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Weeny Wiener workforce + MORE

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra were today announced as the third-ever winners of the $1m Birgit Nilsson prize. In case you're thinking that sounds a lot, it only works out at about £4,000 per player - and it's more likely to be put towards educational or social work in any case. But p.... More »
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Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Isango Ensemble’s South African Setting + MORE

This company’s adaptation of Britten’s 1960 opera reimagines the work as a tale steeped in African folklore..... More »
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'I'll do some Hot Gossip moves in space!' Sarah Brightman's space trip interview + MORE

ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER is writing a song for Sarah Brightman to sing in space, but she tells Express Online she may do some moves from I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper on the International Space Station.... More »
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Choreographer Petr Zuska and the Czech National Ballet + MORE

The Czech National Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the world. It was founded in 1883 to provide dances for the opera and it also put on the classics of the time introducing creations for the Ballets Russes as it entered the 1920s. However, from the ‘30s on it slowly started leaning.... More »
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Deeds of bygone days + MORE

On this day in 1842, Glinka’s opera Ruslan and Lyudmila premiered in St. Petersburg. Born on this day in 1882 composer Joaquín Turina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqsNv7kIM1k Born on this day in 1895 mezzo-soprano Conchita Supervia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvwyiK3AkJ0 Born on .... More »
Pianist Fredericka King Performs 'Sonata No. 1' by George Walker & 'Troubled Water' by Margaret Bonds at Weill Recital Hall, 2 PM Feb. 16, 2014Fredericka King, PianoPianist Fredericka King writes:Hello Mr.Zick,Always good to visit AfriClassical and see how much wonderful activity is going on in our musical world!I wanted to share news of an upcoming performance in New York City; I will be playing at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 16 at 2 pm…

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TT: Just because

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Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins dance George Balanchine’s Tzigane in 1977. The score is by Maurice Ravel: (This is the…

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The Mayor of Milan has promised to plant 90,000 trees in the Maestro’s memory. His friend, the architect Renzo Piano, will plan the groves.

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Marc Minkowski is to lead the annual celebration of Mozart’s music, presented by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, through 2017.    

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Adult Party Games and Bad PoetryAfter Arthur Jarvinen’s death in 2010 I decided that I needed to commemorate his life and work here on Mixed Meters. Today would have been Art’s 58th birthday. Mentioning him like this isn’t much. It is something.Last summer an adventurous group of composer performers called Varispeed played selections from Art’s piece Adult Party Games from the Leisure Planet…

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Secret Music: February

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(Click for the background to the Secret Music listings.) Saturday 1 February: Cafe OTO, Lauren Redhead, Gail Brande, ORE, 8pm | £8 adv, £10 door Cumbria-based new music and sound art festival Full of Noises presents two nights of performances by artists from their 2013 programme. Day 2 sees performances from composer Lauren Redhead, who … Continue reading →

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Barbican 2014-15 season

– www.planethugill.com

Barbican 2014-15 seasonThe Barbican’s 2014-15 season has been announced and it is full of gems, with residencies from Joyce DiDonato, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Operas being performed include Handel’s Alcina and Hercules, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, a Rameau double bill, a rare Vivaldi opera, Boris Godunov, Smetana’s Dalibor and premieres from Unsuk Chin and Rodion Shchedrin…

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Chicago laments a chamber music pioneer

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Chicago laments a chamber music pioneerAndrew Patner writes: The sudden and wholly unexpected death yesterday of Chicago pianist and artistic and organizational force Deborah Sobol is a terrible tragedy for her family and for music and community in our city. Over her 40 years here, Debbie co-founded and led the Chicago Chamber Musicians for 20 years, launched, led, and has been […]

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Daniel Barenboim leads La Scala's last tribute to Claudio AbbadoPerformance of Beethoven funeral march to empty theatre in Milan is broadcast on Italian TV a week after death of conductor Inside, the rows of red velvet seats were empty. But outside, huddling in the cold and dark, thousands of people had come to hear the Milanese opera house La Scala say goodbye to one of its most admired and beloved sons…

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Don Gil of the Green Breeches/Punishment Without Revenge, Arcola - theatre reviewFollowing a successful run in Bath last year, Laurence Boswell’s ambitious season of Spanish Golden Age plays — in new translations, performed in rep by one ensemble — comes to the Arcola.

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Ama Deus

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Ama DeusLoved by God, he may have been, yet Mozart in turn imbues the lowlier characters within his operas with life and charm. Tributes to the professed genius of Salzburg are popping up all over the social media shop today to mark the composer’s birthday. Mine is nothing new, but, confronted by the anniversary, I thought of a fleeting moment in one of Mozart’s operas and I wanted to share it again…

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Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt Wigmore Hall

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Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt  Wigmore HallAt the Wigmore Hall, London, Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Rieger presented an inspired programme: Lieder in Italian. The core Lieder repertoire is solidly Austro-German. Writing Lieder in Italian poses challenges: different syntax, different sounds, different sensibilities. Pisaroni is Italian, and a very well established opera singer…

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Learning to Listen: Mozart's Requiem

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The story of Mozart's Requiem is shrouded in mystery — a web of deception woven by those he left behind when he died. Learn about and hear the music on Monday's Learning to Listen.

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