Sunday, February 12, 2017
BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky’s score captures the true magic of The Sleeping Beauty. The composer himself thought it to be one of his best works. It is a “dancing symphony” about fate and life, woven from an old tale of a princess who pricks her finger and is put under a 100-year spell to be awakened only by the kiss of a handsome prince. Dynamic virtuoso Colin Currie makes his debut with Composer of the Year Sir James MacMillan’s dazzling and sensational percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, one of his most performed works. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony open the program with Prokofiev’s much-loved Classical Symphony.
A bill is before the state Senate which would eliminate school property taxes and replace the revenue by raising the personal income tax from 3 to roughly 5 percent, and raising the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent while broadening the number of items subject to the tax. Similar legislation came before the Senate in November 2015 and ended in a 24-24 vote with the Lt. Gov. breaking the tie with a no vote.
Should O.J. Simpson be granted parole?