André Previn

American conductor André Previn

André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings (and one more for his Lifetime Achievement).
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André Previn On Piano Jazz
NPR - about 1 year
The conductor, composer and pianist plays a special treatment of "Stormy Weather" in a 1990 session. (Image credit: Harald Hoffmann/Deutsche Grammophon)
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The First
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A package arrived at home recently and I was excited to open it, as I knew what it contained, the new recording of all the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin played by one of my favourite artists, Kyung-wha Chung. Listening to this wonderful recording brought back many memories of this great violinist and her astonishing career, which in turn inspired me to tell a story. (photo by Simon Fowler) In 1967 an extraordinary political event occurred. The Leventritt International Violin Competition in the US announced after the final round that they were awarding two first prizes--to Pinchas Zukerman, who everyone expected to win outright, and a young unknown 19-year-old girl from South Korea, Kyung-wha Chung, a Juilliard student studying with Ivan Galamian. The judges had, in fact, decided that this young unknown was the only winner and it took the intervention of Zukerman's mentor and champion, the violinist Isaac Stern, to argue for the compromise that was eventually announced. ...
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First Nighter: "Paint Your Wagon" Revival Paints Town Red-Hot
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
Although reviews are expected to be as objective as possible in a somewhat paradoxically subjective way, don't wait for the following assessment of Paint Your Wagon, playing this weekend in the New York City Center Encores! series, to stick to that demand. The reason for the, uh, lapse? The Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe musical was the second production I saw on Broadway. The first, caught the night before, was South Pacific. Some weekend, no? With those two as an introduction to The Great White Way--an emphasis on the "Great"--I thought that's what my New York City theatergoing was going to be from then on. Is it any wonder that I've often joked it's been downhill ever since? Not exactly, of course, but nevertheless I have a soft spot in my heart for Paint Your Wagon, because of its thrilling score. That's what got to me at the time, as well as Agnes de Mille's choreography. (As equally thrilling as South Pacific was, if not more so, there wasn't much dancing in it at a ...
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Woody Allen and the Art of the Impossible
Huffington Post - about 4 years
There are three things I've been reminded of since the reignited Woody Allen controversy started swirling around the blogosphere like one of those bizarre tornadoes that half the country thinks is God's reckoning on a sinful planet. One, unless the offer came from a close family member or a very close friend, I would never agree to be a nanny or a baby-sitter. Two, no matter the writer or the publication, there is no such thing as unbiased journalism. Finally, when it comes to push-button topics, facts are considered insulting; sound bites are divine. Why number one? As a gay, single man in his forties, should I ever be publicly accused of molesting a child, male or female, my reputation would be destroyed for life. If I legally cleared my name and won, I might avoid criminal punishment, but the guilty verdict would remain, if only in the shadows. My writing career has consisted of many things, like a new book about my dog. ("Methinks he loves his dog a bit too much, and he lets t...
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A look back at the allegations against Woody Allen
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
The Ugly Explosion of an Unconventional Family, announced the Aug. 31, 1992, cover of Time magazine, which bore Woody Allen's bespectacled face. The sordid saga involving Allen and erstwhile romantic partner Mia Farrow had indeed exploded into the public consciousness days earlier. The most sensational part: an allegation that the celebrated director had taken their adopted daughter Dylan, 7, into an attic-like space at Farrow's Connecticut home and molested her. At age 78 he still puts out a movie a year, won his fourth Oscar in 2012 for "Midnight in Paris," and is nominated again this year — his 24th nod — for the "Blue Jasmine" screenplay. Allen was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January that included a glowing televised tribute. [...] this past weekend, Dylan Farrow, now 28, married and living in Florida, penned an emotional open letter, accusing Hollywood of callously lionizing her tormentor. Visiting Allen's apartment, Farrow discovers a set of...
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Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of Woody Allen, alleges he abused her
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
28-year-old speaks out independently for first time about film director's alleged crimes and says Hollywood 'turned blind eye' Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has spoken out independently for the first time over allegations that the director sexually assaulted her when she was seven. In an open letter published on a New York Times blog, the 28-year-old, now known as Malone Farrow, renewed the claims and blamed Hollywood for exacerbating her torment by "turning a blind eye". All allegations were denied by Allen at the time, and following an investigation in 1993, no charges were brought. Farrow's letter alleges sexual abuse by Allen at the family's holiday home in 1992, during which time he was fighting his former partner Mia Farrow for custody of their two adopted children, Dylan and Moses, as well as their biological, son Ronan. The couple, who were together for 12 years but maintained separate houses, split up after she discovered his relationship with Soon-Yi Prev...
