He's not just an American in Paris - but a Minnesotan in Paris!
Organist Joseph Ripka is from Cambridge, Mn and studied at St. Cloud State. He won the Dublin International Organ Competition last year and is playing on the 5-manual, 100-stop, 1862 Cavaillé-Coll organ at St. Sulpice in Paris - the same organ played by Widor and Dupre.
Check out how the stops have to be manipulated by an assistant (resident organist Daniel Roth) and the conversation never stops throughout the performance!
Thanks Michael Barone for telling us about this cool behind-the-scenes video!
It wasn't Hitchcock Brazilian composer Jarbas Agnelli was thinking when he saw this picture in a newspaper. It was a stave and the melodies and harmonies the birds had "written." The composer promises no photoshop was needed!
Andrew Sullivan's page at the Atlantic Monthly tends to be about things like foreign policy and health care, but a recent entry by Jonah Lehrer (prompted in turn by an Alex Ross article) is about musical improvisation.
If I get his point about the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and so forth, improvisation is less about "just playing something" than being in a "unique mental mode." (Which makes sense--otherwise couldn't we all be Mozarts and Miles Davises?)
The world's most expensive concert hall has just opened in Copenhagen with a price tag of nearly $600M! That's nearly five times the amount spent on the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, which was designed by the same architect, Jean Nouvel.
The Copenhagen Concert Hall was built for Danish Radio, the public broadcaster in Denmark. The New York Times calls it "beautifully resilient emotional sanctuary... a little corner of utopia in a world where walls are collapsing."
And it's getting good reviews for its sound as well. Click here for a review, and interior photo.