“I could not be more thrilled to celebrate the launch of my new CD this summer,” says Min. “The selections on the new recording – and to be performed in concert – are particularly special to me. I’ve always found Scriabin’s music to be complex and multi-dimensional in its expression. Mozart’s ‘Fantasy’ and Messiaen’s ‘Oiseaux Exotiques (The Bird Songs)’ contains the element of musical ying and yang, light and shadow, which compliments Scriabin’s music beautifully. This is a program that stirs my soul. I am very grateful to Steinway & Sons’ for their support, and to David Dubal for giving me the opportunity to discuss this deeply personal music on stage at Symphony Space.”
World-renowned concert pianist Klara Min is a Steinway Artist who makes her home in Berlin and New York. A native of South Korea, Ms. Min has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as well as in her home country of South Korea. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Munich’s Gasteig, the BerlinPhilharmonie, Berlin’s Konzerthhaus, Laeiszhalle, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and South Korea’s KBS Broadcast Hall. She has also performed with several prestigious orchestras and her albums make critics rave putting her on their top lists. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Min had her debut recital in Paris at Salle Cortot and in Seoul at Lotte Concert Hall as well as her second Scriabin record release with Steinway & Sons label. Klara Min was the recipient of a Samsung scholarship.
T2C had a chance to ask this talented artist questions.
T2C: How did you get started playing the piano?
Klara Min: The sound of the instrument was always there at home since my mother was a piano teacher. I just loved being in front of the piano making music since I was very small.
T2C: Musically what songs describe who you are?
Klara Min: It is hard to choose one, but these few years, I feel closest to Scriabin. Chopin has been my all time love of life.
T2C: What is your go to piece of music?
Klara Min: Schumann, Chopin and Scriabin, and J.S. Bach always.
T2C: Your new album features work by Scriabin, Mozart and Messiaen these are not well known composers, except Mozart. What made you choose them?
Klara Min: I think that the pieces I have chosen from these composers have something in common in terms of its descriptive nature, showing rather both sides of light and shadow and between. I intend to choose repertoire for recordings with some sort of consistency, and that is usually nothing much to do with the chronological order of composition, but more to do with musical intention of each piece.
T2C: You state “Mozart’s ‘Fantasy’ and Messiaen’s ‘Oiseaux Exotiques (The Bird Songs)’ contains the element of musical ying and yang, light and shadow, which compliments Scriabin’s music beautifully.” It seems that you are spiritually incline. Can you talk about that?
Klara Min: Scriabin is an extremely spiritual composer. Some even fear to play “Black Mass” for example as the piece is a mass for the darkness, and Scriabin’s compositional techniques combined with his synesthesia bring multi- layers of waves in music, and when they are played in right tune, it becomes a very powerful source. I chose two songs from Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, which are La Chouette Hulotte (the owl) and L’Alouette Lulu (the lark): the owl at night, and the lark sings in the morning, and Mozart Fantasy in D minor interplays between the major and minor keys with lamenting area ending with rather delightful coda. I think that the expressions we often use in our daily life are rather simplified such as sad, happy, blue, angry, etc, but human emotions are much more complicated, and we only bring some to our conscious reality. I wanted to go deeper into the subconscious world through the chosen compositions of these composers.
T2C: Steinway & Sons is supporting you. Can you tell us more about that.
Klara Min: I am very grateful that Steinway & Sons is producing my second album. It has been a great journey with them since I became a Steinway Artist. They are very supportive of their artists.
T2C: Do you play in Steinway Hall?
Klara Min: I have, yes.
T2C: Did they loan you a piano?
Klara Min: I have a Steinway which I have purchased many years ago from them. If I travel to have concerts, and in need of Steinway concert grand, yes, they would load the piano for my concerts.
T2C: You are the founder and artistic director of New York Concert Artists and Associates. Can you tell us more about that?
Klara Min: It has been already ten years since NYCA is founded, and I am very happy what has been done through this organization, helping many young musicians by providing them opportunities to perform and connect with the world. It is a big commitment on my end as a founder and an artistic director to lead the organization, and to combine the works with my own performance takes a great deal of dedication and time managing, but I am very grateful for where I am and for where NYCA is. Looking forward to more to come!
T2C: What advice would you give young artists?
Klara Min: I would advise them to have faith in themselves, to view life and career in a long run. Some things you plan would happen, but most of things will not go according to the plan. Nevertheless never to give up. Give up giving up. If you are dedicated and put your integrity in daily life, one day you would be surprised where you are.
T2C: What would you like our audience to know about you?
Klara Min: Music is a reflection of life. Music does not stand alone. I would like to share life in music with the audience.
You can see Ms. Min perform at New York’s Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC 10025) in the Thalia Theater June 26th at 7:30. Tickets, priced at $30 ($20 for students & seniors), are available at the Symphony Space box office, by calling (212) 864-5400, or online at www.SymphonySpace.org.
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STRIKE UPDATE — As we went to press on Sunday, a tentative agreement had been worked out between the AMPTPand the WGA. Of course, it now has to be ratified. Per TV Line: Once the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed on the Writer’s Guild of American’s tentative new deal with the AMPTP, the words “Live, from New York!” might symbolically signal the end of the WGA strike, which spanned a near-historic 146 days.
