Rufus Wainwright on mom, fatherhood, sexuality and music

Rufus Wainwright on mom, fatherhood, sexuality and music
Lovely and lengthy report from CBS Sunday morning on the latest with Rufus, who’s getting married this week.
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Some summer nuptials: Bryant+Woods, Hirschfeld+Richards

One couple met at the Eastman School, another at the Seagle Colony. James Raymond Hirschfeld, trombonist, and John Pickford Richards, violist (Jack Quartet) Steven William Bryant, costume designer, and Darren Keith Woods, impressario (Fort Worth Opera)  
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Catching up on weddings

Catching up on weddings
I’ll just assume my invitations got lost in the mail.  Nevertheless, I’m happy to read, here and there, about the following nuptials: Steve Blier (pianist,
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City Ballet’s Shaun O’Brien (1925-2012)

City Ballet's Shaun O'Brien (1925-2012)
Shaun O’Brien made his name on the stage as a New York City Ballet dancer and adopted the troupe’s summer home as his own until his death last week. O’Brien, a member of New York City Ballet for about 40 years, died in Saratoga Springs on Feb. 23 at age 86. He will be remembered for his unusually long career portraying character roles, especially Drosselmeier in “The Nutcracker” and Dr. Coppelius in “Coppelia.” O’Brien...
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Soprano Patricia Racette honored at Opera News Awards

Soprano Patricia Racette honored at Opera News Awards
American soprano Patricia Racette was honored at the sixth annual Opera News Awards, sponsored by the magazine, which is affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera. The event took place on April 17 at the Plaza Hotel.  Other honorees were tenor Jonas Kaufmann, conductor Riccardo Muti, soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. In an essay giving lauds to Racette, writer Oussama Zahr touches on Racette being out in...
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“Catch the Tiger” with pianist/inter-media composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski

"Catch the Tiger" with pianist/inter-media composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski
Eighty-eight keys just aren’t enough for Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. He knows his way around the black and white notes of a tradition piano keyboard plenty well, having studied at the Chopin Academy in his native Warsaw. But for the last 20 years he’s created and performed original works that combined the piano with video. Kapuscinski will appear at EMPAC on Saturday night (4/16) in a program titled “Catch the Tiger.” “I...
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Celebrating Lou Harrison in D.C., festival review by Scott Pender

Celebrating Lou Harrison in D.C., festival review by Scott Pender
Over the past week, the Washington DC-based Post-Classical Ensemble, in conjunction with The George Washington University, the National Gallery of Art, and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, presented an ambitious series of three programs looking at the life and work of Lou Harrison. A true American original, Harrison was a composer of great lyric gifts and a maverick who espoused “world music” before we called...
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Teen couple is out in the “Glee” club

Teen couple is out in the "Glee" club
On the Fox show “Glee,” the teenagers Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) are an adorable young couple who aren’t drenched in shame, being beat up or suffering from a disease. Best of all, they sing to each other. Besides the positive nature of their portrayal, a touching part of this pair is that they’re members of the high school glee club.  Choirs – at school and church – were for...
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Thomas Ades’ collaboration with partner Tal Rosner performed by NY Philharmonic

Thomas Ades' collaboration with partner Tal Rosner performed by NY Philharmonic
It’s no secret that British composer Thomas Ades is gay and if you research just a bit it’s easy to find that his partner is the video artist Tal Rosner. They collaborated in 2008 on a piano concerto with video, “In Seven Days.” The piece was performed January 6-8 by the New York Philharmonic, with Ades as soloist and music director Alan Gilbert conducting.  Unfortunately there’s no mention...
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Jeremy Denk: Out in the Times

Jeremy Denk: Out in the Times
In today’s Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times, Vivien Schweitzer writes about Jeremy Denk, his new recording of the Ives sonatas (amazingly his first solo disc), his obsession with Proust, and addiction to chili peppers. She also mentions “his boyfriend, Patrick Posey, a saxophonist and the director of orchestral activities and planning at Juilliard.” Scanning the web, this is the only reference...
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