No Need to Hire a Babysitter for These Concerts

June 29, 2018

For people who spent their pre-child-rearing years attending operas, symphonies and concerts, having a baby can put a damper on accessing cultural events. Bach to Baby, created by the Chinese-Canadian concert pianist Miaomiao Yu in 2009, was set up to address this issue, giving parents the opportunity to enjoy quality music without stares and shushing. Bach to Baby’s other mission is to expose children to classical music (the group also holds concerts for other musical genres including opera, jazz and traditional folk) from an early age.

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Lost John Coltrane Recording From 1963 Will Be Released at Last

June 8, 2018

In the years leading up to “A Love Supreme,” his explosive 1965 magnum opus, John Coltrane produced eight albums for Impulse! Records featuring the members of his so-called classic quartet — the bassist Jimmy Garrison, the drummer Elvin Jones and the pianist McCoy Tyner — but only two of those, “Coltrane” and “Crescent,” were earnest studio efforts aimed at distilling the band’s live ethic.

On Friday, Impulse! will announce the June 29 release of “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album,” a full set of material recorded by the John Coltrane Quartet on a single day in March 1963, then eventually stashed away and lost. The family of Coltrane’s first wife, Juanita Naima Coltrane, recently discovered his personal copy of the recordings, which she had saved, and brought it to the label’s attention.

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Interest Grows in a Master of Choral Mystery and Power

June 6, 2018

Swiss composer Frank Martin’s works are finding new advocates in the United States, among them the conductor Joe Miller, who lead the Mass at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., joined by his Westminster Choir.

While Martin’s instrumental pieces are occasionally heard in America, his choral music remains rare. His Requiem, which was given its premiere by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1973, has been presented only once in this country, according to its publisher, Universal Edition. But interest is growing.

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A Revolutionary ‘Sinfonia’ Returns to the Philharmonic

May 30, 2018

“Sinfonia” of Luciano Berio (1925-2003) was commissioned by the Philharmonic for its 125th anniversary in 1968 and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, the orchestra’s music director at the time. A harbinger of musical postmodernism, it uncannily captured the capacious spirit of its era and dedicatee.

“Once or twice in a century,” Mr. Bychkov said last week, “somebody will create something that will change our idea of what music can be. Beethoven did it with the ‘Eroica’ Symphony, Wagner did it with ‘Parsifal,’ and Stravinsky did it with ‘Le Sacre du Printemps.’ Luciano’s ‘Sinfonia’ was next.”

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In New York High Schools, the Sound of Music Is Muted

May 16, 2018

Between 2002 and 2013, New York City closed 69 high schools, most of them large schools with thousands of students, and in their place opened new, smaller schools. But one downside of the new, small schools is that it is much harder for them to offer specialized programs, whether advanced classes, sports teams, or art or music classes, than it was for the large schools that they replaced.

Educators say the key to maintaining a robust music program on small school campuses is collaboration. To succeed, principals must coordinate bell schedules, share classroom space and even split teacher salaries.

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Gayle Shepherd of the Singing Shepherd Sisters Dies at 81

May 10, 2018

Gayle Shepherd, a member of the vocal quartet the Shepherd Sisters, best known for the 1957 hit,  Alone (Why Must I Be Alone), died on Monday at a care facility in Allentown, Pa. She was 81.

Ms. Shepherd, the second youngest of eight siblings, grew up singing in church in Middletown, Ohio. She and two sisters, Martha and MaryLou, performed locally as the Shepherd Sisters beginning when they were teenagers, with Gayle often singing lead.

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Mean Girls on Broadway: What’s New in Girl World and What’s Out

May 8, 2018

Some things have changed since Tina Fey wrote the beloved movie, now a Broadway musical. But on Wednesdays, the Plastics still wear pink.

“Mean Girls” — the 2004 film that starred Lindsay Lohan as Cady, a new student who tries to navigate the cliques of North Shore High — has become one of the most quotable films, generating endless GIFs and memes. Now that it’s on Broadway, you can sing some of the lines, too. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including best musical.

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Women Fighting Sexism in Jazz Have a Voice. And Now, a Code of Conduct

May 4, 2018

The We Have Voice Collective, a new group of female and non-binary musicians in jazz and experimental music, plans to release a Code of Conduct on Tuesday that aims to build upon the conversations sparked by jazz’s own #MeToo movement, clearly articulating what a more equitable workplace might look like and setting expectations for change.

The collective comprises 14 instrumentalists and vocalists and is working to ensure that predatory and sexist behavior is seen as aberrant, not as part of the cost of doing business in jazz.

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Inside Milan’s Opulent Retirement Home for Musicians

April 11, 2018

Casa Verdi is inundated each year with applications from composers, conductors, singers, orchestral players, music teachers and anyone else who has “exercised the art of music as a profession,” as the foundation’s website puts it. Once applicants establish their professional bona fides, Casa Verdi’s board makes choices based on who they think will be a good fit.

The successful applicants get to spend their last years in a place where, in addition to room, board and medical treatment, they have access to concerts, music rooms, 15 pianos, a large organ, harps, drum sets and the company of their peers.

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