“We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement),” the WGA posted in a message to its members late Sunday night, “which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language.” The tentative deal now needs to be “papered,” and formally recommended by the WGA negotiating committee to the WGA Board and Council for approval, and then ratified by WGA membership — a process that could take up to two weeks.
The actor’s strike persists and from our sources we hear it’s still a tough go. But not to minimize anything, this is a step in the right direction.
McCALLUM PASSES AT 90 – David McCallum -along with Robert Vaughn- were two of the coolest dudes on TV, ever. Vaughn passed in 2016 and McCallum passed on Monday. Starring as Illya Kuryakin, he literally electrified the screen. I’m an Man From U.N.C.L.E. fan, always have been and per Jon Heitland’s terrific The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Book: Behind the Scenes Story of a Televison Classic (1987) it turns out that McCallum was literally the key to its success. Not only did he become quite the chick magnet, but viewers just loved the character.
McCallum was also ‘Ducky’ on CBS’ NCIS and certainly was their secret weapon too. His character was everyone’s uncle (no pun intended) and possessed a rather quixotic, yet mesmerizing ambiance on the show. Part-doctor, part-therapist, part spy.
Michael Weatherly, also on the show for its greatest years, said “He made every second count.”
I’ll never forget the episode (Meat Puzzle in 2005) when Kate asked Gibbs what Ducky would have looked like as a younger man. Gibbs answers Illya Kuryakin, too funny.
Actually, with Harmon long-gone from his role on NCIS, McCallum, in my opinion, was the glue that still held it together. Huge loss for sure.
Here’s a great look at McCallum’s storied career from Deadline: https://deadline.com/2023/09/david-mccallum-dead-ncis-actor-1235555770/
SHORT TAKES — I don’t know Robert Menendez, but with wild tales of cash stuffed in envelopes in jackets; gold bars; and kickbacks; it sounds like he’s had a pretty interesting run. As more than one has said, where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire. And there does seem to be a lot of smoke … Congratulations to Andrew Sandoval on his marriage to Natasha Rubin …
On Tuesday, September 26, WBGO Studios launched As We Speak, a new podcast hosted by David Sanborn, who interviews major figures in the world of jazz. Kicking off the series are episodes with vocalists Kurt Elling and Cecile McLorin Salvant. Future guests include Sonny Rollins, Terri Lyne Carrington, John McLaughlin and Maria Schneider. The award-winning and influential saxophonist shows his interviewing chops with in-depth conversations with his fellow artists about their creative process and their singular journey in jazz …
Micky Dolenz was interviewed by Mojo Magazine’s Ian Harrison from the U.K. Tuesday and heads to Houston Thursday for the Days of the Dead comic-con (https://www.daysofthedead.com/houston/) in Houston …
Look for keyboard-man Benny Harrison to debut his forthcoming solo album Pages at the Bitter End. Harrison is interviewed for Medium today … Could The Office return to TV? Per items on Tuesday, a re-boot is almost guaranteed …
Netflix is sending their last ever DVDs out this week in those red envelopes. The service ran for 25 years! My, we’ve come a long way … It looks like Robert DeNiro will not be playing off his scenes in Taxi Driver for his new Uber commercial after all. Take a read: https://deadline.com/2023/09/taxi-driver-commercial-featuring-robert-de-niro-draws-comment-from-paul-schrader-1235554798/… (Via Deadline) For the love of Maddie Hayes, look what’s coming to Hulu: Moonlighting. For the very first time, all 67 episodes of Moonlighting will be available to stream on the platform beginning October 10. Hulupromises that each episode of the 1980’s comedy starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd has been remastered in HD from the original film source. It even will feature the original Grammy-nominated title track recording from Al Jarreau … Happy Bday Melissa Davis.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Bob Merlis; Brad LeBeau; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Jodi Ritzen; Dylan Ritzen; Jane Blunkell; Glenn Gretlund; Ian Harrison; Bert Schneider; Jason Elzy; Les Schwartz; Duane Blitzer; Jean Psaki; Chris Hayes; Randy Alexander; Lee Jeske; Chuck Pulin; Race Taylor; Tyrone Biljan; Robert Funaro; and CHIP!
‘Survivor’ Buff Takeover
To celebrate the acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning original series “Survivor” and its Season 45 premiere milestone later this month, the “Survivor Buff Takeover” hit up NYC.
Up until the September 27 season premiere, famous icons, landmarks, and statues in cities from coast to coast will be wrapped in the show’s signature bandana, or “buff,” to illustrate a new group emerging to compete in the greatest game ever played.The Empire State Building is one of the landmarks highlighted.
In an homage to the show’s iconic torches, on September 26, shined in yellow, blue and red, representing each tribe in “Survivor” Season 45.
