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Sedona Miscellany

And a new season begins. Next weekend in NYC brings a Feldman festival entitled Softly, curated by Marilyn Nonken. Alongside familiar landmarks like Triadic Memories and Patterns in a Chromatic Field there will be early piano works, to be announced, and three short Feldman-based films by Zahra Partovi and Chris Villars. For further showings of the latter, see Villars's site..... Beginning tonight is another edition of the Resonant Bodies Festival, with Paul Pinto, Helga Davis, Lucy Dhegrae, Jen...
Tags: Music, Yoko Ono, Getty, Alex Ross, St Louis Symphony, LA Phil, La Monte Young, Feldman, George Benjamin, Villars, Rebecca Mead, Marilyn Nonken, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Yuval Sharon, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Fifth Bayreuth pilgrimage

I passed through Bayreuth to see Yuval Sharon's new production of Lohengrin and last year's Meistersinger, by Barrie Kosky. A report will appear in a future issue of The New Yorker. In keeping with my composer-grave habit, this year I not only paid homage to the Meister, the Meisterin, and their dogs but also went to the Stadtfriedhof to see the resting places of Liszt, Hans Richter, and various other Wagners. Above lies Richter. An attempt to find the grave of Oskar Panizza, author of Das Lieb...
Tags: Music, Molly, Alex Ross, Wagner, Bayreuth, Marke, Barrie Kosky, Yuval Sharon, Kosky, Hans Richter, Lohengrin, Oskar Panizza, Meisterin, Das Liebeskonzil, Wahnfried, Franziska Polanski

Bayreuth’s First American Director Gives A Wagner Opera A Feminist – And Maybe Sort Of Happy – Ending

Or was it more ambiguous? Director and MacArthur genius grant recipient Yuval Sharon: “All of these various ideas resonate with each other, or clash with each other, or sometimes don’t get told all the way to the end. … I love things that aren’t closed, because then the audience has such power and freedom to discover things for themselves.”
Tags: Art, Music, MacArthur, Bayreuth, Yuval Sharon, 07.27.18

Bayreuth’s First American Director Made Wagner a Feminist. What Now?

The visionary director Yuval Sharon, whose “Lohengrin” opened the Bayreuth Festival this week, is on a mission to redefine opera in the United States.
Tags: News, Wagner, Bayreuth, Bayreuth Festival, Yuval Sharon

‘Honestly, I Feel Wonderful Here’: Yuval Sharon On Being An Israeli-American Working At Bayreuth

“That difficult history was of course a terrible tragedy, and it affected my family as well. But it’s clear that people here are coming to terms with that history and probing ever deeper into it. That wonderful exhibition Silenced Voices … portrays Jewish artists and theater personnel who once worked at the Bayreuth Festival and describes their fates. Every day I go by there and look at another one. I feel so honored to be able to stand on their shoulders and work here as an independent stage di...
Tags: Art, Music, Bayreuth, Yuval Sharon, 07.23.18, Silenced Voices

Yuval Sharon Wants To Stage ‘La Bohème’ Backwards

The MacArthur-winning director, whose staging of Lohengrin is about to open the Bayreuth Festival, seriously proposes doing Puccini’s opera in reverse order, Acts 4 through 1. “It will work really well, from devastation to the beginning. Some people might even think it’s the way it’s supposed to happen. …You can put it on the moon or anywhere else and it’s still the same old Bohème. But how do you get to the core of this piece if not by radically transforming our ability to listen to this piece ...
Tags: Art, Music, Puccini, MacArthur, Yuval Sharon, Lohengrin, 07.19.18

Lohengrin, Royal Opera, 7 June 2018

Royal Opera House Images: Clive Barda King Henry the Fowler – Georg Zeppenfeld Lohengrin – Klaus Florian Vogt Elsa – Jennifer Davis Friedrich von Telramund – Thomas Johannes Mayer Ortrud – Christine Goerke King’s Herald – Kostas Smoriginas Brabantian Nobles – Konu Kim, Thomas Atkins, Gyula Nagy, Simon Shibambu Pages – Katy Batho, Deborah Peake-Jones, Dervla Ramsay, Louise Armit Gottfried – Michael Curtis                         ...
Tags: Elsa, London, Nazis, Berlin, Religion, House, Herald, Carmen, Henry, Wagner, Alden, Andris Nelsons, Bayreuth, George Benjamin, Neuschwanstein, Ludwig II

