Jan 12

Blak Whyte Gray: New dance production by Boy Blue Entertainment opens tonight

Boy Blue Entertainment present Blak Whte Gray at the Barbican TheatrePart II – Whyte. Performed by Natasha Gooden, Ricardo Da Sliva, Gemma Hoddy, Idney De’Almeida, Nicole McDowall, Dani Harris-Walters, Dickson Mbi, The Oloyade

 

Blak Whyte Gray – new dance production by Boy Blue Entertainment opens tonight at the Barbican Theatre.

Created and directed by Kenrick ‘H20′ Sandy & Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante. Running until 21 January.

Photographs © Tom Bowles. Click here for more images. Contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk

 

Boy Blue Entertainment present Blak Whte Gray at the Barbican TheatrePart I – Blak. Performed by Ricardo Da Sliva, Gemma Hoddy, Dickson Mbi

 

Boy Blue Entertainment present Blak Whte Gray at the Barbican TheatrePart II – Whyte. Performed by Natasha Gooden, Ricardo Da Sliva, Gemma Hoddy, Idney De’Almeida, Nicole McDowall, Dani Harris-Walters, Dickson Mbi, The Oloyade

 

Boy Blue Entertainment present Blak Whte Gray at the Barbican TheatrePart III Grey. Performed by Natasha Gooden, Ricardo Da Sliva, Gemma Hoddy, Idney De’Almeida, Nicole McDowall, Dani Harris-Walters, Dickson Mbi, The Oloyade

 

Jan 12

Giselle opens tonight at the London Coliseum

Giselle by Mary Skeaping 2017 ENBCorps de ballet, the Wilis

 

Mary Skeaping’s production of Giselle opens tonight at the London Coliseum with the English National Ballet. Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernandez star as Giselle and Albrecht.

Running until 22 January.

Photos © Leo Mason. Click here for more images, or contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk

Giselle by Mary Skeaping 2017 ENB Giselle by Mary Skeaping 2017 ENB Giselle by Mary Skeaping 2017 ENB

Jan 04

Wieland Wagner – German Opera Director – 100th Birth Anniversary

WielandWagner2Clockwise from left: Leonie Rysanek as Elizabeth in Tannhauser, Bayreuth production by Wieland Wagner. Wolfgang and Wieland Wagner at Bayreuth in 1965 © Siegfried Lauterwasser. Wieland Wagner in 1927 © Sueddeutsche Zeitung

 

Wieland Wagner transformed the post-war Bayreuth Festival Wagner productions. He was the grandson of the composer Richard Wagner, who wrote The Ring Cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungun), Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde etc.

From 1951, Wieland and his brother Wolfgang became festival directors in place of their mother Winifred, whose close association with Adolf Hitler had made her unacceptable to continue in her previous role. Wileand was credited as an initiator of Regietheater. As stage director and designer he introduced symbolic staging rather than the former naturalist approach and focussed on the psychology of the drama. These famous and innovative productions were covered extensively by Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer Siegfried Lauterwasser and his work can be found at www.lebrecht.co.uk

Wieland Wagner: 5 January 1917 – 17 October 1966

 

Dec 14

2017 Anniversaries

2017

Clockwise from left: Russian poster art commemorating the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Philip Glass playing electric keyboard, March 1977, in rehearsal at UCLA, Los Angeles. © Betty Freeman. Martin Luther, portrait by Lukas Cranach the Elder, 1528, tempera on wood © culture-images.