This campaign celebrates the tremendous impact the show has had on American culture with 23 years on television and 652 episodes. The landmarks include: Ripleys Believe It Or Not! In Hollywood, CA, Make Way for Ducklings in Boston, MA; Forever Marilyn in Palm Springs, CA; Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN; Miles the Monster at Dover Motor Speedway in Dover, DE; Pegasus and The Dragon in Hallandale Beach, FL; along with the Tuska statue at University of Alabama and Ralphie the Buffalo statue at University of Colorado.
The 45th season kicks off with a 90-minute premiere Wednesday, September 27 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on CBS and is available to stream live and watch on demand via Paramount+.
The Empire State Rare Book & Print Fair
The Empire State Rare Book & Print Fair will debut in New York City on October 5 through 7.
A few of the standouts among the tens of thousands of books that will be offered include a banned first edition of Galileo by Galileo Galilei from 1635 ($100,000), a first edition of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling ($225,000), the original artwork from the children’s classic Charlotte’s Webb by E. B. White ($400,000), a first printing of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery in scarce early jacket, a first printing of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and also a first edition Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Admission is FREE on Saturday, from 3 PM – 5 PM, and patrons may bring in their own books for a complimentary appraisal service by a leading expert. General admission on Friday (11am-6pm) and Saturday (11am-5pm) is $15, $10 for students, and free for those under 16 years of age. Tickets to the Preview Party on Thursday are $125 and $225 for the VIP Reception and include admission to the fair on Friday and Saturday. Link to buy tickets HERE.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund which is dedicated to providing timely financial assistance to those in the book trade who find themselves in a time of need.
Speakers during the fair days will include author and Royal expert Hugo Vickers and/or Sir Michael Lindsay-Hogg, author, artist and acclaimed director has worked with music icons including The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Beatles and more.
It’s The Forth and Final Supermoon of 2023 What Does That Mean Astrologically?
The fourth and last supermoon, is also called the Harvest Moon, and will bless our skies September 28 and September 29. This moon will reach its full splendor at 5:57 am EST on September 29. This is the last supermoon until September 18, 2024.
This full moon happens in the first house, which means you might feel like an emotional roller coaster. Things that have been hidden come to light, reminding you that you must put yourself first.
Aires: The full moon is in your sign, so you will reap the rewards. Expect a renewed passion for goals, projects or dreams that you have set aside. It is time for them to shine.
Taurus: You need to rest and recharge, as you may feel burnt out. This time will give you the strength to heal your past, let go.
Gemini: Time to shine your light…party and be seen. Want to manifest? Now is the time. Want love? You might just find the person of your dreams.
Cancer: The timing is here for you to gain victory and turn that corner. Focus on what you want career wise and you might just get it.
Leo: Oh kitties, your advice is to be brave and step outside of your comfort zone. Travel media, legal issues can move forward if you tap into your spirituality. That is where the keys lie.
Virgo: Relationships, intimacy and finance are where your troubles and strengths lie. It is possible you might not see eye to eye or move on or you have to keep your eyes ion your bank accounts. If you break-up remember something better will be coming your way and we should always be diligent with or cash flow.
Libra: Change is coming to partnership both in business or love. If you allow it this could bring you closer or it will tear you apart. Trust your heart, open up to the possibilities in front of you. Feeling the urge to make something long-term? The potential is here for you.
Scorpio: Expect to be super busy. You will feel as if you are juggling everything, but breathe as new things are on the horizon. Make sure you take care of your health, add in some time for fitness and diet.
Sagittarius: Your heart is calling you to passion, romance and love with maybe a soulmate. If you are attached then expect a renewal of that original spark. You have a thrilling aspect especially if involved in the arts or sports.
Capricorn: Family, home or real estate, is in play. You could move, get a new roommate or make your home more your own. Parents also come into play so if you haven’t seen them in awhile, plan a visit.
Aquarius: Writing, speaking, advertising, communications, contracts all have a play in this energy. Make sure you renew your mind with quick trips as you will need them.
Pisces: Money, income and expenses. You need to focus on spending and saving. This could be a double edge sword with money coming in and unexpected money going out.
Get Ready For The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
The biggest day for Broadway fans returns to New York City’s Theater District on Sunday, October 1. The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction unites all theater fans – whether they’re onstage, behind the scenes or in the audience – in their hunt for Broadway-themed treasures, unique experiences and theater magic.
Theater lovers of every kind will have the opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind mementos and autographed collectibles and bid on exclusive Broadway experiences and items including props, costume pieces, opening night theater packages and more.
The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will run from 10 am – 7 pm with tables on West 44th and West 45th Streets, the silent auction in Shubert Alley and the live grand auction wrapping up the day in the Times Square pedestrian plaza between 45th and 46th Streets.
Treasure-filled tables from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, theater owners and producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs will line West 44th and West 45th Streets. The shows set to have tables the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction are & Juliet; Aladdin; Back to the Future: The Musical; A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical; Hadestown; Hamilton; Here Lies Love; The Lion King; Kimberly Akimbo; Moulin Rouge! The Musical; Six; Some Like It Hot; Sweeney Todd and Wicked, plus special tables honoring The Phantom of the Opera and the 40th anniversary of the original cast of La Cage aux Folles.
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