The Pulitzer Prize-winner discusses some of his recent work, neglected musical favorites, and what’s next for the venerable composer.
Recently named one of the most-performed living composers in the United States, Adam Schoenberg has been a steadily rising star in the classical music community. Here we discuss family, film music, and his first album release with the Kansas City Symphony.
Thomas Adès's "The Exterminating Angel," based on the eponymous surrealist film by Luis Buñuel, will receive its long-awaited U.S. premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on Thursday, October 26th.
The New York Philharmonic will begin a new season with a new conductor at its Opening Gala Concert on Tuesday, September 19th. The concert will comprise a single piece—Gustav Mahler's hour-long Symphony No. 5—led by the orchestra's new music director designate Jaap van Zweden.
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?
“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?
Alan Gilbert, who has led the New York Philharmonic since 2009, will conduct his final New York performances as the orchestra’s music director with this week’s Concerts in the Parks, June 13th through 16th, plus an indoor concert in Staten Island on June 18th.