Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.
Unsound Festival 2011, an original week-long avant-garde music event, starts on October 9 in Kraków, Poland.
Unsound Festival started in 2003 as an underground event of advanced music, and its importance has grown over the years. The annual event is produced by Fundacja Tone, a not-for-profit organization. Unsound has created smaller events in Prague, Warsaw, Bratslava, Kiev, and Minsk, the capital of Belarus. In 2010, a 10-day satellite event involving music, film, workshops and panel discussions, Unsound Festival New York, has begun, its third edition is set to spring 2012. Unsound is a founding member of ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound).
This year Unsound Festival theme is inspired from Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, featuring experimental, futuristic music, and events related to the signification of futurism in music, arts, and human life.
Unsound Festival 2011 theme is inspired from Future Shock by Alvin Toffler (1970).
The festival-goers have the opportunity to visit churches, galleries, cafes, museums, clubs in Kraków.
Live performers and DJs, experimentalists, party music, digital music, evolving and fractured forms of bass-heavy club music (Bass Mutations are a part of the festival) are included in this year line-up.
Chris & Cosey (Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, ex Throbbing Gristle) with an unique form of industrial music are headliners at Engineering Museum. Peter Christopherson died last year and the band came to an end. Optimo Music released a vinyl edition of Chris Carter’s solo cassette of synthesizer music, The Spaces Between.
Chris & Cosey are one of the headlines at Unsound Festival 2011.
John Foxx and The Maths with electronic pop are also present. Foxx’s Metamatic is a strong evocation of urban and technological alienation.
Unsound Festival opens on Saturday, with Jingoku’s evening of film screenings, Jigoku’s Future Shock Film Season – Opening Marathon.
The selection includes documentary Future Shock (1972, US, Alexander Grasshoff), Soviet psyche-acid animation Journey To The Stars (1981, Russia, Roman Kachanov), No Blade of Grass (1970, UK, Cornel Wilde) with its apocalyptic futurism and Spectreman (1971, Japan, Yasuharu Hasebe) with nuclear superheroes and pollution monsters.
The opening of the Unsound Festival 2011 Installations takes place on Sunday, and displays works by John Rafman & Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Robin Fox (Editions Mego) and Raime (Blackest Ever Black) with Ewlina Aleksandrowicz and Andrzej Wojtas.
At the Engineering MuseumOj, Nie Mogę Się Zatrzymać!(1975) screened with a live score by Felix Kubin and Macio Moretti, and 1924 silent Soviet sci-fi movie Aelita, Queen Of Mars is live-soundtracked by The Generator Analogue Orchestra with Wojcek Czern and others. Felix Kubin plays with Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt at the nightclub Pauza.
Felix Kubin presents on Monday, The Symptom of The East, exploring sound art and experimental music in Eastern Europe. At Krakow Music Academy performs drone-folk heroes Natural Snow Buildings, then Mark McGuire (Emeralds) plays a live set of cyclical guitar and synthesizer improvisations. William Bennett (Whitehouse founder) presents the Poland debut of Cut Hands, afro noise genre (a mix of African and Haitian vaudou percussion with digital synthesis and processing).
Eastern Bridges, a series of Unsound Festival, starts on Tuesday, featuring artists from Eastern Europe, i/dex and The Volume. Robin Fox, audio-visual artist, talks about art and science “from neurobiology to cochlear implants, analog synthesizers to audio-controlled lasers”. At the Manggha art gallery, LXMP renders Herbie Hancock’s Future Shock! album. Niwea, iconAclass and Napsyzklat are present too.
The fourth day of Unsound Festival presents a discussion with William Bennett (Cut Hands, Whitehouse), hosted by Blackest Ever Black, centered on the controversial artist’s interest in voodoo and unconscious communication, including his own theory of “the transparent concession“. The 800th Lifetime: Music For The End of The World is a special concert which takes place at Manggha, and includes live performances from Kangding Ray (Raster-Noton), Robin Fox and HTRK.
On Thursday, at Unsound Festival Gordon Savicic talks about Social Media Hacking, and Steve Goodman (Kode9) about “sound, music and futurity”, drawing from his book Sonic Warfare. Dead Center, Christian Wallumrod and Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer perform live at the 16th century St Katherine’s Church in Kazimierz. Sun Araw, Hype Williams, Laurel Halo, Holy Other and Rustie play psych-electronic music at Manggha.
Ricardo Villalobos performs with Max Loderbauer at the Unsound Festival 2011.
On Friday are planned talks with Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker), Morphosis, Catz n Dogz and Dave Tompkins (author of How To Wreck A Nice Beach, a history of the vocoder). Time Horizons: featuring The Caretaker, Kode9 + MFO (paying homage to the sci-fi short La Jetee) and composer Morton Subotnick performing Silver Apples of The Moon on the Buchla synth, accompanied by visuals from Lillevan.
Morton Subotnick performs his work, Silver Apples of The Moon, at Unsound Festival 2011.
Techno dance music is scheduled at the Unsound Festival on Friday night, Juan Atkins’ Model 500, MMM, Kassem Mosse, Ital, KiNK, Tin Man, Morphosis, Space Dimension Controller with DJs Joy Orbison and Catz ‘N Dogz.
Chris & Cosey and John Foxx play on Saturday at the Unsound Festival 2011, then Sex Worker, LA Vampires, Maria Minerva and Dylan Ettinger. Later perform 2562, Addison Groove, Dreadnought, Teeth, Andy Stott, Sepalcure and Brokenchord, DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad, Objekt, Jacques Greene and Jam City.
Unsound Festival closes on Sunday. Sinfonietta Cracovia interprets the music of Henryk Górecki and Arvo Pärt at the Tempel Synagogue, then A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Jacaszek. The Information Pylon – a co-presentation from Exotic Pylon and the nascent Public Information label – offers wyrd electronics from The Haxan Cloak, Ekoplekz and Stellar OM Source.
Unsound Festival 2011 ends with Burning Out closing party, with VHS Head, Braille, LA Vampires and Machinedrum.
Unsound Festival 2010 theme was Horror: the pleasure of fear and unease.
Gene Simmons, KISS bassist, married his girlfriend, Shannon Tweed, on October 1 in an evening ceremony held on the Crystal Lawn at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
The former Playboy Playmate wore an ivory Priscilla of Boston gown with a bouquet of ivory garden roses, while she was walking to the aisle.
“At the Gene Simmons-Shannon Tweed wedding – a dog just walked down the aisle ahead of the bride so its [sic] a good start,” Bill Maher wrote on Twitter.
Gene and Shannon wrote their vows and read them in front of 400 guests. Their children, Nick, 22, and Sophie Alexandra, 19, cheered along with Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher, Paul Stanley when their parents said “I do“. Sophie was the maid of honor and performed At Last by Etta James, the melody the couple chose for the first dance.
Gene Simmons and his family.
Shannon wore $2.5 million of diamonds, without the 24-carat engagement ring, TMZ has learned. Michael Raven handmade the jewelry (13 pieces for the bride and bridal party, earings, necklaces and a $420,000 bracelet).
Shannon Tweed, 54, was joyful before her wedding with Gene Simmons, 62.
“I sneaked down the hall of the hotel to Gene’s room in my sexy undies to live my last night as a single girl & knocked on the wrong door LOL. I’m going to get married today! To the man I love! Everyone said it would rain! It’s a perfect day for a white wedding!!” Shannon wrote before the wedding.
“Thanks one and all for the kind wishes. Wish I could celebrate tomorrow with all of you. But Saturday is for Shannon and the kids. Family!!!” Gene wrote
“Shera & I are going to the Gene Simmons-Shannon Tweed wedding this evening. Shannon was PMOY [Playmate of the Year] & my GF [girlfriend] in 1981. Shannon Tweed met KISS rock star Gene Simmons at a Midsummer Night’s Dream here at the Mansion. They’ve been together almost 30 years.” Hugh Hefner wrote.
“The Gene Simmons-Shannon Tweed wedding was a very romantic, family affair,” he wrote later.
“Truly one of the most beautiful cable television weddings I’ve ever seen.” (Bill Maher)
“That was the best wedding I’ve ever been to!! Thank you, Gene Simmons, Sophie Simmons & Nick Simmons!” Shannon wrote later.
Guests were asked to donate to the couple’s favorite charities instead of wedding gifts (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Kiva, a non-profit organization that seeks to alleviate poverty through micro-loans, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Pink Lotus Breast Center).
Gene Simmons proposed to Shannon several month ago, while they were on holiday in Belize. He previously said he would never marry and they were a happily unmarried couple.
“I come with so much baggage, but you’re the only friend I’ve got, you’re the only one I’ve ever loved, you’re the only one I love, and the only one I ever will love. I’ve never said those words to anybody, and I don’t ever wanna… It’s funny, they used to watch movies where they say I can’t live without you but for me it’s true,” he said then he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
"It's funny, they used to watch movies where they say I can't live without you but for me it's true," said Gene Simmons and got down on one knee.
Gene Simmons had claimed he had had slept with thousands of women. At that time Shannon had moved out and told People “You’re seeing this happy family, but in my heart, I am dying.“
That season of Family Jewels has documented their troubles and family therapy sessions. In June 2011, Shannon slammed Gene for his infidelities.
“I need some sort of commitment. Something has to give.” She told People.
Gene Simmons claimed he had slept with 4,600 women."I need some sort of commitment. Something has to give." Shannon told People.
In 2007 Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed underwent face lift surgery together, a growing trend among the couples at that time.
Gene Simmons (Chaim Weitz), The Demon, Israeli-American rock bassist, became famous with Kiss, the hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s.
Gene formed the band with Paul Stanley, then Peter Criss and Ace Frehley joined them.
His legal name after arriving from Israel is Gene Klein, klein means small in German, in informal Hungarian it means kiss. He changed his name to Gene Simmons, after legendary rockabilly performer Jumpin’ Gene Simmons.
He has lived in Beverly Hills, California with his fiancée, actress Shannon Tweed for 28 years. Gene Simmons had live-in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross.
Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed and their children, Nick and Sophie.
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed and their children star on the reality television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels. The new season of the reality show premieres on October4 on the A&E network. The wedding will be aired on October 18.
“Everything from choosing the flowers and wedding dress to the bachelor and bachelorette parties will unfold in the new season,” read a statement.
Gene Simmons with the legendary band KISS become the Kings of the Night Time World on a cruise of the Carnival Destiny.
Gene Simmons with KISS: Kings of the Night Time World on a cruise of the Carnival Destiny from October 13 to October 17.
It starts on October 13 from Miami and returns on October 17. The Rock and Roll Party for four nights, includes two full concerts by KISS and performances by Skid Row, The Envy, Bad City and Craig Gass, party every day on Half Moon Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas.
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed wedding song (video)
The 11th edition of the Golden Child of free music festivals, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011, has the theme Hazel Dickens: in loving memory.
