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Knut Nystedt Dies at Age 99 + MORE

Grammy Award-winning Norwegian conductor, composer and organist Knut Nystedt died yesterday at age 99. Nystedt's music has made a lasting impression amongst classical musicians across the globe. Tesfa shares a personal favorite..... More »
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Krassimira Stoyanova adding a new role to her Met repertory as the title character (Mar 24, 2017) + MORE

Source: The Metropolitan Opera’s Aida The Metropolitan Opera’s run of Verdi’s tragedy of ancient Egypt, which opened on November 5 with Liudmyla Monastyrska and Latonia Moore in the title role and Marco Armiliato conducting, returns March 23 to April 20 with.... More »
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Hallé/Elder review – Elgar's first mesmerises from the very start + MORE

Bridgewater Hall, ManchesterPutting the composer’s majestic symphony at the top of the bill was an excellent decision in a revealing, if unorthodox, evening For the opening concert of the Hallé’s three-day Elgar mini festival, Mark Elder felt compelled to make an announcement to assure us there.... More »
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Tour of India - Part Two + MORE

The second installment of our India tour blog by orchestra manager, Annabel:We had a slow start to our general rehearsal on the afternoon of our first performance, with sound and lighting crew working around us, many people passing through the performance space, and the ever-efficient housekeepers s.... More »
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Peace and Celebration - EUBO + MORE

Handel Coronation Anthems, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen: Obsidian Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Live recording of Handel's music for the English Royal court from Lars-Ulrik .... More »

Sigh

– wellsung.blogspot.com

A bit late to the newest iteration of this old party (via Lisa Hirsch). There has been solid slagging all around, but after sufficient hole poking in the “classical music is dead” premise/arguments, the real question that emerges is: why do people love trolling classical music so much?

As much as some people would have you believe, the classical music story doesn’t fit so neatly into a story of obsolescence and creative destruction…

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Trojahn: Orest – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Henschel/Castle/Petrick/Joshua/Netherlands Opera/Netherlands PO/Albrecht(Challenge Classics)In 2011, Netherlands Opera staged the tragedies of the House of Atreus of Greek mythology. To follow Mozart’s Idomeneo, Gluck’s two Ihpigenias and Strauss’s Elektra, there was also a new work from Manfred Trojahn, his sixth music theatre piece…

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London, Generally

– irontongue.blogspot.com

I bought a plane ticket last night, so I must really be going to London. In addition to the five Birtwistle programs,  I plan to see Thebans at ENO, and I have a ticket to this slightly oddball program at the Southbank Centre:Ludwig Van Beethoven: Gott! Welch dunkel hier! from Fidelio, Act 2Luigi Dallapiccola: Il prigioniero – opera in 1 actLudwig Van Beethoven: Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato (3rd movement) from Symphony No…

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February at the Barbican

– www.planethugill.com

February gives us one of Handel’s finest oratorios, along with premieres from Peter Maxwell Davies, Huw Watkins, Bruno Mantovani and Mark Simpson. The BBC will be exploring the music of Thea Musgrave, but there is still time for Rossini’s delightful Petite Messe Solennelle. And the LSO helps launch the Panufnik centenary…

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By Zlata Brouwer: Music education is much more than just learning the skill to play an instrument. Music education touches many areas in your life and your development.

In this video I stand on my soap box and talk about how music education affects the following:

– Playing a musical instrument creates complex connections in your brain which have the nice side effect that your IQ increase (the Mozart effect)
– Motorial skills
– Cultural (arts) and historical knowledge and interest
– Reading
– Abstract thinking
– Social skills
– Timing
– Memory training
– Creativity
– Self esteem and cooping system
– Connection between body and mind
– Bilateral learning, learning with both halves of your brain
– Sensitivity

Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!

Love,

Zlata

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A stage musical of hit 1980s film Back to the Future is set to debut in London’s West End in 2015.

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ColiseumPeter Grimes – Stuart SkeltonEllen Oford – Elza van den HeeverCaptain Balstrode – Iain PatersonAuntie – Rebecca de Pont DaviesFirst Niece – Rhian LoisSecond Niece – Mary BevanBob Boles – Michael ColvinSwallow – Matthew BestMrs Sedley – Felicity PalmerRevd Horace Adams – Timothy RobinsonNed Keene – Leigh MelroseHobson – Matthew TreviñoJohn – Timothy KirrageDr Crabbe – Ben CrazeDavid Alden (director)Ian Rutherford (assistant director)Paul Steinberg (set designs)Brigitte Reiffenstuel (costumes)Maxine Braham (movement)Adam Silverman (lighting)Chorus, and additional chorus of the English National Opera (chorus master: Martin Fitzpatrick)Orchestra of the English National OperaEdward Gardner (conductor)…

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DetroitNews.com: Violinist Jessie Montgomery wins $50,000 grant for "tribute to the 200th anniversary of the 'Star-Spangled Banner.'”Jessie MontgomeryDetroit NewsJanuary 29, 2014Detroiter wins prestigious Joyce Award Michael H. HodgesDetroit News Fine Arts Writer Violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery, who’s worked with Detroit’s Sphinx Organization for years, has won $50,000 from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation to create an original musical composition…

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in New York City.    

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Fire and music

– parterre.com

Fire and music“In her first role in a play, Ms. Fleming will make her debut at the [Williamstown Theater Festival] in Living on Love, a new comedy from the Tony-winning writer Joe DiPietro (Memphis), adapted from the Garson Kanin play Peccadillo. Ms. Fleming will play an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies…

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A Violinist’s Triumph Is Ruined by ThievesA prized Stradivarius violin was snatched from the arms of a musician after a concert by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.    

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Royal Festival Hall Wagner – Tannhäuser: OvertureStrauss – Das Rosenband, op.36 no.1; Ruhe, meine Seele, op.27 no.1; Morgen! op.27 no.4; Die heiligen drei Köinge aus Morgenland, op.56 no.6; Freundliche Vision, op.48 no.1; Cäcilie, op.27 no.2; Don Juan, op.20; Salome: ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ and Final Scene Angela Denoke (soprano)Philharmonia OrchestraPhilippe Jordan (conductor)   Strauss presumably for his 150th anniversary: the Philharmonia has a few performances of his music this season…

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Peter Grimes (ENO)

– hugoshirley.blogspot.com

The anniversary circus has moved on, and some might have wondered about ENO’s programming when it saved this first revival of David Alden’s Peter Grimes until 2014 (perhaps that means there’s a load of Strauss waiting in 2015, but I suspect not). But this is a production that needs no special pleading, no lashing to the anniversary bandwagon–no anything, in fact, beyond its own intense focus and conviction…

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