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Orchestras as metaphor + MORE

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Gewandhaus cellist, 36, killed in road accident + MORE

The Leipzig opera audience was informed before last night’s Wagner performance that cellist Hendrik Zwiener had died in a tragic road accident. An orchestra member for ten years, Hendrik was a human rights activist with his own foundation that campaigned against notable acts of injustice. Fir.... More »
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Cheryl North: West Edge Opera dusts off Donizetti's rarely heard 'Poliuto' + MORE

East Bay-based company devotes a season to uncovering hidden gems of the genre.... More »
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Theatre director fired over Wagner opera that offended Russian Orthodox church + MORE

Russia’s culture minister sacks Siberian theatre director after Russian Orthodox church, allied to President Vladimir Putin, attacks modern staging of Tannhauser Continue reading....... More »
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L'Amour de Loin HD Broadcast + MORE

Composer Kaija Saariaho and Librettist Amin MaaloufJuly, 2008 Adriana Mater symposium, Santa FePhoto by Lisa HirschI couldn't go to the live HD broadcast of Kaija Saariaho and Amin Maalouf's L'Amour de Loin (Love from Afar) because I taught a self-defense class starting at noon that S.... More »
Former Chetham’s teacher is charged with sexual offenceThe conductor Nicholas Smith, a former head of chorus at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, has been charged with indecent assault on a teenaged girl, a pupil at the school, between between 4 May 1976 and 3 June 1978.
Smith, 65, who once conducted the Ulster Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, lives in France…

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Project runway

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Project runwaySome ideas are so absurd that the only way to describe them is to simply use the liner notes: “On 26 August 2013, Hangar-7 of Salzburg Airport was transformed into a vibrant cultural venue for a special live broadcast of Mozart’s Enführung aus dem Serail in a coproduction for television with ServusTV…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 32: Nicola Benedetti and Ray Chen in concert. Plus, Esa-Pekka Salonen's Apple commercialBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world.

Nicola Benedetti performed Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic. (This was her New York Philharmonic debut, as a last-minute sub for Janine Jansen, who was ill)The New York Times: “The work juxtaposes nervous, fragmented passages with generously measured singing phrases, and both Ms…

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Thrilling 2015, 2016 – Garsington Opera at Wormsley

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Thrilling 2015, 2016 - Garsington Opera at WormsleyThrilling 2015 and 2016 for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, showing how it’s maturing, and developing a unique niche in the British opera world. As the curtain goes up on Garsington Opera’s 25th anniversary season, Douglas Boyd, artistic director, has announced two major developments – partnerships with The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 41st ('Jupiter')Mozart’s 41st symphony – the last he composed – is full of postmodernism, palimpsests, and pure exhilarationYoure a little dull/ My dear Pompeo/The ways of the world/Go study them. The words of the aria, Un bacio di mano (A kiss on the hand), composed as an insert for Pasquale Anfossis opera Le gelosie fortunate by Mozart in 1788, to words probably by Lorenzo da Ponte…

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 Rawsthorne, Elgar, Vaughan Williams: James Ehnes (violin), BBC Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 23.5.2014 (MC) Rawsthorne: Overture ‘Street Corner’ Elgar: Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9   Programmes of English music in English concert halls are a lot rarer than one might imagine…

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School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's feature spotlights the Austin High School Wind Ensemble, led by Bradley Mariska.

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Schoenberg’s opera is a triumph for WNO’s music director Lothar Koenigs and the chorus and orchestra; the production is rather less successful

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 Tallis, Mealor, Mathias, Rachmaninov;  London Symphony Chorus, Jeffrey Howard (organ), Simon Halsey (conductor),  St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, 11.5.2014 (GPu) Tallis: Spem in Alium Mealor, Ubi Caritas Mathias, Let the people praise Thee, O God Tallis: Spem in Alium Rachmaninov Vespers / All Night Vigil    Two of the towering masterpieces of the choral repertoire – […]

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The New York Philharmonic’s annual free concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine drew its usual large and enthusiastic crowd.

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Does cinema create new opera audiences?

– intermezzo.typepad.com

The answer is a big fat NO, according to a new survey commissioned by English Touring Opera.
The study of 234 operagoers "found that 81% of cinema opera attendees were over 60 years old, with an age profile slightly older than that typically found at live opera. In addition, the study indicates that attending a cinema broadcast of opera does not regularly inspire cinema-goers to attend live opera in a theatre, with 85% of respondents reporting no increased motivation to attend live after their cinema experience…

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Quentin Tarantino might be saddling up to direct his ensemble western “The Hateful Eight” — which he emphatically mothballed after a script leak and sued Gawker Media over — after all.

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Firm support for Richard Wagner

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Opera-going can be bad for your health. Especially if the composer is Richard Wagner and the opera is five hours long. "Prolonged sitting inhibits venous function, blood pools in the legs and they can swell. Also, the risk of thrombosis may increase, as in a long-haul flight"
So say Medi Gmbh, "one of the world's leading companies in the field of compression stocking supplies" and a sponsor of the Bayreuth Festival…

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