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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Musicians Reject Tentative Agreement + MORE

In the wake of negotiation clouds from the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) is contributing to the storm front thanks to being poised for a work stoppage following a recent vote by musicians to reject their employer’s latest offer. What makes this situation u.... More »
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An Opera That Springs From China but Laps Distant Shores + MORE

Qian Yi, who comes from the kunqu tradition, has performed in the West many times but faces new challenges in her latest vehicle, “Paradise Interrupted.”.... More »
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All About Orchestra Negotiations + MORE

Last May, we examined some new capacity at Adaptistration which provides the ability to package several articles on related content into an easy to find resource. Fortunately, metrics made it easy to determine what readers are looking for and for the past year, the most searches focus on how o.... More »
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Brahms: Chants d'amour / Liebeslieder + MORE

Summer weather is beginning to transition into that of fall, which means it's time for me to transition from French to German art songs as my default listening of choice. Perfect for this lazy, enchanted, in-between period has proved a new recording of Brahms waltzes, here identified as Chants .... More »
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Now you see her… + MORE

On this day in 1926, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, CA. She reappeared a month later with the claim that she had been kidnapped. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftqumRF9Sh4 Born on this day in 1810 librettist Francesco Maria Piave http://www.youtube.c.... More »

Prelude to Elgar The Kingdom First Night of the Proms

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Prelude to Elgar The Kingdom First Night of the PromsEdward Elgar The Kingdom at the First Night of the BBC Proms, hot ticket in more ways than one. I shall brave the heat of the Royal Albert Hall and make the pilgrimage. As I predicted before this year’s Proms were announced The Kingdom is an ideal blockbuster with which to start the Proms season. Oddly enough it was last heard at the Proms in 1999, though it’s been done 8 times since 1930…

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If it quacks like a LebrechtIt’s Logic 101, really: “Peter Gelb says opera in the United States is having trouble finding an audience. A single performance at the Mariinsky Opera last week sold out. Therefore, Peter Gelb is a liar.”

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Briefly Noted: ‘The Lighthouse’

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P. Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse, N. Mackie, C. Keyte, I. Comboy, BBC Philharmonic, P. Maxwell Davies
(released on May 27, 2014)
Naxos 8.660354 | 72’29"Peter Maxwell Davies composed this chilling chamber opera for the Edinburgh Festival in 1980. The composer led this performance, with members of the BBC Philharmonic, for a release in 1994 on another label that is now out of print…

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Glyndebourne’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata is a satisfyingly elegant one

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Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble are seeking new volunteer members; voice assessment July 29 & August 5 at 6 PMCharleston SC July 9, 2014 –The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble are seeking new volunteer members. The CSO Gospel Choir is an 80-voice gospel group and the CSO Spiritual Ensemble is a 35-member vocal group focusing on African-American Spirituals.The two groups will hold a voice assessment Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, August 5 at 6:00pm each evening at Second Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston…

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Berlin Philharmonic and LSO join forces  for first world war centenarySir Simon Rattle conducts performance recorded for event at military cemetery near Mons to be attended by David CameronSir Simon Rattle has conducted an unprecedented collaboration of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded for a multinational first world war event near Mons in Belgium to be attended by David Cameron and members of the royal family…

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Ensemble. Whipped Cream

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Buxton Festival’s 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler

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Branscombe Festival

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Branscombe FestivalBranscombe, DevonThe Devon village of Branscombe has its second festival this year, running from 25-27 July 2014. Founded by Ian Rosenblatt (of Rosenblatt Recitals), Branscombe Festival presents major musicians in a delightful country setting. This year, curated by Iain Burnside, there is a recital by Ailish Tynan and Luis Gomes, cellist Philip Higham playing Bach, and I Fagiolini in a programme which stretches from William Cornyshe and Monteverdi to Cathy Berberian and Britten…

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There’s a lot of talent here – notably on the part of Venera Gimadieva, who meets Verdi’s vocal demands with ease – but this is an arid staging

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Dvorák's The Jacobin in Buxton, aka When Viktor Laszlo Went Home....In a gloriously sunny Buxton for our Alicia’s Gift concert the other day, I took the opportunity to catch The Jacobin, a little-known opera by Dvorák that the doughty festival director Stephen Barlow, the conductor, had somehow, somewhere, found and resuscitated. Here he is, with director Stephen Unwin, talking about it and how it all happened:Result? An absolute joy – indeed with a great, warm heart…

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Sergio A. Mims: 'Mandela Tales' is a music theatre production by composer/musician Shirley J. Thompson, Sunday 27 July 2014, 4PM at Rich Mix, London, UKShirley J. ThompsonSergio A. Mims:I got this e-mail from British composer Shirley Thompson about an event happening  on July 27thSergio On Friday, July 11, 2014 6:51 AM, Shirley Thompson wrote: Dear Friends,Hope all is well and that you will make it to see a production of Mandela Tales after sell-out performances at the South Bank Centre and the V & A Pavillion in Cape Town…

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Homecoming – A Scottish Fantasy

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Homecoming - A Scottish Fantasy Bruch Scottish Fantasy, traditional Scots music; Nicola Benedetti, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rory Macdonald; DECCA Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 15 2014 Star rating: 5.0Brilliant combination of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with traditional Scots fiddling What to programme with the Bruch Scottish Fantasy? This new disc from Nicola Benedetti takes a distinctive new tack by pairing the fantasy with traditional Scots music, in both orchestra arrangements and played in traditional style…

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First Night of the Proms review  Elgar's The KingdomRoyal Albert Hall, LondonPerhaps a little subdued for the opening night, but sumptuous choral work is fine farewell for director Roger WrightTo state the obvious: the First Night of the Proms marks the beginning of something. And, usually, that beginning feels something like a celebration. So why did this year’s concert feel a little subdued? It had elements of culmination, and of farewell too; but most of all, it was down to the choice of music…

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