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That Other Musical Minority
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As I was writing a chapter for a forthcoming book about the music profession, I thought about all the barriers that have been broken and those yet to be breached. My focus was on females, African Americans and homosexuals. But while putting the words down, I was reminded of a conversation I had with the Detroit Symphony Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams. We were discussing the building of a career for the young maestro, who was about to be appointed music director of the Louisville Symphony. Teddy pointed out something that had not occurred to me before. Virtually no American orchestras were engaging guest conductors from our own country under the age of 45. For the most part, aside from a few assistant conductorships, the younger generation of maestri is primarily limited to musicians from other countries. And at that, 45 may not be considered so young. A little research proved Teddy correct. Although there were a few exceptions, most orchestras did not engage the younger American...
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Americana in Revival
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Did you see what I saw? Did you hear what I heard? Did you feel what I felt? And if not, why not? Questions like these can nag at a critic's mind during a performance when something seems severely out of whack. Are technical problems compromising the overall experience for the audience? Is a performer having a bad night? Back in the days when the New York City Opera used to tour to the Los Angeles Music Center, I attended a performance of Donizetti's 1835 opera, Maria Stuarda, where one of the lead sopranos was suffering from a nasty case of jet lag while trying to cope with a fierce combination of the dry, seasonal Santa Ana winds and the smog resulting from a series of wildfires in Southern California. Let's just say that having her head chopped off wasn't the only problem facing Mary, Queen of Scots that night. Recently, at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, I watched a female performer struggle to make it through a monologue that involved numerous costume changes while copin...
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Michael Feinstein Talks London Festival of Cabaret, LGBT Issues and More (AUDIO)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This week I talked with multifaceted entertainer Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum, two-time Emmy Award-nominated and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook" and considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Michael will be headlining the London Festival of Cabaret on Nov. 4 at the Palace Theatre, where he will be performing his acclaimed show "Michael Feinstein & Friends," joined by special guests Elaine Paige and Julian Ovenden for an evening of great music, lyrics and performance. I talked with Michael about his upcoming show in London and his spin on LGBT issues. When asked about his personal commitment to LGBT civil rights, he stated: One of the things in my life has been the evolution I've gone through in my perception about LGBT...
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George Heymont: Dressed For Distress
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Recently, while dining together, a friend launched into a new topic with the following opener: "I was having a conversation with the voices in my head the other day...." "You do realize that's a captive audience?" I teased. "Of course," he replied, "but at least they all agreed with me." Those intimate, all-too-knowing kinds of conversations can get a girl in trouble. While it's easy enough to invoke the "On the one hand this, but on the other hand that...." approach to analyzing a situation, it can often lead one down the slippery slope to delusional thinking and bizarre behavior. Consider Dorothy Loudon's brilliant mashup of two songs during 1992's Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Often, when we envision a damsel in distress we imagine characters like the protagonist of the 1914 silent film serial entitled The Perils of Pauline, Lois Lane hoping to be rescued by Superman, or the beefy Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters) demonstrating her swimming techniq...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to l...
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NYC Opera Season Comes To An End
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
NEW YORK -- Jacques Offenbach's "La Perichole" struggled to break through and was ultimately suffocated in Christopher Alden's heavy-handed and annoying production, the last of New York City Opera's second season as a roaming company. An opera bouffe that's usually airy and sometimes saccharine, "La Perichole" devolved into a series of sophomoric sight gags, overshadowing fine vocal work by mezzo-soprano Marie Lenormand as Perichole and tenor Philippe Talbot as Piquillo, the pair of young street singers. Seen Tuesday night in the second performance of a run of four, this was City Opera's second staging this season at New York City Center, its home from 1944-65. Alden seemed to be inspired by Monty Python's visit to City Center in 1976. Don Andre de Ribeira, the Viceroy of Peru sung by bass Kevin Burdette, pranced about the stage in the manner of John Cleese as the Minister of Silly Walks. He was costumed by Gabriel Berry as a superhero, a cowboy in black and whit...
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Lyric Opera's 'Streetcar Named Desire' music surprises
Chicago Times - almost 5 years
'A Streetcar Named Desire,' Andre Previn's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, has come in for such scathing notices from some critics following its premiere by the San Francisco Opera in 1998 that one approached the Chicago premiere Tuesday night at the Civic Opera House, where it received a semi-staged production under auspices of Lyric Opera, expecting the worst. Surprise: While certainly flawed, the opera is not nearly as weak as certain reviewers have insisted, and is often much stronger. At its best, Previn's conservative musical language lends poetic resonance to Philip Littell's libretto (essentially a pared-down version of the original text), while his deployment of voices and orchestra is remarkably assured for a first opera.
