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Laurence Vittes: Auryn Quartet Affirms Haydn's Humanity Amidst Hungarian Migrant Crisis + MORE

In 1785, Joseph Haydn was commissioned by a canon in Cádiz, the ancient port city in southwest Spain, to write sacred instrumental music for Holy Week illustrating the "seven last words of the Lord." Read more: Hungary, Migrant Crisis, Culture and Morality, Classical Music, Classical M.... More »

Percussionist Antonio Sanchez's beats soar in 'Birdman' + MORE

Antonio Sanchez -- a solo drummer/composer and a member of the Pat Metheny Group -- was asked by 'Birdman' director Alejandro González Iñárritu to compose his first Hollywood soundtrack for 'Birdman.' Now Sanchez is winning recognition for his unusual achievement..... More »

Edinburgh Festival 2014, Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain (La Trashiata), review: 'a damp squib' + MORE

Artist Alison Jackson has brought her first "opera", in which celeb lookalikes mouth along to famous arias, to Summerhall on the Edinburgh Fringe. Laura Barnett is unimpressed.... More »
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Guildhall Gold Medal Winner - Oliver Wass + MORE

Harpist Oliver Wass has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the School’s most prestigious prize for outstanding soloists. The prize is awarded to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years and this year was the turn of the instrumentalists. Oliver Wass’ win.... More »

Ce n’est pas le docteur Schmidt + MORE

Born on this day in 1921 soprano Denise Duval.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3E3GSaWrPs Born on this day in 1801 composer Albert Lortzing. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTTqAzx7EKc Born on this day in 1891 baritone Imre Palló. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnqRlCmhFp8 Happy 93rd birthday composer Ned Rorem..... More »
”I prefer to walk to work!” Lilli Paasikivi, the new Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera talks to Göran Forsling Lilli Paasikivi took over the post as Artistic Director at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season, when Mikko Franck (see interview) stepped down after six years at the helm of the company…

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Beds and Beethoven

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CONCERT tourism is on the rise as we look to add a cultural element to our holidays.

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Operatic triumphs in the Olivier Awards

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Operatic triumphs in the Olivier AwardsNicholas Sharratt, Grant Doyle, Roderick Earle in King Priam for ETO © Richard Hubert Smit At last night’s Olivier Awards, English Touring Opera won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for their season at the Linbury Studio Theatre, with Tippett’s King Priam and Britten’s Paul Bunyan (the other nominees were Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez in La Donna del Lago at Covent Garden and Placido Domino in Nabucco at Covent Garden)The award for Best New Opera Production went to the Royal Opera for their production of Verdi’s Les Vepres Siciliennes (the other nominees were the Opera Group/Opera North production of David Bruce’s The Firework Makers Daughter at the Linbury Studio Theatre, and ENO’s new production of Wozzeck  at the London Coliseum)…

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Pulitzer to Adams

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To John Luther Adams, that is, for Become Ocean. You can hear Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony perform it in the upcoming Spring for Music Festival, should you happen to be in NYC next month, on an environmentally-themed program with Deserts and La Mer.(Did I get you there? Well, take comfort in knowing that JCA’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary was a finalist…

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Sergio A. Mims: Watch Tenor Ronald Samm as Florestan in Beethoven's 'Fidelio' (2:00:40) on YouTubeRonald Sammronaldsamm.comSergio A. Mims writes:I came across this complete 2008 performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio with tenor Ronald Samm in the role of Florestan that I wanted to share with you and your readers. Though it doesn’t say so, this performance actually incorporates some music and arias from Beethoven’s first version of Fidelio which was titled Leonore and not usually heard at all…

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Just because: Paul Hindemith conducts Brahms

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Paul Hindemith conducts the Chicago Symphony in a 1963 performance of Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture: (This is the latest in…

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on inspiration

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“If we cannot, in the flash of a single moment, see a composition in its absolute entirety, with every pertinent…

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The long-awaited successor to Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 is unveiled – but anyone hoping for more of the same is in for a rude awakening

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Taddes Korris, a Canadian double-bass player studying orchestral performance in Manhattan, cancelled his Monday audition with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra out of fear that his expensive ivory-tipped bow would be confiscated at the border upon his return to the United States

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Another Year, Another ‘Carmen’

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Charles T. Downey, Virginia Opera stages ‘Carmen’
Washington Post, April 14, 2014
An opera company is unlikely to have a triumph, in the critical sense, by staging “Carmen,” but Georges Bizet’s story of passion and murder will fill a house. It worked for Virginia Opera, which staged the opera on Friday night at George Mason University Center for the Arts…

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Garsington Opera's Rossini Maometto Secondo commemorative CDTo commemorate its 25th anniversary, Garsington Opera at Wormsley is releasing a CD. In the true Garsington Opera tradition this will be something special: the first commercially available recording of the new edition of  the rare Rossini opera Maometto secondo under the Avie label, The deluxe 3-CD set,  recorded live at Garsington Opera’s universally acclaimed 2013 performances – the first-ever fully staged production of Maometto secondo in the UK –  is stylishly packaged in a 100-page hardbound book, complete with synopsis, essay and libretto in Italian with English translations…

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I am the one who rocks: Bryan Cranston helps teen land a prom dateIf terrifying chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-maker Walter White of "Breaking Bad" asks you to do something, you’d better give him the answer he wants. High-school student Stefan Montana of Los Gatos, Calif.

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Ensemble. Repetitive Chugging

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Mike Wheeler comes face to face with Orff’s Carmina Burana

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