Hazel Dickens, bluegrass singer, born on June 1, 1935, died at 75 on April 22, 2011 from pneumonia. Hazel Dickens and Doc Watson, 88, were two usual appearances at the festival, but this year Watson did not feel so well.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 takes place in Speedway Meadow at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from September 29 to October 2.
Strictly Bluegrass started in 2001 with only bluegrass music, and three years later it became a celebration of diverse music, food (vendors and picnicking) and community.
The festival brings to Bay Area bluegrass pioneers (Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley) soul men (Otis Clay), folk heroes (John Prine), country legends (Merle Haggard).
Legendary Doc Watson is missed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.(Photo:Jay Blakesberg)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 gathers eighty-seven bands to play on six stages (Banjo, Rooster, Arrow, Star, Towers of Gold, Porch).
This year’s educational program takes place on September 29 as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. In a fenced area middle school students enjoy MC Hammer and Poor Man’s Whiskey shows, and receive educational information about the month-long music celebration. The 10th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days (October 1 to October 31) invites musicians worldwide to participate to a message of hope and unity.
MC Hammer makes the kids dance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010 (Photo: Jay Blakesberg)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 brings Woods.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 lineup:
A.A. Bondy, Abigail Washburn, Alison Brown, AlofaSudden, The Band of Heathens, Bela Fleck & Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer, The Belle Brigade, Bill Kirchen & The Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods, Bill Orcutt, Blame Sally, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Mould, Bright Eyes, Brokedown in Bakersfield (featuring Nicki & Tim Bluhm, Scott Law, Lebo, Steve Adams & Dave Brogan), Broken Social Scene, Buckethead, Buddy Miller, Cass McCombs Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Chris Isaak, Conspiracy of Beards, Dark Star Orchestra, David Bromberg Quartet, Del McCoury & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Devil Makes Three, DeVotchKa, Dive Bar Dukes, Dr. John & The Lower 911, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Earl Scruggs, Elbow, Emmylou Harris, The Felice Brothers, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Flatlanders feat. Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Frank Fairfield, Gillian Welch, Gomez, Greensky Bluegrass, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, Hot Buttered Rum, Hugh Laurie, Irma Thomas, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Jayhawks, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joe Purdy, John Prine, Jolie Holland, Jonathan Wilson, Justin Townes Earle, Kevin Welch & Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum w/ The Guest House Band, The Low Anthem, M. Ward, Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven, MC Hammer, Mekons, Moonalice, Mother Hips, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally and Their All-Star Band, Ollabelle, Otis Clay with special guest Chick Rodgers, Over The Rhine, P.M.W., Patty Griffin, Punch Brothers, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Reckless Kelly, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, River Whyless, Robert Earl Keen, Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, Robyn Hitchcock, Ruthie Foster, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Seamus Kennedy, Seldom Scene, Simon Joyner, South Memphis String Band, Southern Culture On The Skids, Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer, The Swanson Family Band, Those Darlins, Thurston Moore, Wendy Bird, Woods, The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Zigaboo Modeliste – King of the Funky Drums.
Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) performs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.
Robert Plant, former Led Zeppelin singer, plays with Patti Griffin on Saturday and with Buddy Miller on Sunday.
F. Warren Hellman, co-founder of Hellman & Friedman LLC, performs on Saturday with the Wronglers and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Pete Sears appears with his jam band, Moonalice. He is a former member of Jefferson Starship and said Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and other psychedelic bands had played free Golden Gate Park shows during the 1960s.
Peter Sears and Moonalice sing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011.
Over 600,000 people attended the festival last year and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 is expected to gathered around 1 million. Strictly Bluegrass 2001 was attended by 20,000 persons.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB) is a family-friendly festival. Children and on-leash dogs are welcome, no camping allowed, no alcohol is sold, but visitors can bring their own.
Potluck Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is an communal healthy food event held on September 30, the attendees bring food and offer it to their neighbors.
The Nighttime events require tickets and features music (The Jayhawks on Friday), film and wines of Silver Oak Cellars.
Warren Hellman and the Wronglers play at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011. (Photo: Krista Martin)
“There’s only one person at the end of this festival who says, ‘Check, please,’ and that’s Warren Hellman. So far he hasn’t told me no,” said Dawn Holliday, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass co-producer.
Hellman received IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007, was named University of Arizona 2008 Executive of the Year, Executive of the Year Luncheon by the Eller College of Management. He competes in endurance horseback riding and plays the 5-string banjo.
“People keep saying thank you, thank you, but this is the world’s most selfish gift. To spend three days with people I adore and musicians I’m nuts about, it’s an unbelievable mitzvah to be in a position to do this,” the billionaire told The Press Democrat last year.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 has an app available in the Apple and Android app stores.
A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney ends its weekly appearances on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
On Sunday, October 2, the veteran radio and television writer, Andy Rooney, is expected to make his last regular attendance, he discusses the decision on his 1,097th signature essay.
The 60 minutes‘ curmudgeon told TVNewser in June 2010 he wanted to work on the show until he “dropped dead“. “Until somebody tells me different, I’m not going to quit,” he said.
“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be. He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original.” He “will always have the ability to speak his mind on ’60 Minutes’ when the urge hits him,” said Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and the executive producer of 60 Minutes.
Andy Rooney will discuss the decision of leaving "60 Minutes" on October 2 in his 1097th signature essay.
Andy Rooney, who turns 93 on January 14, 2012, started to work with CBS as a writer for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts in 1949 and began to appear on the show (started in 1968) in 1978 with an essay about the reporting of automobile fatalities on the Independence Day weekend.
His end-of-show part, Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney (later A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney), began as a summer replacement for the debate segment Point/Counterpoint featuring Shana Alexander and James Kilpatrick.
Andy Rooney began his career in journalism in 1942 writing for Stars and Stripes newspaper. He was one of six correspondents who flew on the first American bombing raid over Germany (1943) and one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps.
“I can’t deny that The War–we call World War II ‘The War,’ as though there had never been another–was the ultimate experience for anyone in it,” he wrote in his book My War.
His wife, Marguerite, died in 2004 of heart failure, after 62 years of marriage. He has four children, the twins Emily and Martha, a daughter Ellen, and a son, Brian.
At 60 Minutes longevity seems to be a habit. Mike Wallace, 93, worked full-time until 2006, then occasionally until 2008. Don Hewitt, the show creator and executive producer, was 81 when he retired in 2004. He died in 2009.
Andy Rooney has become known for his folksy, often curmudgeonly, TV essays on life, culture and news events.
He presents satire on everyday life (the cost of groceries, annoying relatives, faulty Christmas presents) essays on life, culture and news events, or politics.
His essays have been published in books, Common Nonsense (2002), Years of Minutes, (2003). He has won three Emmy Awards for his essays, and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003.
He has been target of parodies and impersonations (Frank Caliendo, Rich Little, Beavis), and served as subject for one of Saturday Night Live’s parodies on NBC network.
The Andy Rooney Television Collection – His Best Minutes (1993) and Andy Rooney On Almost Everything, Things That Bother Andy Rooney, and Andy Rooney’s Solutions (2006) include his commentaries and field reports.
The writer was criticized he does not want to adapt to the modern times and he is out of touch with contemporary culture (contemporary music). He said never had heard of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Usher in 2009 and said young people probably did not listen to Ella Fitzgerald.
Criticized or praised, Andy Rooney, 92, remains a living legend. The walnut table was made by himself.
Found dull by some people, but in the same outstanding, interesting and funny by others, Andy Rooney remains a living legend and a respectable active old person.
He has always considered himself a writer who incidentally appears on television behind his famous walnut table, made by himself.
“The process by which each of us acquires a reputation isn’t independent of our character. It almost always depends more on the decisions we make than on chance occurrences,” he wrote in his book, Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit.
Andy Rooney on vacation: “Avoiding work is hard work”.
Andy Rooney on presents: ”In spite of the old sayings to the contrary, the best presents come in large packages.”
Andy Rooney on cats: ”I have never met a cat I liked.”
Andy Rooney on commerce: ”There are idiots who will buy anything as long as it costs enough.” “Money is a strange concept, right? What ever happened to the beads and shells?”
Andy Rooney on politics: “The best president of my lifetime? Rutherford B. Hayes.”
Andy Rooney on opinion: ”If you wonder what anyone thinks of you, consider what you think of them.” ”Not everyone has a right to his own opinion. If he doesn’t know the facts, his opinion doesn’t count.”
Andy Rooney on sports: “Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins was the best player to ever grace a court.”
Andy Rooney on medical advances: “Pray you never live this long.”
Andy Rooney on Heaven: ”My idea of heaven would be to die and awaken in a place that has all my lost things.”
Romanian Youth Orchestra with Christian Mandeal and violin soloist David Garrett performed on September 23, during the last week of one of the biggest classical music event in Europe, George Enescu Festival 2011.
George Enescu Festival 2011 is the 20th edition of an biennial event that honors the Romanian composer’s legacy. This year it started on September 1 and ended on September 25.
David Garrett, World’s Fastest Violinist (2008), has walked through Bucharest from his hotel to Grand Palace Hall, with no bodyguards, accompanied only by his manager and an organizers’ representative. He was carrying his violin on his back, the A. Busch Stradivarius (1716), which he has played since 2009.
David Garrett played Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal at George Enescu Festival 2011
Carrying his valuable instrument over his shoulder has been a habit for the violinist. In 2003 David Garrett got an $1 million ex Baron Von Gause violin, created in 1770 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, emiliano luthier. In 2008 David Garrett felt when he was leaving London’s Barbican Hall after a performance. He was carrying his 18th century violin. “I had it over my shoulder in its case and I fell down a concrete flight of stairs backward. When I opened the case, much of my G.B. Guadagnini had been crushed.” He said.
David Garrett entered the Grand Palace Hall wearing boots, jeans with golden little chains and having a kind of bun-bow-tie-tail of his blond hair.
The Romanian Youth Orchestra conducted by Christian Mandeal rendered an exciting performance of George Enescu‘s Rhapsody no.1, followed by applause and cheers, then David Garrett appeared on the stage joyfully welcomed. Concerto for violin and orchestra (Beethoven), Firebird (Stravinsky), La Valse (Ravel) were performed. David gave an emotional and natural interpretation, showing in the same time he can play 13 notes per second, the record he established in 2008, when he played Hummelflug (The flight of the Bumble Bee) by Rimsky-Korsakow in 66.56 seconds.
David Garrett World's Fastest Violinist plays "A. Busch” Stradivarius (1716) since 2009
He wiped his sweat, smiled seductively, accepted and offered flowers. David is a former model who has been called the David Beckham of the classical scene. The audience cried “Encore!” and David Garrett pleased them a lot. He even performed some Michael Jackson’s hits and made the attendees to go on their feet.
