Fall 2013 Classical Music Events Include Notes Of Protest

Palmieri, in other words, assigned himself essentially a supporting role rather than a starring one. That’s the polar opposite of the way he played last year at Mayne Stage, fronting the Eddie Palmieri/Brian Lynch Jazz Quartet. In that intimate context, Palmieri was all over the keyboard, challenging his colleagues with tricky rhythms and stop-start solos. Leading the large ensemble at Millennium Park, Palmieri simply set the tempos and rode them, all the while reveling in the orchestral sound swirling around him. Even in this less prominent role, however, Palmieri could not resist puckishly subverting the proceedings, taking his comparatively brief solos into keys that brazenly clashed with what everyone else was playing. The man simply cannot settle into a comfortable routine. Bravo for that. Some of the evening’s most exciting work came from the brass players, most notably its trombonists. Conrad Herwig packed an avalanche of notes into practically every solo, his quick melodic leaps and other-worldly sound effects quite something to behold; yet this was all about music, not noise, Herwig building statements with considerable craft and structure. Jimmy Bosch took a dramatically contrasting approach, playing fewer pitches but applying tremendous force and rhythmic combustion to each one. The evening opened with Plena Libre, a seasoned Puerto Rican band that brought vigor and virtuosity to Afro-Caribbean music, past and present. Addressing a variety of bomba rhythms, Plena Libre delivered this music with palpable ardor, at times assisted by the traditionally costumed dancers of Chicago’s AfriCaribe.

Warner Music Said to Plan Move to Times Square Tower

(TWX) until 2004, has to leave its longtime headquarters at 75 Rockefeller Plaza next year, when its rental agreement expires. The deal would keep the company in midtown Manhattan at a time when media firms have been flocking to older buildings below 30th Street, in the area known as midtown south. Paramount Plaza is about 86 percent leased, according to property-research firm CoStar Group Inc. (CSGP) The 48-story, 2.5 million-square-foot (230,000-square-meter) tower is majority-owned by the German investment firm Paramount Group Inc. The story in the media that has been circulating was that these assets were obsolete as the tech/media companies only wanted to be in the older buildings located in midtown south, Flatiron or Chelsea submarkets, Peter Hennessy, New York regional president of brokerage Cassidy Turley, said in an e-mail. This proposed lease affirms what we in the industry have believed, that it was only a matter of time until this submarket started to make a comeback. Cassidy Turley isnt involved in the deal. Robert McGrath, a spokesman for CBRE Group Inc. (CBG) , which represents both Warner Music and Paramount Group, declined to comment. Digital Generation Last year, Digital Generation Inc. (DGIT) , operator of a network that connects advertisers with TV and radio stations, took about 86,000 square feet on the lower floors of the tower at about $55 a square foot, according to CompStak Inc., a New York-based provider of leasing data. The law firm Dickstein Shapiro LLP took about 40,000 square feet on typically more-expensive higher floors, for just more than $60 a foot. The people didnt say how much Warner Music agreed to pay for its space. The company is paying slightly less than $40 a square foot at 75 Rockefeller Plaza, according to CompStak. Kathleen McMorrow, a spokeswoman for Paramount Group, and James Steven, a Warner Music spokesman, declined to comment on lease negotiations. Rockefeller Plaza Scott Rechlers RXR Realty LLC. acquired a leasehold interest in 75 Rockefeller Plaza, the youngest building in the Rockefeller Center complex, earlier this year, with plans to vacate the entire tower and renovate it.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy, for instance, told a Proms audience in London last month after leading a Palestinian youth group in a jazzily pulsating version of “The Four Seasons” that the infectiously animated performance shows that “getting rid of apartheid gives a chance for amazing things to happen.” The BBC , not surprisingly, cut the speech from its Proms television broadcast. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview A glance at the fall’s highlights, locally and beyond, demonstrates just how inescapable politics can be in the arts. Philip Glass’ “Einstein on the Beach” reminds us of the great physicist’s stance against nuclear weapons. Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” is an unblinking antiwar statement. George Crumb’s “Black Angels” became an early ’70s string-quartet anthem of Vietnam War dissent. Mohammed Fairouz’s “Symphonic Prayers and Poems” is a symphony meant to stand for Jewish-Arab reconciliation. Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” does its best to offend everyone. But the fall concert that will no doubt stand out as the most politically courageous is “To Russia With Love” in Berlin on Oct. 7. Organized by the great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, it features some of today’s classical music legends, including pianist Martha Argerich, pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and composer Giya Kancheli. PHOTOS: Arts and culture pictures by The Times Kremer selected the date because it is the seventh anniversary of the slaying of the Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya.