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The Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra, Janise White, Conductor, Presents William Grant Still Classics Concert 4 PM, June 14, 2015, Holman UMC, LA + MORE

Professor Janise White writes:Please post this promotional flyer for the concert along with links to tickets and event pages.Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/william-grant-still-classics-tickets-17217678540Event Pages:https://www.facebook.com/events/772265529552885/http://losangeles.eventful.co.... More »
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I Warned You. + MORE

Back in September, I worried out loud about the number of cancelations on the SF Opera schedule. (Since then, Albina Shagimuratova has missed the opening Magic Flute.)And now the upcoming Meistersinger has been hit by the cancelation curse: A press release tells me that Greer Grimsley, who was .... More »
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Walter Hautzig, Pianist Whose Talent Helped Him Flee Nazis, Dies at 95 + MORE

Mr. Hautzig, who settled in the United States, went on to perform around the world as a good-will ambassador..... More »
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Looking Ahead: Aldeburgh Festival + MORE

Britten, Pears & friends on Thorpeness Meare photo Aldeburgh Festival/Ford JenkinsThis year's Aldeburgh Festival runs from 9 to 25 June 2017 and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings concert hall. The festival features a new production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream .... More »
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Flu Season at the Met (or Something) + MORE

This time, it's not Carmen, it's Barbiere (but not Mattei), and the cast change announcement doesn't specify the reason for the change:Valeriano Lanchas will sing the role of Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia on Wednesday, February 8, replacing the originally schedule.... More »

Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4In the aftermath of  MH 17, it’s hard to think of any ally of Vladimir Putin as an ambassador for world peace.  On the other hand, because I genuinely believe in freedom of speech, I can’t condemn him for having opinions on subjects he’s bound to know more about than I do. Plus, the Gergiev/Putin connection means support for the arts in Russia…

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We were pleased to learn that Evren Ozel, a participant in this year’s Minnesota Varsity showcase, is a finalist in the concerto round of the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition, a competition for young musicians ages 13-18 at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.

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Prom 5: Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich review  sadness and celebrationRoyal Albert Hall, LondonDavid Zinman’s final concert as chief conductor of the Zürich Tonhalle was a superb example of his intelligent musicianshipThis beautiful Prom marked the end of an era. It was David Zinman’s last concert as chief conductor of the Zürich Tonhalle, and it brought to a close a 20-year partnership that has ranked among the most distinguished and consistently successful of recent years…

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Sounds Heard: Dan Becker—Fade

– www.newmusicbox.org

This selection of chamber works composed between 1993 and 2008 suggest that Becker has an “on/off” switch resulting in either intensely energetic music, or in work of concentrated repose. There isn’t a lot in-between, but clearly such extremes suit the composer.

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A Trip to Texas?

– irontongue.blogspot.com

If only these two productions, 195 miles apart in space, weren’t also months apart in time:Opera San Antonio’s Salome, with a bunch of role debuts, including Patricia Racette’s first staged Salome.  January 8 & 11, 2015.Houston Grand Opera’s Die Walkuere, with Christine Goerke, Iain Paterson, Karita Mattila, Simon O’Neill, Jamie Barton, and Ain Anger…

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Death sucks, not for the person who dies—it’s mostly a rational solution—but for the people who live on with the absence of a favorite living, breathing creature. There is a creepy scrawled note on my desk with “call Charlie” crossed off. For the past few years, we had been talking about making another Liberation Music Orchestra album.

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A guide to the music of Judith Weir

– www.classical-music.com

Scottish composer Judith Weir has been announced as the new Master of the Queen’s music. After several weeks of speculation, a statement has been released to confirm that Her Majesty will receive Weir as she takes up her appointment later today…

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The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America rehearses for its Carnegie Hall debut.

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Great news for two wonderful composers, who happen to be womenAs of this morning, Judith Weir is officially Master of the Queen’s Music. She is off to Buckingham Palace today for an audience with HM.She is also launching a blog, which you can follow from her website.Here’s Tom Service’s interview with her about what she plans to do with the post. Meanwhile, here is my interview from today’s Independent with another marvellous British composer: the one and only Errollyn Wallen…

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Peter Donohoe review  a wonderfully direct guide to rarely heard first worksWigmore Hall, LondonDonohoe played a fascinating selection of rarely heard Opus 1sDesignating a work as "Opus 1" meant something special to many 19th- and early 20th-century composers; it was a public statement, a manifesto signalling a coming-of-age musically. Beethoven’s Op 1 was a set of piano trios, Rachmaninov’s his First Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s a Symphony in E flat…

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The Composer as Cripple

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Poor Charles Ives. He never got over his father’s death, and kept trying to fill in the gap. He was driven to keep using certain tunes and instruments in his music because they reminded him of George. He kept pretending that he’d learned more from his father than from his college teacher Horatio Parker…

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5 Questions to Tobias Picker (Composer)

– www.icareifyoulisten.com

On July 20, 2014, the Glimmerglass Festival presented the premiere of a new version of composer Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer’s An American Tragedy, originally commissioned by and premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. Nine performances in total will be presented until August 9…

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How the BBC is distorting the classical music marketAttention has been drawn by Norman Lebrecht to the poor ticket sales for Freiburg Opera performances of Parsifal and Tannhäuser this week at the Norwich Theatre Royal. In a comment on the story Sunday Times music critic Hugh Canning describes the publicity for the Freiburg Opera residency in Norwich as “woeful”, a description that has an element of truth but which needs to be put into perspective…

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