Andy Akiho—Inside The Instrument

Having a conversation with Andy Akiho is a lot like listening to his music; it’s a high-energy adventure bursting with ideas and full of all sorts of serendipitous synchronicities. The first of these synchronicities is that Andy lives on Monroe Street in Lower Manhattan, which is where we met up with him. This is the same street where John Cage lived when he wrote many of his important compositions for prepared piano and percussion ensembles, idioms that have played a significant role in Andy’s ...
Tags: New York, Molly, New York City, Religion, West Virginia, Rome, Jimi Hendrix, Brooklyn, Mtv, New Hampshire, Italy, Guinea, Broadway, Manhattan, Beethoven, Miami

Yuval Sharon: Defining Genius

"My work consists entirely of creating the conditions for genius to flow. I am not in possession of it — it resides in that flow of output, which everyone participates in. “Genius” is the oxygen that those in a shared space breathe in and are transformed by; it allows them to reach their full potential. […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Yuval Sharon, 05.14.18

LA Phil 2018-19

The 2018-19 season announcements for American orchestras have, for the most part, presented a bleakish picture of the state of the art. One index of backward thinking is a lack of female composers. If an orchestra is programming few female composers, it is almost certainly playing little new music, since any serious consideration of the music of our time would have to have to include a large number of women. If an orchestra is programming no female composers — as is the case, in announcements s...
Tags: Music, Disney, US, America, Chicago, John Adams, Weimar Republic, Alex Ross, Phil, Pamela, Hollywood Bowl, LA Phil, LA Times, Kaija Saariaho, Lawrence Brownlee, William Grant

Noon to Midnight at Disney Hall

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles was given over to Noon to Midnight, an entire day of performances by local new music groups. A line of taco trucks extended along Grand Avenue and a pleasantly festive atmosphere prevailed as large crowds surged in and around the facility. The centerpiece event was War of the Worlds, a new experimental opera by Annie Gosfield, conducted by Christopher Rountree and directed by Yuval Sharon. In addition, some 20 ...
Tags: Religion, Los Angeles, Roy, Concert Review, Grand Avenue, Barrett, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Brian Walsh, LA Philharmonic, Sam Pluta, George Lewis, Disney Hall, Richard Barrett, Contemporary Classical, Barbier, Matt Barbier

Disney Hall comes under ‘alien attack,’ as the LA Phil declares ‘War of the Worlds’

A truly remarkable event …. We interrupt this review to bring you an important announcement. There has been an invasion of interplanetary proportion! We have reports that the world premiere of a major composition by Annie Gosfield at the Walt Disney Concert Hall celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” (commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the cutting-edge opera company The Industry) was disrupted by an invading force from the planet Mars! “Ladies and gentlem...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Classical Music, Frank Gehry, Theater, Lady Gaga, Sigourney Weaver, Orange County, Eric Garcetti, Elvis, Concerts, Phil, Martinez, Riccardo Muti

Review: A ‘Fake News’ Opera on the Streets of Los Angeles

Annie Gosfield’s “War of the Worlds,” based on Orson Welles’s radio play, sprawled across the city in Yuval Sharon’s staging for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Tags: News, Disney, Orson Welles, Los Angeles, Industry, Annie, Opera, Weaver, Welles, Wells, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sharon, Walt, Gosfield, Concert Hall, Sigourney

Christopher Cerrone: Everything Comes From Language

There have been many composers who have been deeply engaged with literature. Perhaps the most famous examples are Anthony Burgess and Paul Bowles, whose novels overshadow their nevertheless formidable achievements in musical composition. While composer Christopher Cerrone has not written any original prose fiction or poetry, at least not that he’s shared with the outside world, he approaches his own musical compositions in much the same way that a writer weaves a literary narrative. “I try to ha...
Tags: New York, Berlin Wall, New York City, Religion, West, Brooklyn, Steve Reich, Beethoven, Chad, Michigan, Bjork, American Apparel, Cover, Anthony Burgess, Woody Allen, Rolling Stone

When A MacArthur Genius Grantee Just Wants Some Time Off

Yuval Sharon is pretty busy, but iIn 2020, when he is free of all future work commitments, he will take a six-month sabbatical in Japan, most likely in Kyoto. He’s never been there, but the country’s music, culture, theater and literature have long appealed to him. 'Self-reflection is crucial to artistic work,' he said. 'It’s […]
Tags: Art, Japan, People, Yuval Sharon, 10.10.17

