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.
Le Sacre du Printemps or Rite of Spring celebrates the 100th performance anniversary of its riotous debut on 29th May 1913 in the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. The ballet was commissioned by Sergei Diahgilev for his Ballets Russes. Music was composed by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich.
The avant-garde nature of the music and choreography, with their acknowledgement of primitive sources in the movement and music, caused a near-riot in the audience. Although Lebrecht Music & Arts has over 150 images about the Rite of Spring there are no photographs of the audience’s reaction. What we do have is coverage of dancers from the early performances, the stage sets and costumes. To get a flavour of the time we also have a critique from an English journal in July 1913 with the headline ‘Nijinsky ‘s revolution in choreography: the post-impressionistic & prehistoric dance….’ The New York Times’ headline in June 1913 reported ‘Parisians hiss new ballet’. And our resident artist Neale Osborne has created a drawing of how he imagined the enraged Paris audience responded.
The music and choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps has inspired future generation . Click on the image for photographs of the Kirov ballet, Pina Bausch, the Royal Ballet with Tamara Rojo, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Scala theatre costumes designs from 1972 and much more. It has also been performed in concert. Search our website for photos of the likes of conductors such as the young Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit and Simon Rattle – all grappling with this revolutionary composition.
Finlay MacDonald performed at the Celtic Connections 20th Celebration concert, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow January 2013. The Finlay MacDonald Band consists of Finlay on pipes and whistles, Kevin MacKenzie on Guitar, Chris Stout on fiddle, John Speirs on Bass and Fergus MacKenzie on Drums. The band has played at Glasgow and Aberdeen Hogmany events, T.V and radio performances throughout Europe, Tartan Week in New York and Celtic Connections. Photos by Pauline Keightley.