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Met Opera: La Donna del Lago + MORE

Join us this Saturday at noon for a broadcast of Rossini's La Donna del Lago, live from New York's Metropolitan Opera. Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez join forces for this story set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott..... More »

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 »

Garsington Opera for free with dates ! + MORE

Garsington Opera is an experience so unique that it should not be missed. The theatre at Wormsley is an architectural wonder, shimmering glass, air and light (with good acoustics, too, that seems to float in the air.  Not many theatres have an entire valley, complete with lake, as a backdrop !&.... More »

It's the only good bit in the whole thing + MORE

Is it my imagination or is the composer anniversary bandwagon finally running out of steam? Today is the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss' birth. But where is the wall to wall Strauss on BBC Radio 3, and where are the Richard and Pauline cufflinks and Rosenkavalier iPhone covers? But the purpose.... More »

Is This Some Kind of a Joke? + MORE

I made the mistake of turning on the radio this morning for my short drive to the shuttle stop, and what should KDFC decide to play but Richard Strauss's Aus Italien?I had never heard this before, and after just a few minutes, I found myself trying to decide whether to fall over laughing or experien.... More »
Members of Harlem Chamber Players join American Opera Projects for World Premiere of Nkeiru Okoye's 'Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom'February 21 & 27, March 1 at 7:30 PM. February 22 at 3:00 PMMembers of The Harlem Chamber Players join American Opera Projects for the World Premiere of Nkeiru Okoye’s Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. Performances are scheduled for February 21 & 27, March 1 at 7:30 PM. February 22 at 3:00 PM…

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Bach Sonatas under the Bear

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Charles T. Downey, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society concert engages on multiple levels
Washington Post, February 18, 2014

Bach, Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, V. Mullova, O. Dantone (Onyx, 2007)Listening to music can occur on many levels, from the purely aural to the emotional and intellectual…

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Agata Zubel

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The formidably gifted composer-vocalist, whose website is here, just performed Fausto Romitelli's An Index of Metals at On the Boards in Seattle, with the Seattle Chamber Players. Above is Zubel's own work Not I, based on the Beckett monologue. More on contemporary Polish music in The New Yorker next week.

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English Touring Opera’s chamber version of Tippett’s work is surprisingly effective – but this lofty Homeric tale remains hard to love

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A powerful performance: Rigoletto at the ENO Verdi – Rigolette: ENO at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Feb 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0Powerful performances in Christopher Alden’s new production of Rigoletto at the ColiseumQuinn Kelsey and Anna ChristyPhoto Credit: Alistair MuirPowerful performances by Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto and Anna Christy as Gilda made this version of Verdi’s Rigoletto a pleasure to watch…

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Music Review: A New ‘Werther’ at the Metropolitan OperaThe tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in Richard Eyre’s production of Massenet’s 19th-century work.    

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Guest Violinist, Josiah Hamill, Winner of 2014 Concerto Competition

Denver – The Arapahoe Philharmonic presents “Classic Traditions” on Friday, March 14, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. with a program featuring Johannes Brahms’ lush Symphony No. 2 and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular and technical concertos for violin, with soloist Josiah Hamill, winner of the 2014 T…

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Classical music is not dead - it is suburbanizedMy recent post speculating on links between the Rite of Spring and Sufism quoted Turkish pianist Süher Pekinel on Stravinsky’s “global understanding”. One of classical music’s most enduring works may or may not have its roots in Turkish-Islamic trance rituals, but it is incontestable that classical music has a long history of embracing Eastern traditions…

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Members of Harlem Chamber Players in 'The Appointed Time' of James Lee III & Perkinson's 'Calvary Quartet' at Brooklyn Public Library, 4 PM Sun. Feb. 23James Lee IIIwww.jameslee3.comMembers of The Harlem Chamber Players – Ashley Horne, Orlando Wells, Amadi Azikiwe and Lawrence Zoernig – perform Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Calvary” Quartet, James Lee III’s “The Appointed Time” (a New York Premiere) and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major this Sunday, February 23 at 4 PM as part of Brooklyn Public Library’s Classical Interludes Series…

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Robert Rattray, who has long experience in artist management, has been appointed the Metropolitan Opera’s next assistant general manager for artistic affairs.    

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The clown

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L’Elisir d’Amore – Metropolitan Opera, 2/1/2014Netrebko, Vargas, N. Alaimo, Schrott / BeniniIn a season with the profound pleasures of Frau and Falstaff, there’s also been room for delicious guilty enjoyment. And as great as Hvorostovsky’s “hey, I get to be ugly!” Rigoletto was in that vein, Erwin Schrott’s work in Elisir deserves particular mention…

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King Priam and Paul Bunyan ETO

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King Priam and Paul Bunyan ETOThe worst of Britten and the best of Tippett?  English Touring Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan with Michael Tippett’s King Priam at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. The combination is interesting on many levels. Ideally both operas should be considered in relationship with each other, though I don’t really expect this to be done…

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What’s going down at the Charles Ives house?

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What’s going down at the Charles Ives house?The composer’s studio has been saved for posterity, but the house itself? We have an exclusive on-site report from Gaffney Feskoe:     I thought that I would provide your readers with an update on what is happening to the Charles Ives house in West Redding, CT. As I live about 20 miles from West Redding, […]

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