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New Cobbett Composition Prize + MORE

The Berkeley Ensemble - photo: Nigel LuckhurstThe original Cobbett Competition, created by the philanthropist Walter Willson Cobbett, was responsible for commisioning works from Benjamin Britten, Frank Bridge and RVW. Now the Berkeley Ensemble has instituted the New Cobbett Composition Prize in emul.... More »
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BSO and Beethoven + MORE

Pianist Andrew StaupeAfter hearing one of the National Symphony Orchestra's concerts at Wolf Trap, it was only fair to take in one of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's summer concerts, on Thursday night. In the comfortable air conditioning of the Music Center at Strathmore, the only sign of a tradi.... More »
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David Ellis: Concert Music + MORE

Divine Art have produced a fine retrospective of David Ellis’ music. According to the composer’s website, it is only the second CD to be devoted entirely to his work. Although many other pieces have appeared on compilations from Campion Cameo, Dutton and Meridian, this is the first major explora.... More »
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Colour of Music Festival Program Lineup: Oct 22-26 All Black Classical Music Festival/Charleston SC + MORE

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) and William Grant Still (1895-1978) are profiled at AfriClassical.com.  The website features a comprehensive Works List for William Grant Still by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com]Lori C. Hicks, Soprano Sterling El.... More »
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Pérello? God Help Us + MORE

Love Duets, A. Pérez, S. Costello, BBC Symphony Orchestra, P. Summers Two American opera singers who also happen to be husband and wife, tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Ailyn Pérez, gave a recital on Wednesday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, to kick off the Washington National Oper.... More »

Just in: Vienna Opera ends season on record high

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Just in: Vienna Opera ends season on record high
Overall takings are up 1.3% to a record €33.5 million.
Audience numbers also up: a record 603,652 vs 599,525 the previous year.
Capacity for opera performances was 99.67%. Unbeatable.
Hats off to Dominique Meyer.
 
(The Met, by comparison, is below 80%.)
 

Official stats:

Erneut Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord an der Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014
In der Spielzeit 2013/2014 konnte die Wiener Staatsoper erneut einen Einnahmenrekord von
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Rédempteur à toute vitesseThis week, Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin presents what is perhaps the briefest Bühnenweihfestspiel on record, a 2005 performance of Parsifal from Bayreuth conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Bayreuther Festspiele
Pierre Boulez, conductor
29 July 2005
Amfortas – Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester
Titurel – Kwangchul Youn
Gurnemanz – Robert Holl
Parsifal – Alfons Eberz
Klingsor – John Wegner
Kundry – Michelle de Young
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Almost Back To Normal

– www.adaptistration.com

Almost Back To Normal

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as having main power almost within reach after operating on auxiliary power for several days and to that end, I’m still occupied with getting everything shipshape so there’s only a quick pointer to an article in the 6/29/2014 edition of the Green Bay Press Gazette by Paul Srubas that reports the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s (GBSO) board and executive leadership have made it quite clear that they are resolved to shut the organization down after next season…

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The Vienna Philharmonic Recalls World War I in SarajevoThe Vienna Philharmonic chose its material carefully for a concert held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that remembered World War I.

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Beyond the serious financial plight of the unpaid 2013 Beethoven Festival musicians, the larger conversation drives home that both performing artists and their employers need to be educated and held accountable by the community at large, and there is some serious work to do on that score.

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Birmingham Treasures the Moment with Nelsons and Mozart

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart: Soloists, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Chorus / Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26.6.2014 (GR). Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 isero! O sogno – Aura che intorno spin, K431 Per questa bella mano, K612 Mass in C Minor, K427 Soloists: Malin Christensson (Soprano I); Christine Rice (Soprano II); Ben […]

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Pas de deux for AB and ensemble

– www.theaustralian.com.au

FROM today, Orchestra Victoria becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Ballet, and good sense has prevailed.

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A ubiquitous presence on the Bay Area’s underground music scene, Lisa Mezzacappa has toured with Donovan and recently founded her own record label, Queen Bee. On any given night, she is likely to be performing in some small venue you didn’t know existed, around the corner from where you live.

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The Chicago company announces it broke even in 2013-14, marking the 26th year out of the past 27 that the company managed to avoid red ink.

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Salonen Mahler 8 – not a Symphony of a Thousand

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Salonen Mahler 8  - not a Symphony of a ThousandMahler’s Symphony no 8 was given its title “The Symphony of a Thousand” by a promoter who wanted to attract the kind of crowd who like blockbusters, but don’t necessarily care much about music. Judging from the delirious applause at last night’s Royal Festival Hall concert, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, that kind of audience is all too common these days, too…

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Tristan Murail's world of breathtaking, disturbing beautyOver their final weekend, the Aldeburgh Festival is celebrating spectralism, with French composer Tristan Murail in residence. Tom Service introduces a world of sensuality and vividnessFrench composer Tristan Murail is in residence at the Aldeburgh Festival on Saturday for a mini celebration of spectralism, the musical movement/attitude/exploration of which he has been a leading figure since the 1970s, along with his fellow travellers Gérard Grisey and Hugues Dufourt…

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Wagner epic rings up $15.8m

– www.theaustralian.com.au

WAGNERITES who descended on Melbourne for Opera Australia’s Ring cycle have boosted spending in the state by $15.8m.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Hot on the announcement that the Chicago Chamber Musicians was discontinuing all its artistic activiteis and would not be presenting a 2014-2015 season, another renowned classical music entity is announcing its closure…

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