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orchestra

A remarkable call to Brahms + MORE

Richard Tognetti led the Australian Chamber Orchestra in a thrilling performance of Brahms’s third symphony..... More »
concerto

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Isango Ensemble’s South African Setting + MORE

This company’s adaptation of Britten’s 1960 opera reimagines the work as a tale steeped in African folklore..... More »
strings

Go into your glance + MORE

Happy birthday to mean, moody, magnificent mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W0kbqR7inI Born on this day in 1924 baritone Matteo Manuguerra. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNZncFqgOb8 Happy 81st birthday soprano Arlene Saunders. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPeIDfmJCKg.... More »
opera singer

In two and a half months… + MORE

Here’s something I’ve mentioned before. But now it’s time to get serious. My reemergence as s composer is just two and a half months away, with an evening of my work on April 14, at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, just outside Washington, DC. Details? They’ll come in future posts. Bu.... More »
performance

ASO’s Interim CEO Will Not Be Involved With Negotiations + MORE

Following up on a question from earlier in the week on whether or not Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) interim CEO Terry Neal will be involved with negotiations, evidence has surfaced which confirms he will not be part of the bargaining process. A 9/29/2014 letter from ASO board chair Karole L.... More »
School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week, the Robbinsdale All-District Elementary Choir, a mixed-voice ensemble made up of 100 fifth graders from the 10 elementary schools in Robbinsdale, Minn.

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Symphony guide: Dvořák's Eighth

– www.guardian.co.uk

Symphony guide: Dvořák's EighthDvořák’s musical energy showed a way for the late 19th century symphony to be both profound and immediate in its joyful communicative powerSo much of the symphonic thinking of the late 19th century is bound up with doing so many things at the same time, through densities of structure and motive, of harmony and counterpoint, that some of the most obvious yet hardest things to achieve in music can get forgotten in a complex symphonic maelstrom of ideas and technicalities…

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New video: Orchestra orders water (for a day)

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

New video: Orchestra orders water (for a day)Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra yesterday played water glasses – at least that’s what they said was in them – on behalf of the charity WaterAid. This is one New Year’s resolution that will definitely not last.

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Gluck: A Musical Dramatist for a Better World

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Gluck: A Musical Dramatist for a Better WorldFor New Year, I posted some Rameau excerpts for the 250th anniversary of his death, commenting that, in general, our opera houses seemed quite indifferent to him and to that anniversary. Now there are good arguments about incessant marking of anniversaries; I have certainly tried to voice a few on occasion…

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When owls attack

– parterre.com

When owls attackPhilip Glass’s 25th opera The Perfect American was originally commissioned for New York City Opera during the aborted regime of Gerard Mortier.  When his hiring fell through in 2008, Mortier and his planned City Opera projects headed for Teatro Real Madrid, where the piece opened in January 2013.  The story tells of the final days of Walt Disney as he was dying of cancer in 1966, based on the novel Der Konig von Amerika by Peter Stephan Jungk, a fictionalized account of Disney being stalked by a fired employee who sought to unionize Disney’s employees and get them the credit they deserved for much of the actual drawing of the Disney characters…

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A Sad Sight

– irontongue.blogspot.com

A Sad SightOrchestra Hall, Minneapolis, deserted by day………and by night.Thanks to MD and CAG for the photos.

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Luis Gomes lunchtime recital

– www.planethugill.com

Luis Gomes lunchtime recitalLuis Gomes Luis Gomes & David Gowland recital: Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 7 2014 Star Rating: 4.0Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes is now one of Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artists and as part of the young artist programme gave a lunchtime recital at Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre on Monday 6 January 2014, accompanied by David Gowland who is Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme…

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This week: concerts in New York (January 6 – January 12, 2014)Yefim Bronfman, Lindberg, Rouse, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5Composer Christopher Rouse (photo credit: christopherrouse.com)Pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the New York Philharmonic to perform Christopher Rouse’s Rapture, Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No…

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Happy New Year! Here's this year's list of major classical music anniversaries.

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I have tickets to five concerts during my planned stay in London in May, plus I will likely go to Thebans at ENO. That leaves a few days when I might travel. So I took a look at opera productions for May 15 to 31, and….it’s just embarrassing compared to the offerings in the US. As I said in email to Patrick:…

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Covent Garden picks 3 Aussies, 1 Ukrainian, 1 Brit

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Covent Garden picks 3 Aussies, 1 Ukrainian, 1 BritNew placements have been announced for the coveted Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the ROH. The five lucky candidates are: Australian soprano Lauren Fagan (pictured), Australian baritone Samuel Johnson, British bass James Platt, Australian tenor Samuel Sakker and Ukrainian bass-baritone Yuriy Yurchuk…

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Download a track from a Donizetti gem

– www.classical-music.com

Sir Mark Elder conducts Belisario – our opera choice of the month

This week’s free download comes from a rarely performed Donizetti opera, Belisario…

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The FT’s chief classical music critic rounds up the finest recordings by the British composer and – as of the new year – Companion of Honour

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