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Contact! New Music Series Survives Attempted Murder + MORE

Last week, the NY Times ran an excellent, though surprising, article by Michael Cooper about the last-minute reprieve for the NY Philharmonic's Contact! new music series.This is one of outgoing music director Alan Gilbert's new-music initiatives for the orchestra. It's not so hard to see why the orc.... More »
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SF Opera Audited Financial Results 2013-2014 + MORE

San Francisco Opera's 91st season started on September 6, 2013 and finished on July 13, 2014. Eight operas were held at the War Memorial Opera House in 68 performances. The Company concluded Fiscal Year 2013-14 (FY 14) with a deficit of $348,244 on an operating budget of $74,119,493. Total ope.... More »
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Orphée et Eurydice review – dazzlingly effective playing, and Flórez shines + MORE

Royal Opera House, LondonWith the English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner on a midstage platform, Gluck’s score is shown off to vivid effect, but the staging feels half-heartedBritain’s major opera companies allowed last year’s Gluck tercentenary to pass uncelebrated. The Royal Opera.... More »
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making her opera debut + MORE

At 83, Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets her first official operatic role. .... More »
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Ingolf Wunder review – magic alongside the occasional misfire + MORE

St John’s Smith Square, London The probing pianist combined beguiling strangeness and thunderous climaxes with an exhilarating journey into musical terra novaSince winning prizes at the 2010 Chopin competition, Ingolf Wunder has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. This latest appea.... More »
In Rehearsal with Empyrean Atlas [from Issue 3 of our Magazine]We met with David Crowell, composer, instrumentalist, and frontman of Brooklyn-based Empyrean Atlas, as the band was rehearsing for an upcoming gig back in September. This video was featured in Issue 3 of our Magazine.

Empyrean Atlas is:

David Crowell
Andrew Smiley
Greg Chudzik
Jason Nazary
Grey Mcmurray

For more information, visit: http://empyreanatlas…

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Miláčku, znáš mne, znáš? Rusalka in BudapestMy experience of the Budapest Festival Orchestra reads like an optimistic statistician's assessment of the effects of orchestra tours on cultural tourism. Having heard the orchestra several times in New York, I convinced my mother and sister that their plans for a long weekend in Budapest had to be combined with hearing the BFO at home…

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Total Spring

– www.therestisnoise.com

All of this year's Spring for Music concerts are now archived at WQXR. Two events in the series especially stand out: the Seattle Symphony program mentioned below, and the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival Chorus's powerful revival of R. Nathaniel Dett's The Ordering of Moses. But all are worth hearing…

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Fun event toasts the composer with wit, wine and beer

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The Austrian composer has a gift for connecting with an audience, and his work was the exhilarating highlight of the BBCSSO’s Tectonics festival

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5 questions to Preston Stahly (artistic and executive director of Tribeca New Music)The Tribeca New Music Festival is back this week with its 2014 edition: 5 concerts at The Cell from May 14 to May 18—all at 7PM. We talked to Preston Stahly (artistic and executive director of Tribeca New Music) about it…
When was the festival created? Can you tell me more about the first edition of the festival?
Back in 90s we were called the New York Art Ensemble…

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Hospital patients star in opera

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When Romeo Castellucci first listened to Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, what sprang to mind was a bed in a white hospital room. As the Italian theatre director carried on studying the opera, suggested as a future project by La Monnaie's Peter de Caluwe, he couldn't shake off that initial image…

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Soprano Susanna Phillips and bass-baritone Eric Owens fit an Orchestra Hall recital into their busy schedules.

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The Fort Bend Symphony is a community orchestra, so its members play for enjoyment rather than pay.

When Agüero zeros in on wrong notes, sloppy rhythms or rough entrances, he coaxes more than criticizes; on hearing what he wants, he responds: “Good!”

Agüero, 35, directs the orchestral and chamber-music programs at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where about 70 students perform in the HSPVA Symphony Orchestra…

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CBSO/Rattle/Donohoe review  a euphoric reception for the returning conductorSymphony Hall, BirminghamSimon Rattle brought nobility and urgency while Peter Donohoe played as if visited by the spirit of RachmaninovBut for the vision and tenacity of Simon Rattle, Symphony Hall and its stunning acoustic would not have come into being and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra would not have developed into quite the world-class orchestra it is…

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Sir George Christie, 1934 – 2014

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Sir George Christie, 1934 - 2014Sadly MissedThe only son of Glyndebourne founders John Christie and Audrey Mildmay, Sir George Christie succeeded his father to become Chairman of Glyndebourne in 1958 when he was just 23. He held the position until 1999, during which time he and his wife Mary transformed his family business into the world-renowned opera house it is today…

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The Metropolitan Opera’s unionized orchestra members voted to authorize a strike vote in the event negotiations fail.

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Mastery In Christian Tetzlaff’s Solo Recital

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 Ysaÿe, J. S. Bach, Kurtág, and Bartok, Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Vancouver Playhouse, 9.5.2014( GN) Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin in G minor, Op. 27, No. 1 J. S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 Kurtág: From ‘Signs, Games and Messages’ (1961-2005) Bartok: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin (1944)   There can be few […]

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