Songwriters Sammy Cahn & Julie Styne

The music world thinks of Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne as a team. The songwriters burst on public consciousness with a string of hits in the 1940s, and both remained in the limelight till their deaths — Cahn in 1993 at age 79, Styne in 1994 at 88. But they wrote only two Broadway shows together and essentially stopped working as a team at …

Edna Phillips, the pioneering female orchestral musician

One Woman in a Hundred: Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra by Mary Sue Welsh. University of Illinois Press, 2013.
Marcel Tabuteau: How Do You Expect to Play the Oboe If You Can’t Peel a Mushroom? by Laila Storch. University of Indiana Press, 2008.
 

Edna Phillips was described in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin as “like …

Rachmaninoff wrote an opera?

Aleko by Rachmaninoff. Russian Opera Workshop, Philadelphia, 2012

 

Rachmaninoff’s music for piano is ubiquitous, but his operas are not. His piano concertos are full of familiar tunes, and some were spun off into popular songs, but the composer’s operatic arias have been ignored.

No major American company in this country has ever produced Rachmaninoff’s unfortunately neglected Aleko,

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