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John Williams to debut new version of 'Star-Spangled Banner' on July Fourth + MORE

American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.... More »
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Drums of 'Inuksuit' will create outdoor sonic sculpture + MORE

Alaskan composer John Luther Adams created "Inuksuit" in 2009. Since then, it has become a popular performance piece around the world. New-music ensemble Zeitgeist will premiere this unusual percussion piece, written for between nine and 99 musicians, this weekend at the Caponi Art Park in.... More »
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Met Contract Talk Links + MORE

I'll put links worth reading here on a rolling basis:Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer tells you what the stage crew, dressers, hairdressers, and makeup artists do, and why they are so important and well-paid.Michael Cooper (Times) writes about some of the issuesMezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera tells you a.... More »
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Abolish an orchestra? None of my business, says minister + MORE

The Danish Minister for Culture, Marianne Jelved, was asked for her view on the national broadcaster (DR)’s plan to scrap its chamber orchestra. Here’s her serene and non-committal letter, straight out of the TV series Borgen: 16. september 2014 Folketingsmedlem Michael Aastrup Jensen (V.... More »
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Remembering Conductor, Violinist and Composer Lorin Maazel (1930-2014) + MORE

By Laurie Niles: By now you have likely heard that Maestro Lorin Maazel, 84, died on Sunday at his home in Virginia, Castleton Farms, where he was in the midst of his annual Castleton Festival. He died from complications following pneumonia. During his prolific, seven-decade career, Maazel, 84, co.... More »
An American Soldier, Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative (photo by Scott Suchman)
The Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative continues its mission, to present new American operas on American themes. After Approaching Ali in 2013, the program presented its second hour-long opera on Friday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…

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Britten Owen Wingrave – made for TV

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Britten Owen Wingrave - made for TVThis year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival begins with Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, which Britten himself conducted in the same theatre in November 1970. While the opera was in gestation, the revolutions of 1968 were raging. Paris was brought to a standstill by Danny The Red and student protestors. Russian tanks rolled in to crush the Prague Spring…

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An orchestra is a living organism, its members much more than parts of a machine yet combining and interacting with each other to make something greater than their individual selves…

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Chelsea Opera Group’s Excellent Revival of Rare Verdi

– www.seenandheard-international.com

, Verdi Stiffelio Verdi  Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Chelsea Opera Group, Brad Cohen (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 8.6.2014 (CC)  (concert performance) Stiffelio  – Peter Auty Lina – Nelly Miriciou Jorg – David Soar Stankar – Gerard Quinn Rafaelle di Leuthold – Andrew Rees Dorotea – Sarah Champion Federico Di Frengel – Samuel Smith Verdi’s […]

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At one time the expression ‘Cheltenham, Symphony’ was used as a disparaging term. Peter Pirie in his The English Musical Renaissance (Victor Gollanz, London, 1979) states that the phrase ‘was coined to describe a work in simple-minded sonata form, simple-minded tonality, and simple-minded faith in a scissors-and-paste method of composition…

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Last week amounted to a floodgate of new music being opened: from a few new subscription-series pieces per season from major figures and some encouragement to young talent by way of CONTACT! commissions, the Philharmonic and partners performed well over 60 pieces from composers of all stages and many walks of life.

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Bruckner’s Boa (Second Opinion)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center.

Anton Bruckner is a difficult composer and, in a way, an acquired taste. Brahms called Bruckner’s symphonies “boa-constrictors”. Bruckner wrote them with such a sense of vastness and in a time scale so extended and at times seemingly suspended, that the listener needs very large ears to take it all in…

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Arise, Sir András!

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

And it’s a knighthood for maestro András Schiff in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. It couldn’t happen to a better guy or a finer artist. Congratulations! More here: http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/about-us/news/sir-andr%C3%A1s-schiff

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Giving a Semi-Hearty Cheer for Semi-Staged OperaIn an operatic performance, does paring a work down to the bare score make it more potent, or do theatrical trappings enrich the experience?

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Warhorses

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Joshua Kosman tells you all about why I have started to skip most revivals of warhorses, in a review of San Francisco Opera’s La Traviata. This revival was planned for Sonya Yoncheva, who withdrew from this and the fall Boheme production on account of pregnancy, and might have been better with her, but Luisotti’s erratic conducting was not predictable, whereas Saimir Pirgu’s weak showing as Alfredo was entirely predictable based on his poor appearance in I Capuletti…

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A voice to die for – and looks to match

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Celebrations in Liverpool

– www.planethugill.com

Celebrations in LiverpoolVasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra© Mark McNultyThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season will be celebrating both the 175th anniversary of the Founding of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the anniversaries of Tchaikovsky (175) and Sibeliuis (150). Not only that, but the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will reopen in November 2014, cause for celebration indeed…

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Music Review: ‘Atthis,’ a Searing Monodrama by Opera Cabal and ACMEGeorg Friedrich Haas’s “Atthis,” a monodrama based on texts by Sappho, had its staged premiere at the Kitchen on Thursday.

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