Performing Arts


Thu January 9, 2014
Arts District

Gene Kelly's Career: Evidence Mom Knows Best?

An iconic image from 'Singin' in the Rain.'
Image provided courtesy of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Hollywood history would be very different had Gene Kelly pursued his dream of playing shortstop for the Pittsburg Pirates. Born and raised in the Steel City, it was his mother who insisted he take dance lessons as a child.

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Sat November 9, 2013
Around the Nation

In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:10 pm

Sparks fly as Dan Hensley pours liquid iron (at 2575 degrees Farenheit) into the mold for a piano plate destined for Steinway pianos, at O.S. Kelly foundry in Springfield, Ohio.
Noah Adams NPR

The Steinway piano company has a new owner. This fall, the investment firm Paulson & Co. — led by billionaire John Paulson — spent about $500 million and bought all of Steinway & Sons, the venerated piano maker.

The deal includes a foundry in Springfield, Ohio, where the Steinway pianos are born in fire.

The O.S. Kelly Foundry has been making Steinway's plates since 1938. The plate is the cast-iron heart of a piano: It holds the steel wire strings with 40,000 pounds of tension, the company says. It allows vibrations to arise in a concert hall as music.

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Thu October 3, 2013
The Two-Way

How Do You Get Paid $400,000 At Carnegie Hall? Be A Stagehand

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:04 am

In November 2004, the Grand Ole Opry came to Carnegie Hall.
Paul Hawthorne Getty Images

(Update at 1 p.m. ET, Oct. 4: Click here for an important development — management and the stagehands have reached a deal.)

Our original post:

Carnegie Hall's opening night gala was canceled Wednesday because of a strike by stagehands.

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Tue October 1, 2013
Arts & Life

Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:16 pm

The New York City Opera let its final curtain fall Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a production of Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Stephanie Berger

This morning the New York City Opera announced that it was declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations. Dubbed "The People's Opera" by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia when it was founded 70 years ago, the company was meant as an alternative to the richer Metropolitan Opera. It's the place where exciting young singers like Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo made their New York debuts and where innovative productions of new operas premiered.

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Thu September 5, 2013
Arts District

Doubling Down On Ebony and Ivory

One of the two Steinway Grand Pianos available to performers at Greeley's UCCC
UCCC Courtesy photo

For a concert hall to have even one Steinway Grand Piano is a boon. But to have two? That’s something else. For the past 25 years, Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center has been one of those lucky places with two of the prized instruments.

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