Frederic Franklin, British-American ballet dancer born 13 June 1914. He died on 4th May 2013 aged 98, having continued to dance even in his 90s.
Photos by Maurice Seymour.
Janos Starker, one of the greatest cellists of all time, died in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he had been a professor at the Indiana University Jacobs Memorial School of Music since 1958. He was a distinguished teacher and prolific recording artist, who played principal cello in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for five seasons during the 1950s.
5 July 1924 – 28 April 2013
Richie Havens – American folk singer and guitarist died 22 April 2013 aged 72. He is best remembered for his intense and rhythmic guitar style and for his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He was the festival’s first performer and as many of the other artists were held up in traffic jams on the roads approaching the festival site he had to entertain the crowd for nearly three hours and was called back again and again for encores. When he finally ran out of tunes he improvised a song based on the spiritual Motherless Child that became Freedom. The release of the Woodstock movie after this performance helped him reach a wider audience.
Born 21 January 1941- 22 April 2013
Maria Tallchief, a daughter of an Oklahoma oil family who grew up on an Indian reservation of the Osage Nation, found her way to New York and became one of the most brilliant American ballerinas of the 20th century, died on 11 April 2013 in Chicago. She was 88. She was the first American Indian to become premiere danseuse étoile in the Paris Opera, France.
Outstanding photos from Maurice Seymour, renowned American photographer of American ballets stars from the 1930s to the 1960s
Sir Colin’s role in British musical life was immense. He became principal conductor of the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) in 1995 and was its longest serving prinicpal conductor. Alongside his commitment to the LSO, he forged special relationships with the Royal Opera House, the BBCSO (BBC Symphony Orchestra), and the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as mentoring many young performers and conductors at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School.
Lebrecht Music & Arts has photographs of all the different stages in Sir Colin Davis’ career in London, Paris and St Petersburg and the BBC Proms.
Obituary pictures for Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979-1990 died yesterday. (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)
Lebrecht has photos of her in her kitchen from Joe Bangay, in her home in 1973 by Brian Seed and posing in front of workers by Graham Gough.
Rise Stevens studied at the Juilliard School working with Anna Schoen-René and in Vienna with legendary soprano Marie Gutheil-Schoder and stage director Herbert Graf. She worked with the Met in New York and one of her famous roles was as Carmen in Bizet’s opera.
Rise Stevens, in photo of her appearing in the film ‘Carnegie Hall’ made in 1947. Born in New York 11 June 1913 and died on 20 March 2013 aged 99.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German born writer from Cologne, died on 3 April 2013. She won the Booker award for her novel ‘Heat and Dust’. She collaborated with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant writing the screenplays for twenty films that they produced. She won her first Oscar for the film ‘Mr and Mrs Bridge’ in 1990 and her second for ‘Howard’s End’ in 1992. Ismail Merchant once commented: “It is a strange marriage we have at Merchant Ivory… I am an Indian Muslim, Ruth is a German Jew, and Jim is a Protestant American. Someone once described us as a three-headed god. Maybe they should have called us a three-headed monster!”
Photographer by Eamonn McCabe
Obituary photos for Basil Coleman, opera director and friend and collaborator of Benjamin Britten. Coleman died 19 March 2013. He was the first to direct of many of Britten’s operas, including Billy Budd and Turn of the Screw.
He is pictured in June 1984 at Snape Maltings during a break from rehearsals of Britten’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ by students from Britten-Pears School. Pictures by Nigel Luckhurst.
Jazz trumpet player, 22 May 1930 – 7 March 2013