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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

September 22

Shocking stat: Four composers make up 24% of music played by major US orchs

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discA survey by New York singers’ agent Doug Schwalbe reveals that the leading North American orchestras are still desperately dependent on a tiny handful of dead white males. Doug looks at performances by seven orchestras – NY Phil, LA Phil, Boston, San Fran, Toronto, Philadelphia and Dallas – since 2011. He reports that Beethoven and Mozart accounted for over 15% of the 9,676 pieces performed. That proportion rises to 24% when he adds Tchaikovsky and Brahms. And you wonder why people have stopped going. Contact doug@schwalbeandpartners.com to see the full charts.

Royal Opera House

September 21

Watch: Insights into Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia

A recent ROH Insights event exploring Kenneth MacMillan 's ballet Anastasia is now available to watch on-demand via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel . Presented by Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare , the event offered audiences an exclusive glimpse of the Company's revival of Anastasia. Deborah MacMillan revealed why her late husband Kenneth found inspiration in the true story of Anna Anderson – a woman who famously believed herself to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia , the sole survivor of the Romanov family who were assassinated during The Russian Revolution . Writer and broadcaster on Russian Studies Viv Groskop provided further context on Anderson, who was ultimately institutionalized after she refused to reveal or accept her real identity. The event also included a live rehearsal with The Royal Ballet, featuring interviews with the dancers and their coaches. Anastasia was originally created in 1967 for Deutsche Oper Ballet as a one-act ballet. It was a stylistically daring piece that explored how memory and fantasy overlap. When MacMillan was appointed Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, adapting Anastasia into a three-act, full length ballet was one of his first creative endeavours. He added two new acts, using music by Tchaikovsky and opted for a more classical style of dance to create one of the most experimental and poignant works in the repertory. Anastasia runs 26 October-12 November 2016. Tickets are still available . The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 2 November 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list .




Royal Opera House

September 21

Watch: ROH Insight on the revival of MacMilan’s Anastasia

A ROH Insights event exploring Kenneth MacMillan 's Anastasia was live-streamed for free via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel and on this page at 7.15pm BST on 21 September 2016. Presented by Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare , the Insights event will offer audiences an exclusive glimpse of the Company's new production of Anastasia. Deborah MacMillan will reveal why her late husband Kenneth MacMillan found inspiration in the true story of Anna Anderson – a woman who famously believed herself to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia , the sole survivor of the Romanov s who were assassinated during The Russian Revolution . Writer and broadcaster on Russian Studies Viv Groskop will provide further context on Anderson, who was ultimately institutionalized after she refused to reveal or accept her real identity. The event also includes a live rehearsal with The Royal Ballet, featuring interviews with the dancers and their coaches. This is a new revival of Anastasia, which was originally created in 1967 for Deutsche Oper Ballet as a one-act ballet. It was a stylistically daring piece that explored how memory and fantasy overlap. When MacMillan was appointed Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, adapting Anastasia into a three-act, full length ballet was one of his first creative endeavours. He added two new acts, using music by Tchaikovsky and opted for a more classical style of dance to create one of the most experimental and poignant works in the repertory. Anastasia runs 26 October-12 November 2016. Tickets are still available . The production will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 2 November 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list .



Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky
(1840 – 1893)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 - November 6, 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. His wide ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental and chamber music and songs. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, his last three numbered symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin. Born into a middle-class family, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant, despite his obvious musical precocity. He pursued a musical career against the wishes of his family, entering the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1862 and graduating in 1865. This formal, Western-oriented training set him apart from the contemporary nationalistic movement embodied by the influential group of young Russian composers known as The Five, with whom Tchaikovsky's professional relationship was mixed.



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