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Morning Glories: Dvorak's visit to America's heartland + MORE

During Thanksgiving week, as Americans celebrate the harvest, we'll hear four of the "American" pieces that have their roots in Antonin Dvořák's historic visit to America and its heartland..... More »
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Arise, Sir Bryn…. and other honours + MORE

The baritone Bryn Terfel has been knighted and percussionist Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour (CH) in the UK list of New Year’s Honours.   The conductor Jeffrey Tate also received a knighthood, as did Barry Ife, outgoing head of the Guildhall School. There are OBEs for City of B.... More »
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Jiří Bělohlávek and the NSO + MORE

Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center. Martinů, Symphonies, BBC Symphony Orchestra, J. Bělohlávek (Onyx, 2011) I came for the Bohuslav Martinů, heard it, and was conquered. I apologize for the campy gloss on Julius Caesar’s famous "Veni, vidi, vici,&q.... More »
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Dan Visconti composes 'Living Language' for guitar and orchestra + MORE

New piece will receive its world premiere under Donato Cabrera and the California Symphony.... More »
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LICHT on the horizon? + MORE

A decade ago, Stockhausen's gargantuan seven-part operatic cycle LICHT seemed on the verge of a complete performance, then faded away. A 2004 BBC News story announced that a production was planned in Dresden in 2008, in conjunction with Stockhausen's eightieth birthday. Sadly, the compose.... More »

Sir Mix-A-Lot raps with Symphony

– www.dailytelegraph.com.au

IT seems like an unlikely collaboration but rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot has teamed up with the Seattle Symphony to perform his iconic hit Baby Got Back.

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der RosenkavalierRichard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opened Glyndebourne’s 80th anniversary season, dedicated to the memory of George Christie, who created country house opera as we know it today. “My father loved Der Rosenkavalier”, said Gus Christie.”I think he would have liked this production”, he added with a wink, “Though he would, as always, have had a lot to say about it”…

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Radio 3 announces a week of Brahms

– www.classical-music.com

From 6 October BBC Radio 3 will host a week dedicated to the music of Johannes Brahms from Bristol. Four concerts from St. George's, and one from Colston Hall, will attempt to shed new light on the well-known Romantic composer…

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Stranger than opera: Stagehands save man from violent muggingJust in from our crime correspondent: Stagehands at Chicago’s Lyric Opera were taking a breather outdoors one day when they caught sight of a man being pummelled by another twice his size. Without pausing to discuss risk and rights, four scene shifters leaped into the fray, saved the victim and pursued the attacker until he was nabbed by police…

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Changing times: Buddhist monks play Bach in China

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Changing times: Buddhist monks play Bach in ChinaRudolph Tang reports from Beijing:

A Buddhist temple has formed the first music academy in China teaching western musical instruments and western classical music.
The inauguration of Mount Tiantai Buddhism Music Academy took place on May 6th in Mount Tiantai, a sacred place in Zhejiang province with strong Buddhism tradition that can be traced back 1,400 years ago…

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Community MusicWorks: Daily Orchestra Program Update: End of Year! Community MusicWorks BlogJune 03, 2014Things have been busy at the Daily Orchestra Program! From learning the story of Johann Sebastian Bach’s life (in three action-packed installments, complete with cliffhangers) to performing two concerts, our students have had no shortage of things to do and music to learn! As usual they have been embracing it all with enthusiasm, and as we draw closer and closer to the end of the school year the fruits of their hard work are starting to show themselves in exciting ways…

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Enjoy the Andante con moto from Piano Concerto No. 4

'This second instalment of Leif Ove Andsnes's 'Beethoven Journey' is no less successful that its predecessor,' wrote Misha Donat in his review of this recording in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine…

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CD Spotlight. Convincing Work

– www.mvdaily.com

Music for soprano and percussion orchestra, heard by Paul Sarcich. ‘The percussion work on this album is of a very high standard …’

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Vert-Vert review  Offenbach's slender piece often feels joke-freeGarsington Opera at Wormsley, StokenchurchGarsington’s English production of this rare comic opera provides plenty of musical, if not dramatic, pleasureTwo years ago, Garsington Opera launched a new programming strand with a production of Offenbach’s operetta La Périchole. This year, in an effort to repeat the trick, they resurrect the much rarer Vert-Vert, though its impact proves considerably less…

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Pianist’s 365 reasons to be cheerful

– www.theaustralian.com.au

PIANIST Galliano Sommavilla’s latest creative feat was born of an attempt to lift himself out of the doldrums.

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Music Review: Sonic Evolution at Seattle SymphonyAs the host ensemble for the annual conference of the League of American Orchestras, Ludovic Morlot led the Seattle Symphony in wildly contrasting programs at the Benaroya Hall.

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A Whimsical Strauss and an Underwhelming Schubert

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Strauss, Schubert, Berliner Philharmoniker, Semyon Bychkov (conductor), Berliner Philharmonie, 4.6.2014 (SH) Following a suite of cancellations, Loren Maazel announced that he would be unable to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in a program of Strauss and Schubert on 4-7 June. Fortunately, there’s always someone willing to lead this top-tier ensemble, even at the last-minute, and on […]

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Morning Glories: Richard Strauss

– minnesota.publicradio.org

This week on Morning Glories, we note the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. His operas and tone poems achieved spectacular success during his lifetime, and today, they're performed, recorded, and discussed as widely as ever.

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