 

1 January – 250th birth anniversary of Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish novelist

 2 January – 180th birth anniversary of Russian composer Mily Balakirev

3 January50th anniversary of death of Jack Ruby, killer of Lee Harvey Oswald

3 January125th birth anniversary J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy

4 January50th death anniversary Donald Campbell, speedboat driver who died trying to break the speed record

5 January100th birth anniversary of Jane Wyman, actress and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan

5 January - 100th birth anniversary of Wieland Wagner, German opera director, grandson of composer Richard Wagner

6 January – 80th birth anniversary of Paolo Conte, Italian singer and pianist

7 January – 100th birth anniversary of Ulysses Kay, American composer

7 January – 20th death anniversary of violinist Sandor Vegh

8 January – 80th birth anniversary of Welsh singer Shirley Bassey

8 January – 5th death anniversary of pianist Alexis Weissenberg

10 January200th birth anniversary of William Cody aka Buffalo Bill

13 January – 40th birthday of American actor Orlando Bloom

14 January40th death anniversary of Anthony Eden, UK Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957

14 January – 60th death anniversary of American actor Humphrey Bogart

14 January – 150th death anniversary of painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

16 January – 75th death anniversary of Carole Lombard, actress

17 January – 75th birth anniversary of American boxer Muhammad Ali

 20 January – 150th birth anniversary of Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress

20 January – 5th death anniversary of Etta James, American blues singer

21 January – 150th birth anniversary of Maxime Weygand, French military commander during the First World War

25 January – 70th death anniversary of American gangster Al Capone

29 January – 300th birth anniversary of Jeffrey Amherst, British army commander and 1st governor of Quebec

29 January – 150th birth anniversary of Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Spanish writer

31 January – 75th birth anniversary of Derek Jarman, film director

John Adams  inJohn Adams in Ojai, California, 6th June 1993 © Betty Freeman

 

1 February – 10th death anniversary of Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-American composer and librettist

4 February – 40th death anniversary of pianist Liberace

5 February – 80th death anniversary of Lou Andreas-Salome, Russian psychoanalyst and writer

6 February – 100th birth anniversary of Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite

7 February – 90th birth anniversary of French actress and chanson singer Juliette Greco

15 February – 150th anniversary of first performance of the Blue Danube waltz in Vienna

15 February – 70th birthday of composer John Adams

16 February – 100th death anniversary of Octave Mirbeau, French writer

18 February – 50th death anniversary of American theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb

19 February – 300th birth anniversary of actor David Garrick, manager of the Drury Lane Theatre

20 February – 90th birth anniversary of American actor and director Sidney Poitier

20 February – 90th birth anniversary of Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician

20 February – 50th birth anniversary of Kurt Cobain, frontman of the band Nirvana

22 February – 30th death anniversary of pop artist Andy Warhol

22 February – 75th death anniversary of Stefan Zweig, Austrian novelist and playwright

23 February – 200th birth anniversary of George Frederic Watts, Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement

23 February – 600th birth anniversary of Pope Paul II

25 February – 100th birth anniversary of Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange

Pocahontas asks for John Smith to be savedPocahontas asks her father Powhatan to spare John Smith’s life

 

1 March – 90th birthday of Harry Belafonte, American singer, songwriter and civil rights activist

2 March – 200th birth anniversary of Janos Arany, Hungarian poet

2 March – 75th birth anniversary of Lou Reed, American musician and songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with the Velvet Underground

