Singing Gatsby

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by coffeecritic

great gatsby opera You've read the book, you've seen the movie, maybe you've even seen the old movie. But have you heard the opera? In 1999, the Metropolitan Opera commissioned John Harbison to write an opera of "The Great Gatsby" in honor of music director James Levine's 25th anniversary with the company. Harbison also wrote the libretto and a dozen jazz-age style songs which are included in the . . . more »

Riot at the Rite! The Birth of Modernism

Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013 by coffeecritic

"Never had an audience heard music so brutal, savage, aggressive, and apparently chaotic; it hit the public like a hurricane, like some uncontrolled primeval force." - Roman Vlad, musicologist, composer "Some of the most controversial notes ever composed ..." - Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor "The most important piece of music of the 20th century" - Leonard Bernstein, composer, conductor "If that is a bassoon, then . . . more »