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Las Vegas Philharmonic Names Music Director

April 22, 2014 - 3:07am

“Resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and music director of the symphony’s Youth Orchestra since 2009, [Donato] Cabrera became music director of the Bay Area’s California Symphony and the New Hampshire Music Festival last year. He’s also music director of Wisconsin’s Green Bay Symphony, a post he’s held since 2011.”

Pianist And Critic Harris Goldsmith, 78

April 22, 2014 - 3:04am

“A rarity in classical music for his simultaneous careers as a professional pianist and a music critic … [and] known for his humor, wit and encyclopedic memory of recordings and performances, Mr. Goldsmith was a frequent contributor Musical America and High Fidelity magazine … as well as a prolific writer of liner and program notes.”

CBC And The Cool Factor – Not Quite

April 21, 2014 - 6:07pm

“It must be alternately infuriating and demoralizing to work for the CBC. The English-language television broadcaster gets zero public praise. Everyone’s a critic and the private media seem out to delegitimize your very existence.”

Hilary Mantel Talks About Writing

April 21, 2014 - 5:58pm

She adores “the unnerving exhilaration of writing scenes in the middle of the night and handing them to actors at ten o’clock the following morning. The buzz of that is like nothing else. It’s the pressure, and the fact that you are thinking on your feet.”

Why Is Hollywood Suddenly Interested In Religion Again?

April 21, 2014 - 5:51pm

“Today, if mega-church pastors endorse a movie from their gleaming pulpits, the members of those mega-churches will hand over their money at the cinema.”

Competition Heats Up For Netflix-type Productions

April 21, 2014 - 5:41pm

“It’s no coincidence that so many of these shows have complex multi-season plots rather than the more self-contained formats preferred by many of the TV networks.”

Ralph Vaughan Williams Tops Classic FM Annual Top Classical List

April 21, 2014 - 5:36pm

“The composition – written in its earliest form exactly a century ago – toppled Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, which had reigned for three years in the annual Classic FM Hall Of Fame list. The Lark Ascending last topped the poll in 2010 and three years ago it was named the nation’s favourite Desert Island Discs tune.”

Storm Brewing Around New York’s MoMA Focuses On Its Direector

April 21, 2014 - 5:28pm

Glenn Lowry is “himself sometimes personally blamed for the museum’s image as a place that has become cold and corporate, that exercises its power too blithely and that is often out of touch with the sensibilities of contemporary artists.”

Guerilla Comeback: The Odd Case Of The Writer Reclaiming Her Work

April 21, 2014 - 5:19pm

“Now, in one of the stranger comebacks in literary history, LJ Smith is independently resurrecting her stories about the adolescent undead. She’s publishing her own version of “The Vampire Diaries” digitally on Amazon, as fan fiction, creating a parallel fictional universe that many hard-core fans regard as more legitimate than the official canon.”

What Happens To Art When It’s Repatriated

April 21, 2014 - 5:03pm

“While much attention has focused on the act of repatriation, The New York Times looked at what happened to several objects after they went back. Some works, returned with great fanfare, have taken on greater meaning back on view in the countries or cultures that produced them. Other times, after the triumphalism fades, they fall victim to benign neglect, or are not always easy to reach.”

Nashville Symphony Reborn

April 21, 2014 - 5:01pm

“As it prepares to re-enter labor negotiations with its musicians, the Nashville Symphony has reduced its debt to less than $23 million, lowered operating expenses by $10 million a year and set a new ticket sales record.”

The Aereo Case Will Determine The Future Of Television

April 21, 2014 - 2:17am

“Aereo would give so-called cord cutters the means to assemble a more affordable package of online streaming options like Amazon Prime, Apple TV or Netflix, and still spend a Sunday afternoon watching the N.F.L. and ’60 Minutes’ immediately afterward. As antenna-driven viewing has dropped and digital consumption has surged, Aereo is a way to put old wine in a new bottle.”

As The Folk Museum Falls, Critics Emerge For MoMA And Its Director

April 21, 2014 - 1:21am

“Critics warn that MoMA’s second expansion in a decade — which will create an ‘art bay’ open to West 53rd Street where ‘spontaneous events’ could be accommodated; free admission for the entire first floor; and a new combination gallery-and-performance space — will move the museum only further in a crowd-pleasing direction, eroding the seriousness and critical distance from popular culture that built its reputation.”

The Vatican Is Digitizing All Of Its Documents, And Here’s How

April 21, 2014 - 1:18am

“If it takes four years for every 3,000 manuscripts, the the entire library may not be online for over 109 years. The documents are expected to consume 43 quadrillion bytes of storage space, and will be backed up in case files are corrupted or accidentally deleted.”

The P.T. Barnum Of The Small Screen

April 21, 2014 - 1:12am

George Schlatter “was buds with the Rat Pack. He made stars out of unknowns Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and was fired from ‘The Judy Garland Show’ after five episodes because he and CBS disagreed about his vision for the variety series.”

Women Are Re-Reinventing The New Wave Of French Cinema

April 21, 2014 - 1:01am

“The French Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée says the country’s film industry is undergoing a feminine renaissance. According to its research, 23% of feature-length films were directed by women last year, up from 18.4% in 2008.”

Doris Pilkington Garimara, Author Of Rabbit-Proof Fence, Dies At 76

April 21, 2014 - 12:46am

“Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, which helped awaken Australians to the plight of the Aborigines, was translated into 11 languages. The Australian Film Institute named the movie version the year’s best film, and it won prizes at a dozen film festivals around the world.”

The Code, And The Movies Worth Watching Before It Came Down On The Heads Of Hollywood

April 21, 2014 - 12:43am

The Code “explains why so many lovers in classic films kiss like nobody else on earth, namely by grabbing one another tightly, smashing their lips together, and then not moving in the least for at least 4-5 seconds (I call it the ol’ seize-and-freeze).”