3 March – 30th death anniversary of Danny Kaye, American actor

5 March – 300th birth anniversary of Austen Henry Layard, archaeologist

5 March – 130th birth anniversary of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer

5 March – 70th death anniversary of Alfredo Casella, Italian composer and pianist

6 March – 90th birth anniversary of Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

6 March – 50th death anniversary of Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltan Kodaly

8 March – 100th anniversary of the start of the February Revolution, first of the 1917 Russian Revolutions

8 March – 100th death anniversary of the founder of the Zeppelin airship company, Ferdinand, Graf von Zeppelin

8 March – 60th death anniversary of Othmar Schoeck, Swiss composer

9 March90th birthday of Italian composer Franco Donatoni

11 March – 60th birthday of Tristan Murail, French composer associated with the ‘spectral’ technique of composition

12 March – 80th death anniversary of Hungarian violinist Jeno Hubay

12 March – 80th death anniversary of Charles-Marie Widor, French organist and composer

15 March – 80th death anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft, American author of horror fiction

15 March100th anniversary of abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

 15 March – 250th birth anniversary of Andrew Jackson, 7th US President

 15 March – 175th death anniversary of Italian composer Luigi Cherubini

 15 March – 75th death anniversary of Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer and conductor

19 March – 70th birthday of American actress Glenn Close

19 March – 100th birth anniversary of Dinu Lipatti, Romanian pianist

 21 March – 150th birth anniversary of Florenz Ziegfeld, American theatre producer

 21 March – 400th death anniversary of Pocahontas

 25 March – 150th birth anniversary of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini

 25 March – 75th birth anniversary of American singer Aretha Franklin

 26 March – 125th death anniversary of Walt Whitman, American poet and essayist

27 March – 90th birth anniversary of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich

27 March – 75th birthday of actor Michael York

28 March – 30th death anniversary of Patrick Troughton, actor who played Doctor Who 1966 – 1969

29 March – 80th death anniversary of Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski

30 March – 80th birthday of Warren Beatty, actor and director

 Portr?der Dichterin Bella Achmadulina (*1937). - Portrait of the poetess Bella Akhmadulina (*1937)Bella Akhmadulina, portrait by Tatyana Alexandrovna Schevchenko © culture-images

 

1 April – 70th death anniversary of King George II of Greece

1 April – 100th death anniversary of ragtime composer Scott Joplin

 3 April – 120th death anniversary of composer Johannes Brahms

 4 April – 70th birthday of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino

 5 April – 300th death anniversary of Jean Jouvenet, French Baroque artist

 6 April – 25th death anniversary of science fiction writer Isaac Asimov

6 April – 100th anniversary of America declaring war on Germany in the First World War

7 April – 70th death anniversary of Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Company

9 April – 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, First World War

10 April – 80th birth anniversary of Russian poet Bella Akhmadulina

14 April – 100th death anniversary of L.L. Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto

16 April – 150th birth anniversary of Wilbur Wright, inventor and aviation pioneer with his brother Orville Wright

16 April – 95th birth anniversary of English novelist Kingsley Amis

18 April – 200th birth anniversary of George Henry Lewes, philosopher and author known for his relationship with George Eliot

19 April – 125th birth anniversary of Germaine Tailleferre, French composer and only female member of Les Six

21 April – 70th birthday of rock musician Iggy Pop

25 April – 100th birth anniversary of American singer Ella Fitzgerald

27 April – 25th death anniversary of Olivier Messiaen, French composer, organist and ornithologist

29 April – 100th birth anniversary of Celeste Holm, actress

Rita Hayworth - portrait of the American actress around  1940-1945.Rita Hayworth, c. 1940-45 © Rue des Archives

 

1 May – 100th birth anniversary of French singer Danielle Darrieux

2 May – 125th birth anniversary of Manfred, Baron von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron

2 May – 160th death anniversary of Alfred de Musset, French writer

3 May – 80th anniversary of Margaret Mitchell winning the Pullitzer Prize for Gone With the Wind

6 May – 25th death anniversary of actress Marlene Dietrich

7 May – 125th birth anniversary of Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman

7 May - 75th death anniversary of Austrian conductor Felix Weingartner

9 May – 450th birth anniversary of Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi

10 May – 40th death anniversary of actress Joan Crawford

11 May – 200th birth anniversary of ballerina Fanny Cerrito

12 May – 80th anniversary of the coronation of King George VI

13 May – 175th birth anniversary of Arthur Sullivan, English composer of comic operettas

14 May – 100th death anniversary of King Frederick VIII of Denmark

14 May – 30th death anniversary of actress Rita Hayworth

14 May – 100th birth anniversary of American composer Lou Harrison

16 May – 75th death anniversary of Bronislaw Malinowski, Polish anthropologist

16 May – 300th anniversary of Voltaire‘s imprisonment

22 May – 45th death anniversary of actress Margaret Rutherford

22 May – 50th death anniversary of Langston Hughes, American poet

24 May – 145th death anniversary of German painter and illustrator Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

26 May – 150th birth anniversary of Queen Mary of Teck, wife of George V

28 May – 80th anniversary of Neville Chamberlain becoming prime minister

28 May – 45th death anniversary of Edward VIII, then Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, wife of Wallis Simpson

