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Let’s Compare Composers

  It can be hard to tell them apart, can’t it? It seems like all of them were men from Europe; many of them wore curly wigs; and most of them started out as “child prodigies”—meaning they discovered their amazing musical talents while they were still little kids. And to …

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The Immortal Irving Berlin

by Benjamin Fainstein Literary Manager | Portland Center Stage at The Armory Composer Jerome Kern once famously remarked that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music.” Such an enviable distinction could only be bestowed upon a musician with far-reaching success and a diverse body of work, …

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Thom Willems

THOM WILLEMS COMPOSER, IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED Dutch composer Thom Willems has collaborated with choreographer William Forsythe on over 60 ballet scores. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague: composition with Louis Andriessen and electronic music with  Jan Boerman and Dick Raaijmakers. Willems started working with Forsythe …

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Niel DePonte

    More with Niel DePonte Dec. 10–26, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,® Keller Auditorium [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”15″ gal_title=”Niel Deponte”]  

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