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Vic Firth, Who Gave Drummers Their Sticks, Dies at 85 + MORE

Mr. Firth spent more than 40 years as the principal tympanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a company with his name now turns out some 12 million drumsticks and mallets annually..... More »
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Flicks in Five: 'The April Fools' + MORE

This 1969 romantic comedy features Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Sally Kellerman and a wonderful supporting cast. The film's title tune proved a big hit for composer Burt Bacharach, finding its way onto radio as well as into restaurants and department stores. Hearing it on this week's Flicks in Fi.... More »
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Running with Chopin in Paris's Parc Monceau + MORE

As she jogs past Chopin's statue in Parc Monceau, Hailey Colwell reflects on how the great composer first came to Paris when he was her age..... More »
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African Musical Arts: Maestro Paul Freeman was incomparably passionate about mutual intercultural appreciation and inclusion in the classical music industry. + MORE

Fred Onovwerosuoke writes:Sadness is great in our hearts on the news of the passing of a great champion of  classical music. Maestro Paul Freeman was incomparably passionate about mutual intercultural appreciation and inclusion in the classical music industry. He was in a clas.... More »
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How classical music fuels my creative process + MORE

I listen mostly to musicians, women and men who spend hours practicing by themselves each day, getting the phrasing just right, pausing for a breath, experimenting with sound and space. That, I guess, is what I search for in my own writing: that pounding effect..... More »
" Ride of The Valkyries" As Performed By Midi SynthesiaWas Sir Clive Sinclair A Wagner Fan?Those of you, yes we know there are one or two, who “wasted” their youth on a Game Boy – or if you are really old like our editor, on a ZX81 –  may find this both interesting and perhaps responsible for conjuring up memories of already mentioned miss-spent youth…

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Stravinsky Rachmaninov Rattle Berlin Phil Prom 61

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Stravinsky Rachmaninov Rattle Berlin Phil Prom 61Surprisingly symphonic – Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird (L’oiseau d’or) with Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. BBC Prom 61. What a pleasure it was to hear this familiar music played with such elegance and grace! Although The Firebird was written too be danced to, this performance was a reminder that it is also very fine pure music…

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Final chapter

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Final chapterRichard Strauss’ Elektra has always been something of a touchstone opera for this reviewer.  It was one of the first operas I attended at the Met (Birgit Nilsson’s return in 1980—I still have her “Orest!” ringing somewhere in my brain).  It was the first full opera recording I ever bought (Nilsson, Solti) on cassettes that I still have in my collection…

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The other...um...other Wagner bio film: Magic FireThere have been a few, often greatly fictionalised, films claiming to present Wagner’s life. One oft less mentioned is Republic Pictures not un-entertaining 1955 “Magic Fire” Sadly, a box office failure, from a studio that closed down only a few years later, it has proven nearly impossible to see – especially as far as we are aware any video release has been long deleted…

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Berkeley Symphony’s 2014-15 season opens in a month, and as usual they have a fine balance of old, new, and commissions, with soloists including Jennifer Koh and Sasha Cooke. Here’s the orchestral season:Zellerbach Hall Concert SeriesSeason Opener: Program IThursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.Tickets: $15 to $74Performers Joana Carneiro, conductor Jennifer Koh, violinProgram Oscar Bettison: Sea Shaped (World Premiere Commission) Sibelius: Violin Concerto Elgar: Enigma VariationsProgram IIThursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 p…

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Summer in the Co-opera forest: Cunning little vixenZoe Perman Baldwin, Kathleen Cronie and Robyn Allegra PartonIn April Planet Hugill helped spread the word about the Co-opera Company’s development programme which aims bring together experienced professionals and young singers just starting out in their careers, providing a kind of apprenticeship. The culmination of the summer course is a full opera – this year a delightful production of ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ by Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) at the John McIntosh Theatre directed by Natascha Metherell…

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BroadwayWorld.com: 'The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Presents the Beethoven Festival With André Watts, 9/13'André WattsBiographyBroadway WorldAugust 14, 2014By Classical Music News DeskOn Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 pm at Hill Auditorium the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra opens the 2014-2015 season with an all-Beethoven celebration featuring renowned pianist André Watts. The concert will provide a memorable experience for both the life-long lover of classical music as well as the first-time music trialist…

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  English Touring Opera Take Haydn, Handel and Bach on Tour this Autumn   Fresh from winning the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera is busy preparing for its autumn/fall tour. Working once again with period instrument orchestra The Old Street Band it will present a season ranging between the baroque […]

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A new season of opera is upon us, with San Francisco’s company staging Bellini’s ‘Norma’ for its opener and Opera San Jose presenting Verdi’s classic ‘Rigoletto.’ Does the prospect of attending one of those fill you with joy or dread? Email us and tell us whether you love or loathe opera.

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Pharrell Williams, Sleaford Mods, Bestival: this week's new live musicPharrell Williams | Sleaford Mods | Bestival | Welsh National Opera LOOP 60Hz: Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra | BrubecksAs Benjamin Franklin nearly observed, nothing in the world is certain apart from death, taxes and Pharrell Williams. There for the good things (Happy; its associated dance), the questionable things (Blurred Lines; its associated debate) and for Daft Punks Get Lucky, which fell somewhere between the two, Williams may now have broken through some kind of semantic wall…

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The Dvořákova Praha (Dvořák Prague) International Music Festival is presenting Antonín Dvořák’s little-known first opera, Alfred, on September 17 in a concert performance at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Auditorium in Prague. The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno and soloists will be directed by the German conductor Heiko Mathias Förster…

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SF Opera’s Norma

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* Notes * The 92nd season of San Francisco Opera opened last night with a musically luminous Norma. Maestro Nicola Luisotti conducted with vigor, and the orchestra never overwhelmed the singers, only briefly getting ahead of them once or twice. The woodwinds were particularly beautiful. The chorus sang well, the chorus members sounded unified and together…

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(This essay was published in the 2014 Salzburg Festival programme for a concert in which Bernard Haitink conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. I reviewed the concert here.)Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)Die Schöpfung Hob XXI:2 The seeds of Die Schöpfung were sown during Haydn’s visits to England in the early 1790s…

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