During the pause he gave autographs, signing CDs, DVDs or tickets from hundreds enthusiastic fans, especially women.
The public of George Enescu Festival 2011 cried "Encore!" after David Garrett, the David Beckham of the classical scene, performed.
David Garrett, 31, German/American classical violinist, got his first violin at age four and made his first appearance with the Hamburger Philharmoniker under the direction of Gerd Albrecht when he was ten.
David was born in Aachen, Germany, and now he lives in New York. When he was 13, David gave a concert in the residence of the Federal Republic of Germany President, the Villa Hammerschmidt, at Dr. von Weizsäcker’s personal invitation. He was offered use of the famous Stradivarius San Lorenzo. Garrett signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft at age 14 as the youngest soloist ever. In 1997 David performed with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta in Delhi and Mumbai in for the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence.
On the occasion of the 60 years of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009 he was invited by the chancellor Angela Merkel to attend the celebration.
In 2011 he received two ECHO awards for his Rock Symphonies. The DVD David Garrett: Rock Symphonies – Open Air Live was distinguished in the category Best Domestic DVD Production and as Best Artist in the category Rock/Pop Domestic.
David Garrett Legacy, the new classical album, will be released on 4th November 2011 and features Beethoven Violin concerto and works of Fritz Kreisler. David recorded the album in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Ion Marin. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon.de
David Garrett is Honorary Judge in the category violin at the “International Music Competition Cologne”, which takes place from September 22 to October 2 and is hosted by the Conservatory of Music Cologne.
This year David Garrett played in Sweden at 34th Birthday of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, and he attended Verbier Festival 2011 in Switzerland.
David Garrett plays Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal at George Enescu Festival 2011 (video)
David Garrett Legacy trailer (video)
David Garrett set new violin world speed record in 2008, playing Flight of the Bumblebee in 66.56 seconds. In 2010 UK rock violinist Ben Lee, 33, of electric violin duo Fuse, played Flight of the Bumblebee on £1M Swarovski Crystal Bridge violin in 58.515 seconds. This month Ben Lee, who sings with Linzi Stoppard, has insured his fingers and his hands for £3million.
Dubbed “the biggest live music event in radio history,” iHeartRadio Music Festival has taken over Las Vegas this weekend.
The inaugural iHeartRadio festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Elvis Duran, was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 23 and September 24.
Biggest pop radio stars took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.The festival started on Friday with the Black Eyed Peas.
The Black Eyed Peas at iHeartRadio Music Festival
The band opened with laser lights, a cadre of jailbird-themed backup dancers, and one of their biggest hits, Boom Boom Pow. The audience (12,000 people) danced listening to Just Can’t Get Enough, Don’t Stop the Party,The Time (Dirty Bit), I Gotta Feeling.
With huge screens flanking the stage, and numerous confetti blasts iHeartRadio Music Festival enchanted and energized the public. Ryan Seacrest first appeared after the Black Eyed Peas left the stage. “This weekend all roads lead to Vegas,” he said and later announced Lady GaGa would appear on Saturday night with Sting, something that made the fans to go wild.
Kelly Clarkson, World Idol runner-up, launched with Walk Away, followed by Because of You, then new radio offering: Mr. Know It All, and in the end, My Life Would Suck Without You.
Bruno Mars took the stage with The Lazy Song, Grenade, Just the Way You Are. He paid a tribute to Amy Winehouse (as he did on the VMA 2011), singing his cover of Valerie, Amy’s photos appeared on the screens behind him and a brass quartet waved their horns in unison.
Bruno Mars at iHeartRadio Music Festival
Carrie Underwood, American Idol winner, sang Cowboy Casanova, Last Name, Before He Cheats, which made the attendees to stand up.
Karmin, YouTube sensation, did an inducing performance of Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass, then Jane’s Addiction came with Mountain Song, Been Caught Stealing, Irresistible Force.
Coldplay electrified the party-goers with the symphonic, opening of Viva la Vida, made the fans to cry with Fix You, and brought excitement for their latest single, Paradise. Chris Martin wins the award for Best Stage Collapse, fireworks dusted the stage as Martin rolled over backward and a psychedelic piano joined him at the end of Vida. Chris Martin urged the public to join him in a mournful chorus of Amy Winehouse’s Rehab.
Coldplay at iHeartRadio Music Festival
Alicia Keys performed Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart, No One, and Jay-Z appeared on stage. Everyone sang along to: “bright lights, big city!” J-Z doled out a stream of his hits: Big Pimpin’, 99 Problems, Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Empire State of Mind with Alicia Key. The rapper bounced across a stage outfitted with two drum sets and two guitarists and swung two gold chains hanging from his neck.
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys at iHeartRadio Music Festival
On the second day of the iHeartRadio Music Festival Steven Tyler (with special guest Jeff Beck), Nicki Minaj, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Lopez, Sublime with Rome, David Guetta (with special guest Usher), Kenny Chesney, Nicole Scherzinger (special appearance) and the most waiting Lady Gaga (with special guest Sting) made the concert-goers to dance and sing frenetically.
The American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez, wore a candy apple red frock, and performed Papi, Get Right and Lets Get Loud.
Jennifer Lopez at iHeartRadio Music Festival
Usher took the stage to support David Guetta and performed Without You (their new international dance anthem), some said it was an unusually calm rendition, but others found it amazing.
Lady GaGa‘s grimace of a nervous artist with something to prove was replaced with a playful stage presence, the public enjoyed her hits from Bad Romance to You and I, Poker Face, Edge of Glory, Just Dance/Love Game,Born This Way, Sheiße/Judas, Alejandro/Telephone&Paparazzi.
Lady Gaga hid her tears and dedicated Hair to Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, who apparently committed suicide because was bullied at school. She sang while his image appeared on the screen behind her.
“I know it’s a bit of a downer, but sometimes the right thing is more important than the music,” she said. Lady Gaga stopped and said “Bullying is for losers,” before ending and said to Jamey in Heaven: “Jamey, you’re not a freak.”
Sting (The Police) and Lady Gaga began with Stand by Me before Sting took his guitar and sang along with the piano-playing Gaga to a funky King of Pain. She closed the show in a thong for Born This Way.
Lady Gaga and Sting at iHeartRadio Music Festival
iHeartRadio Music Festival was the grand opening of iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free digital radio product combining more than 800 broadcast radio and digital-only stations from 150 cities.
iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s revamped free personalized music website allows users to create custom radio stations and is meant to compete with the web’s most popular online music service (Pandora). The beta site launched September 8. BlackBerry, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod Touch, Android, webOS (Palm Pre/HP TouchPad), Windows Phone 7 are devices that support it.
At the iHeartRadio Music Festival more than 53% of ticket buyers live more than 1,000 miles away from the festival. Tickets sold out in 10 minutes.
iHeartRadio Music Festival was broadcasted to more than 10 million radio listeners across the country.
Lady GaGa plays Hair at iHeartRadio Music Festival (video)
The Black Eyed Peas opens at iHeartRadio Music Festival (video)
Bruno Mars plays Valerie at iHeartRadio Music Festival (video)
Lady GaGa and Sting play Stand by Me at iHeartRadio Music Festival (video)
Lady GaGa plays You and I at iHeartRadio Music Festival (video)
Lady GaGa plays Sheiße/Judas at iHeartRadio Music Festival (video)
Google celebrates Jim Henson 75th birthday anniversary featuring a doodle with 5 Muppets.
Jim Henson Google Doodle
The logo is HTML5-powered and it is interactive, clicking on the circle below each character, it follows the cursor with its eyes, and double-clicking on one, it opens its mouth. One of them throw its glasses, and other eats its neighbor.
Brian Henson, Jim Henson‘s son, is now chairman of the Jim Henson Company.
“He loved gadgets and technology. Following his lead, The Jim Henson Company continues to develop cutting-edge technology for animatronics and digital animation, like this cool Google doodle celebrating Jim’s 75th birthday. But I think even he would have found it hilarious the way today some people feel that when they’ve got their smartphone, they no longer need their brain.” Brian wrote in Google’s blog.
"The Muppets were a family" for Jim Henson.
“He loved dogs, particularly goofy ones. And he lived for those moments when everyone laughed so hard they couldn’t talk,” Brian Henson said. He recalled his father’s passion for games, being allowed to stay up late to watch his father’s appearance on TV, and his father’s feeling that “the Muppets were a family.”
This is the second time when Google pays tribute to Jim Henson on its homepage. Google replaced its logo with a rotating cast of Sesame Street characters honoring the 40th anniversary of the television show Sesame Street, two years ago. Jim Henson was asked to help with this show in 1969.
Jim Henson helped with Sesame Street show
“Born in Greenville, Miss., in 1936, Henson created his fuzzy, goggle-eyed puppets in the ‘50s, and they soon began appearing on local television while he attended the University of Maryland (where he met his future wife and the show’s co-producer, Jane Nebel).
In 1969, Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and the rest of the lovable furry troupe began to appear on PBS’s new ”Sesame Street.” By the ‘70s, the Muppets gained a hit prime-time show (and Miss Piggy) and, soon, hit the big screen. (Their newest feature film is November’s ”The Muppets,” starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams.)” The Washington Post about Jim Henson.
Jim Henson and Kermit
Jim Henson was born on September 24, 1936 and died on May 16, 1990. The Public Broadcasting Service, which hosted Sesame Street, said he was ”the spark that ignited our fledgling broadcast service.”(New York Times)
Jim Henson was “our era’s Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, W. C. Fields and Marx Brothers,” said the chairman and chief executive of the company that produced Sesame Street. (New York Times)
Jim Henson Google doodle inspired people to create interesting animation, the Muppets singing Rolling in the Deep (Adele), Boom Boom Pow (the Black Eyed Peas), or Earth Angel (The Penguins), or Chop Suey! (System of a Down).
Dinosaurs was the last show Jim Henson produced.
Jim Henson died of septic shock caused by lungs abscesses (Streptococcus pyogenes). On May 21, a public memorial service was held in New York City at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and . another one was held on July 2 at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.
No one wore black (it was Jim Henson wish). Dixieland jazz band sang When The Saints Go Marching In, Harry Belafonte sang Turn the World Around (the song he had debuted on The Muppet Show), Big Bird (Caroll Spinney) sang Kermit the Frog’s signature song, Bein’ Green. Six of the core Muppet performers sang Jim Henson’s favorite songs, then Just One Person began with Richard Hunt singing alone, as Scooter.
“As each verse progressed, each Muppeteer joined in with their own Muppets until the stage was filled with all the Muppet performers and their beloved characters,” Chris Barry recalled.
This image was recreated for the 1990 television special The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson and inspired Richard Curtis to write the growing-orchestra wedding scene of his 2003 film Love Actually.
