Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 3 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1642 - Johann Christoph Bach, Organist and Composer, earlier member of the extended Bach family
1857 - Joseph Conrad, Writer
1883 - Anton Webern, Composer
1892 - Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, writer, including the famous Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, under various pen names.
1895 - Anna Freud, Psychoanalyst 
1927 - Andy Williams, Singer
1930 - Jean-Luc Godard, Film Director
1960 - Julianne Moore, Actress

Actress Julianne Moore

Historical Events

1620 - The Paris Motor Show visitors are introduced to the neon lamp invented by physicist Georges Claude.

1925 - George Gershwin is soloist in the premiere of his Piano Concerto in F, in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Symphony Society. Enjoy the music.

Here's a video of Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, Raymond Lewenthal, pianist, with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oskar Danon.

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 2 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1859 - George Seurat, Painter 
1923 - Maria Callas, Soprano (A tribute to Maria Callas I wrote few years ago.)
1946 - Gianni Versace, Fashion Designer
1973 - Monica Seles, Tennis Player

Tennis player Monica Seles

Historical Events

1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor Napoleon I of France by himself, as he places the crown on his head.

1887 - Camille Saint-Saens's opera Samson et Dalila is first performed in Weimar in a German  version, with Franz Liszt having assisted in bringing it to Weimar, since no French theatre would stage it that time. 

1883 - Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3 is first performed, in Vienna.

Here's Leonard Bernstein with Viener Philharmoniker, performing Brahms' Symphony No.3 (3. Poco allegretto.) 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1913 - Mary Martin, Actress
1933 - Lou Rawls, Songwriter, Actor, Singer 
1935 - Woody Allen, Actor, Filmmaker 
1939 - Lee Trevino, Golfer
1940 - Richard Pryor, Comedian, Actor
1945 - Bette Midler, Actress, Singer and Entertainer
1951 - Treat Williams, Actor, Children's Book Author

Historical Events

1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine of Martinique.  

1886 - Richard Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde in its American premiere is enormously successful. Anton Seidl conducted the Metropolitan Opera in the New York opening.

Video is Act I of Tristan und Isolde performed last year (2015) by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, conducted by Maestro David Robertson.  Christine Brewer (soprano) – Isolde, Lance Ryan (tenor) – Tristan, Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano) – Brangäne, Boaz Daniel (baritone) – Kurwenal, Angus Wood (tenor) – Melot,  John Tessier (tenor) – Young Sailor, Shepherd , John Relyea (bass) – Marke, King of Cornwall, Harrison Collins (baritone) – Steersman. For those interested: here are Act II - here,  and Act III - here.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 30 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1667 - Jonathan Swift, Author
1835 - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), Author, who created one of the most memorable characters in The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn
1874 - Sir Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister
1937 - Ridley Scott, Film Director and Producer
1965 - Ben Stiller, Actor and Writer

Former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill
Film director and producer Ridley Scott
Actor Ben Stiller
Author Mark Twain

Historical Events

1609 - In Padua, Italy, Galileo Galilei peers through his telescope at the Moon and makes several drawings. He notes that the Moon is not smooth, but pitted, changing forever people's notions of objects in the sky.

1885 - Jules Massenet's opera Le Cid is first performed.