CHRISTOPH WOLFF clarifies the true origins of the Bach revival launched by Felix Mendelssohn in 1829. It turns out that it was Mendelssohn’s forebears, especially Sara Itzig Levy (pictured) who collected as many Bach manuscripts as she could and hosted salons in her Berlin home starting in 1774, thirty-four years before Felix was born. To read about it click HERE
PASSAGE TO VALHALLA
REVIEW OF ROGER SCRUTON’S “The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung.” Click HERE
SPEAKING OF WAGNER’S RING
YOU CAN HEAR IT LIVE through your computer on BBC Radio 3, in four parts, this week, in a new Opera North production from the Sage in Gateshead, the performance venue (pictured) designed by Norman Foster. Das Rheingold today at 11:15am; Die Walküre Wednesday at 9:30am; Siegfried Friday at 9:30am; and Götterdämmerung Sunday at 8:30am. For an overview, click HERE For specifics on the first of the four ‘Ring’ operas, click HERE When you connect at the appointed time, simply click the Listen link. You will also have more chances to hear the four ‘Ring’ operas on demand for the rest of the month.
THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE
ROBERTA FLACK’S 1972 hit ramped up a great career. It won the Grammy Awards Record and Song of the Year. Billboard ranked it the No. 1 song of the year for 1972. Written by singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who would later become his wife, the duo sang the song in folk clubs around Britain. Clint Eastwood included it in his “Play Misty for Me” soundtrack.
2016 NEXT GENERATION JAZZ ORCHESTRA
THE MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL has announced the Next Gen orchestra for 2016, which includes 21 high school musicians from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Israel. They will kick off their tour of Japan with a concert at Folktale Winery in Carmel on July 22.
NEW ALL WOMEN ORCHESTRA plays only women composers. Click HERE
ARE THE MET OPERA’S DAYS NUMBERED?
DID MANAGER PETER GELB’S brilliant idea to broadcast Met productions to theaters worldwide only delay an inevitable demise? Terry Teachout cites ‘rampant-cost-disease’ in the economic realities and, implicitly, financial elitism of a failing economic model. Click HERE
CSU SUMMER ARTS
FLUTE CONCERTS this week at World Theater, plus Commercial Dance and Stage Combat. Click our CALENDAR
Scott MacClelland, editor