Jim Henson Google Doodle: Muppets sing Boom Boom Pow (video)
The largest single day electronic dance music event, LovEvolution: A Dance Music Parade and Festival is hosted at the historical stadium O.co Coliseum and Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Saturday, September 24, 2011.
LovEvolution 2011 has a main stage, a grassy area at the Supperclub, 17 community produced, unique floats, with great names in dance music (Moby and Markus Schulz), top musicians, performers and DJs from around the world.
The Glitch Mob, Pendulum, Plump DJ’s, Isaiah Martin featuring Mark D’Antonio and Dustin Hengle perform at the Main Stage.
Pendulum performs at LovEvolution 2011
In the Chill Area: Rob Garza (Theivery Corporation), King Britt, Marquez Wyatt, Jason Bentley, Rafael de la Cruz (Deep LA), Jimmy Bell (supperclub SF), Michael Anthony (supperclub SF / LA), Late Night Sneaky ft B-Smiley plus Dj Rob Rayle (Outersect)
Other floats and artists are: Electro Pop Rockin Skills (Gareth Emery, Dyloot (deepVoices), K Theory), Opel & Opulent Temple ( ELiKi, Mike Butler, DJ Wolfie), Tantric Temple, Love and Rockets, Go Ventures – The Love Festival, Temple SF, rEvolution, Temple of Boom, Sacramento Dance Music, The Strip Ship, pixel porn, one, the sixth element, basssheadz, B.A.E. Krew’s chocolate factory, Nebula m 78.
The Glitch Mob takes the Main Stage at LovEvolution 2011
LovEvolution (formerly San Francisco LovEvolution and San Francisco LoveFest) is a technoparade and festival which takes its roots from German annual Love Parade.
Plump DJs come to LovEvolution 2011
From 2004 to 2009, the parade included 25 floats and started at San Francisco’s 2nd and Market Streets to San Francisco Civic Center Plaza. The event moved to Oakland in 2011.
Technoparade is a parade of vehicles equipped with strong loudspeakers and amplifiers playing techno music. It resembles a carnival parade, but the vehicles (lovemobiles) are less elaborately decorated. Important techoparades are: Street Parade (Zürich), Techno Parade (Paris, Love Parade and Fuckparade (Berlin), Lake Parade (Geneva).
Loveparade started in Berlin in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but in 2003, the city denied the parade a permit and the event moved to San Francisco. In 2004, when German organizers were able to secure permits back in Berlin.
The Love Week began on Wednesday and LovEvolution is followed by an official after-party known as LovEvolution After Party.
The mission of LovEvolution is to promote peace, understanding, tolerance, diversity, love, unity, peace, respect through the vehicle of dance music and the culture that surrounds it.
Over 120,000 people attended LovEvolution in 2008 in San Francisco.
The San Francisco LovEvolution is a volunteer non-profit organization. All profits made from the event are either applied towards next year’s event or given to participating non-profit organizations. In 2008 over 120,000 people attended this event.
Two little boys as young as eight compete in cage fighting contests in front of a baying mob of adults enjoying a night’s entertainment in UK.
The shocking images show the 8 and 9 year-old boys fighting with no padding, headguards or protection of any kind in what critics have described as “like a circus performance”.
Two little boys as young as eight compete in cage fighting contests in front of a baying mob of adults enjoying a night’s entertainment in UK
The primary school boys have been trained to wrestle their opponents into submission as their fathers, pint glasses in hand, look on.
Unlike adult contestants, the little boys are not, in theory, allowed to punch, kick, knee or elbow each other during the competitions, but the rules are inevitably broken.
The primary school boys have been trained to wrestle their opponents into submission as their fathers, pint glasses in hand, look on
The footages show Kian MacKinson, the 9 year-old boy who has been cage fighting for nine months, while brawling with an 8 year-old, whose father has asked for him to remain anonymous.
The 8 year-old boy was left in tears in the middle of one of the terrifying 10 minute bouts before he was attended to by medics to check he could continue.
Unlike adult contestants, the little boys are not, in theory, allowed to punch, kick, knee or elbow each other during the competitions, but the rules are inevitably broken
Yesterday, appalled doctors and child safety campaigners said the lack of headguards could cause brain injury or death and called for the “sick and disturbing” practice to be banned.
A Safechild children’s charity representative, Rosie Carter said:
“This is sick, absolutely disgraceful and I would call on social services to step in.
“I can’t believe the parents are allowing their young children to participate in this barbarity.”
A spokesman for the British Medical Association (BMA) said:
“Boxing and cage fighting are sometimes defended on the grounds that children learn to work through their aggression with discipline.
“The BMA believes there are many other sports which require discipline but do not pose the same threat of brain injury.”
The fight took place at the Greenlands Labour Club in Preston and was organized by joiner and professional cage fighter Steven Nightingale.
Steven Nightingale, 28, said the sport is safe and growing in popularity among children.
The fighter added: “Competitions start from the age of five it is definitely a big up-and-coming sport.”
When Nightingale was asked about the young boy who was crying during one bout, he said:
“The kid has never been beaten before, he is the one who wins the gold medals. When they get beaten, they are going to get emotional.”
Kian MacKinson’s father, Nick Hartley, 33, defended the event: “None of the children were ever in danger.”
“There is no harm in cage fighting at all.
“If he wasn’t cage fighting, he would probably be chucking stones at buses and giving people grief. But now he has learned some respect and he would rather go training than play out.”
There is no suggestion any of the bouts at the event, which took place earlier this month, breached any rules or licence laws.
Michelle Anderson, owner of Greenlands Labour Club, who attended the event, said: “There was nothing wrong with it.
“The parents were there. Would people rather these kids were out on the streets with guns and knives?”
Cage fighting, which are also known as mixed martial arts, encompasses a wide range of martial arts which are performed in circular cages. The sport has become popular partly due to reality star Alex Reid, its most high-profile figure in the UK.
The 20th edition of a great classical music event, George Enescu Festival 2011, has attracted thousands of visitors and artists from all over the world.
George Enescu Festival started on September 1 and ends on September 25. During this period lots of cultural events have taken place.
Great Orchestra of the World series has gathered world famous orchestras, Residentie Orkest/ The Hague Philharmonic with Christian Badea, Dan Grigore (piano), London Symphony Orchestra with Horia Andreescu, and Nicola Benedetti (violin), London Symphony Orchestra with Nikolai Znaider and Saleem Abboud Ashkar (piano), Choir and Orchestra of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic with Genaddy Rozhdestvensky and Iosif Ion Prunner, The Mariinsky Theathre Symphony Orchestra with Valery Gergiev and Alexander Toradze (piano), or with “Academic Choir” of the Romanian National Society, conducted by Dan Mihai Goia, Staatskapelle Berlin with Daniel Barenboim, National Radio Orchestra with James Gaffigan, Peter Donohoe (piano), Cynthia Millar (ondes Martenot), Wiener Philharmoniker with Franz Welser-Möst, Fanny Clamagirand (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, Midori, Alexei Volodin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, Vadim Repin (violin), Yefim Bronfman (piano).
George Enescu Festival 2011 has brought Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with conductor Antonio Pappano and piano soloist Hélène Grimaud on September 21.
They interpret Concerto no. 1 for piano and orchestra (Brahms) and Symphony no. 6 “Patetica” (Tchaikovsky).
Hélène Grimaud performs at George Enescu Festival 2011 (photo Jean-Marie Périer)
Hélène Grimaud, 42, is a French pianist. She has shared the stage with a lot of famous orchestras. She loves classical music and wolves. Hélène Grimaud helped found in 1999 Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York, wrote a book “Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves” and made a documentary “Living with Wolves”. She underwent surgery for stomach cancer in 2010 with a long recovery. Hélène Grimaud has recorded since she was a teenager. “There is something so intense when the red light goes on. There is an erotic power to the microphone.” She said.
Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was founded in 1908. It was the first Italian orchestra to dedicate exclusively to symphonic repertoire. It has performed over 15,000 concerts, and was conducted by Debussy, Strauss, Stravinsky, Toscanini.
On September 22, Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia performs with piano soloist Denis Matsuev. They interpret Chamber Symphony (George Enescu), Concerto no. 2 for piano and orchestra (Rachmaninov), Sheherezade (Rimsky-Korsakov).
Denis Matsuev, 36 Russian pianist, won the first prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1998). He was the first pianist to perform a jazz concert at Moscow Conservatory.
Denis Matsuev interprets Chamber Symphony by George Enescu at George Enescu Festival 2011.
Romanian Youth Orchestra with Christian Mandeal and violin soloist David Garrett perform on September 23 Rhapsody no.1 (George Enescu), Concerto for violin and orchestra (Beethoven), Firebird (Stravinsky), La Valse (Ravel).
Orchestre National de France with Daniele Gatti interpret Symphony no. 9 (Mahler) on September 24 and on September 25 with cello soloist Han-Na Chang, French orchestra perform Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, for orchestra (1897), Concertante Symphony for cello and orchestra (George Enescu), Ibéria (Debussy) and Boléro (Ravel).
Bucharest National Opera has began its fall season with a premiere: Oedipe opera, Orchestra and Choir of the Bucharest National Opera (with Tiberiu Soare) on September 15, part of the George Enescu festival.
Oedipe by George Enescu at Bucharest National Opera
George Enescu composed Oedipe, a lyrical tragedy, between 1921 and 1931 and its worldwide premiere was in 1936 in Paris. In Romania, it premiered in 1958, at the first edition of the George Enescu festival.
Lohengrin (Richard Wagner), El Banch / El Ballet Nacional Chileno (Bach), Magifique (Tchaikovsky), Romeo and Juliet (Berlioz) have been performed at Bucharest National Opera or at “Ion Luca Caragiale” National Theatre as part of “Opera and Ballet” series of George Enescu Festival.
Evgheni Oneghin is scheduled for September 21 and 23. A ballet gala featuring David Makhateli (first soloist at the Royal Opera House) and Razvan Mazilu takes place on September 22. Ballet Night with Ballet Company of the Bucharest National Opera follows on September 24. Ballet Night features Valse Fantaisie (Glinka), Serenade (Tchaikovsky), Falling Angels (Steve Reich) and an evening with the best known pieces of operetta can be attended on September 25.
Dolores Hope, Bob Hope’s widow, who died on Monday at 102, will be buried alongside her beloved husband of 69 years.
Bob Hope died in 2003 and is buried in the Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana Cemetery in California, where Dolores already had the plot beside him inscribed for herself.
Dolores Hope was married to the comedy legend for 69 years and sometimes sang on his shows for U.S. troops and on his television specials.
Bob Hope is buried in the Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana Cemetery in California, where Dolores already had the plot beside him inscribed for herself
According to family spokesman Harlan Boll, Dolores Hope passed away at home in Los Angeles.
In 2009, at her 100th birthday party, Dolores Hope appeared little changed: her white hair was richly coiffed, her skin smooth and her voice deep and warm. Even if she was brought to the party in a wheelchair, Dolores Hope was alert and happy as she greeted old friends and posed for photographs.
