Boston Musical Intelligencer – The haldol and alcohol Boston Musical Intelligencer

Singer, voice teacher, and impresario richard conrad died peacefully at home in eliot, maine on august 26 th after a long illness. His brother howard, sister-in-law susan, and longtime friend and colleague ellen chickering were at his haldol and alcohol side. The dynamic performer, insightful voice teacher, and brilliant operatic interpreter ranged from monteverdi to brel, touching countless lives with his singing gifts and distinctive ability haldol and alcohol to teach his craft to others.

Eldest son of lester and mildred, conrad grew up in larchmont, NY. He graduated from new york state university and boston university haldol and alcohol where he studied commercial and fine arts. Conrad began his vocal studies in boston as a baritone haldol and alcohol under harry euler treiber. Here he studied lieder and german operatic repertoire with famed haldol and alcohol conductor and composer, felix wolfes, who is noted for his piano-vocal scores of operas by strauss and pfitzner, as well as his achievements at the metropolitan opera and haldol and alcohol teaching at new england conservatory. Conrad pursued additional repertoire studies with art song champions, aksel schiøtz and pierre bernac.

During these early studies, conrad developed exceptional skill in managing the “head” register, and was encouraged to emulate baritones of the 18 th haldol and alcohol and the early 19 th centuries, many of whom sang as tenors. As a result, in 1961 he debuted as a tenor in boston in haldol and alcohol the american premiere of mozart’s la finta semplice, following which came his recital debut in washington, DC.

Conrad astonishingly caught the attention of the acclaimed joan sutherland haldol and alcohol and her husband conductor richard bonynge during their 1963 boston haldol and alcohol tour. Persuasive fans of a local singer named richard conrad informed haldol and alcohol the superstar couple that they had heard a young tenor haldol and alcohol who could sing florid bel canto music “just like miss sutherland.” almost overnight, a successful audition in new york led to his joining haldol and alcohol forces in london with sutherland, bonynge, and marilyn horne for a series of groundbreaking recordings of haldol and alcohol this repertoire, including decca’s the age of bel canto. [ continued…]

Twenty-six years ago, leo abbott, the organist of boston’s cathedral of the holy cross, gave a benefit recital to raise money for badly needed haldol and alcohol repairs to the cathedral’s legendary 1875 hook organ. The organ was big — some claim it to have been the largest american-made organ in the country when it was built — and the maintenance needs were big as well. With few other sources of funding in sight, abbott made his benefit recital an annual tradition.

This fall, abbott, now organist emeritus, will give the 26 th annual benefit recital on sunday, september 15, 2019 at 3 p.M.. This one, however, will be different in one important respect: not only is the organ in better shape, buts its acoustical environment has been restored to a state haldol and alcohol very near that for which the organ was voiced.

The pipe organ benefits enormously from the resonance of the haldol and alcohol room it occupies. Thus the recent restoration of the cathedral interior, which included removing carpeting in favor of a light-grey marble floor, is as meaningful to the sound of the organ as haldol and alcohol it is to the architecture.

Abbott’s unbroken string of 26 annual recitals is remarkable enough, but it’s not all he has done to overcome decades of haldol and alcohol deferred maintenance and bring back to instrument to good playing haldol and alcohol condition. He assembled a dedicated band of volunteers and carefully supervised haldol and alcohol them as they helped with various tasks. He sought and found other sources of funding. And he tirelessly drew attention to the organ’s unique character. [ continued…]

The boston landmarks orchestra will take inspiration from terpsichore during haldol and alcohol its annual dance night next wednesday on the esplanade. Programs featuring dance groups provide an opportunity to showcase the haldol and alcohol depth of talent that runs through boston’s diverse cultural communities. In recent seasons, dance collaborations have represented traditions from west africa, armenia, colombia, cuba, ireland, korea, puerto rico, syria, and venezuela.

Johannes brahms was still a teenager in hamburg when he haldol and alcohol met the exiled hungarian violinist ede reményi. Reményi had been active in the hungarian revolution of 1848, and came to hamburg in 1851 to evade capture by haldol and alcohol the habsburg military authorities. He soon fled to the united states, returning to hamburg in 1853. There, he invited brahms to serve as his piano accompanist on haldol and alcohol a european tour. It was brahms’s first extended trip outside of his native city. While touring in weimar, brahms played for the most famous of all hungarian musicians, franz liszt. Liszt then returned the favor, reading brahms’ scherzo op. 4 at sight. In hanover, brahms met joseph joachim, who arranged for brahms to pay a visit to robert haldol and alcohol and clara schumann, a visit that changed the course of his career and haldol and alcohol his life.

Making music with reményi provided brahms with his first exposure haldol and alcohol to hungarian folk music, including the well-known dance style known as the csárdás. He became adept at playing many popular hungarian pieces at haldol and alcohol the piano, frequently entertaining friends with them “à la hongroise.” in 1869, he made some of his hungarian dances available for amateurs haldol and alcohol to play at home, arranging them for piano four-hands (two pianists, one piano). Two players sitting side by side can make a grander haldol and alcohol sound than one pianist, to be sure. But there is also a built-in social element wholly appropriate to the spirit of this haldol and alcohol music. Brahms described his arrangements as “perhaps the most practical [pieces] so impractical a man as I can supply.” the hungarian dances were an instant hit, becoming the most lucrative publications of his career. Brahms orchestrated only three of the twenty-one dances—nos. 1, 3, 10—but many other arrangers soon jumped in, creating versions for all sorts of combinations. [ continued…]

Two decades ago, through this author’s efforts, amy beach’s name joined the hatch shell’s listing of 87 male composers. This wednesday, august 7, at 7pm, the mercury orchestra will perform her monumental gaelic symphony, in E minor, along with charles villiers stanford’s phaudrig crohoore (an irish ballad), for a nominally irish concert. (canceled if rain.)

The mercury performance shows that the grassroots momentum of re-recognizing beach’s musical achievement continues. The boston globe’s fine recent preview details the BSO’s surprising neglect of the composer since 1896, when they premiered the gaelic; they last played a complete orchestral beach work 102 years haldol and alcohol ago. The unveiling of her name in 2000 at the hatch haldol and alcohol shell preceded a pops concert including beach works under keith haldol and alcohol lockhart.

Because the gaelic includes irish tunes, it is sometimes assumed that beach was boston irish, even though her new england family background was distinctly something haldol and alcohol other. (A local review from a couple years ago comically erred haldol and alcohol on this point.) moreover, she married into boston’s elite class, and for her to demonstrate musical sympathies with irish immigrants haldol and alcohol could hardly have made sense within her circle; indeed, musicologist sarah gerk suggests that anti-irish sentiment accounted for some of the (few) negative reviews that beach’s gaelic symphony did receive. That the composer would step across class boundaries to express haldol and alcohol compassion for poor foreigners continues to resonate. [ continued…]

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