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September 10, 2008

When Opera Is New and Unproved

When Opera is New and Unproved
By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 7, 2008

"In the ongoing quest to broaden opera's appeal, contemporary opera is one arrow in a sparely filled quiver. New operas are based on world events, current movies, popular books. Their music is written by funky living composers. And yet, earnest, thoughtful and filled with worthy music though they be, they seldom find the same resonance as art films, or literary fiction. In fact, people who go to see an opera based on a book they liked often come away disappointed."

Prime Berths for Composers Still at Work

Prime Berths for Composers Still at Work
The New York Times
Published: September 5, 2008

"...many of today’s repertory staples would not exist if the major musical institutions of past eras had not championed living composers. It’s not enough today for leading opera companies, orchestras and concert halls to present new works. Ideally they need to commission and showcase pieces in ways that provide them with context and galvanize public attention."

New digital content from the Music and Performing Arts Library

Civil War Sheet Music Collection
In anticipation of the 2009 bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's
birth, we recently digitized a small collection of Civil War era sheet
music from the University of Illinois Music Library.
(From the Digitized Book of the Week Update)

September 15, 2008

Protect your laptop

Online laptop registration tool now available

CITES has a new online tool to help protect laptops on campus. The Computer Registration Tool will allow anyone with a NetID to register their computer with CITES Security. Registering will help CITES Security recover the computer if it is ever lost or stolen. Registration is quick and easy.

September 17, 2008

Step-by-step guide to dance: Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham
Sanjoy Roy, guardian.co.uk
Tuesday September 16 2008

In the first of a new series demystifying major choreographers and companies, Sanjoy Roy celebrates the work of Merce Cunningham: the Zen master of modern dance. Includes video clips.

New titles in the Music and Performing Arts Library

Want to know what new music, dance, or theatre materials we have in the Music and Performing Arts Library? Use the "New Titles @ the University Library" tool. You can narrow by library and/or subject and by date received. There is also an RSS feature that will let you subscribe to receive updates when new items are received.

September 19, 2008

New Mozart music found

Lost Mozart score found in France
BBC News Sept 18, 2008
A previously unknown piece of music by Mozart has been discovered at a library in western France.

September 22, 2008

Trey McIntyre Project

The Trey McIntyre Project begins inaugural tour
By Susan Reiter, Special to The Times (LA)
September 21, 2008

"TREY MCINTYRE'S initial experience with ballet did not augur well for a career in dance. 'I would skip class a lot. My mom would drop me off, and I would go get a Slurpee next door.' Ballet class, to this 11-year-old in Wichita, Kan., 'felt so square and confining.'"

September 23, 2008

American Players Theatre inside edition

American Players will renew construction on black box theater
Posted: Sept. 20, 2008
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Damien Jaques

"At this time next year, American Players Theatre [just up the road, near Madison, WI] audiences will be attending productions indoors as well as out. The company's board of directors has voted to continue with previously announced plans to erect a 200-seat black box (flexible) all-weather conventional theater that will increase the number and range of productions the Spring Green company will offer audiences."

Musicians, music critic, and lighting designer win genius grant

13 Academics Are Among 2008 MacArthur Fellows
Chronicle of Higher Education

Leila Josefowicz, 30, violinist, in New York. She captivates audiences with her technically precise and emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary works.

Walter Kitundu, 35, multimedia artist, Exploratorium, in San Francisco. He is an inventor of original musical instruments that navigate the boundary between live and recorded performance.

Alex Ross, 40, music critic, The New Yorker, New York. His writing captures the often elusive aesthetic and technical aspects of classical and contemporary music with clarity, grace, and wit.

Jennifer Tipton, 71, stage-lighting designer, in New York. Her distinctive, internationally recognized designs have redefined the relationship between lighting and performance.

Miguel Zenon, 31, saxophonist, in New York. He is a jazz musician who expands the boundaries of Latin and jazz music through his elegant and innovative collages.

September 29, 2008

The Future of Internet Radio

Many of us rely on internet radio, whether a feed from a specific station, or through a service such as Pandora, to get through the day. Lately there has been legal action stirring around the issue of royalties and how they are structured/assessed against internet radio providers. If you want to follow the legalese, it is H.R. 7084 Webcaster Settlement Act.

Here are some related links:

Pandora, Webcasting appear headed for Senate victory

Net radio bill passes House (CNet)

Pandora's blog


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