After the party, Dolores Hope said: “I thought it was going to be just another birthday.”
Bob and Dolores Hope in 2003
In 1933, when Bob Hope was appearing in his first Broadway show, Roberta, his friend and fellow cast member George Murphy persuaded him to visit the Vogue Club to “hear a pretty girl sing”. She was Dolores Reade, a dark beauty whose singing of “It’s Only a Paper Moon” entranced the young comedian.
“I’ll never forget what a wonderful singer she was,” said Rip Taylor.
“In fact, that’s how Bob and Dolores met. It seems to me that they were always laughing.”
Bob Hope returned every night and soon he was escorting Dolores to her hotel after her shows. Bob and Dolores Hope married on February 19, 1934, and she quit nightclubs to join his vaudeville act.
“Bob was the hot thing in New York then,” Dolores Hope recalled in 1997.
“I thought I’d better stay home and take care of Bob.”
When Bob and Dolores Hope moved to Hollywood in 1938 for the beginning of his film career, she stayed home and devoted her time to raising the four children that they adopted: Linda, Anthony, Kelly and Nora.
“I had such a huge admiration for both of them,” said Julie Newmar.
“The quality it takes to get just one year older, says a lot about that fact that she lived to 102.”
Dolores Hope continued singing at parties, and in the 1940s she began accompanying Bob on his Christmas trips to entertain U.S. troops.
In 1966, Dolores Hope sang “Silent Night” to hushed thousands of GI’s who then rose and gave her a thunderous ovation, many with tears in their eyes.
In 1990, Dolores Hope accompanied Bob on his last Christmas visit to American forces, visiting troops who were in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm. Marie Osmond, Ann Jillian and the Pointer Sisters did not perform, to avoid offending Saudi sensibilities about women entertainers. But Dolores Hope was approved and sang “White Christmas” to a rapt audience.
“She was the first lady of the USO,” said Carol Channing. “They didn’t come any more patriotic, caring or talented than Dolores.”
Aside from overseeing two homes- the 18,000 square-foot mansion in North Hollywood and the 25,000 square-foot hilltop home in Palm Springs – Dolores Hope worked indefatigably for numerous charities. From 1969 to 1976 she served as president of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert, California, then becoming chairwoman.
In 1982, Dolores Hope explained her philosophy:
“I like being with people, but I also need to have my time alone. I think it’s terribly important to have some time during the day when you stop and take all the energy that you have given out and pull it back in, find the source of your energy. Then you work from there.”
Dolores Hope, the singer who was married for 69 years to comedian Bob Hope, died on September 19 at her home in the Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.
Dolores DeFina was born on May 27, 1909, in Harlem, New York City, and began her career as Dolores Reade. Her father was Italian and her mother Irish, and she grew up in the Bronx.
“My father died when I was very young, and there was just my mother, my sister and me. Were we a needy family? I always like what General Eisenhower said: ‘We were poor and didn’t know it.’” Dolores Hope said in 1982
She married Bob Hope in 1934 in Erie, Pennsylvania, and they adopted four children: Nora (Eleanora), Linda, Kelly and Anthony. Anthony died in 2004 at 63. Bob Hope started his film career in 1938 in Hollywood and Dolores stayed home.
Bob Hope and Dolores Hope: "Together, they brought countless hours of laughter and cheer to Americans everywhere." (Nancy Reagan)
“Bob was the hot thing in New York then. I thought I’d better stay home and take care of Bob.” she said in 1997.
“When we were celebrating our 50th anniversary, people would say, ‘Fifty years?’ And Bob would say, ‘Yeah, but I’ve only been home three weeks,’ ” Dolores Hope told the Palm Springs Desert Sun in 1995. She gave Bob Hope a paperweight inscribed “Don’t think these three weeks haven’t been fun.”
“We always had quality instead of quantity. When he wasn’t home, he’d call almost every day, except when he was in a combat zone. Even then, he’d try.” Dolores Hope recalled in the same interview.
Bob and Dolores Hope in 1997: the laughter in the family home contributed to her parents’ long lives, said Linda Hopes
Dolores Hope was Catholic and decided what has been appropriate for a family audience. “I learned to temper my humor in those years. Dolores was a tough critic.” Bob Hope said.
In the 1940s she began accompanying Hope on his Christmas trips to entertain U.S. troops. In 1966 she sang “Silent Night” to thousands of soldiers who then rose and gave her a thunderous ovation.
“Dolores was a good friend and a good person. She was an extraordinary partner to Bob throughout his entire life, supporting both their family at home and Bob’s selfless cause to entertain U.S. troops abroad. Together, they brought countless hours of laughter and cheer to Americans everywhere,” said Nancy Reagan.
In 1990, Bob Hope made his last Christmas visit to American forces, visiting troops who were in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm. Although Marie Osmond, Ann Jillian and the Pointer Sisters did not sing because of Saudi sensibilities about women entertainers, Dolores Hope was allowed to perform and she sang “White Christmas” to thrilled public.
“She was the first lady of the USO. They didn’t come any more patriotic, caring or talented than Dolores,” said Carol Channing.
Dolores Hope oversaw Hopes charitable giving, helping to establish the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.
She took care of two homes (a mansion in North Hollywood and a hilltop home in Palm Springs) and from 1969 to 1976 served as president of the Eisenhower Medical Center, then became chairwoman. Bob Hope raised millions of dollars for the center through the annual golf tournament that used to bear his name and is now known as the Humana Challenge.
A large part of Hopes fortune came from property holdings in the San Fernando Valley. Their wealth had been estimated at as much as $500 million in 2003.
“I like being with people, but I also need to have my time alone. I think it’s terribly important to have some time during the day when you stop and take all the energy that you have given out and pull it back in, find the source of your energy. Then you work from there.” Dolores Hope said in 1982.
Dolores Hope is survived her daughters, Linda Hope and Nora Somers; her younger son, Kelly Hope; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Dolores Hope centenary: her 'Ten Decades Of Life' party on May 27, 2009, in Toluca Lake. "I think of her as love."(Kelly Hope)
Bob Hope died in 2003, two months after he had turned 100. In 2009, when Dolores Hope became a centenarian, Linda Hope said she thought laughter in the family home had contributed to her parents’ long lives. Her birthday appeared on The Today Show, and Kelly Hope said in an ABC interview, “I think of her as love.“
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce laid flowers at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, around four hours after Dolores Hope’s passing, Her star is next to her husband’s. Bob Hope was named the chamber’s “Citizen of the Century.”
Bob and Dolores Hope: Silver Bells
Duffy’s Tavern (1944) with Dolores Hope and Bob Crosby
Chariot singer Gavin DeGraw will begin a tour on October 9 with American Idol seven season winner, David Cook and Swedish alternative rock band, Carolina Liar.
Gavin DeGraw starts fall tour in October.
The tour starts in State College, Pennsylvania and ends in Orlando, Florida on November 12. David Cook will co-headline Gavin DeGraw in all cities, except Orlando. Carolina Liar will open for them in Columbus, Ohio on October 10 and will be special guest in all cities but York, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Ohio, Greenville, South Carolina.The tickets are available from September 16, but a pre-sale started on Wednesday.
David Cook will perform from his new album This Loud Morning. The Last Goodbye single was very well received as well as Fade Into Me. Cook’s The Time of My Life went platinum.
From September 14, Gavin DeGraw new album Sweeter (which will be release on September 20 on RCA Records) can be pre-ordered at walmart.com.
Gavin DeGraw fourth studio album has a “wide variety of styles” which due to his wide range of musical influences. Gavin enjoys “classic soul music, rock, modern rock and certain types of just beat rhythm music” and the ten tracks are “really a combination of all the stuff.”
Gavin DeGraw will play melodies from Sweeter on the tour. Not Over You( (not related with his ex-girlfriend he said) is “a soulful majestic ballad” (Entertainment Weekly), a“hot single” and his “welcome return” to the airwaves (People Magazine).
Gavin DeGraw Sweeter will be released on September 20.
Gavin DeGraw debut album Chariot sold more than 1 million copies, earned platinum certification and had three hits: I Don’t Want To Be, Follow Through, Chariot. In Love With A Girl, and the gold-certified We Belong Together are the hits from his second album. DeGraw had a tour with rockers Maroon 5 and Train over the summer.
Gavin DeGraw interrupted the summer tour on August 8 because early in the morning he was beaten by three men and hit by a car, had a broken nose, concussion and bruises and was admitted to the hospital for a day.
The piano player told Today that the scars were mainly internal (poor memory regarding that night). Singer said he had been out for a drink with friends and had been walking home down a street in New York’s East Village. Three persons said something to him (“the tone was weird”) and “the lights went out.” Still no arrest has been made.
“I was very bloody, which caused me to panic, which made it that much worse. I am told I got clipped by a taxi. My head was so rocked from the concussion that my balance was off and my vision was blurred. The 911 call was, ‘Hey, I just saw this guy get hit by a taxi.’ Whether I got clipped by it, or possibly went up to it to say ‘can you help me?’ (I don’t know).”
Gavin DeGraw making of a Video "NOT OVER YOU" (Photo by Brad Barket/PictureGroup)
Gavin DeGraw said he had other priorities than his voice affected by broken nose, to meet his family at his mother’s 60th birthday the next week.
“We were all supposed to meet in Nashville for a show, and just seeing their faces after this was really the worst thing. But then after realizing how bad off I was by the looks on their faces, that’s when I started concentrating on my voice and thinking I could have trouble.”
Voted the best major UK festival in the UK festival awards last year, Bestival 2011 has colored Robin Hill Country Park on Isle Of Wight last weekend.
Pendulum at Bestival 2011
Primal Screen at Bestival 2011
The four day music festival, organized by Rob da Bank, features all kind of music and its best point is the atmosphere.
Bestival 2011 started on Thursday with music everywhere, coming from Bestival FM and Freesports Park.
Santigold at Bestival 2011
On the Big Top arena Back to the Phuture and Santigold (singing Lights Out, L.E.S Artistes) kick off a weekend full of rhythm.
Brian Wilson performed his retro-set of Beach Boys classics (I Get Around, Surfin’ USA) on Friday afternoon. Beardyman, The Correspondence (live), Crystal Fighters, Public Enemy, Chromeo (audio sex and liquid funk) energized the festival goers and Pendulum provided light and bass on the main stage.
Mr Motivator, Katy B, Paloma Faith, The Village People, Crystal Castles performed on the main stage on Saturday, while Metronomy took The Psychedelic Worm tent, Yuck took Sailor Jerry’s stage and Jaguar Skills Bollywood tent. Primal Scream was another big hitter of the evening.
PJ Harvey attracted the concert goers with songs from her Mercury-winning new album, Let England Shake. She presented an imposing gothic vision dressed in black, with a headdress of black feathers.
