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Joan of Arc at the Stake review – Marion Cotillard redeems erratic staging + MORE

Avery Fisher Hall, New YorkCotillard provides clear and engaging drama to accompany Alan Gilbert’s Philharmonic, but it often seemed the staging just couldn’t figure itself out Conductor Alan Gilbert is gifted in the 20th-century repertoire, particularly when it comes to obscure pieces that few .... More »

Ensemble. Luxuriant Orchestration + MORE

Mozart's 'Idomeneo', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »

"Let My People Go": Oratorio Society of Minnesota remembers the Underground Railroad + MORE

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota take their audience on a journey through the Underground Railroad this weekend with a concert-length oratorio by composer Donald McCullough that draws from African-American spiritual traditions..... More »

Ballerina bows out gracefully + MORE

THERE were tears onstage and among the audience as Lucinda Dunn said farewell at the Opera House..... More »

Watch: Maria Callas accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge + MORE

It's unclear who nominated legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) to posthumously participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but she has now done so, courtesy of Warner Classics..... More »
Eric Conway: Opera at Morgan Presents Puccini's 'Suor and Angelica' & Moore's 'Devil & Daniel Webster' 8 PM Friday, April 11 & 2 PM Saturday, April 12Eric Conway, D.M.A.Fine and Performing Arts Department, ChairMorgan State UniversityHello everyone,Today, Opera at Morgan presented their matinee performance of their Spring Productions – Puccini’s Suor and Angelica and Moore’s Devil & Daniel Webster. The productions were spectacular! One person who was in attendance commented: “The Met comes to Morgan State University!” All of the students performed admirably…

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When amateur musicians join a pro orchestra

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When amateur musicians join a pro orchestraFascinating experiment in Columbus, Ohio. More should try it.    

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The growing and invigorating relationship between composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues to bloom this week at Orchestra Hall.

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 Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Georg Kallweit (concertmaster), Xenia Löffler (oboe), Raphael Alpermann (harpsichord), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, 8.4.2014 (SSM) Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066 Johann Christian Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings and Basso Continuo in F […]

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Hallé/Elder review

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Hallé/Elder  reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterJohn Casken’s oboe concerto depicted birdsong and battle with moving effect, while the cabaret-based Shostakovich with its strutting fascists was a tour de forceJohn Casken’s Apollinaire’s Bird is at once an oboe concerto and a meditation on the sad brutality of war. Written for Stéphane Rancourt, who gave its world premiere with the Hallé under Mark Elder, it draws its inspiration from Guillaume Apollinaire’s poem Un Oiseau Chante, written during the first world war…

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Bach, unmasked

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A NEW biography of the great composer fleshes out the man with revealing details of his early life.

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On Tuesday, the composer Matthias Pintscher conducted the Juilliard Orchestra through the New York premiere of “bereshit,” his conjuring of the biblical account of creation.

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This archive recording broke all fund-raising records

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This archive recording broke all fund-raising recordsWFMT-Chicago played a record by a little-known pianist for its public fund-raiser… and found itself breaking all previous records. Read how they did it below. But first, listen. Highlights of the astonishing success WFMT achieved using three CD’s featuring Vera Gornostaeva In May 2013, while covering the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition in Miami for […]

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Zubin Mehta brings Kunde, Cedolins, Ferri and Kunde to open the new Florence Opera HouseI’ve only one thing to ask our Prime Minister, who is making so many reforms: I hope with all my heart that he will introduce tax relief for culture. It is of the utmost importance!
Zubin Mehta, director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, launched his appeal to Matteo Renzi, the current Italian Prime Minister and former Florence Mayor, during a press conference to illustrate the principal events during the Festival’s 77th edition…

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MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto Contunues to Sound Fresh

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   Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, Sibelius: Colin Currie (Percussion), Scottish Chamber Orchestra / John Storgårds (conductor) Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 10.04.2014 (SRT) Vaughan Williams:   Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis MacMillan:                       Veni, Veni Emmanuel Sibelius:                        The Swan of Tuonela Symphony No…

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Andriessen 75: A Retrospective at Strathmore MansionThe retrospective, that staple of the visual arts world, ought to be more popular in new music circles. As was the case with this informal soirée, once again featuring Louis Andriessen’s two most sympathetic collaborators, mezzo-soprano Cristina Zavalloni and violinist Monica Germino, an intelligently programmed autobiographical portrait concert usually says more about a composer’s practice than any of the official PR boilerplate…

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Andriessen Overload 3: Cristina Zavalloni & AutobiographyAndrea Rebaudengo & Cristina ZavalloniStrathmore Mansion (North Bethesda, MD)April 8, 2014Louis Andriessen: Letter from Cathy (2003), Base (1994)John Cage: Selections from Six Melodies (1950)Igor Stravinsky: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (1966), Trois petites chansons (Souvenir de mon enfance) (1913)Andriessen: XENIA (2005/2014)Cristina Zavalloni: Bastava quel cielo (2005)Andriessen: Beatles Songs (1966), Le voile du bonheur (1966/1971), Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno (1998), Y después (1983)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Monica Germino (violin)Andrea Rebaudengo (piano)The retrospective, that staple of the visual arts world, ought to be more popular in new music circles…

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The world-renowned pianist will bring his music to Lake Wobegon while he hopes to discover some new things himself. 'A Prairie Home Companion' airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Classical MPR.

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