Parker Quartet named Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence at Harvard University Music Department

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard University Department of Music is delighted to announce that the Parker Quartet will become part of the Music Department teaching faculty at Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2014. “Thanks to the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence Program, we have been fortunate to have had a Quartet-in-Residence for four weeks a year since 1985,” said Music Department Chair Alexander Rehding. “However, the role of performance in the Music Department and the University has changed significantly, and this is the right time to bring professional musicians to campus as full-time residents. We are confident that the extended exposure to the string quartet will be highly beneficial to our students, especially our many talented undergraduate performers, allowing them to engage in the practice of chamber music on an unprecedented scale. We welcome the Parker Quartet to Harvard with immense pleasure.”The renowned Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, Ying Xue, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello) will, as part of the expanded Blodgett residency, present free concerts each year for the general public and recitals as part of the Dean’s Noontime concert series. They will teach, participate in class demonstrations, read and perform student compositions, and coach Harvard undergraduate chamber ensembles in weekly master classes for Harvard credit. The Parker Quartet’s full time presence in the program will allow for the expansion of the chamber music and performance study opportunities for students in the Harvard University Music Department.last_img read more

At the heart of ‘Mad Men’

first_imgMatthew Weiner is a talker. He admits it. In answering questions — about his writing process, about the hit AMC drama he created, “Mad Men,” which will end its seven-season run next month — his mind meanders away from simple truths, often to a story and a place in the past where the writer and director felt shunned and downtrodden, not unlike his show’s protagonist, Don Draper.Like Draper, Weiner struggled to build the life he wanted. He once stopped writing altogether because he found it impossible to break into show business. Finally he landed gigs writing for sitcoms. It was during that time that Weiner had an idea, a story about a man from meager beginnings who lands it all — success, looks, women — and in despite of it, is miserable.“‘Is this it?’ and ‘What’s wrong with me?’ These two questions are at the heart of the show,” Weiner told a Harvard audience Monday at Sever Hall.Fans preoccupied with the approaching finale were offered no clues on Draper’s fate during a conversation between Weiner and Bret Anthony Johnston, the director of creative writing at Harvard. The event was the keynote in Harvard LITFest, a week of workshops and talks now in its second year.Instead of focusing on the end of the series, Weiner talked stories — the events that shape us, whether we realize it or not, and the necessity of persistence in life and in art.Weiner’s pilot script earned him the attention of “Sopranos” writer and producer David Chase, who cleared a space on his writing team for Weiner. After “The Sopranos” ended in 2007, Weiner began shopping his period piece around. It was nabbed by AMC, a network that had never delved into original programming. Before too long “Mad Men” had gained a passionate following.Weiner said that he’s driven by mortality and finds himself always scripting “some version of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ … someone does something they shouldn’t have done and they’ve missed their whole life,” he said.He admitted he has occasionally weaved in tidbits from his own life. While working on “Signal 30,” an episode from Season 5 that included a fight between Pete Campbell and Lane Pryce, Weiner was “the most depressed I’d ever been in my life.“I don’t know what it was: the permanence of time passing, success, my relationship,” he said.The characters fell victim to the same unnamable malaise.“It’s a cliché. Suburban woe. Middle-age crisis. Frustrated art. Waning sexual powers,” Weiner said. “But to have a third person express it … I hope it means something to other people.”The episode also featured something unique: a poem, written by the character Ken Cosgrove. Weiner did his college thesis in poetry, and said he was crushed when a professor he let read it ripped it to shreds. But for all the heartbreak and rejection that comes with the territory, Weiner said, it’s essential that the developing writer take heart in compliments and words of encouragement and keep going.“I want to be known as someone who takes a lot of risks,” he said. “Writing-wise I’m constantly at war … I’m embarrassed to repeat myself unless I feel it’s a thematic underscoring. There’s a lot of stuff and it’s like, ‘Will that work?’ Well, we’ll see.”Dispelling the idea that he’s the show’s main author, calling it “some commercial construction,” Weiner spoke often about having a team of writers, “which creates safety.”“The story comes from a lot of people, and I pick and choose and consume it and do a lot of rewriting and dialogue,” he said. “But we’re all very emboldened as a group to walk to the brink of failure all the time and not know the difference. And you really can’t know the difference.”True writers, he said, will endure that doubt and fear and move past it — because they have to.But to be a writer is to be a good observer, said Weiner, and an even better listener. “People ask me what I’m doing next and I say that I’m returning to my first love — eavesdropping.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Sienna Miller Chat Cabaret & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. 2014 Tonys Win at Directors Guild Awards The 2014 Tony Awards picked up its own trophy this weekend! Glenn Weiss and the directing team of the 68th Annual Tony Awards have been honored with a Directors Guild Award in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports-Specials. Congrats to all. First Trailer of Bloodline, Starring Norbert Leo Butz We’ve been waiting for this! Check out below the first trailer of new Netflix thriller series Bloodline. The show’s stars include Broadway faves Norbert Leo Butz, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek. We can’t wait to begin binge-watching on March 20! Michael Gambon Retires From the Stage Dumbeldore is apparating stage left—theatrical legend Sir Michael Gambon has had to retire from treading the boards. The Harry Potter star revealed to The Sunday Times that he was having issues remembering his lines. “It’s a horrible thing to admit, but I can’t do it. It breaks my heart. It’s when the script’s in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It’s frightening.” Aged 74, he has won three Oliviers and appeared on Broadway in the 1996 production of Skylight. Although the news is incredibly sad, we can take heart from the fact that Gambon won’t be disappearing from our screens. Indeed, his latest performance in another of J.K. Rowling’s works, The Casual Vacancy, will air on HBO in April. View Commentscenter_img Simon Shepherd & More Tapped for Hay Fever Summer fun if you’re in London. Simon Shepherd (Peak Practice), Michael Simkins (Yes, Prime Minister) and Sara Stewart (Enron) will join the previously reported Felicity Kendal in the upcoming West End production of Hay Fever. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the show will play a limited run April 29 through August 1 at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Sienna Miller Chats Cabaret Something tells us that Sienna Miller is going to be perfectly marvelous in her return to Broadway! For as she explains to David Letterman in the most adorable way during a recent appearance on The Late Show, she was “born for Cabaret.” Check out the interview below and then the American Sniper star (and her Elphaba fingernails) at Studio 54 from February 17.last_img read more

Arsenal change training plans as Mikel Arteta recovers from coronavirus

first_imgArsenal change training plans as Mikel Arteta recovers from coronavirus Comment Mikel Arteta has fully recovered from coronavirus (Getty Images) Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisement‘As a result of the current situation we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time.‘Therefore our men’s first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home. Stay at home and save lives.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s players will stay away from the training ground (Getty Images)Arsenal have confirmed that their players will not return to training, while Mikel Arteta has recovered from coronavirus.The Gunners’ first-team squad were due to return to training on Tuesday after being placed in self-isolation due to Arteta testing positive for the virus.But the club claim it would be ‘inappropriate and irresponsible’ to ask the players to return to training as the Government have called for people to stay at home where possible.A statement from Arsenal read: ‘Our men’s first team players were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday after completing 14 days isolation following Mikel Arteta’s positive diagnosis for the virus.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Mar 2020 10:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.1kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more