The Cure (with Robert Smith), Bestival 2011 headliner, sang for two and a half hours in front of a large and eager audience.
The Cure at Bestival 2011
The legendary Crawley’s finest played all the hits from an 30-year career (Boys Don’t Cry, Friday, I’m in Love, Just Like Heaven,A Forestand, Lovecats).
English Nation Ballet performed on the main stage Sunday morning followed by the musical comedians The Cuban Brothers. Johnny Flynn, English anti-folk singer, charmed a young-looking audience on Sunday afternoon. Kelis said “I’m not here to entertain you…I’m here to pleasure myself” and played an energetic show while Swedish pop-star, Robyn, had the public singing along to melodies like Dancing on My Own, Call Your Girlfriend. Brooklyn indie outfit, The Drums, played an uninspired and dull afternoon set to a largely bored public. In White Campsite Andy C played Drum ‘n’ Bass at Arcadia’s steampunk-inspired, flame-shooting stage The Afterburner giving people a dancing in the rain experience. Swamp Shack, in the back of the Wishing Tree Field, hosted everything from gospel to jive to jungle. DJ Shadow, Tweak Bird (Sailor Jerry), Fatboy Slim (Big Top), Health (the Psychedelic Worm) performed during the night.
Icelandic goddess Bjork, Bestival 2011 exclusive, accompanied by a haunting choir of young girls closed the main stage with her spectacular Biophilia show.
Bjork at Bestival 2011
She said she wasn’t offering the beats you might expect at a festival, but the festivals goers seem to think different. Hallucinogenic visuals that soar from the outer cosmos down to cellular microcosms, a cerebral video backdrop of erupting volcanoes, spasmodic DNA and the rotating moon completed the ethereal sound of her album. The avant-garde artist performed new music and hits including Hyperballad and Declare Independence from Volta. Biophilia is offered in the form of an interactive iPad app.
Wishing Tree at Bestival 2011
Bestival 2011 fancy dress theme was “Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas”.
Night Forest at Bestival 2011
The revelers were dressed like Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, The Village People, Madonna (Vogue-era), Jedward, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury (vacuuming housewives from the I Want to Break Free and boys with moustache, yellow jacket and white trousers).
Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Starz television series, died on September 11 in Sydney, Australia.
Andy Whitfield, Spartacus: Blood and Sand star, dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
“On a beautiful sunny Sydney … morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer.” Declared Vashti, his widow.
The Welsh artist was diagnosed with early stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2010 and was treated in New Zealand. He had begun to act in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” in January 2010 and had to took a supposedly temporary leave.
Waiting for Andy Whitfield‘s return Starz Entertainment filmed a prequel, “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”, with a brief voice over from him.
The actor was declared cancer-free in June 2010, but a recurrence of the lymphoma appeared in September 2010.
Andy Whitfield, born in Amlwch, Wales, lived in Australia and became famous when he started to play a film series that uses sex and violence to describe the life of Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator who led a slave rebellion against the Roman ruling class from 73 to 71 B.C.
The Spartacus part for the second season was given to Liam McIntyre, an actor from Australia, who said: “Andy’s such a wonderful actor. I don’t want to follow that guy, and everybody hurts that he’s had to give up the role, myself included.”
Andy Whitfield died only 18 months after his blood cancer diagnosis and is survived by his wife, his two children and his sister, Laura.
Andy Whitfield in Spartacus: Blood and Sand
“The man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life” and fought cancer with “courage, strength and grace,” said Chris Albrecht, Starz president.
“No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother.” Said Steven DeKnight, the creator of Spartacus, about Andy Whitfield.
Andy was “a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, a gifted photographer, engineer (no really!) and a brilliant actor. Andy’s incandescent film presence made men want to be him and women want to marry him. Andy’s two babies will always know that their Daddy cherished them and their mother, Vashti, above all things. How lucky we were to have him grace all our lives. Godspeed, Andy!” said Lucy Lawless (known for Xena: Warrior Princess), who played Lucretia as Andy Whitfield’s co-star in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”.
Started on September 3, the George Enescu International Competition closed on September 11 with an online concert Gala in Bucharest, Romania. China and South Korea won best prizes.
The competition had as jury members personalities from US, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Romania, Russia, Spain, Austria, Poland, Korea, Sweden, Finland, Italy, under the leadership of Ioan Holender.
George Enescu International Competition gathered 183 competitors: 55 at Piano, 51 at Violin, 45 at Cello, and 32 works at Composition.
The Grand Award of the The International Competition “George Enescu” went to Cello Section.
Tian Bonian won the Grand Prize at Cello Section of George Enescu International Competition
Tian Bonian (China) was awarded with first prize (the grand award), Valentin Răduţiu (Romania) won the second prize and Michal Korman (Israel) third.
All three cellists interpreted Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.
” Every cellist is happy with scores like these as they allow you while playing to enjoy the music, which is, in fact, the most important aspect,” said Bonian when he qualified for semi-final.
“… for me most important is the music to reach the audience… while I was performing I wasn’t thinking to win the first prize, I was thinking to communicate with the public,” said Tian Bonian at the end of the competition.
Bonian, born in 1986 in Shenyang, won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Xiamen, China (2002) and First Prize at the Davidov International Competition in Latvia (2006) . He attended the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and toured Germany for Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now. He gave recitals in a private audience for Queen Margrethe of Denmark and performed concerts as a soloist with orchestras and chamber music ensembles in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Korea, China and Switzerland.
Valentin Răduţiu, as best ranked Romanian, won a prize from Liliana and Peter Ilica Foundation for the Endowment of the Arts and another one from Musicians Performers Union in Romania.
Lee Yeong-Kwang (South Korea) won a special prize as the youngest competitor.
At the Violin Section of George Enescu International Competition first prize was not awarded.
Szalai Antal won best performance of George Enescu's Sonata
Second prize went ex aequo to Kayayzan Haik and Alexandra Conunova (Republic of Moldova), and third to Szalai Antal (Hungary).
Szalai Antal was also awarded for the best performance of George Enescu’s Sonata (Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor dans le caractère populaire roumain).
At the Piano Section of George Enescu International Competition first prize was also not awarded.
Jeung Beum Sohn (Korea) won second prize, and the third was ex aequo granted to Ilya Poletaev (Canada) and Mihai Ritivoiu (Romania). Ritivoiu performed Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, while Sohn and Poletaev interpreted Brahms’ Concerto No.1 in D minor.
At the Composition Section of George Enescu International Competition the jury awarded South Korea.
At the Chamber Music (ex-aequo): Kwang – Ho (Garnio) Cho with Cytisus/A-Phonie, and Mihyun Woo with The Play of Light for String Quartet.
At the Symphonic Music the award went to Chang Eunho for The Human (symphonic poem).
The first prize is 15,000 euros, the second 10,000, the third 5,000, the prize for symphonic music 10,000 euros, for chamber music 7,000 and the prize for best performance of George Enescu’s Sonata 6,000 euros.
George Enescu International Competition is a part of George Enescu International Festival, a biennial event started in 1958 to honor the Romanian composer’s legacy. George Enescu Festival 2011 ends on September 25.
Virgin Mobile Freefest 2011 takes place on Saturday, September 10 at the Meriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. It runs from Saturday 15:00 UTC to Sunday 2:00 UTC.
The Black Keys performs at Virgin Mobile Freefest this year
Virgin Mobile Freefest 2011 is the third edition of an annual event. It is free but they sell tickets if festival goers do not apply for tickets early. The festival features lots of genres such us rock, indie, and electronic music.
This year Virgin Mobile Freefest line-up includes various artists. The Black Keys, deadmau5, Cut Copy, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cee Lo Green, Two Door Cinema Club, TV on the Radio, Big Sean, Patti Smith, Okkervil River, Empire of the Sun, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Alberta Cross, James Murphy, Ghostland Observatory, Calvin Harris, !!!, Porter Robinson, Eclectic Method, Teddybears perform this year at Pavilion Stage, Festival Stage (West stage) and Dance Forest (for electronica).
Fourth Quarter Comeback, Jennifer Logue, Kingsfoil, Clear For Takeoff, Run On The Sun are the five aspiring artists, voted from ten, who plays onto the Whooznxt Stage.
Although two tropical weather systems have dumped rain on the festival site for the last two weeks, it appears the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are slowly, and are signs for a sunny time. Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group chief, will be present at the festival like every year, regardless the weather conditions. Seth Hurwitz (promoter) said the venue was in very good shape, despite of the damp weather.
Cee Lo Green: another perfomer of Virgin Mobile Freefest 2011
Merriweather Post Pavilion is an amphitheater located in 40 preserved acres of forest (Symphony Woods), in the Baltimore/Washington corridor off Route 29. It was initially built for National Symphony Orchestra and for forty years has hosted musical events. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Tom Jones performed at this pavilion.
Merriweather installed solar panels that power the house lights and use Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.Recently an enormous kitchen (with cuisines from all over the world) was built that as well as a Music Pinball Arcade and award-winning sculptures.
On Virgin Mobile FreeFest website you can tune-in and listen to live hits from past headliners and live coverage from past fests.
Celebrating Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday anniversary lots of events are taking place over the world starting from September 5.
Freddie Mercury, the Queen frontman, who left an important legacy
On Monday night at the Savoy Hotel in London Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor honored Freddie Mercury‘s memory. Celebrities including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Nicola Roberts, Fearne Cotton, Holly Branson attended the ceremony. Guests were dressed like the legendary musician, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Ben Elton, Chris Evans worn Mercury-style moustaches. There was also an auction to raise funds for The Mercury Phoenix Trust. Ben Elton, Rhys Thomas, Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey, Russell Brand and Paul Gambaccini were some of the stars who payed tribute to the tragic singer, performing classic Queen’s melodies.
“Freddie made the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected. He lived life to the full. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute”. Said Jim Beach, Queen manager.
In Shimbashi Square, Tokyo, one thousand persons came to listen to Freddie Mercury‘s famous songs. Hige-Danshaku, Japanese television star and Roy, a notorious Japanese looking like Freddie, hosted the event.
Toronto honors Freddie Mercury on September 9.
AIDS Committee of Toronto, the Mercury Phoenix Trust partner in Canada, has organized “Are you ready to be Freddie for a Day?” event at Woody’s.
The attendees are invited to dress like their favorite Freddie and to wear moustaches. There are competitions such as the Best Freddie Costume, Best Moustache. Other activities are silent auction, classic tunes of Queen performed by local singers, lip-sync, special Freddie Mercury drink (he was a vodka man).
Bucharest celebrates Freddie Mercury with ”Tribute to Remember Freddie Mercury”.
