ArtsComment remembers the conductor and educator, who collaborated with the musical legends Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington, on what would have been his 88th birthday.
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Interview with Jennifer Higdon
Interview with Stephen Cone
Interview with Charlotte Bray
Interview with Christopher Rouse
Interview with Adam Schoenberg
Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel” Arrives to the U.S.
Jaap van Zweden to Debut as the New York Philharmonic’s Music Director Designate
The Ubiquity of Bad Music
Today there is nowhere one can go, it seems, without the constant presence of bad music. It’s everywhere—in every bar, restaurant, and department store; on every television commercial, online video, or Hollywood film. Wherever we go, we are relentlessly besieged by some of the cheapest, most idiotic music mankind has ever devised. Thus, as I battle this daily onslaught of inescapable cacophony, I often find myself wondering: when did music get so bad?
Why the U.S. Needs a New National Anthem
“The Star-Spangled Banner” has played at countless ball games, political events, and, for those old enough to remember, network sign-offs. It has provided the soundtrack for many teary-eyed moments in our nation’s history, from Olympic victories to Presidential inaugurations. But does it really deserve to be our national anthem?