MacArthur 2017

I'm elated to see that this year's slate of MacArthur Fellows includes Yuval Sharon and Tyshawn Sorey. I wrote about Sharon's staggering, city-spanning creation Hopscotch for The New Yorker in 2015. It remains one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen. Sharon's production of Annie Gosfield's The War of the Worlds is eagerly awaited at the LA Phil in November; next summer, he will become the first American to direct at Bayreuth. As for Sorey, I spent much of the summer listening to, and...
Tags: Music, Alex Ross, LA Phil, Sharon, Bayreuth, MacArthur Fellows, Annie Gosfield, Yuval Sharon, Tyshawn Sorey, Sorey

Director Yuval Sharon On Being Awarded A MacArthur:

“It was so surreal. They read back to me why I was selected — and I don’t even have the words to describe what it felt like to hear,” he said. “I thought, ‘Wow, I guess that’s what I’m doing,’ but you get in the thicket of doing it, and with no warning, you get […]
Tags: Art, People, Yuval Sharon, 10.11.17


The Earle Brown Foundation is bringing its Time Spans Festival to New York Aug. 1-5. It's a fantastic lineup both of ensembles — Talea, Bozzini Quartet, JACK Quartet — and of repertory: recent works of Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Jürg Frey, John Luther Adams, Georg Friedrich Haas, and several composers I don't know but intend to explore. The one unmissable event, I feel, will be the Bozzini's renditions of quartets by Frey.... Starting tomorrow in San Francisco, a major festival of works ...
Tags: Music, New York, Orson Welles, San Francisco, San Diego, Cage, Alex Ross, Adams, Frey, Galileo, Brecht, LA Phil, David Lang, David Allen, Schoenberg, Missy Mazzoli

The First American Ever To Direct At Bayreuth, And They Chose, Of All People -

"Yuval Sharon has instigated a mobile opera involving 126 performers, 24 limousines and six composers. He's produced a headphone opera, set among commuters passing through one of the country's busiest train stations. ... And, in 12 months, he'll become the first American to direct a production at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, founded by Richard […]
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, Richard, Bayreuth, Bayreuth Festival, Yuval Sharon, 07.20.17

Pelléas in Cleveland

Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra. A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Travel abroad prevented me from attending, but fortunately the authorities in Cleveland have forwarded a video excerpt from the production, which I have embedded above. (Be sure to click on "full screen.") This is the scene between Golaud and Yniold in Act 3. Hanno Mü...
Tags: Music, Cleveland, Alex Ross, Pelléas, Cleveland Orchestra, Golaud, Yuval Sharon, Franz Welser Most, The Cleveland Orchestra, Roger Mastroianni, Hanno Müller Brachmann, Julie Mathevet


Three new or newish operas can be seen in Chicago in the next week or so, as WFMT notes: Nkeiru Okoye’s Harriet Tubman, Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar, and Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters.... This weekend the Stony Brook Symphony, under Eduardo Leandro, presents an adventurous program of Berio's Sinfonia, Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre, and Ken Ueno's On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis, the last with the composer performing.... Xian Zhang is making her de...
Tags: Music, La, Disney, US, Chicago, Vancouver, Nico Muhly, Alex Ross, Michael Cooper, Lassus, LA Phil, Matthew Aucoin, KQED, San Pietro, Peter Sellars, LA Master Chorale

Noon to Midnight at Disney Hall – 1

The first Green Umbrella concert of the season was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The LA Philharmonic hosted Noon to Midnight, a series of ‘pop-up performances’ and events that included works by numerous local contemporary composers and music ensembles, two sound installations, and an evening concert by the LA Phil New Music Group titled Four World Premiers. Some 16 different events were scheduled over the entire day, starting at noon, and were sited a...
Tags: Religion, Los Angeles, Events, Concert Review, Una Corda, Adams, LA Phil, Ana Prvacki, Henryk Górecki, Górecki, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tallon, LA Philharmonic, Disney Hall, Contemporary Classical, Barbier

LA Phil 2016-17

The LA Philharmonic has announced its 2016-17 season, and, as usual, the schedule makes that of most other orchestras look dull by comparison. There are twenty-one commissions and fourteen world premières, including new works by Kate Soper, Mario Diaz de León, James Matheson, and Gerald Barry (an evening-length piece entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground). The major festival offering is a week of music from Iceland, co-curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daníel Bjarnason. Gustavo Dudamel focus...
Tags: China, Iceland, El Nino, Alice, Nixon, Alex Ross, Bernstein, Beckett, LA Phil, Esa Pekka Salonen, Schubert, Mahler, Matthew Aucoin, Schoenberg, LA Philharmonic, Andrew Norman