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Ayano Hodouchi: A Streetcar Named Desire, in Opera
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Last week, Carnegie Hall presented a semi-staged performance of André Previn's opera, a Streetcar Named Desire, based on a play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. The performance was also the New York premiere of the work, composed in 1998. This opera would not be the same thing without the soprano it had been written for, Renée Fleming. She was there, accompanied by the vocally luscious soprano Susanna Phillips in the role of Stella, who made a good contrast. Phillips has a gorgeous and large voice, more so than Fleming -- but this is fitting, for Stella is more earthy and sensual than her sister, and highlighted the diaphanous quality of Blanche's character. For all her flirting with Mitch (excellently performed by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, who sang the same role at the world premiere at the San Francisco Opera in 1998) and her kissing the newspaper collection boy (not to mention her disreputable past), Fleming's Blanche is not sensual. She is not a vamp or si...
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Marianne Schnall: Exclusive: Patrick Stewart Calls on Men to End Violence Against Women
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Many of us remember Sir Patrick Stewart on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the heroic Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise whose mission was to explore the galaxies. In real life, the dynamic 72-year-old acclaimed actor and activist has taken on his own personal mission: enlisting men in the movement to end violence against women, which he has called, "the single greatest human rights violation of our generation." As part of this ambitious effort, Stewart recently served as host for the launch of "Ring the Bell," a global campaign (conceived by the human rights group Breakthrough) calling on one million men to make one million "concrete, actionable promises" to end violence against women and girls. The launch event on March 8th, which coincided with International Women's Day and the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters, brought together over 200 special guests from media, business, entertainment, gove...
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Vicky Tiel: Elizabeth Taylor Was No Snob
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Elizabeth Taylor was no snob. She truly felt all humans had the same value in society. She preferred to befriend cooks, housekeepers and secretaries rather than their bosses. My husband, Ron Berkeley, had been her makeup man since their youth, working on Giant and Raintree County together. He was a close friend, as was her hairdresser Agnes Flanagan who had also worked for Marilyn Monroe. Elizabeth hated snobs as much as she hated cheap producers. By the time I joined the entourage full time in 1966, Elizabeth was locked up in hotel rooms and had no longer any sense of the real world, especially finance. Once she handed me a hundred dollar bill to buy a bikini on the beach in Rome and sweetly asked if it would be enough. The price of a good swimsuit then was $10, and from a beach vendor it was half that. She could have been robbed blind by the entourage, but we all loved her and would never have done it. She never minded the vast hotel or dinner bills as long as everyone ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz Third Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Roy Haynes photo by Fran Kaufman © 2012 Notes on Jazz Third Annual Living Legends of Jazz 2012 Once again it is time for my annual Notes on Jazz listing of the Living Legend of Jazz .This is the third annual compilation, and with each year we gain some new members and sadly lose some old friends. The list is a celebration of those who have, for so long, graced us with their talents, their creativity and their love of the music. Last year, we saw the passing of some truly venerable legends. Musicians, performers, innovators, teachers and mentors who made an indelible mark on society at large and on the music in particular. Some were famous, some infamous and all will be missed. This fraternity of Jazz Legends lost two drummers. A onetime member of both the Ellington and Basie band's drummer Butch Ballard passed at the age of 92. The eclectic rhythm machine, Paul Motian, who together with bassist Scott LaFaro and pianist Bill Evans formed what was perhaps the m...
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Woody Allen's Son Takes A Sarcastic Swipe At Him On Father's Day
Huffington Post - over 5 years
What happens when your father marries your adoptive sister? If you're Woody Allen's estranged son, Ronan Farrow, you use Twitter to remind everyone just how messed up your family is. The 24-year-old freelance journalist and human-rights activist opened some old family wounds on Father's Day, tweeting: Happy father's day -- or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law's day. — Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) June 17, 2012 Ronan's mother couldn't help but chime in, and replied to her son's tweet with a simple, yet effective statement: Boom RT @RonanFarrow: Happy father's day -- or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law's day. — mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 17, 2012 Allen infamously left his longtime partner and Ronan's mother, actress Mia Farrow, in 1992, for adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn. And even though Allen left Mia in 1992, the relationship with Soon-Yi began in 1991, when she was 21 and he was 56. Woody and Mia began dating in 198...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of André Previn
  • 2013
    Age 83
    In 2013, jazz singer Kate Dimbleby and pianist Naadia Sheriff revisited Dory Previn's musical reflections on her marriage to André Previn in the London cabaret show, Beware Of Young Girls: The Dory Previn Story.
