Links beyond this blog have been known to expire, sometimes rather quickly. I wish things weren't this way (but they are). I will do what I can to choose wisely (but don't say you weren't warned). Click away!
Just to prove that Aisle Be Seeing You takes your intellectual needs seriously and isn't only about shilling for the Celebrity Series (I mean, it is, of course, just not exclusively), I want to share with you a funny, informative, and gently irreverent little blog I just found by pianist Stephen Hough (who isn't even on the Series this season, though he has been on it before and will likely be on it again at some point though I'm not in charge of that so don't ask me).
Cadenza, as the blog is titled, is housed on the web site of the Telegraph newspaper and has recently wrestled with (or merely pointed at) such topics as the sign banning guns in a Minneapolis concert hall, a poem composed about pronouncing Hough's surname, the pianists Shura Cherkassky, Glenn Gould and Vladimir Horowitz, and the relative merits of sparkling vs. still water.
If you think this blog is the best thing you have ever read (hi, Mom) then you will want to seek medical advice before reading Cadenza to be sure you can handle the upgrade ...
Ingrid Fliter overcame an apparent joke-piano at London's Wigmore Hall. We'll be having none of that when Fliter makes her Boston debut on November 1 at NEC's Jordan Hall (ahem!). Read Times (UK) review.
UPDATE: OK, so it wasn't an actual joke piano, it just did "funny" things...
Dawn Upshaw did it again. She proved herself a remarkable singer; a communicator of rare consistency and, apparently, a genuinely nice individual (not that that was why the audience was in the house). I'm working on a list of classical music performers that have unusual bonds with audiences and break down barriers to communication. IMHO, these performers are the future of classical music and the things they do, whether calculated or natural, are things I hope other performers will emulate. A case in point, was Ms. Upshaw's recital on Sunday, as recounted by Boston Globe reviewer David Weininger:
"... She is, indisputably, a great
singer, with a voice that radiates power and unforced warmth. But her
secret weapon is acasual, unpretentious demeanor that
lessens the distance between stage and audience. Listeners in her
presence experience music not as the inaccessible product of a holy art
but as a thing of open, approachable beauty."
Read all of A memorable recital from affable Upshaw, and, remember to get tickets the next time Upshaw is in town for a performance. No matter the context or even the presenter (bite your tongue!) she is a treasure.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Sweet Honey In The Rock in Hope Boykin's "Go in Grace"
David Perkins reviewed Tuesday evening's Alvin Ailey American Dance theater performance at The Opera House:
"When Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to Boston on Tuesday,
beginning a seven-performance run celebrating the company's 50th
anniversary, two things were immediately apparent. One, this is no
empty relic of a company: Twenty years after the founding genius's
death, its spirit is vibrant, its dancers' commitment to every gesture
total (down to the final extension of fingers and toes), and Ailey's
choreography as fresh and moving as if it had been created yesterday.
Two, it takes a lot of talent to add something of equal weight to a
program featuring his work."