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Classical music: Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein pays homage to the late Canadian songwriter, singer and poet Leonard Cohen with theme and variations on the song “Suzanne”

November 14, 2016
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By Jacob Stockinger

Leonard Cohen (below), the acclaimed Canadian songwriter, singer and poet, died at in his home in Los Angeles last Thursday at the age of 82.

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Cohen was not a major figure in classical music.

But even as a young artist (below) in the 1960s, he inspired many musicians, including classical musicians, who covered his songs. (You can hear him singing his most influential song “Hallelujah” in the YouTube video at the bottom. It has more than 41 million views.)

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Here is a link to an obituary in Rolling Stone magazine:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/leonard-cohen-dead-at-82-w449792

For example, pianist Simone Dinnerstein (below), who made her name with a self-financed recording of the “Goldberg” Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach — has paid tribute to Cohen with a set of piano variations (called “The Cohen Variations”) on the song “Suzanne,” which was popularized by the folk and pop singer Judy Collins.

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A recording of that work is featured on the Deceptive Cadence blog for National Public Radio.

Here is a link to it:

http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2016/11/11/501693707/a-new-twist-on-the-leonard-cohen-classic-suzanne


Classical music: Here are this year’s inductees into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

October 16, 2012
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By Jacob Stockinger

Sorry, not this year, Yuja Wang or Lola Astanova.

The Ear knew about the well-publicized Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame and several others.

But I don’t think I ever knew about the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum (a photo of its exterior is below) – or if I did, I had forgotten about it.

Maybe classical music isn’t as moribund or unpopular or outdated as we are being led to believe! 

Anyway, here is a link to a story about the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum (a photo of its interior is below). It also features special and permanent exhibits, and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can find an impressive list of the distinguished inductees going back to 1998 in the hall’s Wikipedia entry.

Sure sounds like I’ll have to add this institution as a MUST-SEE if I ever visit Cincinnati.

Some of the names of the eight new inductees should be quite familiar to you. Anyone care to guess at them?

How many have you heard live? Recorded?

How many have  you hear about and how many are unfamiliar to you?

What names would you nominate for induction next year?

Read the story – here’s a link to the museum’s website:

http://www.americanclassicalmusic.org/web/home.aspx

And here is a link to a story about this year’s gala induction ceremony, with too many photos of patrons and too few photos of the artists.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/arts/2012/10/11/hall-of-fame-announces-inductees-in-a-gala-and-cold-affair/

Then let us know what you think in the COMMENT section.

The Ear wants to hear.


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