  • 2012
    Age 82
    However, in a pre-concert public interview at the Lincoln Center, in May 2012, Previn laughed at the suggestion that he is related to Mahler.
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  • 2010
    Age 80
    In 2010, the Recording Academy honored Previn with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
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  • 2005
    Age 75
    In 2005 he was awarded the international Glenn Gould Prize and in 2008 won Gramophone magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in classical, film, and jazz music.
  • 2002
    Age 72
    His fifth marriage, in 2002, was to the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, for whom he later wrote a violin concerto. They announced their divorce in August 2006, but continue to work together in concerts.
    This marriage ended after 20 years in 2002.
  • 1996
    Age 66
    Previn was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. (Not being a citizen of a Commonwealth realm, he may use the post-nominal letters KBE but is not called "Sir André".) Previn received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 in recognition of his contributions to classical music and opera in the United States.
  • 1989
    Age 59
    Because of Previn's objections, Salonen's title and Japanese tour were withdrawn; however, shortly thereafter, in April 1989, Previn resigned.
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  • 1982
    Age 52
    Previn's longest marriage was his fourth. In January 1982 he married Heather Sneddon.
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  • 1979
    Age 49
    Prior to their divorce in 1979, Previn and Farrow had three biological children together—twins Matthew and Sascha, born in 1970, and Fletcher, born in 1974.
  • 1977
    Age 47
    The 1977 television show Previn and the Pittsburgh was nominated for three Emmy awards.
    In 1977 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.
  • 1970
    Age 40
    In 1970 he was nominated for a Tony Award as part of Coco's nomination for Best Musical.
    They then adopted Vietnamese infants Lark Song and Summer "Daisy" Song (born October 6, 1974), followed by Soon-Yi Previn, a Korean child whose age a physician's bone scan placed between 6 and 8 years old and whose unknown birth date her adoptive parents estimated as October 8, 1970.
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    Previn's third marriage, in 1970, was to Mia Farrow.
  • 1969
    Age 39
    After Previn divorced her in 1969 during her hospitalization for a mental breakdown, Dory Previn resumed her career as a singer-songwriter with On My Way to Where (1970), an "influential" and "critically acclaimed" album whose "searingly honest" confessional lyrics famously chronicled both her mental health struggles and the infidelity that she alleged had at once precipitated the end of her marriage to Previn and exacerbated her intermittent mental illness.
  • 1968
    Age 38
    In 1968, he began his tenure as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), serving in that post until 1979.
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  • 1967
    Age 37
    In 1967, Previn succeeded Sir John Barbirolli as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
  • 1966
    Age 36
    He collaborated with Julie Andrews on a collection of Christmas carols in 1966, focusing on rarely heard carols.
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  • 1960
    Age 30
    Previn made two albums with Dinah Shore as arranger, conductor, and accompanist in 1960, and another, "Duet", with Doris Day in 1961.
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  • 1959
    Age 29
    In 1959, he married Dory Langan, better known as Dory Previn.
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  • 1957
    Age 27
    Previn divorced Bennett in 1957, a few months before she gave birth to their second daughter.
  • 1952
    Age 22
    Previn has been married five times. His first marriage, in 1952, was to jazz singer Betty Bennett, with whom he had two daughters, Claudia Previn Stasny and Alicia Previn (a violinist for the Irish band In Tua Nua and a founding member of the Young Dubliners).
  • 1951
    Age 21
    In 1951 and 1952, while stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco during his military service, Previn took private conducting lessons from Pierre Monteux, which he valued highly.
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  • 1948
    Age 18
    He first came to prominence by arranging and composing Hollywood film scores in 1948. Coincidentally, in 1964, both composers won Oscars for different films, both winning in musical categories.
  • 1946
    Age 16
    At Previn's 1946 graduation from Beverly Hills High School he played a musical duet with Richard M. Sherman; Previn played the piano, accompanying Sherman (who played flute).
  • 1939
    Age 9
    In 1939, his family, being Jewish, left Nazi Germany and moved to Los Angeles, where his great-uncle, Charles Previn, was music director of Universal Studios.
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  • 1929
    Whilst most published reports give 1929, Previn himself has stated that 1930 is his birth year.
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