blog riley (NPR critic and author Tim Riley) has hit upon a new internet photo fad. It’s called “sleevefacing” (and yes, it’s trademarked and there’s a book and website which the video is helping promote). You make yourself over with the help of a favorite LP pose. In so doing, you sometimes live out a […]
This week, Paul talks with Carl Finch of the Grammy-winning Brave Combo about the band’s latest album, The Exotic Rocking Life.
JERRYWORLD UNVEILED: Anytime you can get George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Lee Ann Womack to share a stage, it’s a pretty big deal. But the main reason for all the excitement over the weekend was that they were breaking in the stage at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. As you might expect, […]
Well, it’s all in the hands of the judges now. Di Wu of China played the last notes of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Sunday afternoon and the judges retired to consider their decision, expected in an hour or so. The last day’s contestants didn’t make it any easier for commentators. Nobuyuki […]
Evgeni Bozhanov, who had faded a bit with his solo recital at the Cliburn finals on Friday night, zoomed back Saturday night with a performance that seemed to say “I’m going to power my way to the top this time.” He gave a muscular performance of Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony […]
The Cliburn Competition is starting to wind down now. On Saturday afternoon Yeol Eum Son of South Korea (left) became the first contestant to play her last note, finishing a mighty performance and maintaining the remarkable consistency she has displayed throughout the past 2½ weeks. Her choice of a final concerto was unusual. Prokofiev’s third […]
Here is Sunday’s schedule for the finals of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Concerto performances will be with conductor James Conlon and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. All performances are in Bass Hall, Fourth and Commerce in downtown Fort Worth. Matinee Session 1:30 p.m.: Nobuyuki Tsujii of Japan will play Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, […]
Just when you think that things have neatly arranged themselves at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, some shuffling of rankings seems in order. Or at least some reassessments of individual art. I had thought that Mariangela Vacatello of Italy (above) had slipped a bit from her early positive showing, but on Friday night she […]
Here is Saturday’s schedule for the finals of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Concerto performances will be with conductor James Conlon and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. All performances are in Bass Hall, Fourth and Commerce in downtown Fort Worth. Matinee Session 1:30 p.m.: Haochen Zhang of China will play Brahms’ Variations and […]
David A. Smith’s Money for Art: The Tangled Web of Art and Politics in American Democracy recounts the history of federal funding of the arts since 1817 when Congress bought its first set of oil paintings. But for Dr. Smith — a senior lecturer in history at Baylor University — the decades up to the 1960s are mostly a preamble to his account of the National Endowment for the Arts. Actually, the first seven chapters of Money for Art are an extended preamble to just the NEA’s culture wars in the ’80s and ’90s. At its heart, Dr. Smith’s study is an attempt to explain that outbreak by putting it in a historical context — to explain it, learn from it and perhaps even get past it.