November 12, 2009
"He has such a flourish about him, doesn't he?" That's Marin Alsop, speaking about Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the French pianist with the scintillant technique, refined musicality and really great clothes. Thibaudet is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's soloist for two weeks, starting with an all-Gershwin feast that is being recorded for Decca, his longtime label. He'll play "Rhapsody in Blue," Concerto in F and the "I Got Rhythm" Variations. Next week, Thibaudet will take on a bravura piece by Liszt - "Jean-Yves is such a virtuoso," Alsop says, "a 21st-century Liszt."
February 12, 2009
The past year has been something of a whirlwind for Sara Bareilles, but last Sunday was especially dizzying. The unassuming pop singer-songwriter was on the red carpet at Los Angeles' Staples Center at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. She was up for two. Her smash, the catchy "Love Song," garnered nods for song of the year and best female pop vocal performance. "I couldn't believe I was there," Bareilles says, still sounding awe-struck. "It was one of the best days of my life. It was such a special experience.
May 8, 2008
The Preakness added two new starters yesterday when connections for Recapturetheglory and Racecar Rhapsody told Pimlico racing officials they are headed for Baltimore. Recapturetheglory, owned by Ronnie Lamarque and Louis Roussel, will be the only Kentucky Derby competitor to take on Derby winner Big Brown in the May 17 race. It is only the third time in the past 59 years a Derby winner has gotten off so lightly. "We know that we belong," Lamarque said. "Big Brown is a bear, but we're not going to [the Preakness]
March 26, 2008
Saturday evening's concert by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra may have been billed as a Spring Rhapsody, but if anyone came to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts expecting pastel hues and light, frilly fare, they got disabused of those notions in a hurry. With works by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss on the bill, it was a night of big sounds and grand gestures. The program began with Rimsky's "Russian Easter Overture," a festive depiction of Russian Orthodoxy's Easter liturgy, complete with incense, icons, glowing candles, bearded priests, modal chants, fluttering angels and church bells chiming to the glory of Mother Russia's earthy, exotic celebration of the Resurrection.
August 22, 2007
In what could be one of the most formidable challenges to Apple Inc.'s iTunes, the owner of MTV is teaming up with Verizon Wireless and RealNetworks Inc. on a new online music service. The service will combine MTV's floundering URGE digital music business with RealNetworks' Rhapsody music subscription business, through which users can access all the music they want online for $12.99 a month and up. In a conference call with reporters yesterday, RealNetworks chief executive Rob Glaser said the revamped Rhapsody is a major step toward creating what he calls a one-of-a-kind "jukebox in the sky" for subscribers using computers, cell phones or other portable devices.
August 13, 2006
If you thought you saw a giant robot made entirely from Mountain Dew cartons walking last week near the Inner Harbor, it wasn't a hallucination. Neither was the Godzilla-like monster that you spotted in the same area a few years ago, each of its three heads warbling "The Bohemian Rhapsody." The extraordinary creatures were merely people on their way to Otakon, an annual convention that for the past 13 years has celebrated Japanese popular culture in Charm City. The Home of the Hon may well be a natural place for an event that attracts more than 20,000 eccentrics, err, participants each year -- nearly half of whom are in costume.