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British baritone replaces an ailing Greer Grimsley in S.F. Opera's production of Wagner's 'Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg'.... More »
Jiří Bělohlávek conducted with passion, while Finnish soprano Karita Mattila owned the title role.... More »
The first prom pitched at the under-fives keeps its young audience entertained with its mix of CBeebies favourites and rousing tunes.Royal Albert Hall, LondonTowards the end of the CBeebies Prom, Bernard Cribbins famous to his young audience as the eponymous hero of Old Jacks Boat announces that h.... More »
P. Vasks, Piano Trio / Piano Quartet, A. Levitan, Trio Parnassus (Mdg, 2008)Charles T. Downey, A composer lets his work do the talking
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In the Leading European Composers series at the Phillips Collection, a composer has the opportunity to give a guided tour of his work. O.... More »
News comes that the composer Ezra Sims has died. He was a fixture in Boston New Music and a well-know practitioner of microtonal music, but was always an independent and his music fit into no category other than his own. Alabama-born, he studied at Harvard and then a Mills College under .... More »
The French pianist has brought continental music to Aldeburgh, the most English of festivals. He talks to Laura Battle about not worshipping Benjamin Britten
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If an opera character is reading a book, does the font need to be historically accurate? If the audience can see the font–which they can, in a broadcast to movie theaters–then the answer might be yes. Which, according to a…
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Whenever I read about the artistic scandals of the past — the near-riot provoked by Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” for example — I glumly conclude that we have grown so jaded that art has lost its power to appall.
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It has been nearly two seasons since the Oregon Symphony started looking for a new executive administrator and after the usual crop of candidates left them struggling to find a viable candidate, the search committee looked outside the box and ended up tapping LA Phil Vice President for Development Scott Showalter as their new President and Chief Executive Officer…
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Since last Sunday when the reviews for the production of Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne came out a worrying pattern emerged, the major opera critics (FT, Guardian, The Times, Independent, Telegraph) chose to focus on the appearance of Tara Erraught, the bubbly fast rising Irish Mezzo who is cast as Octavian…
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George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comNew Jersey Hall of FameThe vote is in your hands. Join thousands of New Jerseyans in choosing the 2014 Inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The thirty-day voting period begins on midnight, May 15, 2014 through midnight, June 20, 2014…
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The violinist Nicola Benedetti, filling in at the New York Philharmonic this week, returned to a showpiece by Szymanowski that won her a BBC award 10 years ago.
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Maria Schneider, Paola Prestini, James M. Kendrick, John Nuechterlein and the American Composers Forum, plus the 27 recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, were honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) during its 15th Annual Concert Music Awards.
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One is able to see new music drama performances in London at almost any time. Usually the summer sees a spike in this sort of activity with the Grimeborn and Tete a Tete opera festivals. However, this May seems to have served up more than our fair share of diverse and probing musical theatrics. Or maybe I’ve just had the opportunity to go to plenty of them…
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Tomorrow at LSO St Luke’s the one and only Jeremy Denk is giving a recital of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and some of Ligeti’s unbelievable piano Etudes. I am interviewing him on stage afterwards. Please come and join us. Above, a taster. Here’s the website (the talk is not on it, but it is definitely happening!).
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