29 May – 75th death anniversary of John Barrymore, actor

29 May – 100th birth anniversary of John F Kennedy, 35th US President

30 May – 50th death anniversary of actor Claude Rains

31 May – 100th birth anniversary of ethnographic film director Jean Rouch

Portrait of Prince Maximilian of Austria andPrince Maximilian of Austria and Emperor of Mexico © Leemage

 

1 June – 70th birthday of Jonathan Pryce, actor

2 June – 160th birth anniversary of English composer Edward Elgar

3 June – 50th death anniversary of Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons

4 June – 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, Second World War

5 June – 70th birthday of musician and artist Laurie Anderson

7 June – 80th death anniversary of American actress Jean Harlow

8 June – 150th birth anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

10 June – 50th death anniversary of actor Spencer Tracy

10 June – 95th birth anniversary of actress and singer Judy Garland

11 June – 120th birth anniversary of Alexandre Tansman, composer and pianist

12 June – 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Globe Theatre

13 June – 125th birth anniversary of Basil Rathbone

14 June – 180th birth anniversary of Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi

18 June – 200th anniversary of the opening of the first Waterloo Bridge

19 June – 80th death anniversary of JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan

19 June – 150th anniversary of the execution of Ferdinand Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico and Archduke of Austria

19 June – 300th birth anniversary of Czech composer and violinist Johann Stamitz

19 June – 70th birthday of novelist Salman Rushdie

20 June – 50th birthday of actress Nicole Kidman

22 June – 30th death anniversary of American dancer and actor Fred Astaire

22 June – 250th birth anniversary of philosopher Wilhelm von Humboldt

25 June – 250th death anniversary of Georg Telemann, German Baroque composer

26 June – 125th birth anniversary of Pearl Buck, American author

28 June – 150th birth anniversary of Italian writer Luigi Pirandello

29 June – 50th death anniversary of American actress Jayne Mansfield

30 June – 100th birth anniversary of Lena Horne, singer, dancer and actress

30 June – 200th birth anniversary of Joseph Hooker, botanist and explorer, friend of Charles Darwin, Director of Kew Gardens

Marc Chagall et sa fille IdaPainter Marc Chagall with his daughter Ida in Paris, 1952 © Michel Sima/Rue des Archives

 

2 July – 80th anniversary of the disappearance of American aviator Amelia Earhart over the Pacific

3 July – 90th birth anniversary of Ken Russell, film director

4 July – 25th death anniversary of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla

7 July – 80th anniversary of the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War

7 July – 130th birth anniversary of Russian-French painter Marc Chagall

8 July – 50th death anniversary of actress Vivien Leigh

8 July – 150th birth anniversary of Kaethe Kollwitz, German painter and printmaker

11 July – 80th death anniversary of American composer George Gershwin

11 July – 250th birth anniversary of John Quincy Adams, 6th US President

12 July – 200th birth anniversary of writer Henry David Thoreau

13 July – 75th birth anniversary of American actor Harrison Ford

14 July – 200th death anniversary of Madame de Stael, French author

16 July – 50th birthday of American actor Will Ferrell

17 July – 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad, Second World War. Continued until February 1943.

18 July200th death anniversary of Regency novelist Jane Austen

20 July – 80th death anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor and electrical engineer

20 July – 70th birthday of rock musician Carlos Santana

21 July – 200th birth anniversary of John Gilbert, illustrator and engraver

23 July – 125th birth anniversary of Haile Selassie I

26 July – 65th death anniversary of Eva Peron, second wife of Argentine President Juan Peron and subject of the musical Evita

27 July – 150th birth anniversary of Spanish pianist and compsoer Enrique Granados

29 July – 200th birth anniversary of Russian seascape painter Ivan Aivazovsky

31 July – 100th anniversary of the start of the Third Battle of Ypres (Battle of Passchendaele) in Flanders, First World War

First Opium WarThe East India Company’s steamer ‘Nemesis’ and other boats destroying the Chinese war junks in Anson’s Bay during the First Opium War, 7 January 1841 © Granger Collection

 

