Outstanding concerts in the acoustically superb sanctuary of Old First Church in San Francisco. Diverse, high-quality music: jazz, chamber music, choral, instrumental, classical, opera, piano, strings, vocal, and world music.
Andre Hajdu was born on 5 March 1932 in Hungary. He studied at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Endre Szervánszky and Ferenc Szabó (composition), Erno Szégedi (piano), and Zoltán Kodály (ethnomusicology). As a Kodály disciple, he was involved for two years in research about Gypsy musical culture and published several articles on this subject.
The fertile cultural breeding grounds around the San Francisco Bay have yielded another new opera initiative in the form of Opera Theater Unlimited (OTU), presenting an intimate yet powerful version of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, last weekend at the charming Exit Theatre in downtown San Francisco.
UMS Programming Director Michael Kondziolka was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Minister of Culture. This distinction recognizes eminent artists and writers, and those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Kondziolka receives the award in recognition of his significant contributions to bringing French performing arts to the United States. Said UMS National Council member Marylene Delbourg-Delphis: As a French citizen, I am thrilled to learn that Michael Kondziolka is now a Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The significance of this prestigious award is that it recognizes a continuous series of achievements and, as a result, is very hard to get. I am glad that my country values how effectively Michael evangelizes the French performing arts and I am sure that many other countries will follow suit. Michael's personal acumen, [...]
The late, great opera diva's sound could sometimes be hollow and dark, sometimes shrill, sometimes gorgeous. Callas continues to thrill and divide audiences with her distinctive voice and the raw intensity she put into it.
CHINESE opera singer and music professor Zhou Xiaoyan died yesterday at the age of 99 after a long fight with cancer. Han Liping, executive director of Shanghai Zhou Xiaoyan Opera Center, said he couldn’t
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