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NEW! Roma Opera Aperta + MORE

Roma Opera Aperta Even his enemies said that Barack Obama ran the best presidential campaign within living memory.  Part of its success was the slogan.  Yes We Can.  The city of Rome seem to have picked up on the president’s technique.  First we had, Roma città aperta  (open to who? You may .... More »
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2014 Opera Awards finalists + MORE

This year's Opera Awards takes place on 7 April 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, following on from last year's debut from the awards. The finalists in the 19 categories have now been announced and one of the delights of such lists is being able to go through the selections and see if you.... More »
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Dutoit and the Suisse Romande + MORE

V. d'Indy, Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français (inter alia), M. Helmchen, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, M. Janowski (PentaTone, 2011) [Review]Charles T. Downey, Geneva orchestra at Kennedy Center shines with Debussy, Stravinsky (Washington Post, February 23) When Charles Dutoit filled the.... More »
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Der Fliegende Holländer, Covent Garden, review: 'darkly impressive' + MORE

Bryn Terfel and Andris Nelsons team up for a rewarding revival of Wagner's masterpiece, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
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Gay orchs play for Orlando in SanFran and Berlin + MORE

press release: San Francisco’s Bay Area Rainbow Symphony will be performing a free concert to remember and honor the victims of the Orlando Victims on Monday June 20th at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street.   Music Director Dawn Harms will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #6 .... More »
Hey Pharrell, Arby’s wants its hat back! Music maestro Pharrell Williams set Twitter buzzing Sunday night with his distracting Grammys headpiece – which had some comparing him to a Canadian…

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Barbican 2014-15 season

– www.planethugill.com

Barbican 2014-15 seasonThe Barbican’s 2014-15 season has been announced and it is full of gems, with residencies from Joyce DiDonato, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Operas being performed include Handel’s Alcina and Hercules, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, a Rameau double bill, a rare Vivaldi opera, Boris Godunov, Smetana’s Dalibor and premieres from Unsuk Chin and Rodion Shchedrin…

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Have you seen one of these?

– www.overgrownpath.com

Have you seen one of these? Good to see contemporary music and women triumphing in the classical categories at that most self-regarding of industry events, the Grammys. In her acceptance speech for three Grammys composer Maria Schneider “took the opportunity to lambast music piracy, calling it “legalized theft.”” and her multiple Grammy winning CD Winter Morning Walks was ‘fan-funded’ by artistShare rather than by a major label…

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Helping Complete the Symphonic Picture

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Helping Complete the Symphonic PictureI’m guilty of oversights. Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler… it’s a symphony trajectory I repeat ad absurdum. Of course I include the final Mozart Symphonies, a handful of Haydn’s and maybe a Mendelssohn or two along the way. Schumann doesn’t enthral and Bruckner still evades me. But while I’ll venture out of Central Europe once or twice – Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius – the trunks, the totems remain the same…

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Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt Wigmore Hall

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Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt  Wigmore HallAt the Wigmore Hall, London, Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Reiger presented an inspired programme : Lieder in Italian. The core Lieder repertoire is solidly Austro-German. Writing Lieder in Italain poses challenges : different syntax, different sounds, different sensibilities. Pisaroni is Italian, and a very well established opera singer…

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JACK Quartet – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

JACK Quartet – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonThe quartet displayed concise intonation in contemporary works, from Christopher Trapani’s reworking of Bob Dylan, to composer-in-residence Julian Anderson’s first workConcert planners must dream of concocting programmes that tick several thematic boxes at the same time, and the JACK Quartet’s latest appearance at the Wigmore Hall did exactly that…

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Disguise and dolls

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Disguise and dollsWhile many performing arts organizations have been reducing their schedules or even closing, Opera Lafayette, a Washington DC-based group dedicated primarily to 17th and 18th century opera, has proven remarkably prosperous.  The results of those ambitions were on display at the Rose Theater Thursday evening during one of the company’s frequent visits to New York City when it presented its intriguing, if exhausting program called The French Così, consisting of a nearly complete performance of a French translation of Mozart’s opera, followed by a shorter work containing some plot echoes, Les Femmes Vengées by François-André Danican Philidor…

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Minister of Culture attacks Maestro’s salary

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Minister of Culture attacks Maestro’s salaryThe Minister of Education and Culture in Andalusia, Luciano Alonso, has voiced outrage at the fees paid to Pedro Halffter, music director of the Royal Seville symphony orchestra. ‘I disagree with his salary, which is excessive. No one in the public sector of Andalusia should earn more than the president,’ said Alonso…

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The Other Wagner Part 3: Wagner And The Will“My child, the splendid Buddha was quite right to sternly exclude art. Who feels more acutely than I it is this ill-fated art which eternally throws me back into the torment of Life and all the contradictions of existence? If this wonderful gift, this strong domination of creative imagination were not with me, then I could, according to my clear insight and urging of my heart, become – a saint; and as a saint I would be in a position to tell you: come, abandon everything that bogs you down, smash the bonds of nature: that’s the price you have to pay for me to show you the open path to salvation! – Then we would be free: Ananda and Savitri! But this is not the case…

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 J S Bach, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Beethoven: Leonidas Kavakos (violin). London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 22.1.2014 J S Bach: Violin Concerto No1 in A minor, BWV 1041 Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Concerto funebre, for violin and string orchestra Beethoven:  Symphony No 3 in E flat major (Eroica) Just before the concert started […]

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TT: Just because

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Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins dance George Balanchine’s Tzigane in 1977. The score is by Maurice Ravel: (This is the…

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BroadwayWorld.com: Tania León's 70th Birthday Celebrated as Part of 'Uncommon Women' at Symphony Space 2/7/14Tania Justina León (b. 1943) is featured at AfriClassical.com and has a web site at http://www.tanialeon.com/Broadway WorldTower, Leon, Oppens and Cassatt Set for UNCOMMON WOMEN at Symphony Space, 2/7Tower, Leon, Oppens and Cassatt Set for UNCOMMON WOMEN at Symphony Space, 2/7Tower, Leon, Oppens and Cassatt Set for UNCOMMON WOMEN at Symphony Space, 2/7January 16, 2014On Friday, February 7 (7:30 pm), Symphony Space pays tribute to “the women warriors of new music” with a concert marking a quartet of anniversaries: composer Joan Tower’s 75th birthday (Sept…

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Madonna dons grills, matching tux with her son at GrammysYou can always count on Madonna to make a style statement.The singer, 55, arrived to the Grammy Awards red carpet on Sunday in an unconventional (yet conservative) ensemble: a fitted tuxedo to match her 8-year-old son,David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie.

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