1 August – 30th death anniversary of Polish actress and silent film star Pola Negri

2 August – 95th death anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone

3 August – 150th birth anniversary of Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister

3 August – 130th birth anniversary of Rupert Brooke, First World War poet

6 August – 100th birth anniversary of Robert Mitchum, American actor

7 August – 60th death anniversary of American actor Oliver Hardy, part of the comic duo Laurel and Hardy

7 August – 70th anniversary of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl reaching Raroia in French Polynesia on his raft the Kon-Tiki

7 August – 150th birth anniversary of German painter Emil Nolde

8 August – 80th birthday of American actor Dustin Hoffman

9 August – 55th death anniversary of Hermann Hesse, Swiss novelist, poet and painter

11 August – 80th death anniversary of American novelist Edith Wharton

12 August – 25th death anniversary of American avant-garde composer John Cage

12 August – 190th death anniversary of English poet and painter William Blake

14 August – 150th birth anniversary of novelist John Galsworthy

15 August – 50th death anniversary of Rene Magritte, Belgian surrealist artist

16 August – 40th death anniversary of American rock and roll musician Elvis Presley

17 August – 30th death anniversary of Rudolf Hess, Nazi official

19 August – 40th death anniversary of Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor

22 August – 100th birth anniversary of American blues singer John Lee Hooker

24 August – 60th birthday of Stephen Fry, English actor, writer and television personality

25 August – 150th death anniversary of English scientist Michael Faraday

28 August – 30th death anniversary of American film director John Huston

29 August – 35th death anniversary of Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress

29 August – 175th anniversary of the end of the First Opium War between Britain and China, with the signing of the Treaty of Nanking

31 August – 20th death anniversary of Princess Diana

31 August – 150th death anniversary of French poet Charles Baudelaire

Siegfried SassoonSiegfried Sassoon, English poet and novelist, 1886-1967 © Neale Osborne

 

1 September – 50th death anniversary of First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon

1 September – 130th birth anniversary of Swiss author Blaise Cendrars

2 September – 80th death anniversary of Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympic Games

4 September – 125th birth anniversary of French composer Darius Milhaud

 5 September – 20th death anniversary of Mother Teresa

5 September – 175th birth anniversary of Jesse James, American outlaw

5 September – 200th birth anniversary of Russian author Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

5 September – 150th birth anniversary of Amy Beach, American composer and pianist

5 September – 75th birthday of Werner Herzog, German film director

7 September – 130th birth anniversary of British poet Edith Sitwell

8 September – 250th birth anniversary of August Wilhelm von Schlegel, German poet and translator

11 September – 100th birth anniversary of Jessica Mitford, English author, journalist and political campaigner

11 September – 100th birth anniversary of actor Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor

12 September – 125th birth anniversary of Alfred Knopf, American publisher

14 September – 90th death anniversary of American dancer Isadora Duncan

14 September – 150th anniversary of the publication of Das Kapital by Karl Marx

16 September – 40th death anniversary of Greek soprano Maria Callas

17 September – 100th birth anniversary of Korean composer Isang Yun

20 September – 60th death anniversary of Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer

21 September – 60th death anniversary of King Haakon VII of Norway

22 September – 60th birthday of Australian musician Nick Cave

 23 September – 30th death anniversary of Bob Fosse, American dancer and choreographer

24 September – 300th birth anniversary of Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford, author and politician

25 September – 400th death anniversary of Francisco Suarez, Jesuit priest, theologian and philosopher

25 September – 90th birth anniversary of English conductor Colin Davis

 25 September – 120th birth anniversary of American author William Faulkner

 27 September – 100th death anniversary of French artist Edgar Degas

27 September – 70th birthday of Meat Loaf, American rock musician

30 September – 70th birth anniversary of Marc Bolan, lead singer of the glam rock band T Rex

 

Mata Hari

 

 

Mata Hari (1876-1917), dutch dancer and spy – portrait in costume, 1905 © Leemage

 

