July 15, 2010
David Garrett’s goal: Pull rock fans into the classical world
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
For many classical musicians and fans, the term “crossover” evokes images of slickly marketed acts plying pop audiences with pompous pabulum. But German-born violinist David Garrett embraces the c-word as heartily as others shun it.
“Crossover music is a wonderful way for classical artists to reach out to new audiences,” Garrett says. “But your goal must be to bring those people back into your own world.” (read more)
July 14, 2010
By: Andy Propst · Jul 14, 2010 · New York
Clay Aiken: Tried and True, a concert based on the singer’s new CD, will air during July and August on PBS. The show will also feature guest appearances by Ruben Studdard and Linda Eder.
The 13-track disc, which was released on June 1 by Decca, features such classics as “Mack the Knife,” “Moon River,” “Who’s Sorry Now,” “Unchained Melody,” “Misty,” and “It’s Only Make Believe.”
Aiken was seen on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot, playing the role of Sir Robin. He came to fame on FOX-TV reality series American Idol, and he has released numerous albums, including A Thousand Different Ways andMeasure of a Man and co-authored a best-selling book Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life.
For further information, visit: www.pbs.org or www.clayaiken.com.
July 5, 2010
As soon as Nikki Yanofsky sits down at the table in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Jazz at Lincoln Center’s imperial spot overlooking Central Park, she takes the menu, says she’s starving, warns that she doesn’t have good table manners (“You’ll see: I can make crumbs out of apples”), announces that she’ll want dessert, and otherwise yaks away. “I know, I talk very fast,” she declares. “I call it ‘Nikkanese.’ That’s how I do my scatting.” (read more)
July 2, 2010
Last years biggest selling new classical music artist is going rock: David Garrett brings listeners along on a roller coaster ride of genres colliding on his sophomore album, Rock Symphonies.
Rock Symphonies displays Garrett’s love of both classical and rock, marrying the two genres with a fierce intensity. Featuring new interpretations of his favorite rock anthems by U2, Nirvana, Metallica and Aerosmith to name a few, David’s virtuosic violin playing shines through with precision and power, backed by his band and The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. With his new Public Television concert special slated for an August broadcast, David Garrett is poised to be the breakout star of the summer. Rock Symphonies will be released on Decca July 20th. (read more)
July 1, 2010
Click on the image above to listen to Dr. John Gray discuss “VENUS ON FIRE, MARS ON ICE” with Dr. Pat!