Meet the new maestro: Jaap van Zweden talks taking over the New York Philharmonic

This month is one Jaap van Zweden will never forget. At this moment, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s treasured music director will most likely be found studying a score or brandishing a baton backstage at New York’s iconic Lincoln Centre, where he is … Continue reading Meet the new maestro: Jaap van Zweden talks taking over the New York Philharmonic

Heavy metal turns 50? Happy birthday to popular music’s most persistent party crasher

In the history of recorded music, no genre has earned more controversy, sparked greater outrage, or scared more parents, than heavy metal. From decapitated bats and onstage self-mutilation, to offstage accusations of coded Satanic messages and devil worshipping, for five decades metal has hounded the upholders of morality across the globe – while attracting covert fascination from mainstream music fans. Because for all the gore, blood and muddle, metal’s most popular practitioners – such as Metallica and Iron Maiden – rank among the best-selling bands ever. Fans will continue to debate where hard rock ends and heavy metal begins – … Continue reading Heavy metal turns 50? Happy birthday to popular music’s most persistent party crasher