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American Composers Orchestra President Michael Geller Departing in December + MORE

After 20 years as executive leader of American Composers Orchestra (ACO), President and CEO Michael Geller will depart the organization at the end of 2016. He is leaving to attend to personal and family obligations while considering new professional opportunities. ACO’s Board of Directors is seeki.... More »
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Just in: Chicago locks down Atlanta’s kid bassoon + MORE

Keith Buncke (r.) is the new Principal Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, starting July 6, 2015. Buncke, 22, was appointed principal bassoon of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra last year while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has been trialling with Chicago since January. .... More »

Impressive Music-Making Outside the Top-Orchestra Circuit + MORE

Grieg, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven: James Rester, Kenneth Bell, John DeVivo, and Albert Houde (horns), Reading Symphony Orchestra, members of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra*, Andrew Constantine (conductor), Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pennsylvania. 2.4.2016 (BJ) Grieg: F.... More »

Technocratic Pelléas Shuns the Magic + MORE

Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera, Franck Ollu (conductor). Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm. 10.4.2016 (GF) Production: Director: Keith Warner Sets and costumes: Ashley Martin-Davis Lighting design: Mark Jonathan Cast: Mélisande – Kers.... More »
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Enthralling Andsnes and friends + MORE

Photo: Andrew Crowley Yesterday afternoon a full Chicago Orchestra Hall was treated to some thrilling music making from Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Canadian violinist James Ehnes, German violist Tabea Zimmerman, and Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen.  They were immersed as one in the .... More »
Sir-Mix-A-Lot performs with Seattle SymphonySir Mix-A-Lot performed his 1992 hit ode to the buttocks that was rearranged for the concert. He sang the song while a few dozen women joined him onstage and danced.

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One word – glorious.

That’s all that needs to be said of Seattle Symphony getting together with Sir Mix-A-Lot to perform his classic hit “Baby Got Back.”

The YouTube video from over the weekend says the Symphony, via its Sonic Evolution project, works to celebrate Seattle’s “past, present and future” musical influences and history, including the city’s own Sir Mix-A-Lot.

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Hawksmoor’s church resonated to the sound of audience participation and high-quality early music from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Does it matter that arts audiences are white, metropolitan and middle class? | Stephen Moss and Bonnie GreerHarriet Harman warns of a generation of people with ‘no meaningful exposure’ to opera and classical music. Stephen Moss and Bonnie Greer go head to head on whether outreach programmes would make them fansI have a childhood memory of an eccentric woman on the estate on which I lived once playing the Blue Danube Waltz very loudly…

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The official classical chart


Week ending 7 June 2014


Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon 4793232
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James Rhodes: 5
James Rhodes (piano)
Instrumental Records SIGCD371
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Schumann • Janácek
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion CDA68030
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Miloš Karadaglic (guitar); London Philharmonic/Seguin
Mercury Classics 4810811
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From Spain to Eternity
Ensemble Plus Ultra
Archiv Produktion 4810811
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Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco
Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Francesco Meli; Munich 
Linn CKD 447
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Martha Argerich and Friends
Martha Argerich (piano)
Warner Classics 2564631220
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Elgar: Symphony No…

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For the last program of its 12th season, the orchestra set its spotlight on a couple of hometown stars. The soloist was Deborah Kramer, the orchestra’s principal bassoonist, a superb player who rarely gets to step out front. The conductor was George Cleve, music director of the old San Jose Symphony, from 1972-92, and a regular guest leader with this one…

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The singing shines in this insightful production of Handel’s opera, while the FestspielOrchester Göttingen has never sounded better

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Sounds Venezuela - El Sistema in LondonChristian Vasquez and theTeresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of VenezuelaLast weekend (6 to 8 June 2014), the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and their conductor Christian Vasquez visited the South Bank Centre. The orchestra is the showpieces of the Venezuelan El Sistema and Vasquez himself is a product of the system which uses music for social change…

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Gift of life: Sick teenager is flown 5,000 miles to see Wagner’s RingWe’ve been sent this wonderful, life-affirming story from, of all dumb-down towns, Seattle.
Lukas Bowen, 15, suffers from a life-threatening condition. Asked by a charity to make a wish, he said he’d like to experience the full four nights of a Ring cycle. No sooner said than planned. The Make A Wish Foundation flew Luke, his parents and sister to Geneva, Switzerland, last month for the nearest and soonest available Ring…

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Balanchine Wins the Fairy Game


Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pennsylvania Ballet, choreography by
George Balanchine © George Balanchine Trust (photo by Alexander Iziliaev)
In the past year’s glut of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it turns out, the best was saved for last, with Pennsylvania Ballet’s revival of George Balanchine’s choreography on the Shakespeare play, seen on Saturday night in the Kennedy Center Opera

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Music Review: Sonic Evolution at Seattle SymphonyAs the host ensemble for the annual conference of the League of American Orchestras, Ludovic Morlot led the Seattle Symphony in wildly contrasting programs at the Benaroya Hall.

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Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 7 June 2014Don Giovanni (Elliot Madore) and Donna Anna (Layla Claire)Images: Robert WorkmanGlyndebourne Festival TheatreLeporello – Edwin Crossley-MercerDonna Anna – Layla ClaireDon Giovanni – Elliot MadoreCommendatore – Taras ShtondaDon Ottavio – Ben JohnsonDonna Elvira – Serena FarnocchiaZerlina – Lenka MáčikováMasetto – Brandon Cedel Jonathan Kent (director)Lloyd Wood (revival director)Paul Brown (designs)Denni Sayers (movement)Mark Henderson (lighting)The Glyndebourne Chorus (chorus master: Jeremy Bines)London Philharmonic OrchestraAndrés Orozco-Estrada Having become so jaded with indifferent – or, sadly, far worse than merely indifferent – stagings of an opera I love more than words can tell, it proved a relief and indeed a joy for me to attend this first revival of Jonathan Kent’s 2010 Glyndebourne production, especially its first act…

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For many young students there is an ingrained belief that classical music is not a part of mainstream culture. It isn’t “hip” or “new.” They find it boring. But do you know what isn’t “old and irrelevant”? New music—by definition, no less!

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