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Sphinx's Inaugural Guest Artist George Shirley honored with National Medal of Arts + MORE

George ShirleyLegendary African-American tenor George Shirley is honored as one of the recipients of the Presidential Medals of Arts.  The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded .... More »

Michael Morgan Conducts Oakland East Bay Symphony in Symphony No. 3 of Victor Bendix, 8 PM Fri. Nov. 13, 2015 + MORE

Michael MorganMusic Director and ConductorVictor Bendix (1851-1926)(Wikipedia.org) Location: Paramount Theatre Date: Friday, November 13, 2015Time: 8 pmLost RomanticsToccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) (Transcribe.... More »

ArtsBeat: Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail + MORE

The Metropolitan Opera’s unionized orchestra members voted to authorize a strike vote in the event negotiations fail..... More »

WATCH: Classical City: Tempo, Tone and More Come to Life in a NYC Middle School + MORE

Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect fellow Remy Taghavi breaks down the basics of music with the kids of PS 63 in Queens, NY..... More »

Requiem for an Opera House: San Diego Opera Shutters + MORE

The 49-year-old San Diego Opera will permanently curtain-down on April 13, following the final performance of Massenet’s Don Quichotte. Yesterday,....... More »
Ensemble Resonanz(Harmonia Mundi)New renditions of Schoenberg’s breakthrough work abound these days, both in the original string-sextet form and the expanded version for string orchestra. Ensemble Resonanz, the group directed here by its artist-in-residence, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, opts for the latter, with a group of 22 strings, and produces a strikingly assertive, beefy performance that emphasises the dramatic structure of Verklärte Nacht at the expense of the score’s lyricism and textural beauty…

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A merry 1950s update of madcap comedy

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SIMON Phillips promised his new production of The Turk in Italy would be about as much fun as you can have in an opera house.

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BBC SO Volkov, Hodges, BBC Singers, Barbican 22 Jan 2013 Grisey: MégalithesDufourt: On the Wings of the MorningBoulez: Cummings ist der DichterBeethoven: Symphony No. 7BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC SingersIlan Volkov, conductorNicolas Hodges, pianoEven by BBCSO standards, Grisey’s Mégalithesis a whacky concert opener. The horn section sits around the front of the podium, facing away from the audience, and the rest of the brass section is distributed around the auditorium, providing antiphonal effects that bounce around front to back and left to right…

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Pittsburgh Music History: 'Patricia Prattis Jennings, Pianist and First African American Woman Member of an American Symphony'New Pittsburgh Courier LIVING LEGACY—Honoree and retired Pittsburgh Symphony pianist Patricia Prattis Jennings experiences the Oral History exhibit PNC Legacy Building. She and Urban League President and CEO Esther Bush, background, were among the 12 honorees in the Black History Month display…

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Ask Alice

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On parents in music lessons, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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Panufnik - Dance of Life: Tallinn Mass Roxanna Panufnik Dance of Life – Tallinn Mass: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Patricia Rozario, Mihhail Gerts: Warner Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 23 2014 Star rating: 4.0Ancient and modern, new work inspired by 15th century Dance of DeathRoxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life – Tallinn Mass is a large scale dramatic work which incorporates elements of the mass with other dramatic elements…

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Ed is leaving ENO…

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Ed is leaving ENO...Sobs in sunny Sheen today upon the news that Edward Gardner is leaving English National Opera. The highlights of his stint as music director have been many and various – I’d pick out his Der Rosenkavalier, The Flying Dutchman, Wozzeck and The Damnation of Faust, to name but a few, as some of the most exciting operatic treats of the past several years…

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Takács Plays Bartók, Part 2

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Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (2d ed., 1998)

Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (1st ed., 1985)

The Takács Quartet was back in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater last night for the second part of its complete Bartók cycle (see my review of Part 1). The trajectory was much the same in the even-numbered string quartets, as we heard the composer experiment with modernist

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The end of Gardner’s world

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Logic dictates that the next person to depart the ENO should be John Berry, but no, it was Ed Gardner whose escape was announced today. He leaves his role as Music Director at the end of the 2014/15 season  "to take up his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and focus on his symphonic repertoire"…

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More conductor chess – Turgan Sokhiev to the Bolshoi

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More conductor chess  - Turgan Sokhiev to the BolshoiAmother surprise in the latest round of Conductor Chess !The Bolshoi Opera’s general director­ Vladimir Urin  announced the appointment of Turgan Sokhiev, aged 36,  as Music Director effective next week – 1st February. The sudden change was preciptated by the resignation in December of Vassily Siniasky, two weeks before the premiere of a new Verdi Don Carlo…

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Resolving The Pay Disparity In Minnesota

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Resolving The Pay Disparity In Minnesota

Although specific details have yet to be released, media reports have confirmed the new master agreement ratified by the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) and its musicians contains a provision to pay substitute musicians 90 percent of the contracted musicians’ base scale rate, thereby requiring subs to shoulder a disproportionately larger share of salary concessions than their contracted colleagues…

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New York Philharmonic Announces 2014–2015 Season

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You really do have to wonder at a Philharmonic season that sees Marion Cotillard and Josh Groban marketed as two of the star attractions. Alan Gilbert is now talking of a leitmotivic approach to his programming, a description which I suppose attempts to make some sense of a sprawling, eclectic, unfocussed season that nonetheless is more centred on twentieth-century and contemporary compositions than any of his tenure thus far…

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Dance of Life CD launch

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Dance of Life CD launchSoprano Patricia Rozario recording Roxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life Tallinn MassIn what was to be the first event in an Estonian themed day, (see my review of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s concert), I attended the launch of Roxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life Tallinn Mass on Warner Classics yesterday (22 January 2014)…

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