May 1, 2002
Of all the mind-boggling ideas that exploded during the 20th century, those about music by John Cage rank among the most provocative - and encouraging. "Until I die there will be sounds," he wrote in 1961. "And they will continue following after my death. One need not fear about the future of music." Cage heard music everywhere and in everything. A lot of folks won't ever be able to go that far, but those who gathered at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Monday night got a jolting reminder of his philosophy from remarkable Chinese composer Tan Dun and the New York-based Eos Orchestra.
January 20, 2006
Romance and excitement are included in the price of your ticket at the Arabian Nights concert of the Columbia Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia., The two pieces on the program -- Rimsky-Korsakov's popular Scheherazade and Tan Dun's Paper Concerto for Paper Percussion and Orchestra -- share the ability to create a variety of moods, and, to a certain extent, share the moods they create. Scheherazade, based on the tales of the Arabian Nights, is the story of a very clever young woman who becomes the wife of a powerful sultan.
May 18, 2003
The sounds seem simultaneously familiar and alien -- slippery, wispy, metallic, slithery, crunchy, bell-like. But there's something else in the mix, too, something more fundamental, something tinkly, dribbling, gurgling. Something wet. Welcome to the aural world of Tan Dun's Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra -- In Memory of Toru Takemitsu, an extraordinarily inventive work that will have its local premiere this week by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It's on the ensemble's final "Symphony With a Twist" program of the season, and it couldn't provide much more of a twist.
March 3, 2009
The Internet, which connects people every millisecond in one way or another, has generated an entire orchestra from a cyber pool of strangers - aspiring players from 70 countries on six continents who uploaded more than 3,000 audition videos. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which bows April 15 in New York's famed Carnegie Hall with a concert led by esteemed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, began online in December with an open invitation to players of all levels to try out for the ensemble.
October 11, 2007
THEATER SHOW IS CUT ABOVE Catch a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray when it returns to Baltimore on Tuesday. Set in 1962 Baltimore, the play follows Tracy Turnblad, the big-haired, big-hearted and self-described "pleasantly plump" high schooler, as she pursues her one and only passion -- to dance. After winning a spot on the local TV dance program, The Corny Collins Show, Tracy is transformed from an unpopular outsider into a teen celebrity. But with her newfound stardom, Tracy is introduced to the civil injustices present in Baltimore's education system and TV station.
June 4, 2009
SATURDAY Free kids' show Don't miss the kids' show Cantare Muchas Melodias, which features Latina musicians Patricia Vergara and Cecilia Esquivel, who play Latin-American music in this bilingual show, which runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are free. Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org. Family fun fair Head to the family-friendly event "Keep Your Cool Family Fun Fair" in Druid Hill Park, off Druid Park Drive, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and enjoy rides, games, moon bounces, climbing walls, relay races and lots more.