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Orchestras as metaphor + MORE

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Review: String Orchestra of Brooklyn Plays a Program of Spare Works at Roulette + MORE

The concert, “Dimensions of Time and Silence,” featured works by Morton Feldman, Krzysztof Penderecki and Scott Wollschleger..... 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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Three Countertenors Make History in LA Opera's 'Dido & Aeneas' + MORE

Left - John Holiday; Top Right - G Thomas Allen; Lower Right - Darryl TaylorWilliam Doggett II writes:From the iconic The Three Tenors toThe Three Mo Tenors of the 1990s which featured three Black tenors we fast forward to  October  2014, where LA Opera presents an historic first!  Me.... More »
Iceland Symphony Orchestra - Proms debutIlan VolkovTonight (22 August 2014) the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ilan Volkov, makes its first performance at the Proms in a programme which combines contemporary Icelandic music by Haukur Tómasson and music by Jon Leifs (1899 – 1968), Iceland’s premier 20th century composer, with music by Schumann and Beethoven…

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Illuminating Britten War Requiem Nelsons CBSO Prom

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Illuminating Britten War Requiem Nelsons CBSO PromAndris Nelsons conducted Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Prom 47. Nelsons’ War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham is legendary, but the Royal Albert Hall is a unique setting. It illuminates even relatively straightforward performances, like Bychkov’s on 11/11/13 more here)  But whatever the reason, Nelsons’ Prom Britten War Requiem was exceptional…

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Once upon a Thames

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Once upon a Thames“Houston Grand Opera’s 2014–15 season, the company’s 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell… from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow… the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner’s The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley’s Sweeney Todd……

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Music Review: Steven Schick Performs ‘Mathematics of Resonant Bodies’The percussionist Steven Schick performed John Luther Adams’s “The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies” on Wednesday at Mostly Mozart.

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John Malveaux: Albany Records has posted new videos on YouTube of George Walker, pianoGeorge Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Albany Records has posted new videos on Youtube of George Walker, piano. Albany Records continues its series of recordings by George Walker, who has achieved international recognition as a pianist and as a composer…

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Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini review  a finely shaped programme of Monteverdi songsGreyfriars Kirk, EdinburghBold and stylish instrumental playing gave this performance its brilliant vivacity adding to its dramatic, raunchy storytellingThere are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Concerto Italiano…

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Salzburg contemporary • Dalbavie • Jaroussky • ORF RSO
Dalbavie Beauties, Bruckner Woes

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The low lesser-prestige orchestras at the Salzburg Festival get to play in the Felsenreitschule, which is where the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra performed the least attractive (or least prestigious, at

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Great shakes

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Great shakesThe little opera companies of New York are like chanterelles: Some years they sprout everywhere and you can savor the scent in the woodsy air; other seasons they’re hard to find and unsatisfying when you stumble on a patch. New York’s got lots of untapped vocal talent but you never know which companies will have their ears screwed on straight…

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Brian Reitzell is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, but 2014 might be a turning point for this composer with numerous albums released this year, representing years of work. One of his many recent releases is music for the video game Watch Dogs, which has been in development since 2011.

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Celebrating Cole Porter 50 Years On

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 Cole Porter, Anything Goes: Maria Friedman, Jenna Russell, Graham Bickley,  Clive Rowe, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company Chorus / Richard Balcombe (musical director). Cadogan Hall, London 20.8.2014. (JPr) Cole Porter was America’s quintessential twentieth-century sophisticated songsmith and as his biography in the printed programme began, ‘A gifted composer […]

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The battle with the unions may be over, but the Met’s crisis rumbles on

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Antara Ensemble in works by Bizet, Dvorak & Telemann,  Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m. Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St, NYCHarold JonesWilliam Foster McDaniel(www.abouttheartists.com)On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM, at Saint Peter’s Church at CitiCorp, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, conductor/flutist Harold Jones will lead members of the Antara Ensemble in Georges Bizet’s Adagietto and Antonin Dvorák’s Serenade, and William Foster McDaniel will be guest conductor for Georg Phillipp Telemann’s Suite in A minor for Flute and Strings…

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Like the orchestra itself, the programme joined hands across national borders by featuring an Israeli and a Syrian composer

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