(09-06-01)- Bach Cantatas Website - Here's the be-all and end-all of informational resources on Johann Sebastian Bach! The texts to all the Cantatas are here as well as links to every other bit of Bach research on the web. You might even find Bach's kitchen sink! (Composers, Conductors, Performers Category)
THE MOZART PROJECT
from Steve Boemer--The life, times and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Leoš Janácek - information about the Czech composer’s life and work. "His most important contribution to the history of music was his outstanding list of operas." (Composers, Conductors, Performers category)
(05-15-01) UNKNOWN COMPOSERS - Well, some of these are not entirely unknown, but I bet you have not heard of many of them. A fine resource for learning about some of the more obscure composers. Available in English or German version. Good original material, and good links!
CLASSICAL MUSIC OF ST. PETERSBURG is a great information
site about the current classical music scene in St. Petersburg, Russia. Featured links include: Halls and
Organizations, Musical Theatres, Festivals and Competitions, Performers, Musical Teams, and Projects and
Programs. Browsing this site gives a good appreciation for Russian music that is happening now.
GREAT ARTISTS AND ENSEMBLES I HAVE SEEN IN PERFORMANCE
CVNC - CLASSICAL VOICE NORTH CAROLINA - "An Online Classical Music Journal for Central North Carolina" My home is here in Central North Carolina, and this site has Classical Music News and Reviews!
I live in the Triangle area of North Carolina, near Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Many world class performers come to the area. These are some of the programs I have been priviledged to see and hear:
(03-12-01) COREY CEROVSEK - There are lots of young violinists out there, many I would love to hear including Bell, Vengerov, Repin, etcetera, Etcetera, ETCETERA..... Today I was lucky enough to hear Corey Cerovsek, as fine a musician and performer as I have ever heard play! I told him after the show he "may well be the world's greatest performing violinist, and he is certainly the coolest!" He not only performed the most difficult works with ease, mathmatical precision, and obvious delight....he was a fine showman, and worked flawlessly with Julien Quentin, his wonderful accompanist on piano.
SONNY ROLLINS I heard Sonny Rollins in March, 2001 in concert at UNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been called the "greatest living jazz soloist." Age 70, he is a marvelous musician and performer, and this concert was outta this world! Sonny Rollins continues touring, and jazz fans who can catch a concert are in for a thrilling evening.
"If the Tokyo String Quartet isn't the world's greatest chamber music ensemble, it's hard to imagine which group is." (The Washington Post) - I heard them play in Raleigh, N.C. January 28, 2001. They played 4 priceless Stradivarius instruments, , once posessed by Paganini, and the program included Beethoven's complex and difficult "Grosse Fuge", Op. 133. What a joy, to talk with them after the performance. I have been listening to their Beethoven String Quartet cycle on CD for years!
(01-26-01) - I saw the fabulous living legend LITTLE RICHARD last evening, in Chapel Hill! My mother used to get so mad when I played his music at home. I was in High School then. Now I am older than she was, but I still love Little Richard--always will.
(11-01-00) - An exciting event at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. For a moment I actually held the hand of the World's Greatest Thais -- none other than the wonderful Decca Artist, Renee Fleming! She gave quite a concert, singing "I Want Magic" from Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire and songs by Faure, Rachmaninov, Dvorak, and others. She truly is THE Beautiful Voice! What a thrill to hear her sing!
(10-16-00) - I met Yo-Yo Ma tonight after he played a fantastic concert of my favorite cello music, the Bach Cello Suites, Nos. 1, 5 and 6. I told him if he keeps this up he WILL become famous. (grin) He is a great guy, very friendly, and he assured me he would count on my prediction!
(10-12-00) - UNC Chapel Hill Department of Music sponsors some fine music groups. Tonight I saw a thrilling program with the UNC Symphony for a special University Day Concert. The large orchestra played Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 with Susan Dickerson Moeser, organ, and Aaron Copland's Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano, featuring Bryan A. Crumpler, clarinet. The soloists and the group were superb. Crumpler is wonderfully talented, and I suspect you will hear more of him in the future. The orchestra was powerful and magnificent. Beyond all my expectations for a student group. Directed and conducted by Tonu Kalam.
(10-08-00) - St. Lawrence String Quartet - I was lucky enough to hear this wonderful quartet playing Haydn, Janacek, and Schumann today at Ravenscroft Fine Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their performance was exciting and it was clear that they had an emotional and intellectual bond with the music.
(04-08-00) - KATHLEEN BATTLE - I met the great lyric soprano Kathleen Battle after her show, and got an autograph! She is a consumate artist, and a delightful lady.
(04-08-00) - THE LEIPZIG STRING QUARTET - Theirs was some of the best ensemble playing I have heard. The Leipzig String Quartet plays with precision, a beautiful tone, great range, and a deep understanding of the music.
(04-08-00) - ALICIA DE LARROCHA Wonderful Spanish pianist. She projects a beautiful tone from the instrument, and has long been a favorite performer of the Spanish composers for piano.
(04-09-00) - MIDORI - One of the world's most exciting violinists, who began playing concerts as a child. Her range and precision, and tone are remarkable!