Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director, Robert Battle, was kind enough to tape some personal thoughts before tonight's performance on the Celebrity Series of Boston's 75th Anniversary.
The renowned dancer and ballet master Frederic Franklin died on May 4 at age 98. Mr. Franklin made his Boston debut in November 1938 with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo during the first season of the Celebrity Series of Boston. In addition to multiple Celebrity Series performances in Boston with Ballet Russe, his work was also seen by Bostonian's in Celebrity Series presentations of Dance Theatre of Harlem.The Guardian
PRI's The World
The Washington Post
Los Angeles Times
Dance Heritage Coalition
Dance/USA Franklin Bio (video)
Gustavo Dudamel of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, March 23, 2014
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"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more
beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." —Leonard Bernstein
Spellbound Dance Company dancers Maria Cosso (center) and Giacomo Todeschi (left) lead a masterclass at Rindge & Latin High School in Cambridge on April 4, 2013. The class was part of Celebrity Series' Arts for All! program.
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Broadway and cabaret star Barbara Cook did an interview with Vanity Fair's Patrick Monahan back in November. Here's a snippet:
"Is there a standard you feel differently about singing now than when you first heard it?
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”—I’ve heard that, of course, all my life. Then a few years ago, I heard Katharine McPhee [of American Idol and Smash]
do that on television, and I thought, You know, I think I can do
something with that. So I took my ideas to Lee [Musiker, Ms. Cook’s
musical director and pianist] and we worked it out together." Read the full interview.Barbara Cook and John Pizzarelli return to the Celebrity Series and Symphony Hall on April 6. Good seats are still available! Get your tickets.
Musings on Van Cliburn
He was a phenomenon. He was a larger
than life personality. He was a genuine American hero. He was a gifted pianist
who brought world attention to American classical music. He was the
quintessential Southern gentleman -- a tall Texan who conquered the hearts of
the Soviet and American public when both nations stared at each other grimly
across a political divide.
He was the first musician to receive a
New York ticker tape parade when he returned to the US following his winning
the prestigious International Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow in 1958.
And yet, many musicians and critics felt
he never lived to fulfill the potential that lay before him.
He was a gracious, giving personality
who easily won the hearts of everyone he met.
He had his quirks: he hated being early for
his own concerts, preferring to arrive a few minutes past concert time, doff
his coat, stride on stage, sit down at the piano and begin playing the National
Anthem. When everyone resumed their seats, he began the concert.
I recall being invited with my mentor,
Aaron Richmond, by Van Ciburn's then American concert manager, William Judd of
Columbia Artists, to his apartment to hear a young pianist they had signed with
the hopes that we might book him in recital. This was in the period just before
he left for the Moscow competition. Little did I know what would follow in the
next few months.
Within a year or so, we were presenting
Van Cliburn in recital in Boston to an adoring public which filled every seat
in Symphony Hall with an overflow on the stage, while hundreds of would-be
ticket buyers were turned away.
I feel blessed indeed to have had the
opportunity to share in presenting Van Cliburn in recital in Boston on over a
Au revoir, Van -- we loved you dearly.
Pianist Van Cliburn in Tel Aviv, 1962
Pianist Van Cliburn has died at age 78. The Shreveport, Louisiana native's triumph at the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow made him a household name.Van Cliburn made his Celebrity Series debut in 1960 and performed on the Series a total of 13 times - all in recital and all at Symphony Hall - most recently in 2001. Numerous winners of The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have also appeared on the Celebrity Series over the years, including Jose Feghali, Jon Nakamatsu, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alexander Kobrin, Olga Kern, and Hoachen Zhang.Coverage of Van Cliburn's death:New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostLos Angeles TimesFort Worth Star-TelegramBBC News
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Moscow (1962)
Christie's Auction Interview (includes clip of 1958 competition)
On What's My Line?
At The Kennedy Center Honors (2001)
Playing Chopin Ballade No. 3
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