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A dusty venetian blind + MORE

Born on this day in 1913 actress Coral Browne.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWF-dr712CQ Born on this day in 1866 composer Francesco Cilea. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS6zLlBH7tw Born on this day in 1931 soprano Ava June. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYySQ6SN7vc Happy 75th birthday opera administrator Bri.... More »
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America’s second opera house announces best results + MORE

The Lyric Opera in Chicago has enjoyed a happy season. Ticket sales rose to $28.8 million, up from $26.6 million in 2013. Of 284,440 tickets sold, 67,485 were purchased by first-timers. Lyric also beat its $23.6 million annual fund-raising goal by $100,000. Anthony Freud, formerly of Welssh Natio.... More »
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Boston Symphony gives out iPads at Friday concerts + MORE

In a bid to attract younger audiences, the orch will supply some concertgoers with iPads, giving access to a range of information, entertainment and different video angles on the orchestra. Good idea.   press release: On Friday, January 15, the Boston Symphony Orchestra launches “Casual Frid.... More »
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Aspen (11): Gypsies, Paganini, and Saariaho Inspire Vivid Programs + MORE

Sibelius, Saariaho, Vivaldi, Tan Dun, Boccherini, Montaña, Shore, Rodrigo, Granados, Falla, Chabrier, Rachmaninoff, Lutoslawski, Brahms/Schoenberg: Soloists, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Pacifica Quartet, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Robert Spano and Miguel Harth-Bedoya (conductors). Benedict Music Tent a.... More »
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Victor Salvi, Who Played Harps and Made Them Too, Dies at 95 + MORE

Mr. Salvi, a former New York Philharmonic member, founded a company that became the world’s foremost harp producer..... More »
John Ogdon(RCA, six CDs)John Ogdon died 25 years ago, at the age of 52, and the anniversary has already been commemorated this year with a biography and a TV documentary. But this collection of his recordings for RCA is the best possible memorial, a vivid reminder of what a fine pianist Ogdon was, particularly in the high-romantic and 20th-century repertoires closest to his heart…

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Yvar Mikhashoff(Mode, four CDs)Those who remember the Almeida festival in the 1980s, when it was such a vital and innovative part of London’s new-music scene, will also remember the part Yvar Mikhashoff played in it, as both associate director and resident pianist. In London and elsewhere, Mikhashoff’s recitals were often thematically organised marathon affairs one at the Almeida in 1985 was devoted to the tango, while others traced the 20th-century history of American music, including a famous "70 Works in Seven Hours from 70 Years" concert that he gave in New York in 1984…

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Vienna between Dreams and Hallucinations

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Schumann, Schubert /Liszt, Grünfeld, Ravel: Roberto Giordano (piano),  Oratorio degli Angeli Custodi, Lucca.  12.06.2014 (JB) What happens when you are born with an irrepressible talent in a cultural desert? –when a foreign power wants you as their son? – when an audience of three thousand  in Beijing won’t stop applauding your art? All these things […]

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Composer/editor/director John Ottman is no stranger to film, and no stranger to director Bryan Singer. The two have worked hand-in-hand crafting some of the most important Hollywood productions of the last few decades, including The Usual Suspects (1995), X2: X-Men United (2003), and Superman Returns (2006)…

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A Wagnerian Interview: The Hartford Wagner FestivalA few days ago, our deputy editor interviewed Charles M. Goldstein, President and Artistic Director of the “controversial” Hartford Wagner Festival. Sadly, since that time, the festival has been postponed for at least a year. According  to a statement released by the festival, this was due to a series of, “vicious and coordinated attacks on the Hartford Wagner Festival by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) which have forced the resignations of our Music Director and two of our performers with threats of loss of future work…

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A horse named after a concert hall

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A horse named after a concert hall
Meet Wigmore Hall, named after London’s premier chamber music venue. It’s running next month at Sandown.
Worth a bet.
 

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Four-month-old baby gets role in Pelleas et MelisandeDirector Joel Ivany and opera singer Miriam Khalil have cast their newborn Sammy as the baby in their production of Pelleas et Melisande

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A critical guide to classical music performances in the New York City area.

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Provocative but Werktreue, Manon Lescaut Royal Opera House

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Provocative but Werktreue, Manon Lescaut Royal Opera HouseManon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House, London, brings out the humanity which lies beneath Puccini’s music. The composer was drawn to what we’d now called “outsiders. In Manon Lescaut, Puccini describes his anti-heroine with unsentimental honesty. His lush harmonies describe the way she abandons herself to luxury, but he doesn’t lose sight of the moral toughness at the heart of Abbé Prévost’s story, Manon is sensual but, like her brother, fatally obssessed with material things…

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Curtain Calls

– cheyneyk.blogspot.com

Curtain CallsThis article first appeared at auditionoracle.com Photo: operacreep.wordpress.comLast night I was one of many who had the opportunity to see Terry Gilliam Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at the cinema. There are all sorts of wonderful things to talk about but I thought I might just dwell on one of those things that often get left to the last minute in opera performances, if they get dealt with at all: the final bow…

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Meryl Streep to play Maria Callas

– www.classical-music.com

Meryl Streep is set to play legendary opera singer Maria Callas in an upcoming film adaptation of Terrence McNally’s play Master Class.
Directed by Mike Nichols for HBO, the film will be set at The Juilliard School during the 1970s and will include incidental music by Verdi, Puccini, and Bellini…

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Ensemble. Orchestral Showpieces

– www.mvdaily.com

Cristian Mandeal conducts the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Time for Three at Joe's Pub

– www.violinist.com

Time for Three at Joe's PubBy Caeli Smith: Wish me luck – on Friday, I’ll be undertaking my first long solo drive (12 hours!) from Philadelphia to Maine. I’m going to Kneisel Hall, a summer music program where I’ll be spending 8 weeks playing my all-time favorite music (string quartets, and other chamber pieces!). My fellow musicians and I will really get to know each other, during our several daily hours of rehearsal…

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