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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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Jonas Kaufmann cancels again + MORE

The tenor has called off the rest of his Walkure performances at Baden-Baden on medical advice. Stuart Skelton subbed the first concert. Andreas Schager takes over tomorrow, Sunday, on Kaufmann’s birthday – his 47th. .... More »
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Silent Night, Wexford Festival Opera, review: 'real conviction' + MORE

An operatic take on the 1914 Christmas truce gets a timely debut, says John Allison.... More »
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Charles Pettaway Performs Music by Composers of African Descent: Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Howard Swanson, George Walker & John D. Cooper + MORE

Charles Pettaway Performs Music by Composers of African DescentOn December 12, 2015 AfriClassical posted:John Malveaux: The latest CD by pianist Charles Pettaway features music by Composers of African DescentWe received the recording shortly before the birthday of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, so w.... More »
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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of History + MORE

After much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural orig.... More »
Barbican HallBeethoven – Symphony no.2 in D major, op.36Messiaen – Turangalîla-SymphonySteven Osborne (piano)Cynthia Miller (ondes-Martenot)London Symphony OrchestraJonathan Nott (conductor) Try as I might, I found it impossible, whether before, during, or after the performance, to fathom the idea behind programming Beethoven’s Second Symphony with Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphony…

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The Vienna Philharmonic Recalls World War I in SarajevoThe Vienna Philharmonic chose its material carefully for a concert held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that remembered World War I.

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New Issue Of The Wagner Journal Now AvailableThe July 2014 issue (vol.8, no.2), now available, contains the following feature articles:• ‘Spinning the Yarn: Intertextuality in Wagner’s Use and Reuse of his Songs in his Operas’ by Malcolm Miller• ‘Richard Wagner and the “Zurich Writings” 1849–51: From Revolution to Ring’ by Hilda Meldrum Brown• ‘Wagner’s Acquittal’, in which Joachim Köhler retracts his claim that Wagner was a forerunner of the Holocaust (See the Wagnerian’s “review” here)• ‘Reckoning up the Ring: A Mathematician’s Diary of Bayreuth 1876′ by Patrick Carnegy, discussing the journal kept by Alfred Pringsheim, father-in-law of Thomas Mann, on his 1876 visit to Bayreuth• Joseph Horowitz on Artur Bodanzky and the golden age of Wagner at the Metplus reviews of:Tannhäuser and Parsifal in BerlinDer fliegende Holländer in CopenhagenDas Liebesverbot in LeipzigGuy Cassiers’ Milan Ring and the Met Parsifal with Jonas Kaufmann on DVDPlus, new books on Wagner by David Trippett, Eva Rieger, Na’ama Sheffi and Joachim KöhlerMore at: The Wagner Journal

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Judith Weir as Master of the Queen's Music is a vital step for new composers | Jessica DuchenAs a once aspiring composer myself I know how difficult it is for women to enter never mind succeed in this professionJudith Weir is to be appointed Master of the Queen’s Music. Weir, 60, will be the first woman ever appointed to this role, which has existed for nearly 400 years. The title may be archaic, the job’s implied responsibilities establishmentarian, but given the struggles for recognition that have faced women composers over the centuries it is still a significant crack in a crystal ceiling…

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As some happy news for women in music – well, really for Judith Weir – leaked out in the Sunday Times earlier today, I’ve been writing this piece for The Guardian’s Comment is Free. Bet you didn’t know I once wanted to be a composer. It was a short-lived dream a long time ago, but never entirely forgotten.

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Union steps in over Chicago’s unpaid Beethoven Fest

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Union steps in over Chicago’s unpaid Beethoven FestGeorge LePauw, the festival’s director, has received a stiff letter from the Chicago Federation of Musicians. He is threatened with a musicians boycott unless he pays up.

George Lepauw, President and Artistic Director
International Beethoven Project
P.O. Box 14149
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Dear Mr…

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Kaija Saariaho’s new piece, here given its UK premiere, may be be scored for organ and orchestra – but it is emphatically not an organ concerto

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Rigoletto hits all the right notes

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ITALIAN conductor Renato Palumbo has established an enviable reputation as a Verdi interpreter.

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Rupert Christiansen laments Glyndebourne’s decision to perform La Finta Giardiniera, an early work by Mozart

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Beauty, Emotion and Warmth in 17th Century Viol Concert

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 Ferrabosco, Holborne, Brade, Gibbons, Locke, William Lawes, Jenkins, Hespèrion  XXI [Jordi Savall (treble viol, director), Philippe Pierlot (treble and bass viols), Sergi Casademut (tenor viol), Friederike Heumann (bass viol), Xavier Puertas (consort bass), Michael Beringer (organ)], The Music Room, Gregynog Hall, Powys, 21…

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Joachim Köhler & Why Wagner Did Not Cause The Holocaust.“Wagner always considered himself a spiritual revolutionary whose concern was the liberation of human beings, including the Jews, from their so-called ‘curse’. Joachim Köhler. The Wagner JournalWhile there is much of interest in the July issue of the Wagner Journal, perhaps Joachim Köhler’s reversal on the centrality of Wagner’s antisemitism in his work, his influence on the the Third Reich and the persecution of the Jews; is one of the most interesting, extraordinary and “brave” “turn-a-rounds” in Wagner research…

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SFBayView.com: 'Pianist Stephanie Woodford, 18, one of 173 worldwide chosen to attend Grammy Camp'Stephanie Woodford and her mother at the piano Photo: Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsSan Francisco Bay ViewJune 28, 2014by Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsThere’s no shortage of Black citizen profiles of personal success.One bright profile of a San Francisco community jewel was recently brought to my attention…

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Judith Weir to be appointed first female master of Queen's musicScottish-born composer will succeed Peter Maxwell-Davies in role described as musical equivalent of poet laureateBuckingham Palace is set to appoint the first ever woman as master of the Queen’s music. Judith Weir, a 60-year-old Scottish-born composer of several successful operas, will be announced this month as the successor to Peter Maxwell-Davies…

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