Pianist Jon Cleary is not a native New Orleanian (he hails from Cranbrook in Kent, England) but when it comes to the history and practice of New Orleans music, and piano music in particular, hell, you'd think he'd grown up on Basin Street or maybe next door to Tipitina's. You'll see what I mean when you watch this little clip, Jon Cleary - History of New Orleans Piano
, and hear this masterful player roll through an exhaustive (and very entertaining) demonstration of the musical styles that the city is renowned and revered for.
) is a 24-year old, Chinese virtuoso classical pianist who became an overnight sensation in 2007 when she filled in after piano legend Martha Argerich
a performance with the Boston symphony. Since then, Ms. Wang has become a superstar in her own right, hailed
by critics for her precise
, passionate performances
. But after a recent appearance on-stage in a short red dress and high heels led to a critic's complaint about her outfit
, others are now weighing in
on whether it is appropriate
for a female classical musician to wear
. [more inside]
Perhaps it's best my grandmother didn't live to see this day: the Liberace Museum, located in the besequined showman's old stomping grounds of Las Vegas, is closing
, and that would have saddened her. Maybe it's time for all of us to brush up on our early Liberace history
. And let's hear the sparkling man, resplendent in gold, take Mack the Knife
through some changes. Farewell, Liberace.
In 1956, Time Magazine
wrote, "He is the summit of sex—the pinnacle of Masculine, Feminine and Neuter. Everything that He, She or It can ever want."
(Wait. Seriously???) Behold the evolution of The Liberace Show: from dapper virtuoso
to sequined, wacky showman. [more inside]
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