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Lithuanian Orchestra Performs With A Piano-Playing Cat, Calls It A 'Catcerto' + MORE

Symphony leaders and philharmonic enthusiasts have long pondered how classical music havens can attract a young, contemporary audience. It seems as th... Read more: Classical Music, Catcerto, Mindaugas Piecaitis, Nora-the-Piano-Playing-Cat, Nora-the-Cat, Nora the Piano Cat, Piano Playin.... More »
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Minnesota Orchestra's movie music season climaxes with Harry Potter + MORE

This weekend, the Minnesota Orchestra is playing the score to 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' in front of huge crowds at the Minneapolis Convention Center..... More »
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New works and new views of old ones on Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season + MORE

Orchestra-lovers can look forward to Mozart, Debussy, Stravinsky and a new piece by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.... More »
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra names Jeff Alexander as new president + MORE

Nearly nine months after Deborah F. Rutter announced that she would be leaving her post as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association after a hugely successful 11-ye.... More »

John Adams and Peter Sellars Again Joining Forces for New Opera + MORE

“Girls of the Golden West,” about the women of California’s Gold Rush, will receive its world premiere at San Francisco Opera in 2017..... More »
Interpretations of the Finnish composer’s work have become more varied in recent years. The FT’s chief classical music critics rounds up the finest

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Getting Real About Transparency: The Compensation Double Standard

There’s an intriguing article by Eleanor Turney in the 1/2/14 Guardian Culture Professionals Network blog (h/t Thomas Cott) where she discusses the need for realistic changes within the arts field during 2014. One of her points is on transparency and the need to talk about money openly and honestly; I couldn’t agree more and to that end, there’s one area within the orchestra field that would benefit by adopting this post haste: artist fees and overscale payments…

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Just in: Val steps in at a day’s notice for sick BorisIt was lucky Valentina Lisitsa was in Paris today. Boris Berezovsky called in sick for tomorrow’s Liszt concerto. Val, who’s just released a Liszt disc, was happy to oblige. No change of programme. Press announcement follows. Pour nos prochains concerts des 8 et 9 janvier, je dois vous communiquer un changement de dernière heure concernant […]

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Does this new CD really represent a wave of change?In January last year Universal Music ceo Max Hole did not mince his words when he told classical music what it was doing wrong. “We need to be daring and break with convention if we are to show the world that classical music is not a sleepy, stuffy genre, but a force to be reckoned with…” he proclaimed and went on to tell classical musicians they “need to ride the wave of change” and should reach out beyond the existing core audience…

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Call for Pianists: Tapestry Opera's New Opera 101 Workshop + Tapestry Songbook on Jan 31-Feb 1 in TorontoAt the end of the month, I’m excited to be joining mezzo soprano Krisztina Szabó in coaching at Tapestry Opera’s New Opera 101 workshop. A bit more about the program:New Opera 101 is intended not only as a tool for the growth of artists but as a way for Tapestry to discover emerging talent. On January 31 and February 1st, 2014, Tapestry will offer a two day intensive for singers and collaborative pianists…

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Massenet: Cendrillon, Liceu’s Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Barcelona’s Liceu, 22 & 23.12.2013 (JMI) Casts: Cendrillon (Cinderella): Joyce DiDonato/Karine Desahayes Prince Charming: Alice Coote/Michèle Losier Fairy Godmother: Annick Massis/María José Moreno Madame de la Haltière: Ewa Podles/Doris Lamprecht Pandolfe: Laurent Naouri/Marc Barrard Noémie: Cristina Obregón Dorothée: Marisa Martins King: Isaac Galán Production: Barcelona’s […]

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I have tickets to five concerts during my planned stay in London in May, plus I will likely go to Thebans at ENO. That leaves a few days when I might travel. So I took a look at opera productions for May 15 to 31, and….it’s just embarrassing compared to the offerings in the US. As I said in email to Patrick:…

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Wilmer Wise: Memorial Service for the Late Kermit Moore 'is Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4 PM at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.'On November 4, 2013 AfriClassical posted: TheViolinChannel.com: American conductor, cellist and composer Kermit Moore has passed away – aged 84Trumpeter Wilmer Wise Writes of the Memorial Service for the late Conductor, Cellist and Composer Kermit Moore, who was 84:Hi Bill,The date is Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4 PM at St…

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UnCaged Toy Piano Festival Extravaganza Full of PremieresA blizzard that snarled traffic throughout New York City was not enough to keep the performers or the patrons away from UnCaged Extravaganza, the final evening of the 2013 UnCaged Toy Piano Festival on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The sold-out crowd entered Mary Flagler Cary Hall at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music to find the floor arrayed into a four-ring circus of diminutive pianos and other toys and contraptions waiting to fulfill the festival’s theme of “Toy Pianos and Other Unconventional Instruments…

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School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week, the Robbinsdale All-District Elementary Choir, a mixed-voice ensemble made up of 100 fifth graders from the 10 elementary schools in Robbinsdale, Minn.

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Ealing’s Music and Film festival returns 12-16 February 2014, celebrating the London Borough’s music, dance and film heritage

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Writing for String Quartet

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After many years, I have learned, when writing for string quartet, that it can be useful to write some music for a violin, another violin, a viola, and also for a cello. It may also be useful if the music for these four instruments can be played at the same time and it’s also potentially useful if all four instruments can be played in some proximity to one another…

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Sunday’s terrific concert by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra was a smartly scripted affair: Game orchestra meets two superb soloists (pianist Jon Nakamatsu, clarinetist Jon Manasse) for non-cookie-cutter program of old and new works.

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