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That Decisive Moment: A Met Opera Star is Born: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments + MORE

Gritty electronics, a Baroque hoedown and a burly Texan roar were among the highlights..... More »
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Ensemble. Refreshingly Inventive + MORE

A recital by Soraya Mafi and Ian Tindale captivates Mike Wheeler.... More »
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The corner of Schönberg and Faust + MORE

Snapshot from Zurich: the Thomas Mann Archive, out of the picture to the left, is at the corner of Doktor-Faust-Gasse and Schönberggasse. The latter presumably doesn't refer to the Schö/oenberg, who had no Zurich connections that I know of, but the coincidence is amusing. Previously: The cor.... More »
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TSO breathes life into ‘Back to the Future’ with live orchestra: review + MORE

Back to the Future retro nerds enjoy a revitalization of the iconic 80s film with live accompaniment from the TSO..... More »
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Souffler les bougies : L'année Rameau + MORE

Blow out the candles. It's Rameau's 250th birthday on 25th September. To celebrate Arte TV is screening four classic productionsAll of these are very well known, so anyone with the slightest interest in Rameau will have seen them already. But my goodness, they are so good that you want to enjoy them.... More »
Elizabeth Blumenstock leads the orchestra in a wide-ranging program that repeats at Stanford, San Francisco and Berkeley.

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Robert Ashley, Opera Composer Who Painted Outside the Lines, Dies at 83Mr. Ashley stretched the boundaries of opera, choosing not to hew too closely to tradition in his work.    

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The Song of the Fishermen

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The Song of the FishermenSong of the Fisherman (漁光曲) is an icon of Chinese cinema. Released in 1934, it was a huge box-office success screened all over China. It was a good movie, but also captured the spirit of the times. Although it’s a silent, at its heart lies a song. It sounds like folk song but was in fact written for the film by a classically trained composer who made it simple enough that audiences could sing along…

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Four legs better

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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is holding auditions. Applicants must submit video evidence that they can:
  • sit on command   • stay on command   • bark on command   • stay silent on command
As none of these skills come naturally to professional musicians, the orchestra is looking for four dogs instead…

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Want to be head of the Schoenberg Centre?

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Want to be head of the Schoenberg Centre?The advertisement goes out tomorrow. Click here for details.

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Carnegie Hall has announced that 120 musicians from 33 states will make up the National Youth Orchestra on its eight-stop tour beginning in July. Among the musicians are Arjun Ganguly of St. Cloud, Minn., Emma Richman of Minneapolis and Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minn.

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The third man remembers that Callas-Gobbi Tosca

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The third man remembers that Callas-Gobbi ToscaRenato Cioni, who died this week, gave an interview a few months ago to an Italian magazine, recalling his role as Cavaradossi in the most indelible of all opera productions. Here’s a sample: On stage (Maria) was always caress­ing me, touch­ing my hair, cross­ing her arms around my neck. Maria mag­ni­fi­cently brought to life a […]

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Five decades after he redefined Monteverdi’s significance, John Eliot Gardiner still exudes musical exhilaration

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John Malveaux: TheVillageCelebration.com: 'Setting the Record Straight: African American Opera and Concert Singers at the White House'Jessye Norman with President Barack ObamaJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Please see article by Dr. Wheeler http://www.thevillagecelebration.com/setting-the-record-straight-african-american-opera-and-concert-singers-at-the-white-house/ MusicUNTOLD is grateful and proud of securing the services of Mezzo Soprano Denyce Graves and Tenor George Shirley for concerts in 2011 and 2012 respectively…

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Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon: 'It blew my mind!'Fifty years ago, Morton Subotnick inadvertently invented techno with his ‘electronic music box’, the Buchla synthesiser. Now, he’s revisiting the piece for the Adelaide festivalIn 1967, the American composer Morton Subotnick released a record called Silver Apples of the Moon. It was the first electronic album ever to be commissioned by a classical record label, and it is still revered among synth gurus for containing the seeds – or possibly the pips – of techno…

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It will always be “an odd opera out” among the late Mozart masterpieces that precede and surround it, but “La clemenza di Tito” (The Clemency of Titus) is also much more than a checklist title for musical completists…

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Dr. Stan Ford of Salzburg Mozarteum Presents Works of Ulysses Kay, Howard Swanson, H. Leslie Adams & Scott Joplin to Austrian Teachers at Lecture/RecitalDr. Stan Ford(Photo: Wiley Price)Allerseelen: Romantic Songs for Cello and Piano[Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss & Hugo Wolf]by Robert Sang-Ung Choi, Cello and Stan Ford, Pianohttp://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sangungchoi2[H. Leslie Adams, Ulysses Kay and Scott Joplin are profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a Works List and Bibliography for H…

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Around La boheme at the Royal Albert Hall

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La bohème – Royal Albert Hall, 27 February 2014

A Zambello-directed,  Gubbay-produced, amplifed version of the world's most over-exposed opera? Only the kind offer of a free ticket swayed me to try my first 'opera in the round' at the Royal Albert Hall.
It turned out miles better than I ever expected…

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