlier today in Bavaria at age 86.

Today we meet fencer, artist and caterer Angela Herbert-Hodges, who came to Delmarva from Northern England. 

It's A Marvel-ous Wagner Production

May 18, 2012

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

150 Years Of 'Taps'

May 18, 2012

This Saturday, 200 buglers will assemble at Arlington National Cemetery to begin playing "Taps," a call written 150 years ago this year.

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Jari Villanueva, a bugle player, says he started out as a Boy Scout bugler at about age 12. He went on to study trumpet at the Peabody Conservatory before being accepted into the United States Air Force Band — where one of his duties over the next 23 years was to sound that call at Arlington National Cemetery.

Can You Beat Out The 'Rite' Rhythm?

May 17, 2012
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WSCL's Tom Hehman was able to interview International Euphonium soloist, Adam Frey, after he headlined a local brass event. 

 

Screen Time: 3 Books That Should Be Movies

Feb 20, 2012

J.D. Salinger famously refused to sell the film rights to The Catcher in the Rye, saying it was "unactable." It's true the subtleties of such great novels can get lost in translation. But I thought I'd take a look at three of my favorite novels that have never made it to the multiplex in wide release. Each of these will transport you to another time and another place.

What do a ballet, a rock band with an usual name, a restaurant and a silent auction have to do with each other?

They are all coming to downtown Pocomoke City, Maryland. The first few weeks in February in particular are a flurry of activity which residents hope will bring in both tourists and money.

As snowstorms hit the country today, All Things Considered revisits a vivid story that choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones shared about one winter song. It originally aired Dec. 13, 2011.

Today we meet Dawn Manyfeathers of the Lenape Tribe, who came to Delmarva about 15 years ago.

Voices of Delmarva collection, pt.2

Nov 18, 2011

More items in our "Voices of Delmarva" series.

 

Voice #4- Nancy Lynch

Voice#5- Gordon Gladden

 

 

Voices of Delmarva collection pt.1

Nov 18, 2011

Here are some of the stories we have collected in our "Voices of Delmarva" series.

 

Voice #1- Eighty-six year old Lavenia Jefferson from Somerset County

 

Voice #2- Capt. Stony Whitelock of Chance, MD.

 

Voice #3- Robert Robinson/ Georgetown Oyster Eat

 

 

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop joined On Delmarva host Marc Steiner recently  to discuss the massive new piece that the symphony will be be playing this Friday and Saturday, the 17th and 18th at th

Mindie Burgoyne on Delmarva's Haunted History

Nov 2, 2011

    Mindie Burgoyne reads two stories from her book "Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake." 

 

 

 

    "Haunted Eastern Shore" is available at Barnes and Noble, Browse About Books in Rehoboth Beach, The News Center's West Ocean City and Easton locations, and Layton's Chance Winery in Vienna, MD.

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