”Bicycle Race – Be Freddie for A Day” is an event scheduled for September 10 in Bucharest, Romania. Anti-AIDS Romanian Association is a Mercury Phoenix Trust partner and has organized the event with Green Revolution Association and Raiffesen Bank. The bicycles are part of bike-sharing gratuity I’Velo system. Ten pretty girls will lead the march wearing moustaches and Mercury Phoenix Trust T-shirts “Freddie for a Day”.
“Freddie For A Day” Global Charity Network is an initiative of the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Charity partners from countries around the world are selected to join every year in the fight against AIDS. The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded in 1992, after Freddie Mercury’s death, by Queen’s members and manager Jim Beach and its purpose is to raise money for helping persons with AIDS.
Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin, his only true friend
Farrokh Bulsara, known as Freddie Mercury, was born on September 5, 1946. He is famous for singing with Queen as well as for his solo career.
The Who, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin were among his favourites artsist. The rocker composed hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are the Champions, Bicycle Race. He repopularized The Platters’ Great Pretender in 1987. He recorded The Show Must Go On (by Brian May) in 1990 while he was ill, Mercury drank vodka, said “I’ll fuckin do it, darling!” and started to perform.
Freddie Mercury was bisexual and apparently his sexual orientation was a source of disturbance and sadness for him. Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS (although he had denied HIV infection in the previous years) in 1987, said his partner Jim Hutton, and died of bronchopneumonia as an AIDS complication on November 24, 1991.
Mercury left most of his wealth (his home and recording royalties) to Mary Austin, his former girlfriend who was a great comfort for him in his latest years. Freddie Mercury said about her that she had been his only true friend.
Nicola Benedetti plays at George Enescu Festival 2011
London Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Horia Andreescu, Soloist: Nicola Benedetti – violin) of Great Orchestras of the World series is performing Glazunov’s Concerto for violin and orchestra and Mahler’s Symphony no. 6
Nicola Benedetti, 24, a pretty Scottish violinist plays a 1723 Stradivarius that took its sobriquet from Princess Diana’s grandfather, the 6th Earl Spencer.
The 20th edition of one of the biggest Europe’s classical music event, George Enescu Festival 2011, started on September 1 in Bucharest, Romania, and some of its concerts are broadcasted live on the Internet.
The festival opening with Residentie Orkest / The Hague Philharmonic conducted by Christian Badea was available online on September 1, as well as the performances of the London Symphony Orchestra (conductor Horia Andreescu and violin soloist Nicola Benedetti) on September 8.
Other concerts of the Great Orchestras of the World series of George Enescu Festival 2011 (held at Grand Palace Hall) can be watch live on the National Romanian Television website (http://www.tvr.ro/festivalenescu/):
On September 9 at 16:30 UTC, London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nikolai Znaider, with piano soloist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, interpreting Wagner’s Overture to “The Mastersingers of Nuremberg”, Beethoven’s Concerto no.1 for piano and orchestra, Brahms’ Symphony no. 4;
On September 11 at 16:30 UTC, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valerie Gergiev, with piano soloist Alexander Toradze performing Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, Scriabin’s Prometheus, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben;
On September 25 at 14:30 UTC Orchestre National De France (conductor Danielle Gatti, cello soloist Han-Na Chang) performing Brahms’ Tragic ouverture, Enescu’s Concertante Symphony for cello and orchestra, Debussy’s Ibéria, Ravel’s Boléro.
From George Enescu Festival 2011 By Midnight series (held at The Romanian Atheneum):
On September 23 at 19:30 UTC Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Choir of the Enlightenment, conducted by Trevor Pinnock, and soloists Christina Landshamer (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Matthew Rose (bass), interpreting Haydn’s The Chreation – Oratorio;
On September 24, at 19:30 UTC Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Choir of the Enlightenment, conducted by Adam Fischer, and soloists Simona Saturova (soprano), Bernard Richter (tenor), Matthew Rose (bass) performing Haydn’s The Seasons – Oratorio.
George Enescu International Competition will also be available online on the next days.
George Enescu Festival 2011: Magic exists online
On September 9 at 13:00 UTC The Final of The Cellosection (with the participation of “Banatul” Philharmonic Orchestra from Timişoara, conductor Radu Popa) will be broadcasted live from “George Enescu” Hall of the National University of Music Bucharest.
On September 10 at 7:00 UTC The Final of The Piano section (With the participation of “Transilvania” State Philharmonic Orchestra Cluj, conductor : Mihail Agafiţa ) and at 13:00 UTC The Final of the Violin section (with the participation of “Moldova” State Philharmonic Orchestra Iaşi conductor : Gheorghe Costin) will be transmited live from “Mihail Jora” Hall of the Romanian Radio Society.
On September 11 at 13:00 UTC Gala Concert of the “George Enescu” International Competition (with “Moldova” State Philharmonic Orchestra Iaşi conductor : Gheorghe Costin) from “Mihail Jora” Hall of the Romanian Radio Society will be available for live watching.
Other online broadcastings of George Enescu Festival 2011 will be from the Festival’s Square on September 10 at 15:30 and 17:30 UTC and on September 11 at 15:00 and 17:00 UTC.
The application can be downloaded free in Apple App Store. George Enescu Festival app features Festival’s news, locations with Google Maps, daily programme, information from Facebook and Twitter pages of the Festival. With a WiFi, 3G or EDGE connection, you can listen to the live broadcast provided by Radio Romania Music. The organizers (Artexim) and the developers (Infoideea) of the George Enescu Festival application are analyzing the possibility of designing a version for Android operation systems.
Buddy Holly: the rock and roll pioneer who died at 22
Buddy Holly, the musician who died at 22 in a plane crash, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Wednesday, September 7, is his 75th birthday anniversary and it is declared Buddy Holly Day in Los Angeles. Maria Elena (Santiago) Holly, singer’s widow, receives the star, while Gary Busey (the artist who portrayed Buddy in The Buddy Holly Story), Phil Everly of the Everly brothers, and Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon speak at the ceremony. Buddy Holly‘s star is the 2,447th.
Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was born on September 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas.
He was a pioneer who established the standard instruments for rock and roll band, of two guitars, bass and drums. Buddy took the genre of rock and roll from Elvis Presley and adjusted it to his own personality. He listened to Elvis in Lubbock in 1955, and started to assimilate a rockabilly style (like of Chuck Berry) with a strong rhythm acoustic and slap bass.
Holly’s works inspired performers like The Beatles (they took their name as a tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets), The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton. He also has a great influence on popular music. It is said that Holly’s eyeglasses encouraged other singers (John Lennon) to wear their spectacles in public. Anyway, the Memorial to Buddy near the Iowa crash site where he died features his eyeglasses.
Memorial to Buddy Holly near Clear Lake Iowa
Buddy Holly was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and Rolling Stone ranked him among The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.
Holly formed The Crickets, consisting of Holly (lead guitar and vocals), Niki Sullivan (guitar), Joe B. Mauldin (bass), and Jerry Allison (drums), in 1956. Between 1956 and 1959 he put 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day, True Love Ways, Oh Boy!, Everyday became classics and recently two new all-star tribute albums have tried to interpret them like he did.
Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959, in a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
Waylon Jennings, who had given up his seat on the plane to Holly, was haunted by the crash. Along with Buddy Holly Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson (another rock and roll pioneers) were killed. The Day the Music Died said about that day Don McLean in his song American Pie (1971).
Holly’s pregnant wife, widow after six months, miscarried due to psychological trauma. Few months later authorities would implemented a policy against publishing victims’ names before the families had been informed.
Buddy Holly launched only three albums, but he recorded so much that Coral Records has released new albums and singles for 10 years after his death.
In Lubbock there is the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza with a Walk of Fame and a statue of Buddy Holly playing his Fender guitar. A street was named in Holly’s honor and The Buddy Holly Center contains a museum of Holly memorabilia and a Fine Arts Gallery.
Roche’s new drug Zelboraf (also known as PLX4032 and vemurafenib) was approved by the FDA on August 17th 2011 for treatment of melanoma patients whose tumors have BRAF mutations (new Zelboraf announcement order). Now that the drug has been approved, your doctor can prescribe it after determining that your tumor has this mutation.
In clinical trials with Zelboraf, patients’ tumors stopped growing for several months and patients were 63% less likely to die during the trial, as compared to those receiving chemotherapy. Be sure to find out if Zelboraf is right for you before you order.
Zelboraf is being approved with a first-of-a-kind test called the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test, a companion diagnostic that will help determine if a patient’s melanoma cells have the BRAF V600E mutation.
The BRAF protein is normally involved in regulating cell growth, but is mutated in about half of the patients with late-stage melanomas. Zelboraf is a BRAF inhibitor that is able to block the function of the V600E-mutated BRAF protein.
“This has been an important year for patients with late-stage melanoma. Zelboraf is the second new cancer drug approved that demonstrates an improvement in overall survival,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the Office of Oncology Drug Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “In March, we approved Yervoy (ipilimumab), another new treatment for late-stage melanoma that also showed patients live longer after receiving the drug.”
What to know before you order? Zelboraf’s side effects.
The most common side effects reported in patients receiving Zelboraf included joint pain, rash, hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and skin sensitivity when exposed to the sun. About 26 percent of patients developed a skin-related cancer called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, which was managed with surgery. Patients treated with Zelboraf should avoid sun exposure. Patients that develop squamous cell carcinoma as a side effect of Zelboraf are treated by surgery and can continue with treatment
Use of ordered ZELBORAF and Important Side Effect Information for Zelboraf
This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment with ZELBORAF.
ZELBORAF is a prescription medicine used to treat a type of skin cancer called melanoma, that has spread to other parts of the body or cannot be removed by surgery, and has a certain type of abnormal “BRAF” gene.
ZELBORAF may cause a type of skin cancer called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cuSCC). CuSCC usually does not spread to other parts of the body. Check your skin and tell your doctor about skin changes including a new wart, a sore or bump that bleeds or does not heal, or a mole that changes size or color.
While taking ZELBORAF, you should avoid going out in the sun. When you go outside, wear clothes that protect your skin, including head, face, hands, arms, and legs. Use lip balm and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Possible serious side effects of ZELBORAF include severe allergic reactions, severe skin reactions, changes in the electrical activity of your heart called QT prolongation, which can potentially be life-threatening, abnormal liver function tests, eye problems, or new melanoma lesions.
Common side effects of ZELBORAF include joint pain, rash, hair loss, tiredness, sunburn or sun sensitivity, nausea, itching, or warts. You need to know these before ordering Zelboraf.
These are not all of the possible side effects of ZELBORAF. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. For more information about side effects, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about any side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.
With Zelboraf’s approval, your doctor can now prescribe this drug for you if your tumor has the BRAF mutation. To test the tumor, your doctor would order a laboratory test.
Several clinical trials are testing whether a combination of Zelboraf with other drugs might work better than Zelboraf alone. One exciting clinical trial combines Zelboraf with Yervoy, a new immunotherapy drug (Order more details about Zelboraf clinical trials). The following table lists some of these clinical trials that Zelboraf went through, and by clicking on the name of a trial you can learn more about the drug used and the types of patients that the trial is looking for.