1 October – 40th anniversary of Pele’s retirement from professional football

4 October – 70th death anniversary of German physicist Max Planck, 1918 Nobel prize winner

4 October – 80th birth anniversary of Jackie Collins, English romance novelist

6 October – 65th anniversary of the world premiere of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

6 October – 125th death anniversary of Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson

6 October – 50th death anniversary of Clement Attlee, leader of the Labour party and Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951

9 October – 50th anniversary of the execution of Che Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary

9 October – 125th birth anniversary of Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva

9 October – 125th birth anniversary of Ivo Andric, Yugoslav author

10 October – 100th birth anniversary of jazz musician Thelonious Monk

14 October – 125th anniversary of the publication of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle

14 October – 90th birthday of Roger Moore, American actor who played James Bond between 1973 and 1985

 15 October – 100th anniversary of the execution of Mata Hari, Dutch courtesan and suspected spy

15 October – 180th birth anniversary of Russian poet Ivan Dmitriev

16 October – 90th birth anniversary of Gunter Grass, German novelist, poet and playwright

18 October – 200th death anniversary of French operatic composer Etienne Mehul

18 October – 600th death anniversary of Pope Gregory XII

19 October – 30th death anniversary of Jacqueline du Pré

21 October – 100th birth anniversary of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie

23 October – 60th death anniversary of Christian Dior, French fashion designer

25 October – 250th birth anniversary of Benjamin Constant, Swiss-French politician and author

 26 October – 175th birth anniversary of Vasili Vereshchagin, Russian painter

 28 October – 50th birthday of American actress Julia Roberts

30 October – 85th birth anniversary of Louis Malle, French film director

31 October – 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of Wittenburg Castle

31 October – 130th birth anniversary of Chiang Kai Shek, leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975

 Russia - 20th century - Poster celebrates October Revolution (1917-1920)Russian commemorative poster art celebrating the 1917 Revolution © De Agostini

 

1 November – 260th birth anniversary of Italian sculptor Antonio Canova

1 November – 170th birth anniversary of Canadian soprano Emma Albani

4 November – 95th anniversary of the discovery of Tutenkhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter

4 November – 170th birth anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn

6 November – 100th birth anniversary of Hungarian composer Andras Mihaly

7 November – 100th anniversary of the October Revolution

7 November – 150th birth anniversary of Polish physicist Marie Curie

8 November – 200th death anniversary of Andrea Appiani, Italian Neoclassical painter

8 November – 500th death anniversary of Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros, Spanish cardinal and religious reformer

8 November – 170th birth anniversary of Bram Stoker, Irish novelist, author of Dracula

9 November – 80th death anniversary of British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald

10 November – 75th birthday of Michel Tabachnik, Swiss conductor and composer

15 November – 100th anniversary of Georges Clemenceau becoming Prime Minister of France

15 November – 130th birth anniversary of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe

16 November – 300th birth anniversary of Jean le Rond d’Alembert, French mathematician and philosopher

17 November – 80th birth anniversary of Peter Cook, English actor, satirist and comedian

17 November – 100th death anniversary of French sculptor Auguste Rodin

17 November – 75th birthday of American film director Martin Scorsese

19 November – 100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, first female Prime Minister of India and daughter of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru

19 November – 400th birth anniversary of Eustache Le Sueur, French Baroque artist

20 November – 70th wedding anniversary of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

20 November – 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai, First World War

22 November – 250th birth anniversary of Andreas Hofer, Austrian patriot and folk hero

27 November – 75th birth anniversary of, rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix

27 November – 150th birth anniversary of Charles Koechlin, French composer

29 November – 60th death anniversary of Austrian composer Erich Korngold

30 November – 200th birth anniversary of Theodor Mommsen, German writer and 1902 Nobel laureate

30 November – 350th birth anniversary of Irish satirist Jonathan Swift

 Karlheinz Stockhausen c1950s GermanKarlheinz Stockhausen c.1950s

 

3 December – 160th birth anniversary of Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness

4 December – 125th birth anniversary of Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco

5 December – 10th death anniversary of Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer

6 December – 125th death anniversary of Werner von Siemens, German electrical engineer and inventor. Founder of the telecommunications company Siemens

