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Daily Download: Peter Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1 "Winter Dreams": Scherzo + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Peter Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1 "Winter Dreams": Scherzo, performed by Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra..... More »
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Eric Conway: Morgan State University Choir sings All Rise with Wynton Marsalis February 24 & 26, 2017 + MORE

Eric Conway writes:Hello everyone,Last night the Morgan State University Choir performed with one of the greatest musicians of our time - nine time grammy winner - Wynton Marsalis at the Music Center at Strathmore.  We sang All Rise composed by Wynton Marsalis, originally commissioned by th.... More »
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Saul review – virtuoso, ravishing, one of Glyndebourne's finest shows + MORE

Glyndebourne Opera House, LewesBarrie Kosky’s first show for the company is a theatrical and musical feast of energetic choruses, surreal choreography and gorgeous singing After its huge success with one of Handel’s last English oratorios, Theodora, which Peter Sellars staged in 1996, Glyndebour.... More »
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ArtsBeat: New York Philharmonic Announces Partnership With Michigan Musical Society + MORE

The partnership with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan will include three visits by the Philharmonic..... More »
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Five of the best… classical concerts + MORE

Tectonics | The Magic Flute | The Dark Mirror | In Parenthesis | Messiah The music festival curated by conductor Ilan Volkov now takes place each year in Reykjavík, Adelaide and Glasgow. As usual, Volkov is very much present in the latest incarnation of the latter; he’s conducting the BBC Scottis.... More »
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade review  lacking in mysteryToronto Symphony/Oundjian(Chandos)Peter Oundjian is best known in the UK as the music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, though he’s also music director of the Toronto Symphony, with whom he made this recording of Rimsky’s symphonic suite last year. It’s a decent performance, but no more…

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Sopranos celebrates milestone birthday at Ravinia with composer Jake Heggie’s new work in her honor.

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Seattle Opera director pays tribute to his stage unions

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Seattle Opera director pays tribute to his stage unionsSpeight Jenkins, General Director of the Seattle Opera since 1983, is stepping down this weekend. But not before he sent the following handwritten note to his stage crews:

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At a venue near you - Glyndebourne on TourThis year’s Glyndebourne on Tour season includes touring versions two 2014 main house productions, Tom Cairns’ production of Verdi’s La Traviata, and Frederic Wake-Walker’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera along with a revival of Jonathan Kent’s 2006 touring production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw…

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Performing at weddings brings both joy and challenges to the Lake Minnetonka String Quartet.

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Ionarts in Santa Fe: ‘Carmen’

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Chorus in Act IV, Carmen, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, The personal is political in Santa Fe’s incendiary border-crisis “Carmen”
The Classical Review, August 7
Santa Fe Opera’s new production of Carmen is the third staging I have seen this year alone. An opera that is mounted this often invariably receives a lot of mediocre performances, but when a director does

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Appeal’s signatories include Helena Bonham-Carter, Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, Stephen Hawking, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cliff Richard and Dominic West

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Grant Chu Covell[August 2014.]Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Prelude and Fugue in D minor, K. 405, No. 4 (after J.S. BACH, BWV 877) (1782-83); Larghetto cantabile in D major and Fugue, K. 405, No. 5 (after J.S. BACH, BWV 874) (1782-83); Adagio and Fugue in A minor (after J.S. BACH, BWV 867); Allegro in C minor, K…

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Pre-Great War Pastoral MusicThis essay is not a history of British pastoral music. However, the genre existed for a number prior to the Great War. If we hold to Ted Perkins three point definition of pastoral music it is necessary to exclude a number of pieces seemingly fit the bill. Works like Edward German’s delightful opera ‘Merrie England’ and Luard Selby’s Village Suite are more ‘bucolic’ than pastoral…

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“Observer” story pushed off front page“Camilla hopes the new work will make opera ‘more mainstream.’” [Daily Mail]

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John Malveaux: Latonia Moore sings 'Aida' with Metropolitan Opera Dec. 26 & 29, 2014 and Jan. 5 & 10, 2015Latonia Moore (Metropolitan Opera)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:METROPOLITAN OPERA: AIDA 30 Oct 2014 – 20 Apr 2015         “The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska once again, alongside Latonia Moore, and Oksana Dykand…

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Met Labor Dispute: Writers Weigh In

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The labor situation at the Metropolitan Opera continues to be tense and uncertain. Last week, it seemed as though a lock-out might be coming any day. That did not come to pass–so far at least–but the disputes between management and…

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Sirodeau(BIS, 2CDs)Viktor Ullmann is mostly associated with the extraordinary flowering of music at the concentration camp at Terezín, where he was held from September 1942 until his deportation to Auschwitz in October 1944. Pianist Christophe Sirodeau argues that he should be approached "not as a victim of the Nazis, but on his own merits" but it remains difficult to dissociate his music from the circumstances of its composition…

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