Zelboraf Summary for Ordered Clinical Trials
Zelboraf, PLX4032, vemurafenib, RO5185426, RG7204
Approved for melanoma patients with BRAF mutations
In July 2011, the FDA issued a new draft guidance to facilitate the development and review of companion diagnostics. The guidance, currently available for public comment, is intended to provide companies with guidance on the agency’s policy for reviewing a companion diagnostic and the corresponding drug therapy.
Relevant Links for More Information on Zelboraf Ordering
Melanoma is the leading cause of death from skin disease. The National Cancer Institute estimated that 68,130 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in the United States during 2010; about 8,700 people died from the disease.
Zelboraf is marketed by South San Francisco based-Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. The cobas 4800 BRAF V600 Mutation Test is manufactured by Roche Molecular Systems in Pleasanton, Calif.
Noah’s Ballroom – The Pit a strange and exciting venue at Outlook Festival 2011
Outlook Festival 2011, the fourth edition of an event started in Fort Punta Christo, Croatia, began on Thursday, September 1.
The festival features artists from the dance scenes, line-up includes biggest names in Soundsystem Culture from Dub, Dubstep, Dancehall, Drum & Bass, Hip-hop, Grime, Garage, Electronica and Bass Music.
Outlook Festival 2011 is held in an amazing location, an abandoned fort in Pula, in the region of Istria, Croatia.
Fort Punta Christo was built in the eighteen hundreds and looks like something from a lost world. The fort is located on a peninsula and is surrounded by Adriatic Sea. During the day sun-soaked beach parties and boat parties are held and during the night the Fort becomes a strange, yet attractive and exciting place.
This year the Outlook Festival 2011 has two new arenas, the moat surrounding Fort Punta Christo, and the Harbour Stage where Outlook Festival 2011 showcase most of the headliners.
The Dungeon: a "Gothic" venue of Outlook Festival 2011
The Courtyard, The Dungeon, Noah’s Ballroom – The Pit, Oustide Arena, Mungos Arena, Main Arena, The Boats, The Beach, TheFort are the other venues of the event.
Headline performers this year are: Mala&Coki, DMZ, Macka B (live), Michael Prophet&Dub Asante (live), Mad Professor, Iration Steppas, Nero, Zinc, Roots Manuva, Skream
On the Dubstep: Distance, Quest, Pinch, Engine Earz (live), Submotion Orchestra (live), Seven, Joe Kane, Stenchman, Rouge State, Marchmellow, Daddy Nature, Captain Crunch, Play Dub. T, Luxton Brothers, Joe Dubz, Shackleton
Last year, after the festival, Outlook Festival Croatia’s Christmas Reunion took place at The Coronet Theatre in London. The tickets for Outlook Festival 2012 will be on sale from mid September 2011. Outlook Festival 2011 ends on September 4.
Las Vegas: main destination on Labor Day Weekend 2011
Labor Day Weekend 2011 starts in Las Vegas on September 2 and apparently the visitors number will be bigger than last year.
Travel could be slightly down across the countries, but Las Vegas is still the number one destination for tourists who wants a getaway on Labor Day, said AAA.
Around 291,000 persons will gather to the Strip on Labor Day weekend (a 3 percent increase over last year), said experts.
“The visitors coming are going to spend $178 million, and that doesn’t include gaming. So we’re looking forward to a good weekend” said Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Las Vegas pools and clubs have organized parties and events hosted by renowned DJ’s for Labor Day Weekend 2011.
There are lots attractions that lure people to Las Vegas this weekend, music (electro, house and trance are the main genres) and fancy parties.
Derrick Rose and Amber Rose will host a pool party at Palms Pool on Sunday, while Pauly D and The Pharcyde will entertain the guests on Friday and Saturday.
Rain Nightclub, Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub, Encore Beachclub, Surrender Nightclub, XS, Tao Beach, Wet Republic, Haze, Tryst, Nikki Beach Las Vegas are some of the venues that have prepared exciting revelries.
The New Boyz, Fatboy Slim & Chuckie, Afrojack & Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, DJ Vice, Will.i.am, Steve Angello, Kaskade & Pete Tong, DJ Reach, Robbie Rivera, Cedric Gervais, LMFAO, Erick Morillo, Boris & Oscar G, Tiesto, Avicii, Above & Beyond, Paul Van Dyk will perform during the Labor Day Weekend 2011.
On Monday, Identity Festival, held at Mandalay Bay Resort will feature: Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Afrojack, Rusko, Pete Tong, Burns (at Skullcandy) and Steve Aoki, The Crystal Method, Holly Ghost, Nero Doorly, The Eye (at Rockstar Energy Drink x Dim Mak).
Labor Day Weekend Las Vegas 2011 ends on September 5, but there are other events to come (pro football starts next week, big conventions are scheduled for the end of the year).
Labor Day Weekend is the weekend before Labor Day, United States federal holiday held every year on the first Monday in September. It started on September 5 1882.
There is a premiere at the Burning Man 2011, the annual event held in the Black Rock Desert (Nevada): the CORE project ( Circle of Regional Effigies).
The effigies are arranged around the base of the Man in a circle. This giant ring of effigies celebrates the Burning Man Regionals and their support to the Burning Man ethos.
The Burning Man Regional organizations were started in 1998 and their importance grew bigger every year, it could say this year they reached a peak with the CORE.
There are 23 effigies at the Burning Man 2011 plus “Fire Birds of the Fifth Direction” by Charlie Smith (four steel sculptures placed in the corners of the compass).
Lucky Lady Lucy (Las Vegas) known as 777, is the alien girl who inspired Larry Harvey to build the Man in 1986.
Alchemist Tower (Atlanta), artwork of four tetrahedrons (earth, water, air, fire), seems to change its shape when is view from different angles.
Ouroboros, the eternal return, a symbol of Burning Man's Rites of Passage
Ouroboros (Austin), the Burning Flipside contribution, is an ancient symbol, a serpent/dragon eating its own tail meaning self-reflexivity or cyclicality, constantly re-creation, the eternal return.
EffiTree (Victoria, British Columbia) sculpture that is half human, half tree spirit of the rainforest (one masculine, one feminine) was inspired by faces carved into the sides of the cedar trees at the Victoria’s regional event, Otherworld.
H.A.T.U. (Utah), the Hive Alembic of Transformative Universalities, is a Hive seated on a lotus flower gazebo with a phoenix rising out of a pineapple oblongata, another metaphor for Burning Man 2011 theme.
The Lighthouse (Great Lakes) is a metaphor for the “Rites of Passage” also a symbol for the Great Lakes region of Canada and the US.
Rite of Mountain Passage (Alberta) is a huge Lotus flower, nestled in a panorama of majestic Rocky Mountains, kinetic sculpture with moving Lotus petals, cycles of growth and bloom, travels and returns, beginnings and endings.
ThunderBridge (Portland) is an arched climbable structure reminiscent of the St. John’s suspension bridge flanked by two thunderbirds guarding the journey.
Mama Nola (NOLA), fetish doll for the entire playa, is a Voodoo doll housing a temple, an art gallery and an interpretive museum of New Orleans/Mississippi River culture.
Valley of Heart’s Delight (South Bay) stands for the flourishing valley replaced by Silicon Valley. The effigy is made of wooden “laptops”, and invited the community to embellish each one with a “screensaver”, signifying their own Rite of Passage.
Burning Sheaf (Saskatchewan) is made of wheat stalks and symbolize regional rite of passage of harvest season and Burning Man’s annual festival.
Burning Sheaf as a symbol of Burning Man's Rites of Passage
Other artworks of Burning Man Festival are: The Bamboozler (Transformus) octagonal structure made of raw lumber, Carnegeia Gigantea (Arizona), iconic Saguaro Cactus, F-N Bourbon Barrel the beauty of Kentucky hills, The Ka Pilina Phoenix (Hawaii) the same design as the effigy at three Rebirth festivals in Hawaii, Lobster Bisque-O! (Maine Region), Playa Time (Vancouver) a Rite of Passage, being in the Now, inspired by Burn in the Forest, Mooseman (Toronto), Port of Fire (East Bay) ubiquitous giant cranes from the Port of Oakland, Quemaduras del Sol (sunburn) a golden sun effigy from San Diego, SCARAB Truck (Los Angeles) iconic Food Truck, Tree of Heaven by New York Burning Man Community, Dobharchu Dóiteáine (Ireland) dragon-like creature from Irish mythology half giant, half dog.
These effigies will burn on Thursday (September1) night as an introduction to the Burn of the Burning Man 2011.
George Enescu Festival 2011 celebrates George Enescu 130th birthday anniversary
The 20th edition of one of the most appreciated classical music events in Europe, George Enescu Festival 2011, starts on September 1, in Bucharest, Romania.
Its new brand, Magic Exists, features distinguished, stylish events, classical music, contemporary melodies, and modern echoes of traditional music, folk, tango, soul and jazz.
Most of the festival series are premieres: Great Orchestras of the World, Recitals and Chamber Music, By Midnight (midnight concerts), World Music, Opera and Ballet, 21st Century Music, Enescu and His Contemporaries.
George Enescu Festival 2011 also features George Enescu International Competition and concerts outside Bucharest, in Busteni, Arad, Cluj, Sibiu, Targu-Mures, Craiova, Iasi, Timisoara.
In Bucharest the events are held at the Romanian Athenaeum, Palace Hall, Radio Hall, National Opera, National Theatre, National University of Music and Festival’s Square (Revolution Square).
George Enescu Festival 2011 opens at the Grand Palace Hall
The Hague Philharmonic will perform George Enescu‘s Symphony no. 1 and Dmitri Shostakovitch’s Symphony no. 10. The concert starts at 19:30 local time (16:30 UTC) and it will be streamed live on the Internet. The web cast will be available on www.tvr.ro/festivalenescu/. The concert will also be broadcasted live by the Romanian National Televison. TVR1, TVR Cultural, TVR HD and TVR International will simulcast the first part, while the second part will be aired by TVR HD and TVR Cultural at 20:30 (17:30 UTC).
The Residentie Orkest has perform its first concert in 1904 and since then it has become one of the Netherlands’ major symphony orchestras.
Christian Badea, Romanian opera and symphonic conductor, studied at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (with Herbert von Karajan) and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York (with Leonard Bernstein). He has conducted Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, La Orquesta Nacional de España, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra.
Orchestre National de France (with Daniele Gatti) performing Brahms’ Tragic ouverture Enescu’s Concertante Symphony for cello and orchestra, Debussy’s Ibéria and Ravel’s Boléro will close George Enescu Festival 2011 on September 25.
George Enescu Festival 2011 is the 20th edition of an event started in 1958.
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