9 December – 300th birth anniversary of Johann Winckelmann, art historian and archaeologist

9 December – 175th birth anniversary of Peter Kropotkin, Russian anarchist

10 December – 100th anniversary of the Red Cross being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

10 December – 50th death anniversary of singer Otis Redding in a plane crash

11 December – 50th death anniversary of Victor de Sabata, Italian conductor and composer

13 December – 70th death anniversary of Russian painter Nicholas Roerich

15 December – 55th death anniversary of English actor Charles Laughton

16 December – 100th birth anniversary of Arthur C. Clarke, British science fiction writer

17 December – 60th death anniversary of Dorothy L Sayers, crime writer

21 December – 80th birthday of actress Jane Fonda

21 December – 125th birth anniversary of Rebecca West, British writer

24 December – 95th birth anniversary of American actress Ava Gardner

25 December – 40th death anniversary of Charlie Chaplin, American silent film actor and director

25 December – 300th birth anniversary of Pope Pius VI

26 December  - 45th death anniversary of Harry S. Truman, 33rd US President

27 December – 85th anniversary of the opening of the Radio City Music Hall, New York

28 December – 70th death anniversary of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy

28 December – 80th death anniversary of French composer Maurice Ravel

31 December – 140th death anniversary of French painter Gustave Courbet

 

Dec 12

21,000 Author Images by Ulf Andersen Now at Lebrecht

AndersonClockwise from left: Donna Tartt in 1993, Imbolo Mbue in 2016, Ed McBain in 1999

 

Lebrecht Music & Arts have taken on a huge collection of author images by Ulf Andersen, covering an extraordinary breadth of literary genres from accross the world. A vast selection of American authors are already online.

These images of contemporary writers join our existing author portait collections of over 100,000 images, allowing us to offer a truly comprehensive range of literary personalities, from the early classics to the latest Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty.

Significant figures in the Ulf Andersen collection include the likes of Noam Chomsky and Oliver Sacks, Paul Auster, Joseph Heller, Annie Proulx, Jonathan Safran Foer, Chuck Palahniuk, Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Erskine Caldwell, Don Delillo, Jonathan Franzen, Karen Russell, Cynthia Ozick, Patricia Highsmith, Yiyun Li, Douglas Kennedy and A.M. Homes.

We will be continuing to upload images over the next few weeks. Contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk with any requests.

 

Dec 07

UK Premiere of Boris Eifman’s Up and Down

Up and Down, Eifman BalletOleg Gabyshev and Lyubov Andreyeva

 

The UK premiere of Boris Eifman’s ballet Up & Down opened yesterday at the London Coliseum

Featuring music by George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg, the production is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender is the Night. The event will also be a celebration of the Eifman Company’s 40th anniversary.

Running until 10 December

All images © Tom Bowles. Click here for more images or contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk

 Up and Down, Eifman Ballet Up and Down, Eifman Ballet Up and Down, Eifman Ballet Up and Down, Eifman Ballet

Dec 06

New Additions to the Jim Tuttle Collection at Lebrecht

JimTuttle

Clockwise from left: New Percussion Quartet posing with a sculpture by Jean Arp at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1967. Oboist Andrew Nathaniel White balancing on top of a trunk, c. 1960s. Julius Eastman performing with Yuji Takahashi, February 1969.

 

The Jim Tuttle collection of American avant-garde music photographs is now online at Lebrecht. These unusual images capture the experimental creativity of the avant-garde circles of the 60s and 70s, including previously unseen rehearsal images, performance shots and portraits of the likes of John Cage, Julius Eastman, SEM Ensemble and Creative Associates.

The recent discovery of a lost work, Feminine, has sparked renewed interest in Eastman, an often controversial composer who will be the focus of the upcoming London Contemporary Music Festival, 15-18 December. After his death in 1990, much of Eastman’s work disappeared with him and is only now being brought to light. Tuttle’s photographs of him include rehearsal shots of his Grammy-nominated performance of Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King.

Click here to view the full collection.