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Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, St Joseph’s Chapel, Hong Kong + MORE

This Unesco-protected chapel was an ideal setting for the world premiere of James Boznos’s ‘Anesti’.... More »
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Classical chats + MORE

Some colleagues see their blogs, in the words of one, as a 'shop window' for their writing. I say, write about whatever takes your fancy, ignore the tips about keeping it short if you have a lot to say, and if you please yourself, you're bound to please at least one or two others. This may look more.... More »
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Eerily Familiar Language + MORE

The 5/21/2016 edition of TechCrunch published an article by Devin Coldewy that reports on a speech given by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about the gig economy (such as Uber, not musician related gigging) that touches on some remarkably familiar concepts inside the orchestra field. Here̵.... More »
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Just in: Yannick’s local orchestra plans first tour + MORE

The first orchestra to appoint Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its artistic director, his home town ensemble, is going on a 7-city Europe tour with him in a year’s time. The tour is intended as a showcase for the burgeoning cultural life of Quebec. Local reports are crediting the conductor with its.... More »
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John Malveaux: Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theaters & Met radio broadcast of ELECTRA on April 30, 2016 include Bass-Baritone Eric Owens & Soprano Roberta Alexander + MORE

Roberta Alexanderwww.robertaalexander.comEric Owenshttp://imgartists.com/artist/eric_owensJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theaters and the Met radio broadcast of ELECTRA on April 30, 2015 will include Bass-Baritone Eric Owens in leading.... More »

Ives as Reviser

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Here are the last three measures of the Concord Sonata‘s Emerson movement, as published in the score he sent out in 1921, which is now in public domain, and which – ill advisedly, in my view – has just been reprinted by Dover: And here are those last three measures in the second edition of […]

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  From Orchestral Player To ‘Experimental’ Composer: Brett Dean in Conversation with Geoffrey Newman, Brett Dean in Conversation with Geoffrey Newman, 26.3.2014 The showcasing of five works by Brett Dean (b. 1961, Brisbane) at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival in late January made me recognize just how fine a composer he is, and just […]

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John Malveaux: 'Symphony of Brotherhood Concert-Anniversary of 1992 Los Angeles Riots'John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:In addition to selected video taped performances from 50th Anniversary March on Washington/I HAVE A DREAM Speech  Concert of August 2013, please see selections for Colorado Mesa University live performance on April 25 at Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles in connection with anniversary of 1992 Los Angeles Riots…

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First Time Live Youth in Grimsby

– www.planethugill.com

First Time Live Youth in GrimsbyFirst Time Live with the RPO in Doncaster on Tue 25 March. Photo credit Paul Coghlin.My second visit to the Grimsby Auditorium in two days had the same orchestra on the platform (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), the same conductor (Benjamin Pope) but a very different audience. (See my review of the RPO’s concert) As we arrived at the auditorium on the afternoon of 28 March streams of school children were queuing up to go in…

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WTO’s Winterreise Podcast

– collaborativepiano.blogspot.com

Kim Witman at the Wolf Trap Opera blog has created an illuminating 5-part podcast of Schubert’s Winterreise that gives a quick 37-minute walk-through of the cycle, its poetics, and musical journey. The recording that Kim uses is a 2010 Sydney Festival performance of bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and pianist Sharolyn Kimmorley…

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Brian Newhouse interviews Osmo Vanska

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse interviewed Osmo Vanska this week. Vanska stated flatly that, yes, indeed, he does want to come back to lead the Orchestra, "If I can work with the orchestra the way I used to do, and I want to do, then I want to come back."

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The 61-year-old Finnish maestro Osmo Vanska is conducting three concerts celebrating the Minnesota ensemble’s recent Grammy Award.    

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(L to R) Stephen Costello (Nemorino), Ailyn Pérez (Adina), and Simone Alberghini (Belcore)
in L’Elisir d’Amore, Washington National Opera, 2014 (photo by Scott Suchman)
As it looked on paper, the revival of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore was the low point of the Washington National Opera season. As it happened, that honor went to the fall’s disastrous production of La forza del destino, but this

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It’s The Home Stretch

– www.adaptistration.com

It’s The Home Stretch

Today is the final day to become an Orchestra 990 Database Project’s Kickstarter campaign backer. The ability to make a pledge shuts down at 11:59 PM CDT and over the past few days, a few frequently asked questions have been coming in via email and social media so it makes sense to take a moment and cover them here during the final day of giving…

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Ancient Music

– briandickie.typepad.com

Well not that ancient – but Bach.  And not JS or even the tercetenarian CPE.  No – WFE and JCF.  Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach was JSB's ninth (!) son, and his second surviving by Anna Magdelena.  Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach was JCF's son – so JSB's grandson.
I was at the Academy of Ancient Music's concert at the lovely Milton Court Concert Hall at the Barbican last evening…

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Wigmore HallBirtwistle – Fantasia upon all the notes (2012)Carter – Enchanted Preludes (1988)Esprit rude/Esprit doux (1985)John Adams – Shaker Loops (1978)Carter – Mosaic (2004)Birtwistle – The Moth Requiem (2012)Nash EnsembleBBC SingersNicholas Kok (conductor)A funny programme this: not the combination of Harrison Birtwistle and Elliott Carter, for they provided refreshing, invigorating contrast, but the presence of John Adams’s Shaker Loops, which really did not seem to have anything to do with either, and whose poverty of invention sounded all the more glaring in such august company…

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Dame Ethel Smyth: ‘Woman’s Music Scorned’

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

Dame Ethel Smyth: ‘Woman’s Music Scorned’On January 10 1922 Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) wrote a letter-article for the Daily Mail. She had recently been created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in recognition of her work as a composer, a suffragette and writer.  The content needs no gloss, save to say that Smyth’s music has not yet been recognised to any great degree…

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Birtwistle Carter Wigmore Hall

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Birtwistle Carter Wigmore HallProbably the greatest living British composer, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, turns 80 in Juluy. He’ll be the subject of a series at the Barbican and no doubt feted at the BBC Proms. At the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Singers joined the Nash Emsemble for the latest of their series on British and American composers…

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