After a search process that spanned two seasons and saw four exceptional finalists conduct concerts before large and enthusiastic audiences, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra has named Yuga Cohler as the orchestra’s new Music Director.
I’ve been thinking about content as the engine behind transforming listening experiences ever since I came across Ray Lustig’s composagram project. These are typically 15-second musical moments set to video and published on Instagram. Lustig developed the project as a “low-stakes creative exercise,” but what sets this project apart is both its integration with technology and the cumulative effect of the pieces.
8VA's Top 17 of '17
June 16, 2017
New York Times
The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, Yekwon Sunwoo performs on New York Times' Facebook Livestream.
August 4, 2017
Times Square Billboard
Beijing Music Festival (BMF) and Long Yu featured in Times Square in celebration of BMF's 20th anniversary
The Economist 1843 Magazine
Grand Teton Music Festival featured as a cultural event worth traveling for
October 10, 2017
Julian Schwarz guest blogs about the whimsical passion of Lalo's Cello Concerto in D minor
November 18, 2017
Haochen Zhang sells out solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall
BBC Music Magazine
Anne Akiko Meyers's performance of Bernstein's Serenade featured in BBC Music Magazine's CD mount.
Highlights of the 20th Beijing Music Festival in October 2017
First, a disclaimer: I have been an admirer of Long Yu’s conducting skills – not that he can do no wrong, but that he can usually make up for it by delivering tension, energy and contrast in whatever is at hand. Friday evening’s collection of variations with the Hong Kong Philharmonic was a case in point.