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Review: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Dives Into Romanticism + MORE

Two works from the 19th century, and one written this year, were on the bill when the orchestra opened its season at Carnegie Hall..... More »
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Classical Music News - Denise Shepherd + MORE

French teacher Denise Shepherd died in May 2014, aged eighty-six.... More »
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John Malveaux: LATimes.com: Review 'The Messiah' from opposite ends of the economic spectrum + MORE

Tenor and skid-row resident Don Garza with conductor Zanaida Robles in the the Street Symphony "Messiah Project" Friday afternoon at Midnight Mission. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)Zanaida Robles(Los Angeles Times) John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:"The Messiah" .... More »
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French tips + MORE

Valerian Ruminksi (not pictured), that bass-baritone who shot off his mouth all over Facebook about a drag queen’s manicure and got fired from a prestigious gig with Opera Lyra—remember him? Well, he joins Anne Midgette and Michelle Paul (director of product development at Patron Technology).... More »
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Review: Surprise guests attend Michael Tilson Thomas's 70th birthday gala + MORE

Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs and Phil Lesh part of the celebration for San Francisco Symphony conductor who was feted with noted pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Marc-André Hamelin, Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk and Yuja Wang..... More »
Film scores seem to be the “in” thing at the moment. This West Side Story has been making its way around the United States for nearly three years now, to wide acclaim. It’s a much tougher proposition than the 2001: A Space Odyssey with which Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic opened their season back in September…

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Chris T. Gray Conducts Central Michigan University Orchestra in Alexander Borodin's 'Polovtsian March' (5:56) on YouTube February 11, 2014Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian March (5:56) (YouTube) Central Michigan University OrchestraChris T. Gray, ConductorFebruary 11, 2014   On February 7, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Chris T. Gray, Assistant Orchestral Conductor, Central Michigan University, Conducts ‘Hungarian Dance No…

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2014 Opera Awards finalists

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2014 Opera Awards finalistsThis year’s Opera Awards takes place on 7 April 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, following on from last year’s debut from the awards. The finalists in the 19 categories have now been announced and one of the delights of such lists is being able to go through the selections and see if your ideas match those of the judges…

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Stucky: Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Purcell)
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E Minor, Op.98
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso; Shéhérazade; Daphnis et Chloé (complete)
Murray Perahia (piano)
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tanglewood Festival Chorus (John Oliver)
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
February 11 and 12, 2014
Carnegie Hall, New York
No opportunity to hear Bernard Haitink should ever be passed up…

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Walker fits the bill

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TIMES are changing for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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Young and Mintz make a blockbuster opening

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IT’S hard to imagine a more blockbuster way for the QSO to open its 2014 Maestro season than with Simone Young.

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From Paris With Love – review

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From Paris With Love – reviewGrand, LeedsA mixed menu of opera and cabaret is a strangely imbalanced way to pay homage to the bohemianism of the French capitalAs Bogart said to Bergman: “We’ll always have Paris.” The question is, which one? Opera North’s homage to the French capital is neither quite an opera nor exactly a concert; rather it’s a staged itinerary of bohemia, incorporating music from Massenet to Piaf…

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Rossini lecture for Divas and Scholars

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Rossini lecture for Divas and ScholarsThe tenor Giovanni David who performedin 6 of Rossini’s operasOn 27 February 2014 I will be lecturing on Rossini’s sequence of opera serias written for Naples. The lecture is part of the Divas and Scholars study day on Rossini at the Cadogan Hall. Besides my lecture, Richard Peirson from the English National Opera will talk about The Barber of Seville as well as his long career working behind the scenes as a repetiteur/opera coach…

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Will The Return Of Levine & Meistersinger Revive MET's Declining Audience?The MET has announced its 2014-15 season with sadly on one Wagner production, another revival of Otto Schenk’s “Meistersinger von Nürnberg (a surprising move given that there had been rumors it would never see the light of day again after its last outing). The production will also make-up part of the MET in HD series being broadcast in cinemas world wide on December 13, 2014The cast will consist of Johan Reuter as Hans Sachs, with Johan Botha as Walther, Annette Dasch as Eva, Karen Cargill as Magdalene, Paul Appleby as David, Johannes Martin Kränzle in his Met debut as Beckmesser, and Hans-Peter König as Pogner…

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LFO Receive Opera Award Nomination. Wagner Well RepresentedThe finalists for the 2014 The International Opera Awards have been announced with Wagner appearing extensively. At the same time Longborough Festival Opera – who last year staged their first entire Ring cycle were nominated as a finalist in Festival category. A full list of nominations can be found below…

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Book Review: Cohen, "Stefan Wolpe and the Avant Garde Diaspora"For those of you out there who have a subscription to the I Care if You Listen magazine app (highly recommended if you don’t have it already!) I’ve got – count it – two features “printed” in today’s new issue. I’m very happy to report that one of them, an interview with the young emerging composer Cynthia Lee Wong, is actually the cover story…

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CBSO/Gardner – review

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CBSO/Gardner – reviewSymphony Hall, BirminghamThe CBSO breathed airy new life into Mendelssohn’s homage to the printing press, which also has an unlikely Birmingham connectionFelix Mendelssohn wrote his Hymn of Praise to mark the 400th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the movable-type printing press. Just after after its Leipzig premiere in 1841, Mendelssohn came to Birmingham for its second performance: did someone mention to him the city’s own John Baskerville, Gutenberg’s spiritual son?This performance, one of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s series celebrating the Mendelssohn connection with their principal guest conductor Edward Gardner, swept away any notion of this as a stodgy, ponderous work…

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Rigoletto has to be one of Verdi’s most nocturnal and dependent on scene changes operas to have its effect on the audience. The transition from palace to house to garden and Sparafucile’s Inn has been a brief that directors over the years have followed with variable degrees of success. A chance to shift from interior opulence […]

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