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Review: Andris Nelsons Makes New York Debut as Boston Symphony Leader + MORE

Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra performed three programs over three nights at Carnegie Hall, the last ending with Mahler’s 80-minute Sixth Symphony..... More »

Heart of darkness + MORE

Barenboim in concert at the RFH. Photo: Chris ChristodoulouYes, it's him again. Them. Barenboim and that piano. I reviewed the final recital of the Schubert series last night for The Arts Desk - and a very extraordinary evening it was.I'm normally loathe to use imagery quite as colourful as suggesti.... More »
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Bassoonist sets out to ‘Save the Bassoon’ + MORE

The polar bear. The black rhino. The bassoon? Virtuoso bassoonist Bram van Sambeek warns that this joker of the orchestra could one day become “as endangered as the panda.” He is leading ‘Save the Bassoon’— an effort to emphasize the importance of this instrument and to en.... More »

This week: concerts in New York (May 25 – May 31, 2015) + MORE

American Immersion | Clemens Gadenstätter The ACFNY teams up with Talea Ensemble to present the third installment of their annual.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »

Xerxes opera review: Revival shows how much of a handle Nicholas Hytner's had on Handel + MORE

When Nicholas Hytner created this show in 1985, Handel operas were seldom staged in London, and never with this degree of panache: survey the operatic landscape now, and you see what a revolution he helped trigger by importing ideas and techniques he’d honed in the theatre. .... More »

Arrau’s Cuban protégé has died, aged 90

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Arrau’s Cuban protégé has died, aged 90In 1945, German Diez received a letter from the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, granting him a scholarship to study in the US for the next ten years. Aside from Arrau and his assistant Rafael de Silva, Diez also took lessons with Carl Friedberg and Eduard Steuermann.
He became a distinguished teacher in his own right at Greenwich House Music School, Bard College and SUNY Purchase…

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Tokaido Road review  everything is distanced, nothing engagesParabola Arts Centre, CheltenhamNicola LeFanu’s new work comes across as an awkward hybrid of western and Japanese musicWith a baritone protagonist who speaks more than he sings and an actor who mimes more than she speaks, Tokaido Road, Nicola LeFanu’s new stage work, is much closer to music theatre than to opera…

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The Golden Cockerel review  charming and colourful Diaghilev revivalColiseum, LondonThis centenary performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera will appeal to traditional opera audiences and to children with a taste for pantomimeIt seems extraordinary to modern audiences that Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera, The Golden Cockerel, so offended Nicholas II’s censors that it was never performed in the composer’s lifetime…

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Roy F. Eaton returns to New York's Bryant Park the week of August 11, Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. at 12:30; Thur. at 2:30AfriClassical frequently features the legendary New York pianist Roy F. Eaton royeaton.netRoy returns to Bryant Park the week of August 11:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 PMThursday at 2:30 PMDrop by and relax!Love,Roytinyurl.com/royeatonstory

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SF Opera’s La Traviata Media Round-Up

– operatattler.typepad.com

Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog
Reviewers are not particularly impressed by the first cast of San Francisco Opera's La Traviata (Act II Scene 2 pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver), but find the second one better.
First Cast: San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Classical Voice | San Jose Mercury News
Second Cast: San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Classical Voice

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Rachmaninov's Aleko

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Rachmaninov's AlekoOliver ZeffmanRachmaninov wrote his opera Aleko in 1891 as part of his graduation from the Moscow Conservatoire. It was premiered two years later at the Bolshoi. Rachmaninov would go on to write two further operas (The Miserly Knight and Francesca da Rimini) but he is hardly well known as an operatic composer…

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New Classical Tracks: Dvorak and America

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The centerpiece of this new disc is a melodrama (music combined with the spoken word), drawing on works by Dvorak and the poet who inspired him — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

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Royal Opera at Covent Garden announces a new interactive online experience

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 9, we listen to some sweet sounds from the much-maligned woodwind.

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2014 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Music Directors

For the average music director, the 2011/12 season was a good year financially and from a historical perspective, it was the first time that average annual compensation broke the half-million threshold ($517,649 to be precise). Although a few high profile positions left vacant brought the average increase down from previous seasons, most music directors saw their earnings increase by at least 2…

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A soprano bares all for cancer

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A soprano bares all for cancerThe London opera singer Elizabeth Meister is offering to cut off all her hair to raise money for cancer care.
She’s doing it in memory of her wonderful, widely-mourned teacher, Elizabeth (Liza) Connell, who died two years ago of the disease.
Read Liz’s blog. Then help Liz and Liza, if you can, by clicking here…

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Back at the Castleton Festival on Sunday afternoon, the performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was very strong, with a combination of a no-expense-spared approach to set design (Erhard Rom) and costumes (Lauren Gaston and Jonathan Knipsher), plus a cast of singers well suited vocally for their roles…

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Sunday, July 6, 2014 the 100-member Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Performed its 6th Annual Season Finale at Walt Disney Concert HallJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, http://icyola.org/:Retired Superior Court Judge Marcus Tucker and John Malveaux met at Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, July 6, 2014 to support 100 member Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles 6th Annual Season Finale at Walt Disney Concert Hall…

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