A federal court has dealt a blow to gun rights groups by ruling Gov. Phil Murphy's ban on 15-round magazines doesn't violate the Constitution. The group that challenged the 10-round magazine limit on firearms in the state already filed their appeal Monday night and vowed to fight the law to the Supreme Court. The group, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, challenged the new law in court within an hour after Murphy signed the legislation in June. The measure gives gun owners until early December to sell, modify, destroy or turn over to the police their any gun magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. "It turns a million people into criminals with the stroke of a pen," Scott Bach, the group's executive director, said Monday night. Murphy vows N.J. will be 'a leader in the fight' for gun control New Jersey State Police State does not say how many gun permits there are in the state. But groups like Bach's estimate there are 1 million people in the … [Read more...] about N.J.’s ban on large magazines is constitutional, court rules. Gun groups vow to appeal.
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After the most tumultuous year in its history, the Oregon Bach Festival returns — its internationally acclaimed artistic director fired, its reputation tarnished by his mysterious dismissal and its parent University of Oregon’s botched, secretive handling of the whole situation and its schedule diminished. Yet the nearly half-century-old institution, one of Oregon’s artistic treasures, somehow endures despite the turmoil. This year’s edition, which opens Friday, notably includes a pair of most-welcome contemporary works by major American composers. “Executive Director Janelle McCoy is responsible for bringing [Richard Danielpour’s] The Passion of Yeshua and Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto No.3 featuring Simone Dinnerstein to Eugene,” wrote festival director of Marketing and Communications Josh Gren in an email. “The rest of the Festival was programmed by an artistic advisory committee, led by UO School of … [Read more...] about Bach in Business
If the marimba had existed in J.S. Bach’s time, would he have composed for that dark, mellow, resonant instrument? Most folks would answer yes, but renowned marimba soloist She-e Wu goes one step further. “I think if Bach really could have heard the marimba, he might have written for nothing else,” she says.That’s the kind of response that comes straight from the heart, and Wu is both heart and soul a lover of the music of Bach and the marimba, possibly in that order.There is hardly a continent that Wu has not brought her percussive skill to, performing not only works by Bach, but also many works for marimba she composed, commissioned and premiered.Wu has performed as a solo artist at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and at percussion festivals across the globe. She’s appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Moment Musicale Orchestra of Taiwan and many other orchestral groups. She has performed as guest recitalist and … [Read more...] about The well-tempered marimba: Bach and the percussion instrument are perfect together in the hands of She-e Wu
The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park brings in guest artists from all over the world, but it didn’t look too far afield for one of its 2018-19 season headliners. Orlando’s Voctave, an 11-member a cappella group with four albums under its belt, will perform in February on a program that marks its orchestral debut.The society announced its 2018-19 season during concerts this weekend.The informal Insights & Sounds series, in which concertgoers learn background information on the music being performed, will return for a second year. Popular holiday concerts marking Independence Day and Christmas will also be back – with Easter joining the lineup.Here’s a look at the upcoming season’s programs, most on the Rollins College campus in Winter Park.Choral MasterworksThese concerts showcase the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra.Mendelssohn and Mahler, Nov. 17-18A Classic Christmas, Dec. 15-16.Power of Romanticism and Resurrection, April 27-28, 2019, which is … [Read more...] about Voctave joins Bach Festival Society for 2018-19 season
Some of the world’s most talented classical musicians are coming to California for a performance that will bring together celebrated compositions of Beethoven and light-hearted antics of Bugs Bunny.Bach to the Future will perform classical fusion pieces like “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony” in the style of Carlos Santana and “Flight of the Bumblebee” in the progressive-rock style of Rush at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Finke Theatre.The band’s musical arranger and pianist, Michael Silverman, is the most downloaded solo pianist on the planet with his songs downloaded and streamed more than 2 billion times.“We perform a lot of classical pieces that people are really familiar with, even if they’ve only watched cartoons,” he said, referring to the band’s rendition of Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” as performed in the style of Bugs Bunny from the 1946 “Looney Toons” cartoon “Rhapsody … [Read more...] about Bach to the Future provides classical fusion