Fight to save German orchestra goes global + MORE Nov 27th

 

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London orch snaps student as principal trumpet + MORE

James Fountain, 20, a third-year student at the Guildhall School of Music, has been named Principal Trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They’re getting younger all the time. .... More »
symphony

Cheryl North: James Rutherford has his Hans Sachs role down pat + MORE

British baritone replaces an ailing Greer Grimsley in S.F. Opera's production of Wagner's 'Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg'.... More »
operas

Classical music moves towards a single market + MORE

The London Symphony Orchestra is one of Classic FM's partner orchestras. There has been much media spin linked to Simon Rattle's 2017 Barbican concerts as the LSO's incoming music director. The spin includes a shower of anti-Brexit and pro-new London concert hall tweets from Classic FM quoting him, .... More »
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The Sacramento Bee: Classical pianist Downes reflects on the nation in her latest album [America Again] + MORE

 Pianist Lara Downes will perform her new album, “America Again,” at the Mondavi Center. Rik Keller PhotographyRead more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article110681412.html#storylink=cpyLara Downes: America AgainSono Luminus DSL-92207(Photo: Rik Keller) Samuel Coler.... More »
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These ocean crossings gave birth to a new society + MORE

Jardins Migrateurs is a new CD from Montreal-based Ensemble Constantinople (Iranian setar and tombak, and viola da gamba) and Sengalese kora master Ablaye Cissoko - sample the album here. The title refers to the travelling gardens - jardins migrateurs - that invoked paradise in Persian culture. Thes.... More »

Alice Herz-Sommer at 110

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The Woman Who Remembers Mahler.

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Music with Minnesotans: Chris Gennaula

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Software engineer by day and successful composer by night, Chris Gennaula tells stories with wit and a smile.

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Ensemble. Film Noir

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‘The Magic Flute’ from Berlin’s Komische Oper, reviewed by Maria Nockin

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Laurent Pelly’s production is taxing on the eyes – but it has musical strengths, most notably Michele Mariotti’s impressive conducting

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The Met’s creaky 1969 production of Strauss’s comedy returns, with imposing conducting from Edward Gardner and an uneven cast

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Harold Jones Leads Antara Ensemble in Program Including Ulysses Kay’s 'Suite for Flute and Oboe' 8 PM December 17, 2013 at St. Peter's Church, NYCUlysses Kay (1917-1995) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Lil’ Light O’ MineHarold Jones, fluteColette Valentine, pianoThe Antara EnsemblePerforms works by Roussel, Handel-Halvorsen,Kay, Chausson and Piazzolla Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:00 p…

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Next one out: Minnesota Orchestra loses its pops directorLilly Schwartz is leaving the Minnesota Orchestra for a new position as associate producer at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. More here. No future there. Last one, please turn out the lights.

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Great Singing but a Drab Set and Dull Costumes

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 Gaetano Donizetti, Anna Bolena: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Michael Ward (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 20.11.2013. Cast: Anna Bolena – Linda Ricardson Giovanna Seymour – Katharine Goeldner Enrico – Alastair Miles Lord Percy – Robert McPherson Smeton – Faith Sherman Lord Hervey – Robyn Lyn Evans Lord Rochefort […]

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from out West.

Photo assumed courtesy San Francisco Opera, very possibly © Cory Weaver.
On November 13th, the San Francisco Opera offered a big valentine to Gioachino Rossini, who was present on stage either in the form of a giant six-foot tall bust at the opening, or as a bas relief on the upper wall, for the remainder of a scintillating

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Bending The Rules

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By Cara Krzyzanowski: As a middle aged mother of 2 special needs children, the last 15 years of my life have been somewhat challenging, not to mention my own health issues. However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying my ‘violin time’.

I’m not a professional, nor do I plan to return to a public orchestra in the future once my children have grown…

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Fight to save German orchestra goes global

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Fight to save German orchestra goes globalAn international petition was issued tonight via US academic networks.   Please find below the text of a petition that conductor François-Xavier Roth, composer George Lewis, and composer Franck Bedrossian have decided to send tomembers of the international musical community.   As some of you may know, due to alleged economic reasons, the SWR (Südwestrundfunk) board members plan to […]

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Barbican Britten Albert Herring Pickled

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Barbican Britten Albert Herring PickledBenjamin Britten’s Albert Herring is a red herring  The hero Albert Herring gets pickled. In the process, he finds himself and sends up those who thought he was simple. The opera is comic, but the laughs are on those who ignore the double meanings fundamental to Britten’s idiom. At the Barbican Hall, Steuart Bedford conducted a performance so vivid that you wonder why Albert Herring is still one of Britten’s Cinderellas, doomed to stodgy retro stagings that emphasize the leaden text at the expense of the music…

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How long is Parsifal?

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Well I guess that one way or another it is pushing along to 5 hours and a half.  I was contemplating this today because I will be at the Dress rehearsal tomorrow afternoon of the Royal Opera's new production of Parsifal which begins at 2pm.  But I had also wanted to get to a rather shorter piece by that other great Saxon (albeit Anglo-) composer Handel…

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