Music takes Center Stage at the Oscars

From the opening nostalgic film montage set to Copland‘s Fanfare for the Common Man to the climactic moment when Chicago was named Best Picture, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony demonstrated how music has been fundamental to the development of cinema

GOING TO WAR

Friends, colleagues, Today is another one of those days – which seem to be coming with altogether too much frequency – where we might question the relevance of our art and the subjects discussed here to what goes on in the world. It seems our most proud historical and cultural foundations are being usurped. In […]

Eight More Miles to Louisville: Legendary First Edition Recordings Re-released on CD

In 1948, the Louisville Symphony Orchestra embarked on an innovative commissioning project advocated by board president Charles P. Farnsley (who coincidentally was also the acting mayor of Louisville) that would end up commissioning 116 new works from 101 composers by 1959, masterfully conducted by Robert Whitney. Matthew Walters, the managing director of SFMG, has acquired the rights for his organization to re-release dozens of these recordings.

A View from a Broadway Producer

I have just heard Audra McDonald on the radio telling me yet again that Broadway producers are attempting to “reduce and eliminate live music on Broadway”—and I find myself “mad as hell, and I can’t take it anymore.” On its face alone the concept is ludicrous; barely scratching its surface it becomes offensive and a […]