Saturday, February 27, 2010

Composing Thoughts Heggie

A talk with Jake Heggie and host John Clare.

Don't miss a chance to hear Jake's amazing music:
Apr 30, May 2-16
Dallas Opera presents the world premiere of Moby-Dick, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. The cast features Ben Heppner (Ahab), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Talise Trevigne (Pip), Robert Orth (Stubb), Allan Glassman (Flask), and Jonathan Beyer (Captain Gardiner). Patrick Summers conducts and Leonard Foglia directs. Production design is by Robert Brill with lighting by Donald Holder and costumes by Jane Greenwood. Co-commissioned by Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, State Opera of South Australia and Calgary Opera.

And also in May 2010:
May 8-16
Chicago Opera Theater presents Three Decembers by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. Frederica von Stade stars as Madeline Mitchell with Sara Jukubiak (Beatrice) and Matthew Worth (Charlie); conducted by Stephen Hargreaves, production by Leonard Foglia.

Friday, February 19, 2010

New film music?

Martin Scorsese's new film Shutter Island (Paramount Pictures) debuts in theatres on today (February 19) and features the music of composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Gy├Ârgy Ligeti on an immense and haunting soundtrack produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band. Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, the film features music from Penderecki's Symphony No. 3 and Fluorescences as well as Ligeti's Lontano and Two Etudes for Organ. Each of these monolithic scores plays a vital role in the ominous, sinister world that Scorsese creates in this film about a US Marshall investigating the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane off the coast of Massachusetts. The soundtrack to Scorsese's film is already available on the commercial recording Shutter Island: Music from the Motion Picture, released by Rhino on February 2. Produced by Robbie Robertson, the soundtrack features a number of modern classics, in addition to the Ligeti and Penderecki works, performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the National Polish Radio Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic and other leading orchestras and ensembles.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Composing Thoughts Hagen

Daron Hagen recently visited San Antonio for the world premiere of his Northern Lights. He spoke with John Clare about this new work:

Hear Northern Lights with the YOSA Philharmonic and Troy Peters:

You might also enjoy these podcasts of previous interviews with Daron in preparation of Northern Lights for YOSA players:

YOSA Podcast: Daron Hagen 4 from Classical Spotlight on Vimeo.

YOSA Podcast: Daron Hagen 3 from Classical Spotlight on Vimeo.

YOSA Podcast: Daron Hagen 2 from Classical Spotlight on Vimeo.

YOSA Podcast: Daron Hagen 1 from Classical Spotlight on Vimeo.